Monday, March 21, 2011

Logo Debut & Soli Deo Gloria Link-up

Welcome, Soli Deo Gloria Sisters!  I'm so glad to see your faces and meet some new ones as well.  This is a place of encouragement and blessing, and it is my prayer that you always feel welcome here.  If you are new (anyone is welcome), please read here for the heart behind this meme and some general guidelines (the button is to your right).  I hope you are blessed on your page and leave blessings for others, as well.  Also, if you would like to be put on the Soli Deo Gloria email list, please leave your contact information below in the comments.


I wish I had a magic curtain so that this unveiling would be more dramatic.  Alas, I am not that tech savvy, so I'm just going to have to do a simple TA-DA reveal.  But first, I have to thank the wonderful Critty Joy (Christy) for doing this for me.  I cannot say enough about how fantastic she is or how beautiful her work is, but know that she is a true blessing from Him and she is walking out in the talents that God has bestowed upon her. I am honored to know her and so overjoyed that she designed the logo for s(He) Listens.  I'm going to show you both forms.  Are you ready?  Here they are -- TA-DA!

Lovely, yes?


Now, a bit of my heart to share with you...

Lately, there have been all these ideas, and therefore questions, floating around in my heart about s(He) Listens, about the logistics of speaking and writing, about even going to the She Speaks conference.  After God had my friend Jenny (a looong time friend & SDG sister) pass some information along to me, I decided I was going to write down in my journal all the questions I wanted God to answer.  I wanted hard-core details.  I wanted to know whether timelines were strict or negotiable.  I wanted step-by-steps plans and concrete yes-or-no answers.  Black and white.  No gray allowed.  I don't know how to do gray, you see.  Gray to me is more wilderness.  I'm ready to be out of the wilderness.

But through some more words and a vision from Jenny, it seems like there is a reason for the grayness.  To be completely honest, if God gave me a plan with all these specific details and deadlines, guess what would be my focus?  It pains my heart to say it, but I know me (and obviously, God does, too) and I would become all about the details and the deadlines.  I would walk in what is comfortable and structured.  I would grasp ahold of what I know instead of the faith and trust that He has taken such care to build in my heart.  And if I begin to look at this from this vantage point, my heart begins to cry desperately for His Hand to lead me, even if I cannot see through this fog.  I know that while details may get changed and deadlines may be missed, His Hand will never falter.  His Hand will never lead me astray.  His Hand will always be full of life and grace and truth.  His Hand can hold so much more than the grandest dream or the most thoughtfully laid out plan.

One more quick thing here.  I would appreciate prayers for discernment as to whether God is calling me to She Speaks this year.  And, if I should raise funds for this.  I HATE asking people for money.  Honestly, it's embarrassing to me.  I have all kinds of negative thoughts about whether I "deserve" it, blah, blah, blah.  Anyway, I'm not sure I'm in the place to delve more deeply into that, but I just would treasure your prayers.  And, of course, if God gives you a word for me, please let me know either in the comments or by email.

So, there you go.  That's me, right now.

I hope you have a wonderful time visiting and chatting with your other sisters today.  May His blessings pour forth in your lives and to the lives of those you touch this day and every day.



22 comments :

  1. Love your logo. . .that Christy rocks. The color beautiful and the design unique.

    Jen, It's funny you asked. Yes, God actually gave me the word that you should go to She Speaks, and in addition, he said we should room together, and that you should let me pick you up at the airport, and we could save you money on a rental car. Fine. Those aren't exactly His words. :)

    You know I'm teasing, and if anyone understands being uncomfortable about asking for money it is me.

    I think you will know the answer, maybe not yet, but you will know.

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  2. Love the logos - way to go, Critty Joy! They are perfect.

    I can completely identify with your dislike of the gray areas. Gray is so, so hard. But you know what? You are seeking, you are "listening" for His voice, and you will hear it.

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  3. I love the logo . . . so beautiful and feminine. I will pray about your decision. I hope you get to go.

    fondly,
    Glenda

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  4. LOVE the logo. I am learning that all of the plans that God has for me has nothing to do with me but everything to do with Christ. I have to literally hand over to God through Christ all of the things I feel like He is placing in front of me and ask Him to direct and lead me. I know He will for you too!

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  5. I just left a comment now its gone..oh well. I will shorten it:) I got out of the hospital around 3 but wanted to linkup before going to bed. So - I will be back in the morning to comment and I can't wait - I too will pray about your question. Love the button btw Critty Joy:) See you tomorrow!
    xo

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  6. I am so glad you like it my friend. It was so fun to work with you and design. ❤

    I am praying for you as you work toward getting those questions answered and as He shows you all the beautiful things to come. I too can get lost in the details...often! He is going to direct you down the path He has set before you...just trust and know.

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  7. Jen, I will take time out to pray for you and ask the Lord if there is something that I can specifically tell you or just pray for you about. He's so confirming, I know you will have your answer....praying girl!

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  8. Hey girly! Love the logos!!!! Beautiful, for a beautiful hearted speaker! I too am in that boat with She Speaks, and the asking for money thing. I will be praying for you about it, and for me too :) Although...secretly I really want all of us to go just so we can hang out in real life!!! How awesome would that be!!!

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  9. LOVE the logo. and love your post...i'm proud of you.

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  10. Good morning! I LOVE The logo! Walking with open hands is always the way to go... He is so good at holding it all and leading us! I'll be praying with you!
    Blessings on your day!

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  11. Praying along with you as you continue to seek His will!

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  12. Hi Jen,
    It is me again. I just finished reading today's Soli Sisters (16 so far, I am sure there will be more as the day progresses.) But I am deeply touched again by the heart of each writer and wanted to say thanks for hosting us each week. Some weeks, I don't get to read them all, but love it when I can.

    fondly,
    Glenda

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  13. You know how I feel about She Speaks. Let God lead you. I'll have to share my raising support story some time except I don't think I've lived the ending yet. Praying.

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  14. And the logo. Breathtakingly beautiful. I'm in love with Christy already. He will lead you.

    Two comments because I press enter before I'm done thinking. I do it all the time!!

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  15. One of the hardest things about our faith relationship is walking in the unknown...without all of the details. THAT is precisely where He wants us to be...utterly dependent. Not always and forever because there are times He will speak and we move. In my own life...in hindsight...I can look back and see those were the biggest times of growth and the exact things God will use when you do minister ...as you are even now. Speaking to us through your words on screens and then onto people...sitting in front of you. To be honest..a word I have had from God is over 12 years old. I had given up on it until the last months...thinking it must not have been Him. Anyway...keep your eyes on Him and do what He gives you each day because someday...someone else will be a mini.you and be asking the same questions and you will be able to offer her some REAL truth....ok I'm on drugs...hope that made some sense because I am not proofing.lol!
    xo

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  16. I can't even tell you how much I can relate to your post! Praying for you today!!

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  17. Beautiful Logo!
    Praise God for such a beautiful friend in Jenny to help you see another view, I love watching how HE works through others.
    Praying for you and your tough decisions...
    (I don't know how I ended up with 2 links, the linky thing was not cooperating- although I am sure it was more of an operator error! )
    Blessings!

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  18. Hi Jen. It's so good to hear from you. Thanks for keeping in touch, and inviting me to join the sisterhood today! It's good to be back.

    You are like a breath of fresh air, pure and sweet and invigorating. I am encouraged just being here. And I love the new logo!

    I will pray for you for wisdom and provision if necessary. God will give you peace and a plan if you are supposed to go. Love and blessings, sweet friend!

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  19. Very lovely. Clean and uncluttered. I'm praying God will give you definate direction. I hope God overwhelms you with blessing today and throughout the week.

    Pamela

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  20. I am so with you. I've often thought, wow, if God had revealed THIS to me years ago, I wouldn't have spent so much time worrying etc but I would have also missed the journey He had specially planned for me. I understand how you feel about asking for money for She Speaks or other conferences. I so badly want to go but asking for money is embarrassing. And I don't want to go being sponsored really because I'd want to go free and clear to actually enjoy it because otherwise I'd be side tracked...

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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  21. LOVE that rockin' logo!

    And yes, I live in the grey, too, on the path of this writing journey. I can so relate to this, honey!

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