Tuesday, March 8, 2011

When God Interupts

Life is full of stress! For me, some stress is good. I actually thrive on deadlines and keeping a list to check off. Lately, though, my list is too long, my deadlines are too close and the stakes are too high if I fail. “I am so stressed out,” I whined to my husband. To which he lovingly answered, “Why? The calendar isn’t even full.” *smiles* Aren’t husbands the greatest! They put things into perspective and “sharpen” us even when we really don’t want to be “sharpened.” So I get my day on, grumbling about what needs to be done and how I will get it all accomplished, my chest tightening with fear and anxiety as each new thought runs through my mind.

That is when God interrupts.

As I fixed my coffee He reminded me, gently, softly, kindly, “the work is not yours, but Mine. I am doing this for MY glory, not yours, AND, I not only own the cattle on 1,000 hills…I own the hills. My grace is sufficient, I am enough! Rest and let My joy be your strength.”

I just love it when He does that!

As I move on with my day, that old song runs through my head:
The joy of the Lord is my strength
the joy of the Lord is my strength
the joy of the Lord is my strength
oh the joy of the Lord is my strength

If you want joy you must ask for it
If you want joy you must sing for it
If you want joy you must dance for it
If you want joy you must SHOUT for it

Seeking the JOY of the Lord today!

Monday, March 7, 2011

She Speaks

As women, we all have voices...She Speaks Conference shows us how to use them effectively. From what I understand, this conference takes women who want to write, speak or lead other women to the next level of commitment. It encourages, teaches, and empowers them to use the voices God gave them to His glory.

The Lord has been tugging on my heart for almost 10 years to write a book (2 actually). At the time the nudging began, the first story was only half written...

I was in the pit for 8 years and He brought me out. He gave me hope and a future with promises of what He had in store. As time went on, pieces fell into place and the promises He made were kept. I was blessed with an amazing husband and beautiful children. He brought me a job in ministry that allows me to work from home; doing all the things I love to do, while serving Him with my special talents. Meanwhile His whispers to my heart to write a book continued...

I first heard about She Speaks about 3 years ago. At the time, I knew I would attend some day. I don't know if this is the year, but I DO know I am waiting on the Lord's timing. If this is the year I am to go, I know He will provide a way. If anyone reading this is interested in a She Speaks scholarship, click here for more information. In the meantime, I wait and I pray for His leading, knowing He will direct my path and in the process His name will be glorified.