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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!
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!