Apr 21

My First She Speaks

I can’t believe it, but it was 9 years ago that I attended my first She Speaks Conference.  I had no real idea what I was doing there, except that my Women’s Ministries Director approached me with the idea of going. She saw something in me that I had not recognized and was committed to bringing out God’s best in her leaders. I looked at it as an educational opportunity, a conference where I would receive tools and become equipped to be a better Bible teacher and group leader.  I did receive those things, and much much more.  Sometime during the conference, I got the idea that the Lord may be telling me He had other plans for me.  I took 9 months after the conference to seek Him on that and pray about it.  I learned later that He was “calling” me into a speaking and writing ministry.  I took the challenge.

She Speaks was an awakening for me.  My vision was so small.  God’s vision was much greater.  That scared me at first because I thought there was just no way I was capable of what He was calling me to do. And I wasn’t.  But God inside of me, guiding me, preparing me, comforting me, equipping me, strengthening me was.

I encourage women I meet who are interested at all in reaching others for Christ through teaching, leading, writing, or speaking to attend this conference.  For some, the monetary cost makes that seem impossible.  I understand that issue quite well.  If it were not for the financial support of my church, I would not have been able to attend the conference 9 years ago.  That’s why I’m so thrilled that another scholarship is being given away.  If you have the desire to attend but just don’t see how it’s possible, due to cost, I pray you will comment on all of our blogs for this contest.

I will be praying for all of you who comment.  I ask the Lord to be over the random drawing of the winner and to continue to provide hope for those who do not win.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  I hope you’ll stop back by again soon.

Check out the conference here:  www.She SpeaksConference.com.

Rules: This is for women who have never attended She Speaks. And, it is for women who would otherwise not be able to attend. If you can afford the conference – please do not enter to win a scholarship. Leave a comment on the P31 blogs.  Comments should briefly tell us what winning would mean to you in answering God’s call to speak. All comments must be in by midnight Friday. A winner will be randomly chosen from all comments and announced on Monday, April 26th.

Leave comments on the P31 blogs (listed below).

Lysa www.lysaterkeurst.com

Wend B www.wendyblight.com

Shari www.sharibraendel.com

Micca www.miccacampbell.com

Whitney www.whitneycapps.blogspot.com

Amy www.amycarroll.org

Melanie www.melaniechitwood.com

Lynn www.lynncowell.blogspot.com

Karen www.karenehman.com

Suzie www.tsuzanneeller.com

Zoe www.zoeelmore.blogspot.com

Sharon www.sharonglasgow.com

Charlene www.charlenekidd.blogspot.com

Tracie www.traciemiles.blogspot.com

Rachel www.rachelolsen.com

Wendy P www.wendypope.blogspot.com

Luann www.luannprater.com

Susanne www.susannescheppmann.blogspot.com

Renee www.reneeswope.com

Melissa www.melissataylor.org

Van www.vanwalton.blogspot.com

Marybeth www.marybethwhalen.com

Glynnis www.glynniswhitwer.blogspot.com

LeAnn www.leannrice.com

She Seeks www.sheseeks.org

She Reads www.shereads.org

RadRev www.radrevolution.org

Melissa

Comments

  1. Melissa,
    I have missed the posts on your blog but totally understand with all you have had to handle with your Mom’s passing into Jesus’ arms.
    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.

    Michele Zampogna
    ml.zampogna@gmail.com

  2. Robin Shockley says:

    Hello, I love all the Proverbs 31 devotions! They always inspire me and I have forwarded them on to others. I enjoy writing. I have always done this for many years. But over the last few years I have had the privilege of leading a small ladies group in my church called Leading Ladies. This year God gave me the opportunity to hold my own ladies retreat with another local church of about 13 women. I was so nervous but I know now it was in His plan. I realized that weekend God is opening the door for me. I say this because I know I am called to speak. I had the fear for many years I could not do it because I had no education other than being a high school graduate and I am not a Pastor’s wife. I am over that fear Praise the Lord! I desire to receive from leaders the structure and the wisdom in speaking at church events. I have been serving under a ministry in and out of my church that speaks to women. This would mean so much to me to win the scholarship to the She Speaks Conference. I believe this will teach me and draw me closer to the will of God for my life. I cannot afford to pay for the conference. I am in the process of having fundraisers now for my kids to do their dreams and mom has to be put on the back burner sometimes.  But I am so hungry and humble for direction in my faith walk that I know coming to this conference will help me to spread what I learn with many other women. I have a story to tell and I know God wants me to get it out. I am a miracle to even be alive and to have a successful marriage and family at that! I know it’s all in God’s timing for when He wants me to speak and the doors of opportunity are opening up even as I type. Thank you for considering me for this scholarship. If I don’t get it, I know God will bless the one who does receive it. And may she walk out her purpose and calling to be the woman of God she is called to be!

    Serving HIM,
    Robin Shockley
    Greenville SC
    Sfam34@charter.net
    robins@reaganrealtygroup.com

  3. Colleen M. Geyer says:

    Winning the She Speaks Conference Scholarship means the Lord is bringing me one step closer to the desire of my heart – to Speak.
    To Speak to the many and share about what the Lord did for me and what He can do for all who call upon His name.
    I know this conference will equip me with the skills needed to go forth into His great creation.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    Colleen M. Geyer
    VaGeyers@aol.com

  4. Anonymous says:

    “My vision was so small. God’s vision was much greater.” Those words spoke to my heart as I do believe God is wanting to expand my vision. The opportunity to attend this conference would be a huge step in fulfilling a call and a dream. Thanks for your encouraging words.

  5. I have never attended She Speaks but it has been a dream of mine for a few years. I believe the Lord is telling me that this is my year! My husband is a pastor and I work in ministry so this scholarship would be such a blessing to me! As my kids are getting older, I sense that the Lord is preparing me for the next season of life which I know will include more speaking. Receiving this scholarship would be a huge step in being trained and equipped for the call on my life as God’s Word is “as a fire shut up in my bones” and I feel compelled to share truth through speaking.

  6. 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!

  7. Audrey Beers says:

    Hi,
    Over the past few months the Lord has put on my heart to speak to teen girls my age. (i am 13) When i had heard of She Speaks i had been praying that God would make his way clear and show me the next step. as soon as i said that my mom walked in and said “i sent you a link go read it” it was the link to She speaks. as soon as a read the information i wanted to attend. I have started writing but i dont feel like writing can show the emotion you want, since its just words on paper. there is no way i can attend with out gods intervention i would have to get two tickets one for me one for an adult to attend with me. that would be almost $900. thank you for this opportunity!
    Audrey Beers

  8. 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 Renee Swope’s, as described in her post. 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.

  9. Erica Hanson says:

    I am new to Proverbs 31 Ministries and even newer to the She Speaks Conference. Since discovering P31 I have continued to come back day after day and I was ecstatic when I learned about She Speaks!

    I am a young woman who is whole-heartedly seeking God’s will for my time on this earth. I work as a dietitian and absolutely love encouraging and inspiring people to make wise choices that will allow them to lead more fulfulling, productive lives. Since coming into my field I have been praying that God would reveal how he wants to use my training to glorify His name. God has slowly but strongly laid on my heart that he desires for me to use my passions to speak to fellow believers and inspire them to approach their relationship with food and their bodies much differently than what our culture promotes.

    Receiving this scholarship would mean so much in helping fulfill this calling because it would give me the training to take what God has taught me and package it into compassionate, God-centered messages that inspire His people!

  10. 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!

  11. Michelle Barringer says:

    A very close friend first introduced me to Proverbs 31 Ministry. I was going through a vital trial in my life. She read one of the daily devotionals and emailed it to me. She felt that I needed the encouragement that day. It was encouraging. Soon after that, I received another emailed devotional from my friend. Again, she felt I needed encouragement and again, I was. I decided to sign up for the daily devotionals and get them emailed directly to me. I am so glad I did. On many occasions I have been inspired, motivated, encouraged, and equipped with God’s Word. It has been refreshing to read about real life stories from other Christian women.

    Over the past few years, probably close to about eight or nine years now, I have been slowly pursuing what I believe God is calling me to do for Him: write and speak. I want to encourage others (especially women) to trust Jesus, live for Him, and believe in the power of Him. No matter what, He is good.

    It has been a journey I have needed encouragement and focus to succeed. God has provided this every step of the way. I completed my bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2009 and just got accepted into a graduate school program for a master’s of art in communication. I know this traditional educational is a necessary part of my journey.

    When I saw last week the “She Speaks” conference information, I was again encouraged. This is so awesome that this type of conference is being put together. In the years I have known about Proverbs 31 Ministry, I never seen this before. It just lifted my spirit to know there are people out there helping train others to pursue and live out their dreams, their calling of writing and speaking. I am one of those.

    I have never attended a “She Speaks” conference, but it would be amazing to be trained and mentored by others who have been traveling this path already. As I entered the writing contest, I knew it was a long shot, but I also knew it was time to take that risk and put my writing out there for others to read besides professors. I did not win, but I am so thankful I submitted my article. I will continue to work on that article. It is worth the effort. It is worth telling others about.

    Now, I have another opportunity to win a chance of attending the “She Speaks” conference. This is very exciting. No matter whether I get to the conference this year or not, I will continue to pray for the Proverbs 31 Ministry team, the training, and the conference so that God’s will be done for whoever does attend. Plus, I will keep writing and pursuing His calling on my life.

    Thank you for putting in all the time and effort to help others become what God has called them to do for Him.

    In Christ’s love,
    Michelle Barringer
    mrbarringer1@mac.com

  12. Rhonda Maller says:

    I felt useless for the kingdom, so I began to pray daily that God would show me where, when, and how He wanted to use me. He asked me to speak at an all day retreat for young women. I was scared silly, but three days in the belly of a whale wasn’t very appealing either so I said yes. Then he sent me to give a talk on live television. I read the whole book of Jonah . . . and said yes again. When I received my third invitation to speak, I went to the She Speaks website. The conference sounds like a perfect fit, but our check book said no. I’m laying it in God’s hands. If He wants to use Cec to get me there, then God is good. If He sends someone else, then . . . God is still good.

  13. Kathryn Prus says:

    It is so refreshing to see God using all of His women to work together and spread His truth!
    God is leading me on an incredible journey. It is this journey, seeking out a writing/speaking conference that I found this scholarship give-away! Is it a “God coincidence” that it was the first place I looked? God only knows! :) If I do win, this will be a God given answer to prayers and leading me into my dreams!

    Kathryn Prus
    Kathrynprus@gmail.com

  14. It is amazing how God works in each of our lives! I was reading Lysa’s blog and noticed the She Speaks scholarship offer. I was not familiar with the conference, but as I read the through the site I found myself excited and filled with anticipation. Our God has awesome plans for each of us and my journey has been amazing!
    I felt called to ministry when I was 14; I am now 41. The journey has led me to seminary, a Masters in Christian counseling, and now I am in a season of motherhood to two beautiful children under the age of five.
    Over the last year, I have on several occasions felt the Lord directing my steps toward a speaking ministry. Recently, I was approached by our local Baptist Association about doing a mini-conference on mentoring to our area churches. I am also the lay director of Women’s Ministry at my church. I love pouring out into the woman of my church and long to use the gifts God has given me to lead others to healing and wholeness in Christ.
    I am not certain how this ministry will look at this point, just waiting on God to make the path straight and clear. I am excited about the possible opportunity to attend this conference and sharpen my speaking skills and connect with others who have the same calling. Hoping to see everyone at She Speaks, but trusting my Jesus for the right timing.
    His,
    Cherie Orange
    creeor@gmail.com

  15. Jenna Berthoud says:

    Many Thanks to everyone who is making a scholarship even possible! Learning that God has called me to speak has been a gradual process. I was not raised in the faith. Rather I’ve been in some of the darkest places. Places only a loving Father like our Lord would dare go and find me. He has time and again made a way where there was not one.

    The first time I spoke publically was to a very small group and the feed back was great, however, I found myself so ill-equipped. I long to be instructed. I just need some Titus women to show me the way.

    The thought of being around women that can help me direct the gifting God has given me is so very exciting. Further more the thought of being equipped to rattle the gates of hell and see others set free by the power of the testimony He has made me free by,….well that just lites my fire. If that don’t well, my wood may just be wet! =]

    Thank you so much a for a chance!
    Serving Him
    Jenna Berthoud

  16. Melissa,
    Your post is so very encouraging! One of the best parts of this blog tour is reading others journeys and finding great new blogs to follow! Speaking of following, I am trying to follow the prompting in my heart to listen to the Lord and follow His path He has for me. As we are not in any position financially for me to attend this conferance due to medical bills from my recent treatment for aggressive breast cancer, I believe that if this is His path…He will provide!
    Psalm 143:8
    Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,for I am trusting you.Show me where to walk,for I give myself to you.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am a teenager and have a passion for sharing God with others, especially those of my generation. I want to make a difference and feel God is calling me to speak and write about all He has taught me and how He has changed my life. Through my mom’s cancer journey, I have gotten to know Him better and have learned to trust Him more. As believers we should have the skills to be the best in presenting our message to others. It would mean so much to me to learn how to better communicate. I don’t believe God wants me to wait until I’m an adult to minister to others. I am praying for His provision for me to attend this conference if it is what He wants for me this year. Thank you for the opportunity to apply:-)

    LJ
    kajohnsonaz@hotmail.com

  18. Julie Lavender says:

    Just this week, I spoke to my women’s Rejoice Bible Study on creating faith moments with our children. Though I’ve shared this message three times in the last three years with different groups at my church, I’m never quite “comfortable” speaking to my peers. My hands sweat, my heart races, and my voice cracks! But, God still blesses, and many moms thank me afterwards for some fresh ideas to carry out in their own homes. I would love to attend the She Speaks conference to better equip me to share the messages God gives me. I give Him all the credit for any creativity that I possess, and therefore would love to share His ideas with others through possible speaking opportunities.
    Julie Lavender
    lavenders@bulloch.net

  19. Julie Lavender says:

    With great excitement, I read about the She Speaks conference scholarship opportunity. I hadn’t quite made up my mind to blog my entry – quite possibly because I tremble at the thought of speaking to adults – , but was praying about the chance to do so. When the time came for my children and I to begin our homeschooling day, I opened our kids’ Bible to the lesson for today, and realized I would be reading to them from Proverbs 31. I chuckled to myself, then made plans to enter the scholarship give-away. Thanks for your ministry.
    Julie Lavender
    lavenders@bulloch.net

  20. Julie Lavender says:

    A little over a year ago, I attended a writing intensive led by Cec Murphey. In a short amount of time, I realized I was being instructed by a very gifted writer (and speaker), one who cared passionately for those desiring to impart God’s words to others. I pray that the one chosen to receive this generous scholarship will glorify God, bless other women incredibly, and put a smile on Cec Murphey’s face! I would be delighted to attend the She Speaks conference to learn how to do just that!
    Julie Lavender
    lavenders@bulloch.net

  21. 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

  22. joan taylor says:

    She Speaks

    Wow, it is amazing to see how God is working in and through the hearts of so many women He is calling to speak.

    God saved my life from the hands of a very violent and abusive marriage. I was saved and called into His leadership army within the same year. He spoke to my heart saying “all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28. Even though I knew this truth, I still felt as though I was in the “March of The Unqualified and the Unworthy”. Over the years He has reminded me that Moses and countless others formed His leadership army then and the call is no different now. For as He calls thus He equips…God spoke to my heart and said you are unconditionally loved, emotionally healed, and made whole. Remember my daughter there is not an affliction beyond My conviction. Your responsibility is to be 4 real to be healed.

    I began serving with a local domestic violence shelter teaching cooking classes and sharing my testimony. I served within this organization for eight years. God expanded my territory and I served on a local governance board that supports domestic violence initiatives. At my former home church I served in the health care ministry where I was asked to speak/share my testimony at several events. God expanded my territory again and I worked and shared my testimony to survivors of violence in Celebrate Recovery.

    In 2008 God called me to write devotion about my life experiences on this journey with Him. He spoke to my heart sweetly, that the devotions would become topics/platforms for my speaking ministry. In 2009, God created two open-door opportunities for me to speak. One was at a local college where five women who are walking with Christ shared their personal testimonies of surviving violence and God’s calling on their lives. The other opportunity came from a dear friend who was led a women’s ministry at her church. With God’s leading she purchased my ticket and paid me a nominal fee. I spoke at her women’s conference and the topic was Unconditionally Loved, Emotionally Healed, and Made Whole.

    It has been a year since I last spoke. I have continued to write and develop the speaking platforms for which God is directing me. I am follower of your ministry and have prayed for three years to attend your conference. Finances have prevented me. I realize that God will complete His plan in His timing. This opportunity for Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference is God’s open-door opportunity to expand my territory once again. To allow me to be in the company of women that are called to speak, write, and teach His word and increase His Kingdom for His glory.

    Joan Taylor
    Jtaylor349@aol.com

  23. Melissa, Thank you so much for your testimony. I went to your mom’s website and read several of your journal entries – they touched my heart. Having lost both of my parents to similar circumstances, I know your pain well. But – I know your hope of Glory also. Praise His name! I will be praying for you and your family.

    This has been a year of turning for me – transitioning, answering His call. In 1992, the Lord called me to minister to Christian women who are struggling with their faith – women who are not established in the Word. He spoke quietly to me about sharing the hope that I have in Him. I have used these 18 years to prepare for this calling, to develop my skills, to learn more and more about the heart of a woman – from God’s perspective. I have waited on God for His timing – the timing is now. I have launched Jubilant Light Ministries – http://www.jubilantlight.com – and have begun a daily devotional blog, Morning Glory, which teaches little nuggets of gold from God’s Word. I would love to attend She Speaks! Without a scholarship, I am unable to attend. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Now, on to the next blog…

    Bless you!
    Nan Jones

  24. Barbara Martin says:

    My God has great plans for me and my family, it has been a desert walk for about 10 years but He has been so faithful taking me step by step in the direction He desires for my life. It was just impressed upon my heart in the last weeks about public speaking and been confirmed by God through someone else. I truly desire to share more of Him and less of me. Thank you for this awesome opportunity.

    Barbara Martin

  25. Words matter because people matter more. God called me to the ministry of writing long ago. But as I’ve grown in Him, He’s helped me to view my words as a vehicle to connect people with the One who loves them more than they can imagine. And I believe He intends to use both my written and my spoken words to accomplish His purposes.

    As He’s grown my writing, He’s expanded my speaking opportunities. That’s why I began to pray about attending She Speaks. My husband, like many others, has faced the heartbreak of job loss this year. As important as the conference is, family obligations come first. A scholarship would allow me to attend.

    I know the One who calls me to speak and to write is faithful. I’ll trust Him to meet the needs of all who enter. Thanks for offering She Speaks along with the scholarship opportunities. And because both words and people matter, I’m grateful.

  26. Marilyn Fielding says:

    I believe that God is my Father and that He has always been with me, protecting me and guiding me through the deepest, darkest and most despairing circumstances in my life. Sadly to say, it has been during these most vulnerable times in my life that I fell away from God. But being God, He was always there and found a way to bring me back into His grace. I do not know where God is leading me or what His plan is for my life, however, I do believe that God has been actively encouraging me to dig deeper into His Word for His purpose in my life. I do not know if I have the abilities, knowledge, skills, characteristics or work experiences to be selected for the “She Speaks Scholarship.” But I do know that God is my Father and that I love Him with all of my heart. Perhaps some of my life stories, actions and outcomes, might help someone else to find their way back to God. It would be the greatest honor of my life to be selected to attend the “She Speaks” conference and training and allowed to study and grow among such a dynamic group of Godly women.
    God bless each of us.
    Take care,
    Marilyn Fielding
    mefielding@aol.com

    “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6 NAS)

    “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” (Matthew 18:12-13 NIV)

  27. When I first became aware of Proverbs 31 ministries and the She Speaks conference a few months ago, I figured that given our financial situation, attending was a long shot. At this point, it would take a miracle, but that’s alright – the fact that I’ve been speaking for the past four years is a miracle, too! When I give my testimony for Christian Women’s groups, I title it “Leaving the Safety and Security of Your Shell.” It seems appropriate to stick my head out and see if God might open the door for me to attend. This would be my first opportunity to meet, network and learn from other speakers and I know that becoming part of this community would move me forward into His purposes!

  28. Melanie Saccomanno says:

    Dear Ones,
    I am so thankful to have found you. Everyone of you are amazing.
    Your writing has inspired me to take a leap of faith and trust Jesus to move me to the next level with Him. May we know Him better tomorrow. Looking forward to getting to the Conference one way or another.

    Seeking Him,

    Melanie in florida
    saccos4him@cox.net

  29. Jai@wifeof1momof4 says:

    Thank you Melissa . I am learning to let go of MY vision and let God do what he wants to do in my life. Whatever that may be. 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

  30. I have never attended a She Speaks conference but would love to go! I hold with an open hand any “calling” God may fulfill for me to have more opportunities to speak.

    Teaching and challenging women to deeper, more significant living is really enjoyable for me, and I feel His pleasure when He can use me in that role. I also know it is a big and humbling responsibility, so I do not take it lightly.

    Rachel

  31. Kelly Cooke says:

    Being chosenfor the Cecil Murphy She Speaks scholarship would be an honor. I am a 44 yo woman, married for 22 yrs, mother of 4, major bread winner, employed full time outside the home & own a small business as well. People look at me and see a completed woman living a blessed life. They seek out my advice and compliment me on “doing such a great job”. What they don’t know about are the events in my first 22yrs that occurred that have made my into the woman I am today. Some things I was so shameful of that I didn’t even share with my husband until we had been married for 10 yrs. The people that know even part of my testimony are shocked that me, Little Miss Homemaker with the great husband, beautiful children and such talent in so many areas could actually be the same women I have just finished telling them about. Some have asked me to share my story with their church or small group but I know the Lord wants me to share it with large multitudes of women. He has set aside the precise place & moment. Being chosen the receive the Cecil Murphy She Speaks scholarship would allow for me to receive the instruction do just that. Thank you ~ Kelly Cooke Psalm 40:2 & Psalm 37:23