She Speaks Conference Reflections
Three years ago I attended the She Speaks Conference. I was insecure, filled with great anticipation, and felt kind of lost in a sea of well-dressed women. It was near the beginning of my writing journey and I had great hopes for how my publishing appointments would turn out. I longed to be known and to have my writing validated by experts.
My roommate Lee prayed with me before my meetings as I carried my heart on paper—in the form of a book proposal.
My time at the conference did not unfold like I envisioned but it was even better than I could have planned. You see, despite my narrow focus and hunger for recognition, God met me and redirected me as only He could. He reminded me of what’s really important, He equipped me to walk out my calling, and He supplied me with jewels of truth to sustain me for the road ahead.
This past weekend, I returned to She Speaks. As I walked through the doors leading to the lobby of the Embassy Suites, I was reminded of God’s faithfulness throughout this journey, in the form of:
- A squishy tummy, evidence of Baby #5 (a key piece in the journey from striving to settledness).
- A tired mind, evidence of three months of intense book writing and turning in a manuscript to my editor last month.
- A wide-eyed smile, evidence of the encouragement welling up within to bolster others as they walk their path.
God speaks life to dead places and brings about His will in spite of our wanderings, and we are compelled to declare His goodness.
…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. -Romans 4:17d
My roommate Lee (from three years ago) attended She Speaks again this year and God has taken her on her own journey, marked by His incredible faithfulness.
A few days before the conference, Lee’s upcoming book, Brave Moms, Brave Kids: A Battle Plan for Raising Heroes went on sale for pre-order (I got a sneak peek and its message is already reshaping the way I parent).
So what’s my point? Well, I want you to remind you afresh that God can do the impossible.
He can part the seas whenever He is so inclined, He can redirect us when we’re ready to fall off the edge. He can hold us up when we are falling apart. He is faithful when we are faithless. He is strong when we are weak. He is so kind to keep us on course as we walk out our calling.
Wise Words from She Speaks Leaders
God extracts things in our character that can destroy us.” -Susie Larson
What an honor to sit under the teaching of women who have walked ahead of us and glean from their experience. If you are an older woman, are you taking time to teach younger women? If you are a younger woman, are you willing to be taught?
Are you writing for your reader or to get your name on the cover (of a book)?” -Blythe Daniel
It is easy to get derailed as the world tells us to make a name for ourselves. But we are to focus on making Christ known, trusting Him to take care of us as we do.
You don’t have to write the best book, just your best book.” -Liz Curtis Higgs
I am so thankful for women like Liz Curtis Higgs and Carol Kent who are willing to invest in others and help us navigate the path ahead. These women are living out the truths found in Titus 2 as they mentor others with God’s Word and time tested insight.
I am willing to disappoint you in order to obey God.” -Lisa Allen
I want to do a better job, discerning His voice above my own and experiencing the joy and peace in knowing that my Good Father knows what is best for me.
At the end of the day, as we lay our head on the pillow at night, let’s rest, knowing that we obeyed God. We can’t do this without Him. We will fall short, yet in Christ, we are forgiven, sustained, and righteous—not because we always get it right, but because Jesus righted us through His blood, by faith.
Our identity is completed in Christ not our accomplishments.” -Glynnis Whitwer
Don’t ignore your pain, address it so you can make the whole trip well.” -Chrystal Evans Hurst
Chrystal gave an inspiring message about what’s truly important on this faith journey. Many of us need to face our pain instead of plowing through to our destination. Some of us need to focus more on who is with us instead of what we are doing or where we are headed. And some of us need to focus again on the main thing and not the side deals that take up most of our attention.
If you want to change the kingdom go home and love your church.” -Whitney Capps
And last but not least, I’ll leave you with these powerful words from Whitney Capps.
These were the words God hit me with at the She Speaks Conference, reminding me of the importance of being a part of a local Bible believing church.
It’s a dangerous game to be isolated in ministry. We need others who know us well enough to point out our blind spots, to help us get back up when we fall, and to cheer us on when we succeed.Community is hard but it is a most necessary avenue for accountability and growth. Click To Tweet
Church attendance doesn’t make us holy but it sure helps us grow. It is not a “have to” but a “get to.” Not an obligation but an invitation to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves.
We can impact our communities in profound ways as we rub shoulders with those in our local church…and learn to extend and receive grace to others and ourselves. The local church provides great opportunities to learn commitment and selflessness as we mature.
God speaks to us in many ways, through the Bible, through community, through His Holy Spirit gently correcting us when we stray. I’m thankful for how God has used the local church, conferences, and dear friends to remind me of what’s really important on this faith journey.
How about you? What wise words has God spoken to you lately?
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