My first She Speaks is in the books!
Last Friday, I slowly made my way into a massive ballroom for the first session of She Speaks. I came here by myself, I thought. Surely there are other women who came here by themselves too. I scanned the room and found an empty seat at a large round table. Those girls look nice, I’ll sit by them. As I smiled and politely took my seat, I began to channel my inner befriender by asking names and hometowns.
Thank God, they’re nice. I can do this!
Over the course of two days, I listened to engaging speakers share their deep desire to equip women in ministry. I learned how to embrace being a woman of valor; a woman made in God’s image. I learned how to write content that packs a punch, and how to start incorporating more sticky statements into my work.
I was reminded that there’s something magical and holy about surrounding yourself with people who are chasing the same things you're chasing in life.
I watched women raise their hands in worship without one flinch of insecurity. There was one woman in particular who moved me the most - she was missing her right arm, but had her left arm up toward the sky throughout every song.
I also had the opportunity to pitch my book proposal! I had two appointments while I was at She Speaks - one was with a literary agent and one was with a publisher. Each writer had 15 minutes to go through their book proposal before the next person came in to take their seat. It was nerve-wracking! But I'm grateful for the experience and for the valuable feedback. I don’t have many answers yet, but I do feel called to continue writing. 😊
My brain and heart are full in the best way, and I will continue to unwrap and share what I’ve learned. I hope this encourages you – not only to keep chasing your dreams but to get out of your comfort zone too. You never know what incredible new friends and encouragements are waiting for you.
*Bonus*: Lysa TerKeurst spilled the beans about her new book on forgiveness! Here are some of my favorite points:
Forgiveness is a complicated grace.
What your feelings will not allow, the blood of Jesus will surely cover.
Forgiveness is not about my determination, but my cooperation.