Monday, February 7, 2011

s(He) Listens and Soli Deo Gloria Party

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Last Tuesday, I told you that God shared with me that He was calling me to speak.  What I didn't tell you was the actual words that He said to me in the car (which could have been an accident in the making when I think about how scared I am about pursing this!) as I was innocently on my way to pick up a few things for my "real" job.

I want you to put a "speaking" page on your blog.

Yes, friends, those were His exact words.  And do you know that just the day before (of course, why would His timing be any less obvious) I randomly discovered the "edit pages" button on Blogger.  And, being the curious type that I am, I clicked on it.  I put my About Me stuff there and went along on my merry little way.  Little did I know how He would use that accidental discovery. Perhaps I will be a bit LESS curious in the future.

Oh, and did you know that just that week I was reading in my One Year Bible about Moses and how He thought of one-thousand excuses why he was not the one for the job of delivering the Israelites from the land of Egypt.  It's very interesting to me that when I have read this story in the past, I literally would say to Moses, God wouldn't call you to do something He's not going to empower you to do.  Come on Moses, just do what He tells you and all will be fine.

Do you know what I said that Thursday morning?  It was like re-reading the pages of Exodus.

Who am I to speak before these people?  How do you know they will listen to me?  What should I tell them?  Do you know how scared of this I am?  (If you go back to Exodus 2, you'll see very similar inquiries orated by Moses.)

On Thursdays I usually watch the next installment of the Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed Bible study that I am doing.  So, I told God that I could really use some confirmation through the DVD that morning.  Beth Moore was the speaker and I was just SURE that she was going to send some anti-confirmation my way.  I literally imagined her talking about how one feels an inner peace when God calls one to do something.

I'm paraphrasing here, but at one point in her talk she said, Of the three of us (Shirer, Moore, and Aurthur), I'm probably the one that has thrown up the most times.  It terrifies me to speak to a group this big.  Then she goes on to say, Your calling will always be bigger than what you can do.  That's because God wants people to know how big He is.  I'm silent.  I'm stunned.  Tears are running down my face.

So, needless to say, I feel like the deal has been sealed, but I'm still scared.  But, I've seen what God has done through Moses, countless other Biblical figures, and people like you. I have faith that He will give me what I need.  Anyone have any examples they would like to offer up as encouragement?

This is getting entirely too long and you have other people to visit, so I'm ending this here.  However, I do have a name for this journey:  s(He) Listens.  I'll explain more next week!

Happy visiting and encouraging!


  1. I'm excited, hopeful, and nervous for you all at the same time! I love how we got to watch you struggle through the question of what next? And then we get to celebrate the answer.

    s(He) Listens. . .here you go.

  2. i've been waiting to hear more! praying for you.

  3. Jen, God is going to use you to to way more than you could have ever asked or imagined or fathomed. He will show you the steps. I get sick to my stomach when I speak too, LOL, I don't puke, but sure do wish I could sometimes! Just wondering if you are hinting to an p31 event that starts with She, cause if you are, I soooooo wanna go as well! Love you girl! I have full faith in you, and will pray for you and support you all the way! Remember God knows you better than you know yourself, you can and will speak girly, and the earth will shake with the words God gives you. He is parting those waters girl!

  4. Lately I've been thinking about being obedient to what God is calling me to do, based on trusting Him and being obedient, not based on other's opionion. I wrote about this yesterday (tucked around the corner post) How some of the most beautiful things are those that are given, but not always received. How God did not create beauty based on how we rank it, and how we shouldn't stop creating beauty in the world around us based on how others rank it either. :)

  5. I'm sure excited for you. I loved the conversations & signs you shared about. Just like Him, right?

    And Beth Moore? A nervous speaker? Never would have guessed.

    Can't wait to hear more!

  6. Go Moses, I mean, Jen! I am proud of you for listening.


  7. I'm so excited to see what he's doing in you, jen. Its amazing that he spoke to you in the car, it's amazing what we hear when we just stop and listen. I loved this quote--have a feeling it will stick for a while..
    "then she goes on to say, Your calling will always be bigger than what you can do. That's because God wants people to know how big He is. "

  8. God really does guide us, continually. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

  9. LOVE when He gets out the bullhorn and the billboards! YOU GO!!!!!!! You can do it, girl! Love the title of this project, too! :)

    Blessings to you today, dear one!

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire

  10. this does not suprise me in the least! God is is like He is digging down deep into the sand at the bottom of the ocean and pulling it all back up. He is calling us deep too!
    You have all of our prayers supporting you..underneath you. You were called before you were ever born and I love watching hearts step into that call...the next steps of the journey...your not alone
    love you

  11. So excited for you my friend. That you are taking these steps as He is leading! I like to think of Joshua too and the big things He had to face and how he had to have courage to take them. Cannot wait to hear more!


  12. Love, love, love your story ~ and now I can't wait to hear the rest!! And yes, please keep me on your list...
    Cindy Bultema
    She Sparkles

    Does this mean you'll be at She Speaks or Speak Up with Confidence this summer??

    Blessings to you! May you continue to hear Him loud and clear, and respond with faith and obedience (even if there's a lot of fear and trembling). He is ABLE! :)

  13. way to respond to His calling! You go girl, and look forward to 'hearing' you.

  14. Don't know why, but I have a picture of you lounging in a hammock on a sunny day as I read this. You wear a contented smile as you gaze up at the trees above you. You are swaying slightly with the breeze. You watch the sunlight trickle through the branches. There is a book open but face down on your chest. You are resting without sleeping. It is good.

  15. i like you. and your honesty. and i like that God uses the weak vessels. (really we're all weak, but not everyone can admit that about themselves!) i can't wait to see this all unfold!

  16. I am here from somewhere and I am glad I stopped by! =) I agree that when God calls us to something what he has is so much bigger than us cuz he is the one who fills us up and does it-- you go girl! There is nothing better than to be used by Jesus!!!!!!!!

  17. Praying God's best for you as you seek His will and way in this new calling. What an exciting adventure!

    Blessings my dear!

  18. This IS exciting...

    'Your calling will always be bigger than what you can do. That's because God wants people to know how big He is.' Did you put this in a comment on my blog? oh it was at Tiffini's, I remember. Well, yes, so, so, so, so true!

    You know my story...and I am just saying 'Yes. Yes. YES! YES! YES!' Confirmation sister:)

  19. Jen,
    when I was in kindergarten I was so shy that I could not read outloud. I have literally had times where it is like fear has locked my mouth shut. And one of the things He has called me to do...more than several times...I think He's moved me into the "many" speak. Publicly. Speak. In front of large groups of women. In front of my church. In front of packed rooms full of people and in front of small groups. And many times I have said to one of my dearest friends, "Why do I feel sick? Why am I so scared?" And she says, "You'll be fine, girlfriend. It's your gift. He has called you. You will be fine." And you know what? She has been right everytime.

    I relate. He had made the message burn in my heart so much that I cannot keep it inside. He will annoint your voice.

    love & grace,

  20. s(He) listens. I love that. I also agree with Beth in that your calling will always be bigger than you are. I can't wait to see God working within you. :)

  21. Love this, Jen. So glad you're sharing what you're hearing and discovering with us. And NO! Never be less curious! Keep looking and asking (and listening).


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