I'm home from She Speaks 2010. I'm physically tired, emotionally exhausted and yet filled with overwhelming joy. I wonder if this is what Moses felt like after being in the presence of God. I just can't stop smiling.
Somehow, through the desperate prayers and humble offerings of a bunch of ordinary women, the Embassy Suites in Concord, North Carolina got transformed into holy ground for three amazing days.
First and foremost, I want to give God all the glory and honor He deserves for what He did. He is always faithful, always kind, always grace-filled and always generous. He invaded that place with His presence, and changed us.
Even though this was the 10th anniversary (and I've been at all of them), I'm always amazed at what God does. I'm not surprised - because He's never failed us. But I think He delights in amazing me.
So I thought I would do a Top Ten list of my experience at She Speaks this year. Except for number one, these are not in any order. Here goes:
10. Interacting with incredible publishers, agents and authors who gave generously of their time, energy and expertise to extend a hand to women who feel called to write.
9. Giving LeAnn Rice a standing ovation for all she did to make She Speaks happen. She was probably embarrassed by the attention, but she deserved it.
8. Karen Ehman's dog vs. cat example on Sunday morning. "Let's all be dogs! (pant, pant, pant)
7. Hearing Cecil Murphey's reminder that God is sovereign and works in spite of man's rejection. What delightful hope.
6. Meeting a woman, recently divorced, who came to She Speaks wondering if God could ever use her in ministry again. She got her answer after hearing Cheri Keaggy and Angela Thomas minister from the main stage. We serve a redeeming God!
5. Having the help of some beautiful women and young ladies to make the writer's track such a success. Thanks to: Danita, Sheila, Michelle, Kristen, Lauren, Ashley, Ramona, Julie & Ariel. Thank you for serving with such servants' hearts, with graciousness and love.
4. Watching the staff, speaker team, and volunteers of Proverbs 31 Ministries in glorious action both before, during and after. I've NEVER met any group of women more loving and devoted to Christ and each other. I love us! (to quote Marybeth)
3. Lysa's challenge to consider how our reactions affect our reach. I know I want a God-sized reach, and need to pay more attention to my reactions.
2. Meeting so many sisters who love God Word and love conveying God's truth through words.
1. Somehow with over 650 women in attendance (I'm including volunteers), God spoke to each one of us as if we were the only one there.
If you couldn't make it to She Speaks this year, please pray about joining us next year. If you haven't already signed up to receive my posts, please do so and I'll let you know when registration is open. It will probably be January or February 2011.
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In His Love,