Savoring

“Jesus. My heart beats for You. You, and You alone, are worthy of my praise.”

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Good gracious, people.

I just can’t even.

There is a smile a mile wide on my face right now as memories of my experience at SheSpeaks dance through my head.

So much goodness.

I have spent the last two weeks savoring every little message of truth planted in my heart, every word of affirmation spoken over me, and every way my heart was filled to overflowing.

And, now it is time to share!

In an effort to bring you the deep thoughts and longings of yours truly, I am going to employ a little technique I learned years ago when I first started volunteering with a wonderful ministry.

What am I thinking?

The conference was filled with session after session that gave me the tools to:

 
  • Hone my craft of writing
  • Market myself “without losing my soul”
  • Build a tribe that is also a team
  • Make room for my assignment
  • Unleash the power of conversations around me

And, session after session I experienced the nearness of the Lord in ways that blew me away.

His words.

            I’ve always been with you. I’ve never left your side.

His promises.

            This is only the beginning—you’ve just stepped up to the starting line.

His love.

            I am pleased with you –so very pleased with you.

All overwhelming.

I also met with two publishers. Both gave helpful feedback (what I was hoping for!). Both requested that I send them my book proposal (what I was dreaming of!). Then one looked at me as I was getting up to leave and said:

You have a really good idea.

#takingit #andclaimingit

What am I Feeling?

Overwhelmed. Excited. Unsure. Thankful. Loved.

I am overcome by the Lord’s love for me. I felt His embrace as we were ushered into His presence throughout our days with worship and teachings. He revealed glimpses of what is to come – and OH. BOY. Y’all just wait. I’m giddy with excitement.

I felt His heart and the tender love He has for families, which left me excited and also solemn at the responsibility entrusted to me.

What is it I am Desiring?

This conference gave me the space to meet in a personal way with Jesus and to dream alongside Him. I long to live in this realm of sacred holiness. Of nearness to the Lord’s heart, feeling His heart beat for those around me, and seeing my part to play in His story.

As a result, what am I Choosing?

To live each day in the truth of who the Lord says I am. To partner with Christ in this ministry He is calling me into (even when the way seems pretty dark and mostly unknown!).

 
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I cannot wait to share with each of you more about this journey as it unfolds! A lot of the book writing and publishing process is up in the air while at the same time sitting on several important peoples’ desks. I’ve learned that nothing really happens fast in the world of publishing, which I am completely ok with, especially given this is all so new to me!

Until next time...

The sister and I celebrating "a toast" from my husband!

The sister and I celebrating "a toast" from my husband!

My pre-conference buddy (and the sweetest baby nephew there ever was!).

My pre-conference buddy (and the sweetest baby nephew there ever was!).

My dear friend and prayer partner that SheSpeaks' sent to me two months before the conference. Our weekly phone calls were SO encouraging!

My dear friend and prayer partner that SheSpeaks' sent to me two months before the conference. Our weekly phone calls were SO encouraging!

The Fantastic Four. I was worried about being at a large conference with no one I knew...then, of course, the Lord provided just what I needed <3

The Fantastic Four. I was worried about being at a large conference with no one I knew...then, of course, the Lord provided just what I needed <3