Monday, March 22, 2010

She Speaks Conference

I love a good story.  But, more than just any good story, I love to hear about the intervention of a Holy God in the ordinary lives of men.  God's choice to intervene and be actively involved in the lives of people like me seriously blows my mind.  People are often afraid of the word "witnessing."  As Christians, we are called to do as Matthew 28:19 says "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit."  But, for me, a good story goes a long way.  What has God done in your life?  Has he lifted you out of horrible circumstance?  Has God breathed life into your broken marriage?  Has he blessed a barren womb with life?  These stories, these divine glimpses of a gracious and loving God; these are your testimony.  It makes Matthew 28:19 not seem nearly as scary.  Go therefore...and give your testimony!  God has changed my life.  As a child, I gave my heart to Him and trusted him as my Savior.  As an adult, I have discovered that He is my Counselor, my Deliverer, and most dear to my heart, my Healer.  He did indeed heal my barren womb by blessing me with triplets.


 He did indeed save me from death twice while pregnant with them.  He healed me from Endometriosis and through a doctor's care brought truth about my wheat sensitivity to light.  I owe Him my life and because of all He has done, I feel it is my responsibility and delight to tell others about His love.   Since I was a child, I have wanted to be a writer.  Dreams don't die with age.  Sometimes they get put on hold, but that dream has never died in my heart. Whether I am writing about fear , toddler antics , death , miracles , or breaking free ; the common thread in all these is the Lord.  It is because of Him that I am even alive to tell of His goodness.  Proverbs 31 Ministries hosts a writer's conference each year in Concord, North Carolina.  The She Speaks Conference is a wonderful opportunity for people like you and I to hone our story-telling skills.  You have a story to tell!  Whether you are a writer, speaker, or interested in women's ministry, this conference is for you.  I hope to attend the conference this year and am writing this post in hopes of obtaining one of the scholarships that Lysa Terkeurst is giving away.  Without it, I will not be able to attend and hope to have the opportunity to move forward with this dream.  In the meantime, I will keep writing and telling of God's goodness and love.

Until Then,
Jessica

3 comments:

Kristy K said...

I cried when I read this post! What wonderful little blessings you have there!!! I hope you get the opportunity to attend She Speaks and get your story out there!

Kimberly said...

Hi! So nice to meet you! Thanks for your comment over at my blog! :)

I, too, love to hear stories of God moving in the lives of others. He never ceases to amaze me. How wonderful to read here of Him blessing you with your triplets and saving your life, as well!

Blessings to you as you wait to see if this is the year for you to get to go to She Speaks! I know I am like you...no matter what, I will have to keep writing!

Jessica Kirkland said...

Thank you both for reading. And I realized I am just finding these comments buried in my sidebar. Thanks for the encouragement. You both are very talented writer's. And I actually am going to She Speaks this year thanks to a nice gift from a family member. God is very good.