If I am just honest, I have had a difficult time adjusting after She Speaks. I’m calling it Post-She Speaks Syndrome. If you have ever been to a conference of the caliber of She Speaks you may know what I am talking about and don’t worry if you don’t I will happily explain myself.
Going to She Speaks for the first time last year I walked into the room unsure of my calling and what God was asking of me. But when I left I had clarity for what was ahead. I learned a great deal about myself over the last year and continued to learn even more through this process of ministry and life. This approach to She Speaks this year was different with a book idea in hand and the desire to walk forward in obedience off I went.
Publisher appointments, nose bleeds, new friends, laughter and the joy of knowing my Father God was in my corner. My cup over flowed as I was reminded again and again to keep my eyes focused on the right things rather than the big outcomes. It is easy as a writer with a book in your heart to look for the result. Whether a book contract, a new agent, self-publishing, speaking jobs, etc. The outcome can distract us from the important.
The greatest takeaway from She Speaks this year is that I do not have the capacity to worry about the outcome, but I do have the ability to be completely faithful. If I focus on the faithful, God will handle the rest. So I am choosing to be obedient step by step. There is a book to finish regardless of the outcome, there is a Bible study to write regardless of the outcome, and there are women to reach within the walls of my church.
She Speaks is one of the most sacred places I have ever been, they are there to serve you, and their ultimate purpose is to glorify God fully. I could not have asked for a better weekend. It was rich and has left me brainstorming, planning and continuing to dig through notes and thoughts from my time there.
My encouragement to you is this; wherever God has called you if you are seeking to serve women in ministry, She Speaks is worth the investment in your calling. No book idea needed to walk through the doors and be filled up by the Spirit of God. It will equip you to walk forward in the exact calling has for your life.
I am grateful for She Speaks and cannot wait to go back again!