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.