Our trip to Arizona was wonderful in so many ways. I have many pictures to post, but they will have to wait just a moment longer.
This trip stirred several things in me. First, it was good to be back home. We haven't been to Arizona in three years, since we first began the support raising process to join staff with Gospel for Asia. So, it was good to see smiling faces, show off my cute kids, and hear all about the exciting things God has been doing in the lives of sweet friends.
Second, I was re-energized. We had ample opportunities to share about all God has been doing in our lives and in the lives of thousands of new believers in Asia. We shared for six class periods at a high school, talked with two youth groups, had lots of individual meetings, and spoke at two supporting churches. I also shared at a ladies meeting one Saturday afternoon. All of these times rekindled the love in my heart for speaking (as in "public speaking"). I walked away from each of those speaking times with more energy than when I began. I was also encouraged by many of those in the audience--young and older--that they were blessed by what we shared.
With this second aspect of speaking being stirred in my heart, you can imagine my excitement when I returned from our trip and found an email from a friend telling me about a conference opportunity for speakers!
Kristin reads a blog and saw that there is a contest for a conference called She Speaks. She Speaks, a part of Proverbs 31 Ministries, is a training time for speakers, writers, and women's ministry leaders designed to help them live out the verse Proverbs 31:26 "She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue."
Lysa TerKeurst, the ministry's leader, is offering three Cecil Murphy scholarships for the conference. The winners will each receive one registration to the conference, all materials, two nights at the conference hotel, and all meals associated with the conference. This is an incredible opportunity I would love to have to learn more about speaking, writing and women's ministry.
If you receive our family's newsletter, you will remember I wrote about women's ministry in Asia in February. You can find the newsletter here on our site. I am completely confident the Lord has our family right where He wants us. I'm also confident I have this desire for speaking for a reason. I don't have any idea what He wants to do with it all, but I know with all my heart I want to be used for His glory and purposes. The chance to learn more about speaking, blog writing, and ministry to women is just too exciting for words!
Join me in praying God will open the doors and this entry will win a scholarship if that's the path He wants me to follow!