Wednesday, July 20, 2011

He Speaks...She Listens

"Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD;
open your ears to the words of His mouth."
Jeremiah 9:20

I am thankful for the blessing of attending the She Speaks Conference again this year.  This conference, hosted by the P31 ladies, is a blessing because it really is all about nurturing our personal relationships with Jesus above anything else.  While providing fabulous speakers, resources, appointments with publishers and a banquet of other blessings for attendees, honoring God and His Word are their priorities for the weekend.  They don't claim to have a flawless ministry, rather they desire to seek and serve a flawless God.  "As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless." Psalm 18:30

Women will gather in Charlotte, NC, this weekend from places far and near.  Imperfect women seeking a perfect God.  Humbled authenticity pursuing His gift of holiness.  Fear and trembling hushed by His love and sweet serenade.  "The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

These women will be fine tuning God-given gifts of speaking, writing and leadership so that those hearing the message they share through their lives will have faith resting on God's power, a demonstration of His Spirit.  For His glory.  "When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power." 1 Cor. 2:1-4

One of the first things I do when I arrive at the conference is spend time in the prayer room. Lovingly prepared for us, this hotel meeting roomed is transformed into a beautiful sanctuary. Prayer is covering all the women there and all of the families back at home.

Each time I attend the conference, I ask the Lord for a scripture that I make a prayer to Him for the conference.  Opening my heart to His work, conviction, encouragement and molding, the scripture becomes palpable as I offer it in prayer.  This year, the scripture I am praying for me, my girlfriends, the leadership of the conference, the staff at the hotel and all of the conference attendees is Jeremiah 9:20 ~ "Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD; open your ears to the words of His mouth."  I just want to hear the Word He has for my heart.  Soaking it all in so He can pour out through me to my family and beyond as He sees fit.  My only expectation for this weekend is knowing God will meet us all personally as we seek His truth.

(Last year's scripture was also one of my faves ~ Exodus 33:13 ~  "If You are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with You.")

I am thankful to have dear friends who are ushering me and a trio of girlfriends to She Speaks in prayer, encouragement and love. This trio of girlfriends has said yes to God in obedience as they attend the conference this summer. Other girlfriends have obeyed the Lord by waiting on Him and knowing this is not yet the time for them to attend the conference. Whether saying yes or no, each will be blessed by the joy and peace that always accompanies obedience to Him. (I love you, dear girlfriends, who are ushering us there in prayer!!)

A dear friend accompanied me yesterday on a spontaneous and hurried 10-minute shopping trip to DSW as I was hoping to find a new pair of shoes to wear at the conference.  As we ran through the shoe store looking for just the right pair of pink shoes....she found them...and they were on clearance!!  Woo Hoo!   

(Have I told you lately that I have the best girlfriends!?!?  Praying girlfriends and shoe-shopping girlfriends!!!  Does it get much better????)

Bags are packed, loving care for my cherubs is arranged while hubs is working, meals are prepared for the family, their Sunday clothes are ironed, my nails are freshly manicured, and I've completed the Pentagon-level planning required for a wife and momma to get away for a few days.  Hubby is enthusiastically supportive of me and excited for me as he covers me in prayer and washes me in the water of God's Word.  My heart is so thankful to the Lord for my hubs and my cherubs.

So, at 2 AM tomorrow morning, the terrific trio of girlfriends and I will begin our road trip to Charlotte, NC.  I imagine we will talk the whole way there and back.  We will chat.  We will pray.  We will laugh.  We will cry.  We will worship.  We will listen.  We will listen.

Speak Lord, we are listening.  Let our ears and our hearts receive the word You have for us.  And for those dear sisters at home who desire to be with us and are not, please minister to them in such beautiful, personal and intimate ways.  Let them know that You are listening and You see.

“You are the God who sees me...
I have now seen the One who sees me.”

Genesis 16:13


Kelly Combs said...

Traveling with friends is so much more fun. And sweet friend I cannot wait to check out your new shoes. WOO!

Perhaps we can catch up on Friday morning sometime before the conference starts? I have my first event at 1. Text me and we'll try to catch up!

Jen said...

The She Speaks conference sounds amazing. I am pretty new to blogging and was surprised to hear that they have conferences too! Just became your newest follower ~ Jen

Kelly Combs said...

Hey - Sharon! I created a She Speaks meme at my blog today. I hope you will consider participating in it.

Visit me to see.

It was a BLESSING to hug you in real life! You are a sweet sister and friend.

Rachel Olsen said...

So glad I got t join the trio for lunch!