Blog Carnival and a Contest

As you may know, She Reads is a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries. And each year, Proverbs holds the She Speaks conference for those wanting to grow as speakers and writers. This year, bestselling author Cec Murphy is giving away ten conference scholarships and you, my friends, have the chance to win one today!

Here are the rules: This contest 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. Below is a list of sites that are participating in today’s carnival. Leave a comment on one (or all) of these blogs briefly stating what winning would mean to you in answering God’s call to speak. The more comments you leave, the better your chances of winning! A winner will be randomly chosen from all comments and announced on Friday, April 23rd.

Last year She Reads hosted DSC03450a fiction book signing and we will do another one this year. A few authors planning to attend include Mary DeMuth, Tom Davis, Christa Allan, and Marybeth Whalen, just to name a few. So if you’d like to meet some of your favorite She Reads authors in person, make sure you enter to win today’s contest.

www.lysaterkeurst.com

www.wendyblight.com

www.sharibraendel.com

www.miccacampbell.com

www.whitneycapps.blogspot.com

www.amycarrollp31.blogspot.com

www.melaniechitwood.com

www.lynncowell.blogspot.com

www.karenehman.com

www.tsuzanneeller.com

www.zoeelmore.blogspot.com

www.sharonglasgow.com

www.charlenekidd.blogspot.com

www.traciemiles.blogspot.com

www.rachelolsen.com

www.wendypope.blogspot.com

www.luannprater.com

www.susannescheppmann.blogspot.com

www.reneeswope.com

www.melissataylor.org

www.vanwalton.blogspot.com

www.marybethwhalen.com

www.glynniswhitwer.blogspot.com

www.leannrice.com

www.sheseeks.org

www.radrevolution.org

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Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of the popular online book club, She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Her novel, THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS, will be published in January 2014 by Doubleday. Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.

65 Responses to Blog Carnival and a Contest

  1. Heatherly Sylvia April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I felt called to teach women since a very powerful experience in 1998- a true Holy Spirit encounter. Since then, I’ve had many opportunities, small and large, to teach my sisters and even have had a few small speaking engagements. I want nothing more than to know how to do a better job, so that I can do a better job of getting out of the way and letting God do His thing in me! I feel that She Speaks would do that for me!

  2. Julie Gorman April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve never attended a She Speaks Conference and would love to be able to. We haven’t had an income for the past 6 months and so the scholarship would be an amazing blessing. It’s the body of Christ working together that completes us and makes us whole. I know God’s calling me to speak and since “iron sharpens iron” I’d love to have my iron sharpenend at a “She Speaks Conference”.

    Julie Gorman
    julie.gorman@comcast.net

  3. Amy Van Vleck April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    She Speaks! I’d LOVE to attend this Conference (and win a scholarship) because, by God’s calling, I’ve been asked to ‘step up my game’ and go from writer, editor, blogger – to speaker.

    Here’s my story. I have been a Christian-genre writer, editor, and publicist for many years. I worked for my wonderful church (Lake Pointe Church, Rockwall, Texas) for six years as editor-in-chief, lead writer, for their magazine. It shared all the good stuff going on within and through our congregation. It was such a blessing to prepare each time! But God called me out – out into the wonderful world of freelance, where my ministry focus could expand to His entire Church, not just the one I attend/worked for. So, I quit my day job. I have been freelancing “on the side” for 12 years and have edited many books written by Christian authors (some listed on my new blog at writervoice1.wordpress.com). Then, one week later, my mentor (and a client) Thelma Wells, A Woman of God Ministries, asked me to do the unthinkable: she asked me to join her and others on TV and on a Webcast University that she is preparing (she’s a busy, busy lady for God!). I can’t say no – nor do I want to – but I have no speaking training. Teaching Bible study for 7 years has given me lots of confidence, but I’ve never taped a presentation nor stood in front of a crowd larger than 50. I want to take this next step – to speak – and allow God to use me as He has prepared. And, ladies, I do believe He is preparing me for Kingdom work!
    I know graduates of She Speaks!, namely author Mary DeMuth, and would love the chance to enhance my profile to include SPEAKING for Him! It would be a wonderful adventure and the fulfillment of a tugging that I’ve not been able to ignore.
    Thank you for making this contest available. I’m sure whomever wins will be the RIGHT choice! Blessings to you today in all you do for His kingdom!
    Amy Van Vleck, Rockwall, Texas
    write-way@hotmail.com
    amy-v@hotmail.com

    FYI – being newly “self-employed” and my husband tentatively unemployed, there’s no way I could afford to attend without assistance. Thanks again for the chance to WIN!

  4. Connie Johnson April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    God has provided a few opportunities over the years allowing me to teach and speak. I always get a thrill from speaking because God provides such peace and guides my words. However, just thinking about the prospect of being on the “front lines” and opening myself up to the criticism and the scrutiny that one bares serving in this capacity, almost paralyzes me with fear. And though I know God equips anyone He desires to use, I still feel insecure about my abilities.

    The She Speaks Conference has always interested me but time and money kept the door closed on this opportunity. This year was no different because I was scheduled to participate in the International Hearts at Home Conference in Europe. The conference had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash. This in turn, opened up the time needed to attend the She Speaks Conference. And now this contest has presented me with the chance to overcome the financial burden. So I feel as if God is telling me to “get out of the boat.”

    So here I am, following God’s orders, trying to keep my eyes on Him and not the fear that is threatening to overwhelm me. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  5. Misti Gil April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    God has been nudging. He’s got me writing devotional blogs for women; now I’m feeling a nudge towards an eventual teaching ministry. I’m sure this will include speaking at some point. I don’t know when, but I do know it is my responsibility to become ready for the call when it comes. Scary but exciting. I was a high school teacher before I was a stay home mom, but getting up in front of a group of my peers to teach them the Word of God is intimidating. I would like to gain some confidence here, and I believe She Speaks could do that. With my husband in full-time ministry, your scholarship would allow me to attend when I otherwise would not be able. Pick me!!

    Misti Gil
    wallsdown@yahoo.com

  6. Amy Peterson April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    God moves in mysterious ways. I thought my season of “public speaking” had passed. I instead have been focusing on writing, while raising my three lovely daughters. I was completely comfortable with this shift. Several years ago a friend encouraged me to attend a She Speaks conference but the cost was prohibitive. So I put it all in a “past season” category and left it at that. This morning when I read that another scholarship would be offered I felt compelled to read about the details. All while reading I was thinking “this will be so nice for someone else.” Then a small voice said “do it.” Uh-oh was my first thought, it seems God might want to take me out of my comfort zone. Since then God has led me to scriptures of confirmation that I am to enter this contest. For what purposes I do not know, but I do know that when God speaks and you follow amazing things always happen. Thank you for offering this wonderful opportunity and encouragement to so many women, who like me have a God story to share.
    Blessings,
    Amy Peterson -average Mom with an AWESOME God!
    sweetiepetey@cox.net

  7. Mallory Kristjanson April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Mallory Kristjanson
    Saved by Grace. Called to minister to the women who are broken, left on the streets and unsaved. I have volunteered in Ministry throughout Lethbridge and surrounding community, namely to the lost, street ladies and women in jails. This is my calling and this experience would be a life changing step in my walk with God. I want to feed the lost. My heart is for those most forget!
    mallorykristjanson@hotmail.com

    Your sister, from Canada.

    Thank you for this opportunity. My life has changed and I have been sober from alcohol and drugs for almost four years :) Saved by Grace and called to serve!
    http://www.msk1986.blogspot.com/

  8. Ashley Cloninger April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    On July 20th, 2006, the Lord led me into a wilderness of brokenness I’ve never known before. Everything I held dear, He gently and very quickly stripped away-my calling, my home, my church, my friends, my comfort zone. God brought me to a new arena that was very frightening to me. Being the ultimate Girl Scout, I always prided myself in knowing what was going to happen next. I was serving the Lord but with a prideful resistance. I could have never foretold the pain I learned in this desert wilderness. I was so completely broken and stripped bare of any resemblance of self.
    As God ordained each aspect of how the brokenness came forth, I heard His gentle voice speak, “I am going to use your mouth to encourage women. I am going to publish things through you. Where you are is not where you are going and I am getting ready to accelerate things”. I sure wish I could say I believed Him. In the pain and the countless tears of grieving over the life I thought was mine, I was very angry with the Lord and verged on much disrespect toward our Heavenly Father. I tried to bargain with Him that I would do anything, absolutely anything if he would just give me my old life back. I yearned for the familiar for what I thought I needed and even though my calling was crystal clear, I seemed to be paralyzed by fear. Many questions stirred in my mind†¦How Lord? How are you going to accomplish this calling?
    Being completely and utterly honest, at that time, I didn’t even like women. In my past, I have been on the receiving end of spitefulness which included haughtiness, jealously, and fakeness to say the least. Why would you call me away from my love of being a Children’sMinister to encourage women? But Praise God, His ways are always higher than my ways.
    These last four years since my calling was revealed, I have experienced God in the most phenomenal ways. I have been an eyewitness to his grace as He is opening door after door to speak, to encourage, and to minister to all women who steal my heart. He alone, spoke Isaiah 61, “you are a planting of the Lord to display my splendor”. And from this verse, my speaking ministry, Unveiling His Splendor, has been launched as I am daily watching God open doors that no man could open. God has supernaturally used many people to bring me to a platform where I can boldly proclaim His truth, His love, and His grace. I no longer expect an ounce of self to bring forth the perfect will of the Lord.
    I eagerly await each new door that presents itself and consider it a privilege and an honor to stand on this platform hand in hand with every woman I encounter. With each new speaking event, He is daily teaching me to lean more on the Holy Spirit and less on myself. In the movie Spiderman, Peter Parker’s uncle states “with great power comes great responsibility.” I feel that way about my speaking ministry. I received power when the Holy Spirit came upon me and God has handpicked me for some unknown reason with this precious calling to love on women.
    I would consider it a special honor, another open door, if the Lord allowed me to attend this years’ conference. Being a military wife to a husband who deploys six months out of every year, I have learned to not only rely on God’s solid word, but to also trust in His timing. I have dreamed of coming to the conference for three years now but to no avail. I know and trust He will perfect those things which concern me and He will keep me in perfect peace as long as I am focused on Him.
    I would humbly accept the scholarship and would be thrilled to attend. I know I would glean much information as I come under the authority of the P31 Ministry Team and as a result, would enhance my skills and strengthen my serve :) Pun intended! May God bless you richly as we serve hand in hand with teaching and equipping all women to walk in love, to stand on His powerful truths, and to fulfill our specific purpose. Much love and many hugs.

    Unveiling His Splendor,
    Ashley Cloninger
    cloninge@bellsouth.net
    (H) 843-871-9765
    (C) 704-408-7340

  9. Laura April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    My roommate went to She Speaks last year. We were not roommates when she signed up for the conference, but by the time it rolled around I was super jealous I wasn’t going too. She was a little timid at first, but it totally changed her and gave her a boldness I hadn’t seen in her before. So, this whole year, I’ve been wondering how I could find a way to go myself.
    I don’t have the money†¦like a lot of people these days. I do have a heart for women. I’m developing a love for writing that I don’t understand. I have always been a bit of a performer so I’m comfortable speaking/talking with people, but I have no training in either. I’m not sure where God is directing me, but I know I need some honing in both these areas to get there.
    Lots of potential†¦needing some direction.
    ~Laura
    laurarmullen.wordpress.com

  10. Bethany LeBedz April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Yay! Another contest! I’m going to be like the friend in Luke 11:5-13; y’all are going to get so sick of my entering all the She Speaks scholarship contests that you’ll eventually award me one! I’m really believing that I need to keep asking for this opportunity because I know I need to be there this year and this is the only way I can manage it (I even live right in Concord, but have never been able to attend).

    I’m an accidental speaker. I never set out to speak publicly, although I’m not afraid to be in front of a crowd. I started writing a few years ago (also kind of by accident), and then people started asking me to speak on those same topics. Knees quaking and voice shaking, I have spoken a few times. I have a few more speaking engagements lined up, but I need so much help and direction to move from being an adequate speaker to being an excellent speaker.

    Thank you, thank you!

    Bethany LeBedz at gmail dot com

  11. Melissa Reynolds April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have longed to attend the She Speaks conference since hearing of it last year! I would love the opportunity to explore the calling God has placed on my life! Thanks!

  12. Shelly Brown April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have had a part time ladies’ ministry for about 7 years. However, about 21 months ago, right when it SEEMED the Lord was leading me into a more full-time speaking ministry it virtually became non-existent. Not through any wrong doing of my own, but through some pretty tough circumstances that instead, had me sitting at His feet and simply being still as He worked on transforming me in ways I could never have imagined (which He is continuing to do). Not to say that every day was spent “being still” because I had many days of doubt, questions and wrestling matches. The reality is, God WAS leading me into more of a full-time capacity, except it was God’s plan to first take me through the fire … “But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold!” [exclamation point mine] Job 23:10.

    God already knows which precious lady will be the recipient of the She Speaks scholarship. I’m simply excited for the opportunity to throw my name into the hat and will be thrilled for whomever is selected.

    Shelly Brown
    http://www.shellybrown.com
    shelly@shellybrown.com

  13. Shelly Cantrell April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Writing is something that I have been doing for a long time, and I’ve managed to keep it to myself in my journal… until recently.

    Speaking is something that I very recetly felt called to do as I wrote and led the fall womens’ retreat for my church in ’09. This was the 1st time I had ever done anything like that and it was WAY out of my comfort zone!

    Since then, I have been feeling the call to vocational ministry, and I believe that She Speaks is my next step!
    http://shellysc.blogspot.com/2010/03/shelly-says-he-speaks-will-she-speak.html

    Will you consider me for the scholarship?

    My husband is without full-time work (since December ’08), and I know we can’t afford it on our own.

    http://shellysc.blogspot.com/

  14. Amy Dunham April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I am a “new” Christian and just came onboard with the Lord in the fall of 2009. I have a wonderful infertility story that was totally left in God’s hands and he worked miracles in my life… but I still struggled with coming to Him. I love to share my story and hear everyone’s story. I have been told that I am so funny and yet so sincere in my testimony that it makes other “long-time” Christians feel that same “newness” all over again. I LOVE THAT! I recently listened to Lysa TerKeurst messages through some Hearts At Home CDs my friend loaned me. I just love her and her style and her funny stories… “WHITE SHOES” I do feel called to be in front of people, sharing, being funny and bringing out the laughter in their hearts and helping them to feel “new” with God again. Let me know if you want to hear more of my story.

    Amy Dunham
    amy_dunham@comcast.net

  15. Nadia April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    For years, God has nudged me to attend She Speaks. For many reasons, I have been unable to go. As my speaking opportunities have grown and my ministry increased, I know that this year, I need to be there.

    I have been speaking for 6 years and am grateful to do something I feel so passionately about. It is a blessing to be able to encourage women to live their lives intentionally. Over the years, I have worked to expand this ministry but am now at the point where I need additional help. The sectionals offered at She Speaks teach the very things I need to learn to do. In addition to this, I have begun to write and am interested in learning more about publishing so that I can find new ways to encourage and empower women. Every part of this conference speaks exactly to where I am right now in my work for the Kingdom!

    This scholarship means so much to me and to our family. Finding a way to afford the conference has been difficult for us. I know, however, that God will not be contained by the constraints of our economy. He is so much bigger than that! I trust Him fully to help me find a way to attend She Speaks this summer and am so grateful for yet another opportunity for a scholarship.

    Thank you so much!

  16. Tara April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have wanted to attend a She Speaks conf. for two years, but haven’t been able to do so. I have felt a calling to speak to women and ten girls for nearly two years. I have been a youth leader and got to teach many that way. I am now in a new phase of life and feel an even stronger calling to reach out to women and teen girls and just have not been able to figure out how. Getting this would be an answer to prayer of how I am to start and continue in God’s will.
    Thank you,
    Tara DeMaris
    lasting_memories_tara@yahoo.com

  17. Rebekah Lilly April 21, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I have been involved for many years in my local church teaching Sunday School and Girls Club. I have to say that Girls Club ministry is very special to me. About two years ago I began to feel a need for teaching on a deeper level to teenagers and new converts about really connecting with God and developing a personal relationship with Him. I am passionate about teaching Girls Club and working with teenage girls especially because I remember well my teenage years. I remember the life I led and the way I acted, the things I did, and most of all the mistakes that I made. I also remember that, even though I had Christian friends, I never felt compelled to change my ways. I never saw Christians that made me want a relationship with Jesus. I have a passion to see teenagers (and that includes my own three kids, who are not quite at their teenage years yet, but it’s not too young to begin) develop a personal relationship with God. I want to see them realize the potential and plan that He has in their lives. I wish that I had realized and developed my own personal relationship with God much earlier. I began working with some outreach ministry two years ago as well. My husband felt a call to begin driving our church van and he started picking up kids around the area of our church. I enjoyed getting to know the kids and working with them, they were special to me. The first “big” project was an Angel Tree in my local church. It was during this time that I first went out into people’s homes and met them. It really increased my desire to see mom’s and dad’s begin to come to church and get saved. God really changed my heart and how I felt about others, and how I felt about myself and what He had blessed me with, when I went into other people’s homes and saw how they lived and the situations and problems they dealt with on a daily basis. It is a humbling experience to see living conditions, trials, and problems that people and children are faced with on a day to day basis. I feel that new convert teaching is important, because so many times people get saved, but don’t know what to do next. Or, they would like to get saved, but have not been raised in church or even hardly attended church and they just need help in understanding God and His Word. I feel a special desire and need to teach new converts and teenagers about developing their relationship with God. In developing “daily walk” habits of reading their Bible, praying, studying, and living their Christian life. I would like to teach Bible studies. I don’t know where to start. You would think a person that is involved in teaching in Sunday School, teaching Girls Club, and in working with young people would know where to start, but I don’t. I have been praying, reading, studying, writing, journaling†¦ doing all the things I feel necessary to move forward, but my feet seem stuck. The women of Proverbs 31 are an amazing and inspiring group, and I feel that attending the She Speaks conference would answer questions I have about moving forward and following this calling I feel in my life.

    Rebekah Lilly
    rebekahlilly@suddenlink.net

  18. Melanie Broadway April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have been a single mom for almost 3 years. The night I discoverd my husband’s extra marital activities was a turning point for me wherein I finally saw Jesus as my only true security. I had always looked to my dad (who had passed away 6 months prior) or my husband. The relationship I have now with Christ is exceedingly and abundantly beyond anything I could have possibly imagined I could ever have. God has very recently called me to become a Personal Guidance Minister for Scope Ministries and I begin training for this in May. I am so excited about sharing my experiences and the love of Christ with other single mothers that I cannot right now keep up with my fingers as I type! I think that I am much more comfortable with speaking than I am with writing and I have never been to a “She Speaks” conference! This would be an amazing experience for me, especially right now during the dawning of my calling! Thanks for providing the possibility of being blessed with a scholarship to this event! I don’t think I will be able to attend without such a blessing this year, but maybe someday soon!

    Melanie Broadway
    melanie.71@hotmail.com

  19. Gretchen Flores, LCPC April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    The Lord has often spoken to me about a life of public speaking. I have stage fright so I told him I thought he must have the wrong person. I need a chance to learn so that I can be able to obey my Lord and get over my jitters. We are trying hard to get out of debt so I cannot spend the money right now.

    I want to speak on healing along with the healing God has done in me. He said to me “I have delivered you for a purpose.” Part of the reason I have stage fright has to do with overcoming my perfectionism but also fighting against the lie Satan put in my mind many times that “No one wants to hear what I have to say.” I speak softly and often remember my parents criticizing me and laughing at me when I was a child. I would love to go to She Speaks with Christian women so I can also receive prayer and be freed to speak what God has placed on my heart to share.

    http://www.gretchenflores.com/blog/

    Gretchen Flores

  20. Cindie April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    would love to be able to attend She Speaks, but financially it has been a difficlut season. I pray God will bless the woman who is supposed to win this scholarship, but that He will enable all of us to continue to tell our stories.

    I believe that we all have a story to tell. Our stories are all different, but I believe that God is truly the author of them all. My greatest desire is to use my story to show His glory in my life.
    I want to enable others to see the Hope that they can have as they trust Jesus on the journey. I love teaching and would like to broaden my Ministry by speaking as well.

  21. Kimberly April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am feeling the tug of God on my heart to go into a speaking ministry. I am like Moses was when God told him to go speak to the people and Moses didn’t feel he was worthy or able to do so. God is not letting me use that excuse. I feel convicted to do to this.

    I believe my life experiences could reach many hurting women.

  22. Cindy@FromSeedstoSunflowers April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am thankful for the chance to win a scholarship to She Speaks – as it would mean so much to me. I have such a desire to speak and share with other women and encourage them as they seek God with their whole heart. It is hard sometimes to know if you are doing what God wants you to do. I do believe though that if you have a desire to serve Him and be used by Him that He will provide a way – He will open doors that may otherwise not be opened. I do think that if I were to win this would be a perfect example as I could not afford to attend any other way. I know the drawing is random and so I am fine with leaving it up to Him and His timing. I am just very thankful for the chance to win!!

  23. Julie Lane April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    What a responsibility! What I first embraced as a passion to speak and write for my loving God, I now hold so very dear to my heart and I want to walk both faithfully and carefully down this path that God has made for me. I know God has called me to speak and write for Him and I taking each little baby step that I can with Him and embracing with this journey every open and closed door–trusting that God knows best and is leading the way.
    I have researched ways to sharpen and better equip myself and I have not found anything like “She Speaks.” I have been praying about attending the last couple of years and honestly, the funds are tight and I have not been able to fork the bill on top of the airfare. If I am chosen for this scholarship, I will know that God desires to use the women at the conference to inspire and equip me to serve for His kingdom. To God be the glory, amen.
    Julie Lane

  24. Jane from SC April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I want to attend the She Speaks conference so badly. This year I made my decision to listen to God and stop furthering my education to teach nursing so I could further my education by reading God’s Word and teaching it. What a ride it has been! I know He has great things in store for me and I feel that this conference will get me on my way to reach this journey He wants for me. Please consider me for this scholarship. My husband is not getting enough work even to pay the power bill let alone for me to come to the conference. I know God will provide and am praying that you will choose me for this wonderful opportunity. I had not heard of She Speaks conference until this year and when I felt God has called me to teach His Word to women again (which I did not 14 years and then stopped for 5 years)I felt like this was confirmation to get me on my journey that God has called me on with Him. Reading all these comments on all the blogs – wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of us could go and meet each other and with all of us being trained and starting to lead and teach women throughout the United States – there would be GREAT REVIVAL among women!! Wouldn’t that be awesome! I am so excited to be a part of all of this whether I am chosen or not to know that I am part of God’s chosen women is a great honor!

  25. Janet Morris Grimes April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have been a “closet writer,” so to speak, for the past twenty years. It was this past June, after facing unemployment for the first time since I was 15-years-old, that I attended my first ACW Conference. Though I still consider myself a beginning writer, I am making quick progress and currently write for five monthly online publications. I also will have my first write-for-hire book published later this year for Atlantic Publishing.

    But my goal is to share the true stories that can change lives. I long to be able to do this through face to face contact as well as through the written word. I consider this a weakness of mine, and would appreciate the opportunity to attend She Speaks so that I may strengthen my ministry. The testimonials that come from this conference prove that God is very much a part of the process, inspiring those who participate to go further than they ever dreamed possible.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  26. Michelle Sherlin April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have been praying for an opportunity to attend a She Speaks conference! I would cherish the blessing of beinga ble to attend. It would be a timely affirmation for me!!
    I’ve been writing for almost exactly a year now on my blog http://www.afewminuteswithmichelle.com and speaking a bit here and there. I truly feel God’s calling to uplift and minister to women.
    It has been a very difficult year for me and my family and I feel like the Lord has much to share through my adversity. I would be so grateful for the gift of a scholarship to attend.
    Blessings! Michelle

  27. Stephanie Shott April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi Marybeth,
    Here I am visiting your blog and putting my name in the hat for a scholarship. I have to tell you that about a year ago when I happened across the Proverbs 31 site, I was unexplainably drawn to the ministry.

    I’ve been speaking for over 20 years and involved in ministering to women for about the same length of time, but I’m only about a year into the whole writing thing.

    The 2010 She Speaks conference has been on my heart since I learned about it and the only way I know how to express my strong desire to be there is that I believe I’m “supposed” to be there. But, I also know that unless the Lord provides that it isn’t in our financial cards this year.

    Not only do I sense that I’m supposed to be there, but also that I “need” to be there, as well. I can’t explain it. But I’m truly looking forward to how the Lord will use my time at “She Speaks” to change me, to develop me, to give me the opportunity to do one of my favorite things…spend time with like-minded women who long to make a difference for the glory of God.

    I’m also truly inspired by Cec Murphey’s generosity! Almost every time I see the opportunity for scholarships to “She Speaks” and to other conferences, they come attached with Cec’s name as the benefactor. So thank you, Cec and thank you Proverbs 31 women for offering yet another opportunity for a chance to go to this wonderful conference.

    Thanks again for this opportunity!

    Eternally His,
    Stephanie Shott
    Phil 3:7-14
    dshott1@msn.com

  28. Sabrina April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I saw the information for this conference for the first time last year, I was pregnant at the time and my husband was home, knowing he would be deploying soon and I would have 2 children to find care for rather than one I really wished I could go then but there was no way we could afford it and nothing happened to make it possible. At the time I thought “maybe next year” but knowing I would have two children and a deployed husband I kind of pushed it from my mind and forgot about it until I started seeing blog posts about it this year. I didn’t really let myself get excited about it because I now have two children and a husband in Afghanistan so not only can we not afford it I would have to arrange for childcare (and it would be the first time I left my baby). Then I saw this contest. WOW, I actually teared up at the idea that it might be possible. If I’m supposed to go to this conference I KNOW God will provide the way, the money, the childcare etc. Perhaps this is how He will provide the money I don’t know. But I do know that if I win He will also provide arrangements for the children.
    What does it mean? What is my passion? Well, I’ve always LOVED both writing and speaking And I think I’m good at both honestly. I have done speaking/training in my job (secular) before and LOVE being in front of a room full of people. I currently need motivation and direction to get going in this area. I need practical tools to make my writing/speaking organized and meaningful. I love sharing information, I get all fuzzy inside when people ask me a question about anything that I have an answer for (seriously I get excited about diapers lol). I currently don’t have the confidence to write/speak about my faith, I’m afraid of being wrong and then telling everyone else something wrong. I know this is something I can and should get past I just need help! I would love to have the confidence to lead a group of women in Bible study or speak at an event! Thank you for this opportunity!
    sobyn at hotmail dot com

  29. wanda April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m at a point where I know God has something amazing He wants to do through me. I’ve tried to run from this ministry but He won’t let me. I’m so excited to even have the chance to apply for a scholarship. She Speaks has been a dream conference of mine for several years.
    I want to be right in the center of God’s will. Speaking/leading is part of that and I know it.
    I cannot afford to go on my own. But that’s not important. If God wants me there….He will make a way.
    I pray if this is my turn…..that I’ll be there!

  30. Jenn Hand April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    For as long as I can remember I have felt called to speak for the Lord. The Lord has taught me so much this His love letter in His word and I just can’t keep it in. I love speaking to woman and seeing the Holy Spirit move in their hearts. I have been blessed to teach womens conferences all over south asia and in some places in America and find it a true joy. Attending She speaks would be such a dream to recieve training in this calling and I cannot attend without either a scholarship or God’s people giving. What an awesome ministry!
    Jenn Hand
    reachingsouthasia@yahoo.com

  31. Gerri April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Not too long ago, I was sitting quietly with God, praying. I asked him for discernment and guidance as I entered a new phase of life, becoming a mom who works outside the home. I was also praying about the desire to write and speak that He placed inside of me, wondering what He wanted me to do with that. He led me to Habakkuk 2:2-3 And the LORD answered me, and said, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (NKJV) Although I have felt a calling to write for a number of years, in the past year, God’s given me a couple of opportunities to “dip my toe” into the speaking world both by leading women through Bible Study and by speaking to them at women’s ministry events. Out of obedience, I did what I was asked to do. As hard as it is to believe that God wants to use me as a vessel to encourage and exhort others (those are my spiritual gifts, along with service), I’ve finally started to embrace it. I’m working to develop the discipline that writing requires, starting a blog, and using every opportunity I have to speak God’s truth into the lives of women, my children, and my husband. God is so good! If he wants me at She Speaks, He’ll find a way to make it happen! Though it tarry, I continue to wait for it! My God never disappoints!!!

    Gerri
    fieno@bellsouth.net
    704-293-8055

  32. Misty April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I am very excited to see another opportunity has been presented to give one blessed lady the chance to attend She Speaks. I was a little let down when I realized I missed the last opportunity to participate for a chance to win a scholarship to the conference. I am grateful for this opportunity.

    I know I have been called to be a mouthpiece for the kingdom of God. Speaking before an audience, big or small, is not an easy thing to do for most people. As for me, I belong to that group of “most people” I just mentioned. I truly believe She Speaks will arm me with the skills necessary to perfect my speaking ability so that I may go forth with my calling with confidence.

    I keep telling myself I am going to attend She Speaks, maybe this year it will become a reality for me.

    Thank you.

    Misty A Brown
    mistybrown01@yahoo.com

  33. Laura Polk April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m so excited there is another opportunity for a scholarship! I’ve been wanting to attend a She Speaks conference for the last two years. Winning the She Speaks scholarship would be an amazing blessing to me and would allow me to finally get the direction I need to get to the next level in my speaking goals, as well as be a clear indicator to me that this is where God wants me at this point in my life. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  34. RefreshMom April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Attending She Speaks has been in my heart since my youngest (now 4) was a baby. As a ministry family on the other side of the country, actually getting there has always been out of reach. Even moreso this year as we have no regular source of income (aside from God’s gracious and unexpected provision).

    God has already been opening doors for me in the writing arena, but I know that as writing opportunities come, speaking invitations are soon to follow. The speaking itself doesn’t intimidate me, but the responsibility of communicating God’s word does.

    I sometimes feel like Gideon putting out my fleece, “If I get a scholarship, I’ll take it as confirmation that I’m meant to go.” God has done this in the past when I followed His call to writing. Now the question is whether it’s time to be more intentional about speaking the messages He’s given me.

    I’m so glad to know we have a sovereign God who paves the way down these paths that often seem like a dream that He intends to turn into reality. Maybe this year†¦

    Thank you (and Cec–who isn’t nearly as curmudgeonly as he claims to be!) for this opportunity. Blessings on all who enter and seek His plan for their ministry.

    Mary Hampton

  35. Christy Perry April 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I can honestly say that I’ve been in the Refiner’s fire for the last few months. But God does nothing without purpose. I would love to learn more about sharing what God is teaching me and feel called to attend this conference. I signed up for the conference’s blog to find out when registration began, but haven’t been able to register, so this scholarship would make that possible. If it’s His will, I KNOW I’ll be there!
    Christy Perry
    christyperry@embarqmail.com

  36. SJ Johnson April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    For 9 1/2 years I have walked the road of breast cancer treatment. I have had the disease five times during this time, but my story is not about cancer. It is about God’s amazing grace, love, provision, strength, comfort, peace,and joy in the midst of the battle. I love sharing all He is and all He has done for my family during this journey. I believe God wants me to speak and write about my story to encourage others with the hope He offers in every situation. I passionately desire to attend She Speaks with my 15-year-old daughter, but we cannot afford it. If it is God’s desire for us to attend, He will make a way. He always does. I thank God for Proverbs 31 Ministries and the opportunity to apply for this scholarship!

    SJ Johnson
    sheri511@cox.net

  37. Kandee April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart to attend She Speaks while attending a Ladies Retreat where Lysa spoke. I am trying to follow His leading, but because I left my job to finish school to enter ministry as I knew God was calling me to, there are no funds available in our budget. I have started to try and raise the money for a scholarship and the Lord has provided the money for my plane ticket (which i booked). I know that I know that I know God will provide a way for me to be there, I wonder if this scholarship give-a-way is it. We’ll have to wait and see. My prayer is that, and I know it will happen, who ever God has in mind to win this will! Praise God for providing for us all in His way in His time!!

  38. Jennifer R April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hi–I would love to attend She Speaks! I have been doing a study on finding my mission and a question was asked about what would you do if money were no object and fear didn’t stand in the way. My answer was to be a courageous, authentic speaker/leader for Christ and I think this conference would be a great opportunity to grow in this area.

    Thanks!

    Jennifer
    jroba5@yahoo.com

  39. Michele April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    Hello!
    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

  40. Noel Fagan April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    What would it mean to me to attend the She Speaks Conference? The sustaining of new life stirring. The continuation of a mysterious story God has been weaving in dark places. God used a brilliant study on the creative process to clarify my gifts and callings. Doubt has since crept in, telling me that the dreams he stirred in me were just lofty dandelion fluff. “He’s not THAT good. My gifts aren’t THAT valuable.”

    If anyone believes in us to the death, it is our mothers. Today mine was fighting tenaciously for me while I dusted her with my doubts and unbelief like the heavy pollen raining down outside my window. Mom mused, “I held you on my lap in church when you were three, and I sensed that God had a special call on your life. My mother’s heart ached as I thought of the suffering it might involve and how it would take you far away.” I listened half-heartedly, pulling up the She Reads blog as I got ready to hang up the phone. Two powerful words arose from the screen. She Speaks. Tears ran at the sight of “my name”. Jesus made me to speak, to read, to write! Mystery still surrounds my story, but I need to tend it with my words, so that when it is full, I will be equipped to share it!

    Noel
    noelrfagan@aol.com

  41. Colleen M. Geyer April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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 about what He has done for me and what He can do for all who call upon His name.
    I know this conference would equip me with the skills to go forth into His great creation.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    Colleen M. Geyer
    VaGeyers@aol.com

  42. Kelli April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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.

  43. Angel April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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!

  44. Audrey Beers April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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

  45. Anita Armas April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Have you ever felt like you’ve got a whole lot to say but aren’t sure how to say it? Since completely surrendering my life to Christ as a 25 year old single mother of one I have felt a burning desire to minister to women. Now 21 years later that fire still burns strong. Over the years as I’ve traveled through the mountain tops and the valleys of this road called “life” God has been preparing me and giving me a voice, that I believe, is for such a time as this. Attending SHE SPEAKS would be an awesome opportunity to discover that voice and truly understand what I am destined to do with it.

    My life verse, Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,’” tells me that God has already laid out His plan I just need to step out in faith and claim it.

    Further, Jeremiah 29:12-14, “‘then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile,’” reaffirms to me that no matter what life has dealt me, good, bad, or horrendous, God will use all those things to bring freedom and restoration for the fulfillment of His kingdom and for His glory. That is my passion. That is my desire.

    Anita Armas
    aarmas1@earthlink.net

  46. Monica Watkins April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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.

  47. Mari April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m just a small town Pastor’s wife who loves to share with humor and transparency things learned through life in the trenches, the fish bowl, and the home…oh wait, a pastor’s home is the trenches and the fish bowl. My bad. : ) I sing, I write, I speak†¦all on a small scale thus far but I am eager to leap out of the nest and fly. A chance to attend a conference of the awesome caliber of She Speaks would bless me beyond my imagination…and I have a pretty big imagination.
    Mari
    http://www.marilavell.com/

  48. Kristi Stephens April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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!

  49. Rhonda Maller April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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.

  50. Jenna Berthoud April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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

  51. Kim Vander Poel April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    As I near the end of this blog tour, I am shaking my head…I cannot believe that I just typed so many different posts on so many blogs to try and win a contest to learn how to speak?? Alls I can say is that I am trying to listen to the prompting from the Lord and without a scholarship, I won’t be able to attend!
    Isaiah 26:8
    Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws;our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.
    Thank you for this opportunity!

  52. LJ Johnson April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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

  53. Anita McGinnis April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    To be able to attend the She Speaks conference means that perhaps my husband would stop giving me books for special occasions, including Christmas and birthday, which are only one day apart, telling me how to become a better speaker, or a communicator whose message sticks, and how to make it through the dip! Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband and love that he wants to see me succeed in this calling God has given me. He is truly my greatest cheerleader, coach, and resource! However, I am a woman and love to be around other women, so for me it would be a whole lot more fun to come and hang out with women who have the same passion and calling and learn together…rather than try to get through the first chapter of the last three books he’s bought me!

    Seriously, God has called me to speak and in this season He is asking more of me in this calling. More discipline, more time, more learning! She Speaks would be a great way for me to develop even more as a speaker and to learn all those “things” from those who are much more ahead of me. Obviously, the scholarship is needed, otherwise my sweet husband would’ve sent me rather than buying the books:) Thanks for the opportunity to come and learn!

    Anita McGinnis
    http://www.trophyofgraceministry.blogspot.com

  54. Julie Lavender April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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

  55. Julie Lavender April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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

  56. Julie Lavender April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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

  57. Kimberly April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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

  58. joan taylor April 23, 2010 at 10:17 am #

    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

  59. Nan Jones April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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 His 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 for His timing – it is now! I have launched Jubilant Light Ministries – http://www.jubilantlight.com – and have begun a daily devotional blog, Morning Glory, which teaches nuggets of gold from God’s Word. I would love to attend She Speaks! Without a scholarship, I am unable to do so. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Now, on to one more blog…

    Bless you!
    Nan Jones

  60. Barbara Martin April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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

  61. Marti Pieper April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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. Because both words and people matter, I’m grateful.

  62. Marilyn Fielding April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    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)

  63. Shelley Rindfuss April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    As a breast cancer survivor at the age of 35 with 2 small children, I felt God calling me. I have been invited to speak at large events about my experience. Never having an opportunity to attend a conference like She Speaks, I told the Lord that the Holy Spirit will have to speak through me or provide me with the gumption.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    Shelley Rindfuss
    mrindfuss@columbus.rr.com

  64. Rachel Latham April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to try to win the She Speaks scholarship.
    Rachel Latham

  65. Sarah Gillaspie April 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I have an ache to bring hope (real hope) to hurting hearts. Trully, I have a lot to learn and am not wise but along the way I have begun to learn how good and faithful God is,and how dearly He loves us. I ache to share that in any way possible. I also have had a love for public speaking since I was young. The dream of sharing God’s faithfulness and love has been on my heart for a long time. I just haven’t known what to do with it, other than sharing with people in my life. I’ve never been to the conference and probably won’t be able to attend without a scholarship. It would be a treat to be considered for this scholarship. Thanks for your time.
    sarah_gillaspie@yahoo.com

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