I keep thinking it may be time to rename my blog. I just don't think "sweet" comes anywhere close to accurately describing my life now. Come to think of it, I'm not even sure I can describe it. I mean, I actually look forward to waking up every morning to begin a new day and find out what God has in store for me! Who will He put on my heart to pray for? To encourage? To serve? What lessons will He teach me? What new blessings will He shower upon me? Every single day has become an indescribable adventure!
Although I accepted Him as my Savior about 30 years ago, if I'm being honest here, I would have to say that I have just now begun to understand what it means to have a relationship with Christ. I'm learning more and more everyday how to recognize His voice. I've experienced the power and privilege of prayer countless times. I've reaped the rewards of stepping out in faith and being obedient to God's Word. I seriously think to myself "it just keeps getting better!" And it really does!
Over the past several years, as I have experienced trials in my life, I have clung to God and the promises in His Word. As I have done that, He has blessed me with many powerful testimonies of His loving faithfulness. You can ask anyone who knows me, one of my favorite things to do is SHARE with others what God has done in my life. I get so excited when I recall all the answered prayers I've seen, all the blessings He's rained down on me, and mostly, when I reflect on His redeeming power proven over and over again. I don't believe it's any coincidence that I began to enjoy these benefits in my relationship with God AFTER I started taking Him at His Word and trusting Him by being obedient...whether it was in the small things that others could not see or in the much larger and very public struggles that made others question me at times...yes, believing God and ACTING on it has been the key to victory in my life!
But do you know what I struggle with? Organizing my thoughts! It's frustrating to feel like God has given me so many stories to share to encourage others with, but not know exactly how to put them down on paper. There was a time in my life when I felt led to do a newsletter of sorts--something to encourage women in their relationships--which I am passionate about doing! I've also thought it would be cool to write a devotional book, since God has given me so many "short stories". I figured that would be an ideal way to organize all of them. I feel very strongly that God has put these things (and more!) on my heart to encourage and inspire other women, but I have no idea how to get started! Sadly, I don't really take any steps to reach these goals, but I still feel God nudging me.
So you can imagine how excited I was to read about a conference by Proverbs 31 Ministries called She Speaks where women are equipped to become more effective at sharing the Word of God through writing and speaking and even blogging! I personally love that not only is it for the woman who wants to learn how to write and have a book published, and for a woman directing a ministry for women in her church, but even for someone like me who just loves leading a bible study group and blogging about God and simply wants to improve her writing skills and be more effective and confident when speaking! Doesn't that sound great? You know what else is great? Lysa TerKeurst announced on her blog recently that they are doing yet another contest where they will this time award the winner a scholarship to the She Speaks conference! All you have to do to enter is post on your blog why you would like to go and link to Lysa's blog.
I'm giving it a shot! Why don't you?
You can find the details HERE.