Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Need a little push to take a leap of faith?

Has God been calling you to serve in His kingdom in big or small ways, through speaking? Have you ever wanted to take a leap of faith with these dreams that God put in your heart, but just were not sure how to take that first step?

Well, this is your lucky day! Proverbs 31 is having a tour of blogs this week, starting today, to promote the She Speaks Scholarship giveaways that we are offering this year. She Speaks is the very popular Proverbs 31 annual speakers/writers conference (a.k.a. life changing conference)that takes place in Concord, NC (on the ourskirts of Charlotte, NC). This years conference date is July 31-August 2nd.

Ten years ago, I heard Gods voice loud and clear about speaking. It was the first time I had ever heard God speak audibly to my heart, in such a way, that I knew it was Him. In a very powerful worship service, my heart was mended in the most amazing way through finally understanding how much God loved me, and that I was forgiven. For the first time in my life, I felt like just maybe, God could use me to glorify Him. Somehow.

Unfortunately, I did not obey Gods call at that time, but God continued to work on my heart, and five years later, with much hesitation and confusion, I signed up to attend She Speaks. I knew God had been calling me to speak and write, but at the time, I had no idea what that involved, or what that kind of life even looked like. Even while driving to She Speaks, I nearly turned around ten times to go back home, but the desire to see what God had in store for me kept me going - thank goodness!

That first She Speaks conference changed my life. I not only walked away with the motivation, information, and tools to begin exploring being a speaker and writer, but God confirmed in my heart that His plan was much better than mine, and that all I had to do was say yes, and He would take care of the rest. Ever since then, God has walked me through an amazing journey which has just begun, and blessed me in ways that I didnt even know I wanted - and it all started with one weekend at She Speaks.

Have you ever considered attending She Speaks, but hesitant to sign up? Have you wanted to attend, but just didnt have the finances? Have you never heard of She Speaks before, but now you really want to go?!

Well now is the time to embrace an opportunity to go for free! You could be the winner of one of ten free scholarships available, donated by Cecil Murphy. Each one is nearly a $600 value! But much more important than the monetary value, is knowing that this conference transforms hearts and lives and equips ordinary women, to do extraordinary things in Christ.

If you are interested in the scholarship, simply leave a comment on my blog this week, stating what winning would mean to you in terms of answering Gods call to speak (contest is for speakers track only). Then visit all the other blogs, be inspired by their She Speaks stories, and comment on their blogs too! (Please do keep in mind though, that this contest is for women who have never attended She Speaks, and for women who would otherwise not be able to attend. If you can afford the conference – please do not enter to win a scholarship.)

A randomly selected winner will be drawn from all the blog comments from all the speakers and ministry blogs below, on Monday, April 26th. So the more blogs you visit and comment on, the greater your chances of winning!

Good luck!

Lysa http://www.lysaterkeurst.com/
Wend B http://www.wendyblight.com/
Shari http://www.sharibraendel.com/
Micca http://www.miccacampbell.com/
Whitney http://www.whitneycapps.blogspot.com/
Amy http://www.amycarroll.org/
Melanie http://www.melaniechitwood.com/
Lynn http://www.lynncowell.blogspot.com/
Karen http://www.karenehman.com/
Suzie http://www.tsuzanneeller.com/
Zoe http://www.zoeelmore.blogspot.com/
Sharon http://www.sharonglasgow.com/
Charlene http://www.charlenekidd.blogspot.com/
Rachel http://www.rachelolsen.com/
Wendy P http://www.wendypope.blogspot.com/
Luann http://www.luannprater.com/
Susanne http://www.susannescheppmann.blogspot.com/
Renee http://www.reneeswope.com/
Melissa http://www.melissataylor.org/
Van http://www.vanwalton.blogspot.com/
Marybeth http://www.marybethwhalen.com/
Glynnis http://www.glynniswhitwer.blogspot.com/
LeAnn http://www.leannrice.com/
She Seeks http://www.sheseeks.org/
She Reads http://www.shereads.org/
RadRev http://www.radrevolution.org/

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54 comments:

Edifier1 said...

I truly believe that God has given each one of us a unique testimony to tell. Whether you speak to an audience of one or one-thousand, His message MUST be shared. I am ready to proclaim the message that I have been given. This is my season to move beyond self and to God's level of beyond beyond!

His,
Kim

pinkdaisyjane said...

I felt called to teach women since a very powerful experience in 1998- a true Holy Spirit encounter. Since then, I've had many opportunities, small and large, to teach my sisters and even have had a few small speaking engagements. I want nothing more than to know how to do a better job, so that I can do a better job of getting out of the way and letting God do His thing in me! I feel that She Speaks would do that for me!

Heatherly Sylvia
pinkdaisyjane at hotmail dot com

Kim Wideman said...

My devotional calendar for today says "You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him." ~ Teresa of Avila. "If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14

So far, this deeply embedded dream in me to speak/write has been a prayer answered by 'wait on Me!' But, God is stirring in me to believe with great FAITH that this scripture in 1 John will be fulfilled. So, with great faith, I am asking to be considered for this scholarship so that maybe, just maybe, this will be the beginning of God's answer to my prayers changing from 'wait' to "Child of Mine...Go For It!!" Thank you so much for this chance to be my beginning...

Kim Wideman
jrmh.29.11@gmail.com

His Love Extended--Julie Gorman said...

I've never attended a She Speaks Conference and would love to be able to. We haven't had an income for the past 6 months and so the scholarship would be an amazing blessing. It’s the body of Christ working together that completes us and makes us whole. I know God's calling me to speak and since "iron sharpens iron" I'd love to have my iron sharpenend at a "She Speaks Conference".

Julie Gorman
julie.gorman@comcast.net

Amy said...

She Speaks! I'd LOVE to attend this Conference (and win a scholarship) because, by God's calling, I've been asked to 'step up my game' and go from writer, editor, blogger - to speaker.

Here's my story. I have been a Christian-genre writer, editor, and publicist for many years. I worked for my wonderful church (Lake Pointe Church, Rockwall, Texas) for six years as editor-in-chief, lead writer, for their magazine. It shared all the good stuff going on within and through our congregation. It was such a blessing to prepare each time! But God called me out - out into the wonderful world of freelance, where my ministry focus could expand to His entire Church, not just the one I attend/worked for. So, I quit my day job. I have been freelancing "on the side" for 12 years and have edited many books written by Christian authors (some listed on my new blog at writervoice1.wordpress.com). Then, one week later, my mentor (and a client) Thelma Wells, A Woman of God Ministries, asked me to do the unthinkable: she asked me to join her and others on TV and on a Webcast University that she is preparing (she's a busy, busy lady for God!). I can't say no - nor do I want to - but I have no speaking training. Teaching Bible study for 7 years has given me lots of confidence, but I've never taped a presentation nor stood in front of a crowd larger than 50. I want to take this next step - to speak - and allow God to use me as He has prepared. And, ladies, I do believe He is preparing me for Kingdom work!
I know graduates of She Speaks!, namely author Mary DeMuth, and would love the chance to enhance my profile to include SPEAKING for Him! It would be a wonderful adventure and the fulfillment of a tugging that I've not been able to ignore.
Thank you for making this contest available. I'm sure whomever wins will be the RIGHT choice! Blessings to you today in all you do for His kingdom!
Amy Van Vleck, Rockwall, Texas
write-way@hotmail.com
amy-v@hotmail.com

FYI - being newly "self-employed" and my husband tentatively unemployed, there's no way I could afford to attend without assistance. Thanks again for the chance to WIN!

Connie said...

God has provided a few opportunities over the years allowing me to teach and speak. I always get a thrill from speaking because God provides such peace and guides my words. However, just thinking about the prospect of being on the "front lines" and opening myself up to the criticism and the scrutiny that one bares serving in this capacity, almost paralyzes me with fear. And though I know God equips anyone He desires to use, I still feel insecure about my abilities.

The She Speaks Conference has always interested me but time and money kept the door closed on this opportunity. This year was no different because I was scheduled to participate in the International Hearts at Home Conference in Europe. The conference had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash. This in turn, opened up the time needed to attend the She Speaks Conference. And now this contest has presented me with the chance to overcome the financial burden. So I feel as if God is telling me to "get out of the boat."

So here I am, following God's orders, trying to keep my eyes on Him and not the fear that is threatening to overwhelm me. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

Terrilynn said...

"but the desire to see what God had in store for me kept me going"

and so it is for me ...


I'm not sure what the specifics are, but I know God is.
I'm not sure where the destination is, but I know He is.
All that I'm sure of is that He is moving in me, working in me, preparing me, and beginning to open doors that are beckoning me to enter. It's due to those recognitions that I am stepping out, beyond my fears and entering this giveaway.

Lord, if it is in Your will for me to attend She Speaks, I pray for the door to be opened and for the courage to leap through with abundant faith. I pray for each woman entering, that You will clearly manifest Your way and Your will for their lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Misti said...

God has been nudging. He's got me writing devotional blogs for women; now I'm feeling a nudge towards an eventual teaching ministry. I'm sure this will include speaking at some point. I don't know when, but I do know it is my responsibility to become ready for the call when it comes. Scary but exciting. I was a high school teacher before I was a stay home mom, but getting up in front of a group of my peers to teach them the Word of God is intimidating. I would like to gain some confidence here, and I believe She Speaks could do that. With my husband in full-time ministry, your scholarship would allow me to attend when I otherwise would not be able. Pick me!!

Misti Gil
wallsdown@yahoo.com

Mallory Shaw said...

Mallory Kristjanson
Saved by Grace. Called to minister to the women who are broken, left on the streets and unsaved. I have volunteered in Ministry throughout Lethbridge and surrounding community, namely to the lost, street ladies and women in jails. This is my calling and this experience would be a life changing step in my walk with God.
mallorykristjanson@hotmail.com

Your sister, from Canada.

Thank you for this opportunity. My life has changed and I have been sober from alcohol and drugs for almost four years :) Saved by Grace and called to serve!
http://www.msk1986.blogspot.com/

Laura Mullen said...

My roommate went to She Speaks last year. We were not roommates when she signed up for the conference, but by the time it rolled around I was super jealous I wasn’t going too. She was a little timid at first, but it totally changed her and gave her a boldness I hadn’t seen in her before. So, this whole year, I’ve been wondering how I could find a way to go myself.
I don’t have the money…like a lot of people these days. I do have a heart for women. I’m developing a love for writing that I don’t understand. I have always been a bit of a performer so I’m comfortable speaking/talking with people, but I have no training in either. I’m not sure where God is directing me, but I know I need some honing in both these areas to get there.
Lots of potential…needing some direction.
~Laura
laurarmullen.wordpress.com

Maria Lomeli said...

I have heard of “She Speaks” conference only from Proverbs 31 ministries.
I looked up the information on the web and became very interested very quickly.

When I was a young woman (teenage years) I had a woman minister speak into my life and tell me that I was someday going to tell the world my story, being young and naïve and I had a “Whatever “ attitude and went about my business.
Here it is 15 years later and I remember that day like it was yesterday, because through all the pain and suffering in my life I have recently (2 years) have finally decided to do it God’s way. God has put a book in my heart to write entitled “I’m Nobody’s Secret” It is the story of my life and how God has stamped those very words on my heart and through lots of prayer and counseling I am realizing how valuable my life is to Him.

I have looked at different resources to help me in accomplishing this God dream and because of limited money on my part I know that anywhere I go will only be by His command. Thank you for the opportunity to share. Maria Olvera - Lomeli

Bethany from Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom said...

Yay! Another contest! I'm going to be like the friend in Luke 11:5-13; y'all are going to get so sick of my entering all the She Speaks scholarship contests that you'll eventually award me one! I'm really believing that I need to keep asking for this opportunity because I know I need to be there this year and this is the only way I can manage it (I even live right in Concord, but have never been able to attend).

I'm an accidental speaker. I never set out to speak publicly, although I'm not afraid to be in front of a crowd. I started writing a few years ago (also kind of by accident), and then people started asking me to speak on those same topics. Knees quaking and voice shaking, I have spoken a few times. I have a few more speaking engagements lined up, but I need so much help and direction to move from being an adequate speaker to being an excellent speaker.

Thank you, thank you!

Bethany LeBedz at gmail dot com

Shelly said...

Writing is something that I have been doing for a long time, and I've managed to keep it to myself in my journal... until recently.

Speaking is something that I very recetly felt called to do as I wrote and led the fall womens' retreat for my church in '09. This was the 1st time I had ever done anything like that and it was WAY out of my comfort zone!

Since then, I have been feeling the call to vocational ministry, and I believe that She Speaks is my next step!
http://shellysc.blogspot.com/2010/03/shelly-says-he-speaks-will-she-speak.html

Will you consider me for the scholarship?

My husband is without full-time work (since December '08), and I know we can't afford it on our own.

http://shellysc.blogspot.com/

Shelly said...

I have had a part time ladies' ministry for about 7 years. However, about 21 months ago, right when it SEEMED the Lord was leading me into a more full-time speaking ministry it virtually became non-existent. Not through any wrong doing of my own, but through some pretty tough circumstances that instead, had me sitting at His feet and simply being still as He worked on transforming me in ways I could never have imagined (which He is continuing to do). Not to say that every day was spent "being still" because I had many days of doubt, questions and wrestling matches. The reality is, God WAS leading me into more of a full-time capacity, except it was God's plan to first take me through the fire ... "But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold!" [exclamation point mine] Job 23:10.

God already knows which precious ladies will be the recipients of the She Speaks scholarship. I'm simply excited for the opportunity to throw my name into the hat and will be thrilled for whomever is selected.

Shelly Brown
www.shellybrown.com
shelly@shellybrown.com

AmyDunham said...

I am a "new" Christian and just came onboard with the Lord in the fall of 2009. I have a wonderful infertility story that was totally left in God's hands and he worked miracles in my life... but I still struggled with coming to Him. I love to share my story and hear everyone's story. I have been told that I am so funny and yet so sincere in my testimony that it makes other "long-time" Christians feel that same "newness" all over again. I LOVE THAT! I recently listened to Lysa TerKeurst messages through some Hearts At Home CDs my friend loaned me. I just love her and her style and her funny stories... "WHITE SHOES" I do feel called to be in front of people, sharing, being funny and bringing out the laughter in their hearts and helping them to feel "new" with God again. Let me know if you want to hear more of my story.

Amy Dunham
amy_dunham@comcast.net

Nadia said...

For years, God has nudged me to attend She Speaks. For many reasons, I have been unable to go. As my speaking opportunities have grown and my ministry increased, I know that this year, I need to be there.

I have been speaking for 6 years and am grateful to do something I feel so passionately about. It is a blessing to be able to encourage women to live their lives intentionally. Over the years, I have worked to expand this ministry but am now at the point where I need additional help. The sectionals offered at She Speaks teach the very things I need to learn to do. In addition to this, I have begun to write and am interested in learning more about publishing so that I can find new ways to encourage and empower women. Every part of this conference speaks exactly to where I am right now in my work for the Kingdom!

This scholarship means so much to me and to our family. Finding a way to afford the conference has been difficult for us. I know, however, that God will not be contained by the constraints of our economy. He is so much bigger than that! I trust Him fully to help me find a way to attend She Speaks this summer and am so grateful for yet another opportunity for a scholarship.

Thank you so much!

Tara said...

I have wanted to attend a She Speaks conf. for two years, but haven't been able to do so. I have felt a calling to speak to women and ten girls for nearly two years. I have been a youth leader and got to teach many that way. I am now in a new phase of life and feel an even stronger calling to reach out to women and teen girls and just have not been able to figure out how. Getting this would be an answer to prayer of how I am to start and continue in God's will.
Thank you,
Tara DeMaris
lasting_memories_tara@yahoo.com

Denise said...

Winning this scholarship would mean alot to me! I do not have the resources to further my knowledge and experiences for my desire to speak and reach out to women. I long for the growth, motivation, skills, and help of confirmation of God's plan for me that the She Speaks conference would provide for me. What an amazing opportunity this is! I pray for the individuals that God has chosen to receive this scholarship as well as the ones he hasn't! Blessings to all!

Tamera said...

How can they hear the message if we do not speak? My heart burns to share His word with other women. I want to help generate thirst and hunger...I want my words to have value because they are spoken about and for Him. I want the women of my generation and those after me to become the new Deborahs, Lydias, Tabithas and Priscillas. My gifting and my passion is to teach. If one spark can be ignited, then the flame can be fanned, and a fire will begin. I want to fan the flames.

www.tamera-thechamberednautilus.blogspot.com
myredcord@gmail.com

KELLY WILLIE said...

When I first got the desire to speak publically, I read the book “The Reason We Speak” by Marybeth Walen. I have read it cover to cover and it is an excellent book! The entire time I was reading it I knew God was preparing me for a much larger journey in my life. Larger than anything I had done. God spoke to me to become a speaker and minister to women to serve the needs of the brokenhearted and to help others find the intimate relationship with God that I have found. Since that time I have a God-Given purpose in my life and a clear goal at which to aim.

I have never attended “She Speaks” nor have I ever had the funds to attend. My husband has been without a steady income since last May, so this will not be the year with a scholarship.

If I win, it would be life-changing and I know the knowledge I would gain would give me the wisdom and the faithful instruction to pursue this heart felt endeavor I so desire. If I don’t I’ll keep on blogging at “My Faithful Living” and will continue to minister the word of God. I want to be a spiritual leader but I am also a spiritual learner. He is in charge! I can only be a tool to accomplish His purpose for us here on earth.

Melanie said...

I have been a single mom for almost 3 years. The night I discoverd my husband's extra marital activities was a turning point for me wherein I finally saw Jesus as my only true security. I had always looked to my dad (who had passed away 6 months prior) or my husband. The relationship I have now with Christ is exceedingly and abundantly beyond anything I could have possibly imagined I could ever have. God has very recently called me to become a Personal Guidance Minister for Scope Ministries and I begin training for this in May. I am so excited about sharing my experiences and the love of Christ with other single mothers that I cannot right now keep up with my fingers as I type! I think that I am much more comfortable with speaking than I am with writing and I have never been to a "She Speaks" conference! This would be an amazing experience for me, especially right now during the dawning of my calling! Thanks for providing the possibility of being blessed with a scholarship to this event! I don't think I will be able to attend without such a blessing this year, but maybe someday soon!

Melanie Broadway
melanie.71@hotmail.com

Stephanie Shott said...

Hi Tracie,
I loved reading how God called you to speak and continued to pursue your heart to fulfill His perfect plan for your life. I can't get over the fact that He doesn't give up on us and He delights in working in and through us!

I also stopped in because I'm part of the group of ladies hoping for a scholarship to "She Speaks" and I'm truly inspired by Cec Murphey's generosity! Almost every time I see the opportunity for scholarships to "She Speaks" and to other conferences, they come attached with Cec's name as the benefactor. So thank you, Cec and thank you Proverbs 31 women for offering yet another opportunity for a chance to go to this wonderful conference.

As a speaker of over 20 years and a newbie to the world of writing and publishing, I find that the simplest way to express why I want to attend "She Speaks" is because I feel as though I'm supposed to be there and I know that unless the Lord provides financially for me to go, it's just not in our financial cards this year.

Not only do I sense that I'm supposed to be there, but also that I "need" to be there, as well. I can't explain it. But I'm truly looking forward to how the Lord will use my time at "She Speaks" to change me, to develop me, and to give me the opportunity to do one of my favorite things...spend time with like-minded women who long to make a difference for the glory of God.

Thanks again for this opportunity!

Eternally His,
Stephanie Shott
Phil 3:7-14
dshott1@msn.com

Jerralea said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Tracie. I want so much to come to She Speaks, but I know it would really stretch me to attend. Your sharing of almost turning around and going back home made me smile because I'd feel the same way. I'd be so curious to see what God had in store that I would still make myself go! If I were to win the scholarship I would regard it as confirmation to keep reaching out to tell what God has done for me.

Wander said...

Tracie
I feel the same. I've heard God say....GO, SPEAK!! But, I've also let my fears and lack of confidence influence me not to.
I've been a ministry wife/teacher for 15 years. I've spoken at women's retreats and loved it.
My dream is to attend She Speaks.
If God wants me there......I will be!

Cindy@FromSeedstoSunflowers said...

Thanks for sharing your story. You listed the reasons I want to attend the She Speaks conference. I want to be used by God for His glory. I could not attend otherwise and so this scholarship would mean a lot. I know God has the winner picked already and so I leave it in His hands and His timing. I just want to thank you for the opportunity for the scholarship.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

I am feeling the tug of God on my heart to go into a speaking ministry. I am like Moses was when God told him to go speak to the people and Moses didn't feel he was worthy or able to do so. God is not letting me use that excuse. I feel convicted to do to this.

I believe my life experiences could reach many hurting women.

Sara Quick said...

I am resigning my teaching job to enter into the field of Women's Ministry at our church. Bascially, I am designing the program from the ground up and need help a lot of help. Without a teaching salary I will need financial assistant (my husband and I have had three girls in college at the same time - our twins are graduating this year so money has been tight). I am desiring to train other women to be leaders as well as lead them myself through workshops that equip them, events that encourage them, and skills that will help them be better evangelists. Blessings on all that you do for the Proverbs 31 Ministry.
Sara Quick saraquick123@yahoo.com

J-Girl said...

What a responsibility! What I first embraced as a passion to speak and write for my loving God, I now hold so very dear to my heart and I want to walk both faithfully and carefully down this path that God has made for me. I know God has called me to speak and write for Him and I taking each little baby step that I can with Him and embracing with this journey every open and closed door—trusting that God knows best and is leading the way.
I have researched ways to sharpen and better equip myself and I have not found anything like “She Speaks.” I have been praying about attending the last couple of years and honestly, the funds are tight and I have not been able to fork the bill on top of the airfare. If I am chosen for this scholarship, I will know that God desires to use the women at the conference to inspire and equip me to serve for His kingdom. To God be the glory, amen.
Julie Lane

Janet Morris Grimes said...

have been a “closet writer,” so to speak, for the past twenty years. It was this past June, after facing unemployment for the first time since I was 15-years-old, that I attended my first ACW Conference. Though I still consider myself a beginning writer, I am making quick progress and currently write for five monthly online publications.(for free, of course) I also will have my first write-for-hire book published later this year for Atlantic Publishing. So, I am pleased with my progress with writing so far.

But it is time to go deeper. Think bigger. Take more chances. To get out of the boat and test the waters and see if Jesus will help me walk on them.

My goal is to share the true stories that can change lives. I long to be able to do this through face to face contact as well as through the written word. I consider this a weakness of mine, and would appreciate the opportunity to attend She Speaks so that I may strengthen my ministry. Though I have taught junior high girls classes at church for years, I am in no way polished or professional enough to do so in large groups without my voice quivering or fidgeting at the podium.

The testimonials that come from this conference prove that God is very much a part of the process, inspiring those who participate to go further than they ever dreamed possible.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sabrina said...

I saw the information for this conference for the first time last year, I was pregnant at the time and my husband was home, knowing he would be deploying soon and I would have 2 children to find care for rather than one I really wished I could go then but there was no way we could afford it and nothing happened to make it possible. At the time I thought “maybe next year” but knowing I would have two children and a deployed husband I kind of pushed it from my mind and forgot about it until I started seeing blog posts about it this year. I didn’t really let myself get excited about it because I now have two children and a husband in Afghanistan so not only can we not afford it I would have to arrange for childcare (and it would be the first time I left my baby). Then I saw this contest. WOW, I actually teared up at the idea that it might be possible. If I’m supposed to go to this conference I KNOW God will provide the way, the money, the childcare etc. Perhaps this is how He will provide the money I don’t know. But I do know that if I win He will also provide arrangements for the children.
What does it mean? What is my passion? Well, I’ve always LOVED both writing and speaking And I think I’m good at both honestly. I have done speaking/training in my job (secular) before and LOVE being in front of a room full of people. I currently need motivation and direction to get going in this area. I need practical tools to make my writing/speaking organized and meaningful. I love sharing information, I get all fuzzy inside when people ask me a question about anything that I have an answer for (seriously I get excited about diapers lol). I currently don’t have the confidence to write/speak about my faith, I’m afraid of being wrong and then telling everyone else something wrong. I know this is something I can and should get past I just need help! I would love to have the confidence to lead a group of women in Bible study or speak at an event! Thank you for this opportunity!
sobyn at hotmail dot com

Jenn said...

For as long as I can remember I have felt called to speak for the Lord. The Lord has taught me so much this His love letter in His word and I just can't keep it in. I love speaking to woman and seeing the Holy Spirit move in their hearts. I have been blessed to teach womens conferences all over south asia and in some places in America and find it a true joy. Attending She speaks would be such a dream to recieve training in this calling and I cannot attend without either a scholarship or God's people giving. What an awesome ministry!
Jenn Hand
reachingsouthasia@yahoo.com

Gerri said...

Not too long ago, I was sitting quietly with God, praying. I asked him for discernment and guidance as I entered a new phase of life, becoming a mom who works outside the home. I was also praying about the desire to write and speak that He placed inside of me, wondering what He wanted me to do with that. He led me to Habakkuk 2:2-3 And the LORD answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (NKJV) Although I have felt a calling to write for a number of years, in the past year, God’s given me a couple of opportunities to “dip my toe” into the speaking world both by leading women through Bible Study and by speaking to them at women’s ministry events. Out of obedience, I did what I was asked to do. As hard as it is to believe that God wants to use me as a vessel to encourage and exhort others (those are my spiritual gifts, along with service), I’ve finally started to embrace it. I’m working to develop the discipline that writing requires, starting a blog, and using every opportunity I have to speak God’s truth into the lives of women, my children, and my husband. God is so good! If he wants me at She Speaks, He’ll find a way to make it happen! Though it tarry, I continue to wait for it! My God never disappoints!!!

Gerri
fieno@bellsouth.net
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A Child of God said...

I am very excited to see another opportunity has been presented to give one blessed lady the chance to attend She Speaks. I was a little let down when I realized I missed the last opportunity to participate for a chance to win a scholarship to the conference. I am grateful for this opportunity.

I know I have been called to be a mouthpiece for the kingdom of God. Speaking before an audience, big or small, is not an easy thing to do for most people. As for me, I belong to that group of “most people” I just mentioned. I truly believe She Speaks will arm me with the skills necessary to perfect my speaking ability so that I may go forth with my calling with confidence.

I keep telling myself I am going to attend She Speaks, maybe this year it will become a reality for me.

Thank you.

Misty A Brown
mistybrown01@yahoo.com

Laura P. said...

I'm so excited there is another opportunity for a scholarship! I've been wanting to attend a She Speaks conference for the last two years. Winning the She Speaks scholarship would be an amazing blessing to me and would allow me to finally get the direction I need to get to the next level in my speaking goals, as well as be a clear indicator to me that this is where God wants me at this point in my life. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Grace Full said...

I have only just learned of the She Speaks Conference and could not think of anything more perfectly suited for me. I accepted Christ in October and what he has done for me, and through me are quite simply too many to mention.

I would love to be a part of this conference but there is one little snag... In accepting Christ, I have owned up to all of my past transgressions and one of those has led to my being sentenced to jail. I will be turning myself in on June 10th in California (I live in Michigan) and I am to serve a 6 month term in the Santa Barbara County Jail. BUT... I was told that I am eligible to apply for electronic monitoring that can be served in Michigan and then I can be granted permission to come to your conference.

I am a 41yr old suburban mom, housewife, and making amazing strides with Christ by my side. I am also getting baptized at my church on May 12th and could not be happier at the changes.

I have several degrees and as a ten year breast cancer survivor... have been a motivational speaker for breast cancer and know I can answer His calling for me to speak to a group of women to show what is possible when Christ is in the picture.

For more of my story....please visit my blog with just one entry (with more to come).
www.watercolorministries.blogspot.com

I would be very honored to win and participate in this conference and if not chosen to win this year.... I will definitely be there next year. Look for me. =)


Gidge

wisdomvirtueandrubies said...

As I type this comment, I'm full of pain and sadness. It appears the Lord is testing me or training me in the areas of loss and long suffering. Testing or training.... Right now I don't know that one is any better than the other.

I know what the words of Galatians 6:9 read, and I also know, without a doubt, that I'm so close to fainting.

I'm the last person who would ever voluntarily want to speak, but I felt the call to speak to women many years ago. My story, my path toward speaking has been much like yours, Renee. I wrote my first Bible study and led a small group of women through it back in 2008/2009. Looking back, I've never been happier than I was during the time I did this.

Just days ago I sat with a friend who was preparing to bury her father. She was a member of that small group in 08. She told me I have no idea how much she talks about and references our nine months together. Listening to her speak of how God used me (a flawed leader and wannabe speaker) and the lessons I penned out of the depths of my own life to impact her life even during this time of loss and pain somehow refueled my desire to speak, teach, and lead women. Somehow...in the midst of my own pain the ministry of my heart took on a face. It became real.

I've entered a previous scholarship contest for this conference. When I didn't make the winners circle I chalked it up as another loss and God moving me away from my quest for validation. I've wanted to attend the conference for at least the past 6 or 7 years. At the end of the day, I believe I'm just thirsty to be around other women who share my passion for pouring into the lives of our sisters. I saw the announcement for the scholarship for writers, and although writing is a large part of my calling, today out of the abundance of my heart my mouth wants to speak.

I realize the winner will be randomly chosen, but I know God already knows the outcome. Maybe it truly isn't for me to attend this year, but I won't stop until the conference doors open and I do or do not walk through. Then and only then will I know God's perfect will. In the meantime, I'll continue striving to speak.

The Perry Family said...

I can honestly say that I've been in the Refiner's fire for the last few months. But God does nothing without purpose. I would love to learn more about sharing what God is teaching me and feel called to attend this conference. I signed up for the conference's blog to find out when registration began, but haven't been able to register, so this scholarship would make that possible. If it's His will, I KNOW I'll be there!
Christy Perry
christyperry@embarqmail.com

Anette said...

Got up early today, woken up by the sounds of my friend's young boys squeals of excitement of a new day at...6:30am. I should take cue's from them! I have never been to the P31 website until today, directed here by the "Cantcookalick" blog.

In 2004 I was living in New York and working as a Sign Language Interpreter at a University. Kingdom Bound was coming to town (a Christian Music Festival) and I had the privilege of interpreting various events, concerts and speakers.

One afternoon I was scheduled to interpret for someone at the main concert stage. It was mid-afternoon and as I stood on my interpreter platform, I looked over at the stage and had an incredible urge to be ON it. I didn't even know what I would say! I just stood staring with this desire stirring in my to BE a speaker on that stage.

Later that day I prayed about that desire and told the Lord that if this was His desire for me one day, then to lead me through the steps to get there. Perhaps this conference is one of the steps. Much has happened and IS happening since that time...my journey continues, as does my healing. All of which I have felt called to speak and write about. I've just never know HOW He would take me to that place. We'll see what He does next! Oh, and no...I was laid off from my job in March so if I don't win, I will continue to pray for a way to get to the conference!

a:
Anette

Michele said...

Tracie,
When I come to your blog and see the sand and the ocean, my blood pressure goes down and my pulse slows. How calming!
I have longed to attend the She Speaks Conference for the past 2 years but have not been able to due to lack of funding and/or ability to take time off from my job. However, I feel this is the year the Lord has said “yes” and that He will provide for me to attend. I am a pastor’s wife and would like to hone my speaking skills. I also lead the women’s ministry here (and teach Sunday School, lead worship with the Praise Team, teach VBS crafts, etc.) and I am sure any encouragement you can give me would be a help to our ministry here. Thank you for the opportunity for a scholarship.

Michele Zampogna
ml.zampogna@gmail.com

Angel77 said...

I am one of those few that actually didn’t shudder when a public speaking assignment came from the mouth of our high school teacher. In fact I was the “weirdo” who looked forward to it.

So speaking has come naturally to me. It is something that I really get into. To me, writing and speaking go hand in hand. Telling the words that I have on paper is pretty much the same. The only difference is that there is an audience. And when there is an audience, I come alive! I enjoy getting responses from people whether it be crying at a sad tale or a laugh from a funny time in a story. It makes me feel fulfilled to know that I have an audience and I have lead them on a journey through my story. Taking ladies to places where God touches a nerve is truly a desire of my heart.

I cannot afford to go to the conference this year. It would take a move of God for me to get there. I have a desire to go be it for the writing or the speaking. If not this year then I will go one year to be determined by God.

It would mean so much to me to be a part of She Speaks. I have wanted to go since I learned about it last year. It would mean that God wants me to have a ministry in speaking or writing – the areas that He has gifted me in. Not to be bragging – I’ve just recently been able to say that God has gifted me! If these are the areas that He can use then I want to give Him the opprotunity to do so.

I, like you, love everything that P31 stands for. I have enjoyed getting to know the ladies of P31 better by visiting blogs and I hope to get to more conferences in the future. I would love an opprotunity to attend She Speaks. I have entered every contest that has come my way. This would be an awesome way to kick up a speaking ministry. Whatever God has in store, I am waiting and willing and ready!

Nan said...

Tracie,
As I read through your site, I felt such a kindred spirit with you. I can tell that you are a blessing to the Body of Christ.

This is a year of turning for me - transitioning, answering His call. In 1992, the Lord called me to minister to Christian women who were struggling with their faith - women who were not established in God's Word. He spoke quietly to me about sharing the hope that I have in Him. For these past 18 years I have waited on God, for I know that His timing is perfect. His timing is now. I have launched Jubilant Light Ministries - www.jubilantlight.com - and have recently begun a daily devotional blog, Morning Glory, which teaches little nuggets of gold from God's Word. I have a passion - a yearning - that I cannot adequately describe. It never leaves me; it only intensifies. I would love to attend the She Speaks conference - I have so much to learn. Without the scholarship, I am unable to attend.
Thank you for this opportunity.

Now, on to the next blog...

Bless You!
Nan Jones

Mari said...

I'm just a small town Pastor's wife who loves to share with humor and transparency things learned through life in the trenches, the fish bowl, and the home...oh wait, a pastor's home is the trenches and the fish bowl. My bad. : ) I sing, I write, I speak…all on a small scale thus far but I am eager to leap out of the nest and fly. A chance to attend a conference of the awesome caliber of She Speaks would bless me beyond my imagination...and I have a pretty big imagination.
Mari
http://www.marilavell.com/

Kristi Stephens said...

Thank you so much for this additional giveaway!

I have felt so strongly that I need to be at She Speaks this year - the only reason I haven't registered yet is money!

I am passionate both about speaking and writing - I've been teaching Bible studies in my local church for several years now, creating them from my Bible training at Cedarville University and from my own study of the Scriptures. It has been EXCITING to see how God has been transforming lives through women getting into the Word on a deeper level!

After teaching for a while, God opened opportunities for me to speak at several womens' retreats through our church. About the same time, I began blogging and have been stunned to see how God has grown and used this little "ministry" from my living room.

At this point in my life, God is opening doors for me to continue teaching, writing, and speaking - and I would love to glean from the wisdom and training at the Proverbs 31 conference!

Thank you again for the opportunity!

RefreshMom said...

Thanks for sharing your story Tracie.


Attending She Speaks has been in my heart since my youngest (now 4) was a baby. As a ministry family on the other side of the country, actually getting there has always been out of reach. Even moreso this year as we have no regular source of income (aside from God’s gracious and unexpected provision).

I've been hearing whispers about speaking and want to confirm if it's His voice. I've always been a reluctant speaker (it's not the delivery that I have trouble with, but the responsibility). I don't know whether this is to be my year for She Speaks or not, but I do know that if it is, it would take a miracle of this sort to make it possible.

I sometimes feel like Gideon putting out my fleece, “If I get a scholarship, I’ll take it as confirmation that I’m meant to go.” God has done this in the past when I followed His call to writing. Now the question is whether it’s time to be more intentional about speaking the messages He’s given me.

I’m so glad to know we have a sovereign God who paves the way down these paths that often seem like a dream that He intends to turn into reality. Maybe this year...

Thank you for this opportunity. Blessings on all who enter and seek His plan for their ministry.

Mary Hampton

Shannon Lee said...

As a young, teenage girl I stumbled across God's timeless wisdom for women as wives and mothers found in Proverbs 31:10-31. That "awakening" became the desire of my heart from my youth onward...although I would bump and tumble to a fantastic fall to my face before the Lord before I would realize it.

The summer of 1998 I found myself pregnant, but unwed. Pride shattered and prostrate before the Lord, my Redeemer cleansed me, forgave me, clothed me, and began restoring me (Psalm 51). He granted me a willing spirit to sustain me and garbed me in everlasting joy (Psalm 30).

God's blessings for obedience began to overflow. A month and 18 days later I married my best friend, soul mate, and the daddy of my first son, "Gift from God." The Lord reassured me that he could STILL use me and I prayed as King David did, "Lord, let me teach transgressors your ways." He initially confirmed His word with an instant ministry to a young mom with a story just like mine.

In 2003 the Lord placed the call on my heart to write for Him. He has confirmed His call in more ways and encounters than I can count or name. He has shown me who I am and who I am not. Not one step or season I have lived in has returned void. Rather, God has grown and groomed me for greater things He has set for me ever since He called me. Like Abraham who believed God's promise, the Lord has asked me, "Do I believe Him that the Almighty WILL accomplish this?"

I remember my Lord, the Promise-keeper. Not ONE of His good promises has ever failed. He knows what I need before I ask. Before a word is even on my tongue, He is there. He KNOWS me completely. Hearkening back, I can trace His hand in my life, connecting the dots He has set for me. My Lord has never left me. His presence, promises, and protection are mine. He is FAITHFUL.

I answer, "Yes, Lord. I BELIEVE you." I ask and pray. I wait. I study His word. I connect with the Lord as His Holy Spirit guides, convicts, and teaches me. He shows me my "next step". I cling to the word He spoke to my heart, "The one who calls you IS FAITHFUL, and HE WILL DO IT." 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Just today I asked the Lord to clarify my "next step" for ministry. As if the "green light" from my amazing husband and dual support of my Little Mama and mother-in-love ("My Naomi"), discovering this scholarship opportunity tonight was nothing short of God's impeccable timing. A gift trip to my first She Speaks conference would be yet another confirmation from my Lord that I am keeping in step with His Spirit. While I make plans in my heart, the Lord directs my steps. Praise Him!

Shannon Lee Cochran
mscochran@austin.rr.com

kim said...

Tracie,
I can relate to wanting to turn your car around 10 times. A few years back there was a new church plant in our community and I was so nervous about not being worthy to be part of the start up team, that I sat in the parking lot and cried buckets of tears. It is by God's strength alone that I walked through those doors. It's kind of like now, except instead of sitting in my car crying, I am sitting on my couch. I am nearing the end of my treatment for aggressive breast cancer and have spent much time on the couch these last few months. I have met God in some pretty dark places. I feel the push that it is now time to share...yet, I have no training in speaking or writing! God is good, He provides.
Psalm 62:8
O my people, trust in him at all times.Pour out your heart to him,for God is our refuge.
Thank you for this opportunity!

Anita said...

To be able to attend the She Speaks conference means that perhaps my husband would stop giving me books for special occasions, including Christmas and birthday, which are only one day apart, telling me how to become a better speaker, or a communicator whose message sticks, and how to make it through the dip! Don't get me wrong, I love my husband and love that he wants to see me succeed in this calling God has given me. He is truly my greatest cheerleader, coach, and resource! However, I am a woman and love to be around other women, so for me it would be a whole lot more fun to come and hang out with women who have the same passion and calling and learn together...rather than try to get through the first chapter of the last three books he's bought me!

Seriously, God has called me to speak and in this season He is asking more of me in this calling. More discipline, more time, more learning! She Speaks would be a great way for me to develop even more as a speaker and to learn all those "things" from those who are much more ahead of me. Obviously, the scholarship is needed, otherwise my sweet husband would've sent me rather than buying the books:) Thanks for the opportunity to come and learn!

Anita McGinnis
www.trophyofgraceministry.blogspot.com

Kimberly said...

My passion is Speaking. Imparting wisdom, knowledge and power to those in the audience as the Holy Spirit directs my path. Speaking to women; encouraging them; letting them know that there is someone out there that gets what they are going through, that cares and is there for them is the call on my life. I am a survivor of this world we live in. I have survived sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-loathing, hatred and the desire to end it all until I found God. Truly found Him. Let him in my life and embraced the love that He so freely gives me. I am at a point in my life where I yearn with all my heart to take all that I have learned and impart it into others. I want to laugh with them; cry with them; and grow with them as they embark on a deeper, closer relationship with Him. Being able to attend She Speaks! will get me one step closer to the dream.

kdchristian44@gmail.com

Pronaos said...

What it would mean to me to answer God's call to speak? It would mean FREEDOM. Freedom to use the voice God has given me for his purpose. Freedom to share my thoughts on His Word.

saccos4him said...

"without faith it is impossible to please God" When God showed me in
Romans that Abraham's righteousness was his faith, a huge load was lifted off of me. How much easier in the natural to just believe? I so need the help the conference has to offer. Somehow God will get me there. Thru some divine appointments, I found you guys a few days ago.
Free falling and loving the adventure!
Waiting on God's perfect timing..
Melanie in Florida

Beautiful Daughters said...

What a wonderful opportunity!!
I have been given a desire for young girls & women's ministry.
I have such a stir for other's to see how they can come out of the darkness and into the light.

Even though I knew Jesus as a young girl I never understood the personal relationship. As a teenage girl and young adult I walked away from Him. My life spun out of control. I found myself unwed and pregnant to someone I barely knew. Although I knew the choice that the father and I made for our child was wrong. I went ahead with it. This led many more years of darkness and pain. God has set me FREE! He has been my light in shinning armour. He has blessed me with a wonderful husband and two beautiful children.

It is my prayer to let others know that no matter what darkness you have from the past or present, God is waiting right there for you. He is our Light. He loves His Beautiful Daughters.

I currently volunteer at our local pregnancy center and love helping teen girls, women and families.
In just two weeks I will be stepping up in front of a group of women to tell not my story but His story of Grace and Redemption.

Two years ago I had a desire to come to She Speaks but the timing was not right. The desire is back. This past fall I lost my job of teaching in early childhood due to some cut backs. This would be such a blessing.
I know God already has a special person in mind to send to this amazing conference.
Lord if it is your will for me to go, "Here I am send me" if not I will be still and wait.

Rachel
racheltemple@cinci.rr.com

Lynn said...

Whenever I need a push, the Holy Spirit steps right in. So here I am! Will I be the last post before the midnight deadline? Quite possibly. I am learning to be faithful to the promptings. God can't always be subtle with me but that has made for some great stories to share.

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Tracie,
It IS all about HIS timing. I'm stepping out on faith by leaving a comment, but I want to do what God tells me to do. I have wanted to attend SheSpeaks for several years now, but have talked myself out of the opportunity every single year. This year, God provided a major healing of a brain tumor for my son (7yr journey) and I told the Lord when this whole ordeal started that I would shout from the rooftops at everything He allowed and did. I have done that within our "comfort zone" circle, but after he completely HEALED my son 2 months ago, I have felt the Holy Spirit telling me I should share Jordan's journey with woman across the country. He did NOT heal Jordan just for me and my family, but also for others. He provided a modern miracle for my son and demonstrated that He is still in the healing business, but most of all that we should trust Him with our lives, our decisions, our thoughts, our husband and our families. Throughout this ordeal, I have learned to TRUST HIM, just as he says in Proverbs 3:5,6 - - Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and will direct your paths.

Thank you,
Jai@wifeof1momof4
wifeof1momof4@gmail.com

CINDY said...

Your link was sent to me by a dear friend who knows my passion for Christ and teaching His Word. We have had conversations about speaking and I confessed that it terrifies me partly because it is out of my comfort zone (way out) and partly because I have had no training. God has clearly revealed the direction I am to go but I lack the training and tools to do so. I know how He has gifted me but I need to know how to 'fan those gifts into flame'. Over the last three years I have had three speaking opportunities and each time I came away feeling like I had gotten in the way of His message because of my nervousness and inexperience. I want so much to get out of the way of His message so that an audience can hear Him and not focus on the mouthpiece He is using.
As I read through the comments I was so encouraged to see that I am not the only one out there who has such a passion for Christ and a desire to share Him with others. My day job is very high stress and demanding and this blog, along with the comments, truly blessed me this week. As I read Tracie's blog, so many of the questions she asked I have asked of myself so many, many times. Oh how I want to bless and encourage others in this insane world we live in. We need His hope more than ever and it is exciting to think He has called me to be a part of that. I also agree with many of the comments posted when they say that God already knows who will be chosen to be raised up - how humbling and exciting all at the same time. It would be an honor and privilege to be counted amongst those women; thank you so much for even offering these scholarships. I have to confess that I had never heard of She Speaks but now that I have, it is my goal to attend - if not now, then someday. My greatest desire is to be equipped to be the kind of servant He wants and can use in big and small ways. Thank you again for this opportunity to dream - it is the push I need!