Monday, July 20, 2009

Out of my Comfort Zone, Part 2

Back in March, if you were reading my blog back then, I told you about some growing I was doing. Some stretching that needed to be done. Some stepping out in faith that I felt I should do.

I told you about a conference I was thinking about attending called She Speaks. I told you about the challenge my dear husband gave me to send out ten queries to magazines to see if I could get published.

Well, guess what! I completed the challenge, and I got one magazine to say they'd give me a shot. (I'll have a story in the November issue of P31 Woman magazine, if you're interested.)

In less than two weeks I'll be getting on a plane to Charlotte, NC to attend the She Speaks conference. I'll be taking the speaker's track, so I have to bring two short speeches with me--one is a three-minute introduction of myself and a bit of my testimony, and the other is a five-minute Bible teaching time. I'll be evaluated by a group of my peers and someone from Proverbs 31 ministries. Yikes!

I have felt all along that God is asking me to push myself just a bit. To challenge myself to do something a little out of my comfort zone, which is why I signed up for the speaker's track. I mean, the writing track would be a piece of cake, right? (Just kidding!)

But I kind of thought, why not do something I never thought I could do? Thus, the speaker's track.

But I'm stepping out in faith in another way, too. The conference offered two 15-minute meetings with publishers while I'm there, and before I knew it, my fingers were pushing the "yes" button on my computer while my head was screaming, "No! No! No!" So for the past couple of months I've been writing a book proposal and learning what a "one sheet" is and writing an elevator pitch. It's craziness, I tell you!

And I'll tell you another thing. I'm terrified. Not like an I-can't-function-because-I'm-so-scared terrified. Just a little niggling in the back of my mind that says "You have to do this pretty soon" kind of scared.

For the past three or four months, since I started thinking about going to She Speaks, I have felt God's nudge in the small of my back almost every day. And just about every day I have taken very tiny steps toward a goal I never even knew existed and that I'm not quite sure is clarified in my mind just yet. But I'm trying, every day, to be obedient to what I think God wants me to do, even if I think He's nuts.

(Sorry, is it bad to call God nuts?)

Anyway, let me get to the point of this post. I've never done this on my blog before, but I'd like to ask you to pray for me. I honestly don't know what's up with all of this. I really like my life the way it is, and being shaken up is not what I'm looking for. But if God has other plans, I'm open. I'm willing. So would you please pray for my time at She Speaks and for my speeches and publisher meetings? Please pray that I would just be obedient to whatever God wants me to do.

Thanks, friends. You really do make my day.

P.S. I'll try to go back to being funny tomorrow. I'm much more comfortable there.


  1. Good morning Shelly, Good for you - you rose to the challenge. I pray for God's soaring adventurous "wild" peace as you take each step this week toward us here in Charlotte at She Speaks. We are waiting for you with arms open wide. Shine!

  2. I am so excited to see where God is leading you on this journey, Shelly. Like taking a step into the torrents of the Red Sea, a step into the Sinai Desert, or a step into a land of giants, it can be scary . . . even heading toward the land that God has promised.

    Listen carefully to His words, "Be strong and courageous!" You can do this, Shelly! And I am so honored to watch as you do.


  3. Shelly,
    I am so excited for you and so excited to see what God has done in the short time since we made "Wild Pasta." I can't wait to see where God will lead you from here, and I can't wait to read your book. I already love reading your blog.

  4. I get a devotional in my email everyday from Prov31 ministries. The other day as I was reading it I was reminded that you mentioned going to She Speaks. All of a sudden I thought 'I can totally see reading one of Shelly's writings on here someday.' You are going to do a great job! I'm so excited for your writing proposal too. Been thinking about that a lot since seeing you. I'm cheering you on from here!

  5. Hi, Shelly! I’m going to SheSpeaks, too – I hope to meet you there! I’m doing the blogging track, and I’m nervous about the whole thing. I went to a blog conference earlier this year and really let my nerves get the best of me. I’m excited and scared to see what God has for me this time – so on a different level, I understand what you’re saying about your own feelings.

  6. Wow! I am blown away by your comments, everyone. Thank you so much!

  7. You know I will be praying. The book proposal is exciting too. I remember first thought about this so long ago. And now the time is here. Put in your due diligence and let God do all the rest. Out of the comfort zone....great place to be.

  8. Not only am I praying for you, but I'm anxiously awaiting the time I can read your book! I love reading your blog so an entire book would be amazing!! God's blessings on you!

  9. Shelly:

    I hope to meet you at She Speaks. I did writers track last year. I'm doing Speaker's track this year and 2 publisher meetings so I understand exactly how you feel. I feel completely overwhelmed, although some of that could be because I have a house full of out of town family here this week. LOL

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that we just need to press on. God has equipped us, we just need to use the equipment! See you at She Speaks next Friday!


    P.S. We moved here to Raleigh, NC from Chicago...just one more commonality!

  10. It was certainly interesting for me to read that post. Thank you for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

  11. Keep on posting such articles. I love to read stories like this. BTW add more pics :)