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It Got a Little Hot

While I was enjoying the She Speaks Conference in Concord, NC, my family and friends back in Arkansas enjoyed 106 degree heat.  But, this blog isn’t about the weather…..  Nope.  I wish it was that simple.  I would much rather talk weather than confess something heavy on my heart.

The conference inspired me beyond words.  I learned so much.  I heard such wonderful speakers like Lysa TerKeurst, Angela Thomas, and Beth Moore.  Each delivered a message that moved me.  But it wasn’t until the last speaker, Karen Ehman, that the heat was turned up.

I told Mark that afternoon after hearing her message that Moses had the burning bush and I had the burning tush.  God built a big old fire under my tush!  He usually just thumps me on the noggin but this time He burned me.

Karen Ehman’s message was centered around Revelation 2:4-5.

Yet I hold this against you:  You have forsaken your first love.  Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.  If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

To make a long sermon short, she pointed out that when you lose sight of your first ministry love.  Life perhaps gets in the way…..  you feel burned out….. God only knows the reason…..  But, when you forsake your first love; you fall.  She explained that repenting and going back to the things you did at first is what God wants.  If we don’t then He will remove the lampstand.  As she explained, the lampstand is what the bright light of God in our lives  sits upon.  He will remove the stand and the light goes out.

I hate to admit it but I let the smallest trivial things get in the way of God’s ministry in my life.  I avoid doing leg work to find speaking engagements by doing laundry.  I hide from the fear of failure by scrubbing floors.  I eat and shop to hide my anxiety.  Add everything up, and I forsake my first love.

God pointed out that I needed to get to work and stop wasting time by filling up my day with stuff.   I’m not saying I am never going to do housework again.  But simply find the balance of it all.  ((sigh))  And I thought I was doing well with the whole quest of  balance.  Praise God I have a new beginning each day!!

God bless……

She Speaks 2010

Well, it is official.. I’m here!

she speaks 001Such a wonderful welcome sign. It felt like home… The first thing I did was purchase a cute little tote.  My arms were loaded down with so many things.  I just “had” to have one!!

she speaks 003Of course, it looks fabulous with the one outfit I was wearing.  HMMMM  wonder if I could justify buying the black one to go with my other outfits I brought?????

I must say I am having a blast and learning so much.  I am anxious to get back today to learn more!! Oh and by the way, I got to sit next to the gentleman who was the ghost writer for 90 Minutes in Heaven.  It is so cool to be able to discuss the book with the author.  He is a really neat guy.

God Bless..

Top 10 Items I’m Packing for She Speaks

This is the 2nd year for me to attend the She Speaks Conference.  I can’t wait to learn all the neat stuff about women’s ministry and becoming a published author.  I will be sure to keep everyone up to date on Twitter and Facebook as to what I’m up to and who I am rubbing elbows with..

I just hate packing.  I hate all the stuff you gotta do to get ready. If I could fit all my critters in a suitcase, they would take the 1st place slot on my Top 10 list.  But since our van alone isn’t big enough for all my 4 legged friends, this list will have to do…

Top 10 Items Packed for She Speaks

10.  Comfy shoes… there is nothing more uncomfortable than dress shoes.  I have never been a clothing DIVA so business casual gives me a headache.  I have taken the word “casual” to the literal sense.  If I could get away with my sneeks I would, so I have opted for flip-flops instead.  Besides, no one wants to see me coming in heels..unless they are willing to win America’s Funniest Videos.  I am that big of a klutz.

9.  Casual Clothes…  My philosophy on clothing is strictly wearing for comfort.  I guess it comes from the many years of teaching.  When you are on your feet all day.. comfort is the only way to go.  I did manage to go shopping last week for some cute comfy capri outfits.  I will look adorable!!  EEK!  Think my ego is working on overdrive!!

8.  Epi-Pens…  Since I am not cooking at the conference and I know how Satan likes to trip me up…I have my epi pen ready to go!  Would hate to end up in the hospital after eating something…

7.  Good Books..  Whenever I travel, I always bring along a book or two to read.  On this trip, I am bringing along The Good Book, my Bible and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

6.  My Swimsuit.. Hoping to catch a few rays of sunshine.  Anyone sitting next to me while sunbathing may want to put on extra sunscreen.  I am like a giant sun reflector machine..perhaps  I should pack my self tanning cream…hang on let me go get it..

5.  Self-Tanner… hate to be responsible for giving someone a sun burn.

4.  My Curling Iron…UGH!  Hair appointment fell the week after She Speaks!!  So I gotta curl my “long” hair!! Wish I could go spiky!

3.  Extra Hold Super Freeze Hairspray…humidity…gals should I say more??

2.  My Camera.. gotta document who  I meet!!  I mean last year I was sitting next to the Antique Mommy and didn’t even know it!  Wish I had my camera!!!  Sorta like the time I met Nicole C. Mullen..got my picture taken with her!  LOVE HER!!

1.  My Article.. this year I am in the writer’s circle.  I will be meeting professionals from the publishing world.  I hope to get noticed!  Send some prayers my way!!

Well, needless to say, I won’t be blogging until next Wednesday.  However, I will be tweeting and on FB!!  Make sure you check that out!!

God Bless…