I remember every detail of the conference. I wore a black long skirt, sleeveless blue shirt and UGLY black shoes (that were in style back almost 15 years ago). I was friends with Renee Swope from my church so a couple of us attended a conference called “She Speaks”. Since I was dabbling with speaking at my local church, I was selected to be a guinea pig to share a 3 minute sample message to the crowd. My mouth was dry as a sponge just thinking about sharing in front of other speakers. I have no memory of what my 3 minute topic was. I do clearly remember that, though nervous, I felt like I had found sisters in the room who knew the dream God has placed in my heart.
Fast forward more than a decade and I find myself in full-time ministry with Proverbs 31 as Executive Director of Ministry Training, a speaker, coach and trainer. God has taken my dream to speak for my local church and expanded it in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Though the expression of His dream through me has changed, the calling has not. My heart is to encourage, inspire, equip and empower women to be who God uniquely created them to be and leave God’s mark on their world through their lives. She Speaks has been part of how God has equipped me for my calling to leave His fingerprint on this world.
I wonder who is reading this who has a dream from God. Is it a dream to write, speak or lead? It could be a blog, articles, even PTA newsletters. Perhaps it’s leading a bible study or sharing your testimony speaking on a panel. Do you feel God tugging on your heart to invest in this dream? Join women just like you who have mustered up the courage to say YES to be stretched in their calling. I have included both the link to register below along with some confidence boosting scriptures.
Psalm 139:4-Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord know it completely.
Deut. 32:2 -Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend on new grass like abundant rain on tender plants.
Matt 10:19 – …do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Have you attended She Speaks before? Please share your experience in the comments below.