Monday, February 21, 2011

The Meaning & Soli Deo Gloria Link-Up

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First, I just wanted to thank you for all your prayers last week while I had the flu. I definitely felt them and am now all better!  If you could please be praying for Christy (Critty Joy).  She could definitely use some prayers for healing and quick recovery. To read what's going on with her, you can read here.


For my post today, I wanted to pick up where I left off with my whole what-I-feel-God-has-called-me-to-do story.  If you missed the first two parts, you can view them under the "Pages" section on the right of my blog.  But, to recap quickly, a few weeks ago, I dared to ask God if He was ready to reveal to me what my lifelong calling might be.  I received an answer:  He has called me to speak.  Like in front of living breathing people.  And thus, I am terrified.  You are pretty much caught up now.


I asked God for a name for the ministry.  Since I'm still a wee bit in denial about the actual having to talk in front of people, I thought I'd just get busy with the details.  Like coming up with a name, a logo, maybe a brochure.  You know, the fun stuff.  I had heard about a conference coming up in July called She Speaks, put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries.  (To read more about this, click here.)  Well, that would be a catchy title, wouldn't?  But, already taken, so moving on.


Whatever the title was to be, I really wanted the focus to be on Him.  First, I am prone to the sin called pride.  I like praise.  I like recognition.  I like to do a good job.  But this ministry is not about me.  All I am is a vessel.  The important players are God and the audience.   Not a lot of room for "I."  To give the most significance to HIM, I gave Him the "He" in "she."  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is He doing a good work in me and my job...wait for it...is to LISTEN to Him.  He is the One that knows the heart cries of the people who will be sitting before me.  He is the One that knows the words that have the power to open their hearts, transform their lives, to deliver hope, peace, and joy.  My job is to ask Him for the heart cries, ask Him for the wisdom, and then open my mouth (and hopefully good words will come out).  Two parts listening to one part speaking, thus the emphasis on the listening in the title.  Ta-da!  


s(He) Listens.


The lovely Critty Joy is going to help me with my logo when she gets better.  When I have that, I'll be sharing it with you!


Okay -- I'm off to see what you are up to!

24 comments :

  1. have to be quick because i need to be asleep (got only three hours last night!)...love the name, love you, i'm excited.

    before i forget, you need to have a prayer team of at least three committed prayer warriors covering every speaking engagement. i don't want/mean this to sound like a law - like you'll be in trouble if you don't do it. i just feel very strongly about it and want you to take it to God yourself and see what He says to you.

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  2. Thank you sweet friend.

    I am so excited for your new adventure...God is going to do awesome things. She Speaks might be something you look into at some point I have had a few friends go through and it really helped them (there are several tracks and one is a speaking track!)

    Cannot wait to help with the logo :)

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  3. so excited about keeping up with your journey here!

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  4. Oh Jenn - I too am excited for you beyond measure. How people need someone to LISTEN to them. I know personally..with my situation..having someone listen and then give wisdom is precious!
    I agree with Jenny on the prayer team!! will be anticipating...love ya
    xo

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  5. I'm getting really excited for you. Can't wait to hear more about this "transformation" ;)

    Can't wait to catch up on your posts..
    :)Erin

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  6. PERFECT name! Love it! I am all ears and hopefully get to see and hear for myself, as in be in the same room kind to one of your many speaking engagements. I want to keep up with your journey so that I may pray.

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  7. How cool! I love the name, and the thought you have put into the name! you already have an amazing ministry, and I can't wait to watch it grow and blossom even more as you SPEAK!!!! So exciting!!!

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  8. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

    I love this part; I gave Him the "He" in "she.

    This is something I have worked on but need a little bit of work.

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  9. I think the 'sweet interlude' to our story I shared this week will encourage you in all of this...

    He uses 'in our weakness' and so I am praying for this and story...so powerful are our stories...

    well, so excited to journey with you!

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  10. I love the meaning behind the name! And, yep, easier to nail down the little stuff. You go, girl!

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  11. I have so many questions. I know it overwhelms my husband when I badger him, but I could do the same to you right now. I will try to limit it to just a couple. :)
    1. Are you feeling called to speak about a particular topic?
    2. Where to start with this adventure? I mean all the nitty, gritty (translation: your first speaking engagement!).
    3. More of a comment: Wow, I'm excited!

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  12. SO excited for you! I believe God will use you to genuinely minister to many women's deepest heart needs. Blessings!

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  13. Haha, that WOULD be a catchy title! And yes, too bad it's taken. I'm so excited for you! It's good that you are so cautious about being prideful, it's such an easy trap to fall into. He's going to do awesome things through you!

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  14. Blessings on each step,Jen. And as always, thanks for providing this link. I am enjoying participating in the sisterhood.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  15. Love the name, Jen. Listening is the first step to preparing yourself for the wild journey of professional speaking. In fact, it's absolutely critical.

    Glad you are feeling better!

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  16. Cool, Jen -- you are one courageous woman! So what area will you concentrate on -- have you thought about your area of expertise or who you will target? I am curious about the details!

    Love the name -- very clever!

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  17. I love the name that you came up with!

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  18. Blessings in the journey--be brave, trust God will open and close doors and direct your way. As with the others, looking forward to seeing what God does in and through you as you offer yourself to Him!

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  19. How wonderful to know your calling and be able to move forward on it. I pray God’s richest blessings on your new ministry. Love the title. Thankful you’re feeling better now too! Praying for Christy.

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  20. What a great post. I now have to go back and get the beginning of your story! What a great reminder for me to always focus on God! I can get so caught up in the busyness of life that I forget to slow down. I have blogged about that in the past. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for checking out my blog. I am now following you!

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  21. I love the name. It's definitely something I would be interested in going to. I'm a details person as well. Prior to getting involved in my blog, I had to have a name and graphics before I could proceed. I think it allows us to see where and how God wants to lead us.

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  22. Abundant blessings to you as you prepare for this new journey. Hey, I might be able to get you on a podcast for my Ipod in the near future. :o) You go girl! May God bless every step of the way!

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  23. When I hear the thought behind it, I think s(He) Listens is WAY better than She Speaks...sometimes there's a reason things that seem just right are already taken. I'm with Amy...tell us more!!

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  24. Love the name! However God works this out for you, it will be amazing!!

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