I got home late Sunday night (actually Monday morning) from the Proverbs 31 Ministries' She Speaks Conference. I'm still catching up on sleep, and find myself dragging through the day. After six non-stop days in North Carolina, my adrenalin resources were pretty much exhausted.
It was an amazing trip as usual. I went early to hang out with my P31 sisters, and talk ministry business. Then the first conference participants started arriving on Thursday night, in order to be ready for the women's ministry pre-conference sessions starting Friday morning.
Anyone who has ever been part of planning a big conference knows the unbelievable number of details that must be attended to. I have to give a huge shout-out to our P31 office staff and volunteers, under the awesome direction of LeAnn Rice. They worked many hours before the conference to make sure that all of those details were tied up in pretty little bows. So although there were a few minor glitches, the conference was so well planned that we just glided over those little problem areas with grace.
I wrote a devotion today (The Adventure of Obedience) that describes what many of the women at She Speaks did this past weekend: they just showed up because God told them to.
"I'm not quite sure why I'm here" was spoken by more than one sweet woman. They had heard about the conference from a friend, or one of our speakers, and knew God wanted them to go. They didn't know why, expect for maybe sometime previously in their lives, they had a small inkling of an idea to speak to women in their church. Or maybe God brought them through a difficult time, and they had a sense that they were supposed to share that experience with someone ... somehow ... sometime.
So they registered online, called our office, signed up for a book proposal appointment, agreed to be in a speaking critique group, made plane reservations, wrote sample chapters, made and froze food for their families, arranged for their children to be with Grandma, an aunt or a friend, bought a new outfit, had their toenails painted, and came to Concord, North Carolina.
AND GOD SHOWED UP!
Oh yes, He did. And I'm pretty confident that those women who weren't sure why they were at She Speaks, know why now.
If you attended She Speaks, please take a moment to post how God showed up for you. I want to celebrate with you and give Him ALL THE GLORY.
Plus, I'll pick one of the posts at random and send you a Starbucks gift card. Just make sure I can get back in touch with you some how.
If you didn't attend She Speaks this year, I hope you'll plan on doing so next year. It will be held July 31-August 2, 2009.
In His Love,