Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SHE LISTENS!


(Pic taken in 4/08 with P31 Gather & Grow friends &
Lysa TerKeurst, Pres. of P31)

"She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction
is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:26

Tomorrow, a couple of friends and I are driving to North Carolina for the She Speaks! Conference, hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Last year, my friend, Denise, and I went, which was a clear leading of the Lord in both of our lives. He did an amazing work of weaving, and the conference was heart-changing for both of us because HE spoke to our hearts through scripture, the Holy Spirit and His vessels.

There is only a small handful of reasons I would travel separately from my family. I am pretty much a happy home body. Although I do love traveling on family vacations together (our summer vacation is almost here!). For this weekend, I am already feeling a blend of sadness (for being away from my family) and excitement (to seek the Lord at She Speaks and to spend time with girlfriends). Going this weekend is another step of faith and trust for me.

I am excited to see all the Lord has planned for this year's conference. The conference is called "She Speaks" from Proverbs 31:26... "She speaks...faithful instruction." However, I, like other attendees, really go to first LISTEN for His still, small voice. We listen for His words of love, encouragement and conviction. Before I speak faithful instruction from my lips, I know must first listen to and yield my own heart to Him. Abiding in Him. "If anyone speaks, he should do it as speaking the very words of God...so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

"For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose." Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22 (NIV)

Prayer for this weekend:

1.) that His Word is continued to be kept pure and goes forth abundantly, to penetrate souls and encourage hearts;

2.) that we yield to Him as God works in our hearts to will and act according to His good purpose;

3.) that we would be not merely hearers of the Word, but doers also.

4.) for perfect travel safety and health for us and all of the women in attendance; also for the families at home or traveling separately;

5.) for all the women at P31 and the volunteers who have labored in love to minister to, challenge, encourage and bless all the women attending.

Thank you for your prayers! Praying for you, too! :)

Looking to and depending on Him,
Sharon





7 comments:

Aendor said...

Nice Blog

KelliGirl said...

Sharon,
What a lovely post. My prayer go with you as you and your friends travel to NC. She Speaks will surely be a time to listen to and grow in the Lord. I pray that each of us hears His voice in a profound way this weekend.

See you there!
Blessings,
Kelli

Renee Swope said...

Love your blog!!! Love this post. Can't wait to see you and together, listen for His voice as He speaks to all of us this weekend. See you soon!

Hugs,
Renee

Jill said...

Sharon,

It is awesome how God puts people in our lives and paths cross.

I found you through Danielle's blog design.

My name is Jill and I live in Downingtown, PA. I go to Calvary Chapel Chester Springs and my husband is a Sunday School teacher there. Currently he is finishing up bible college through CCBC and we are waiting to see what lies ahead as we walk by faith day by day.

I would love to meet you and your precious family.

I will be praying for you this weekend and your friends as you go to the conference.

Sounds like something I would enjoy attending as well. God will open the door when the season is right for me.

I am waiting for Danielle to finish my blog - there are no posts on it yet.

However, you might enjoy my husbands blog - www.openinghisword.blogspot.com and mine shortly - www.forevernevernalways1.blogspot.com

I LOVE YOURS! I love your transparency and heart for Him! Thank you for writing all that He teaches you here.

Hope to meet you soon!

In His amazing grace,
Jill

Heather said...

Sharon - what a beautiful and heartfelt post. I will pray for you all and with teary eyes (I wish I could be there) will remember you as God does His will this weekend.

My love to you dear friend,
Heather

Ronni said...

Sharon,
So glad to hear you and the rest of the gang are home safe and sound. Lindsey returned home from Colorado yesterday... She is sad that she won't be going to COTW this year :(
Enjoy your trip! We are looking forward to the blog and lots of pics.

Love,
Ronni and the Texas Hansens

PENSIEVE said...

Hey Sharon,

I don't think we met, but wasn't SheSpeaks a blessing? Information overload, but in the best of ways.

I'm in the process of contacting SS girls to let them know about a writing opportunity, but I can't fin an email addy for you; if you're interested, please drop me a line and I'll add you to the distribution :).

~ Robin
http://pensieve.typepad.com/pensieve/
pensieve(dot)love(at)gmail(dot)com