Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Experience that Lasts a Lifetime

"I Found Joy in a BIG God" Part Eleven

Lest you all begin to mistakenly assume all I did was socialize at "She Speaks", I want to share a quick overview of the excellent, encouraging, equipping and empowering teaching I received.

"Developing the Character to Match My Calling" was the opening session Friday evening led by Lysa TerKeurst, President of P31. Looking at Psalm 23, and examining the life of David, we saw how character is developed in the ordinary, daily routine of life.

Agent Bill Jensen led an informative Breakout Session entitled, "The Changing World of Book Publishing". I found this especially fascinating as he spoke of how the small bookstores are closing due to easy access of on-line ordering. This has certainly affected the Christian bookstore where I am currently employed, and is no doubt partially to blame for our closure in another month.

Saturday morning began bright and early with Karen Ehman, "Embracing Your Little and Your Lot". Based on Philippians 4:11-13 we looked at the meaning of "contentment".

From "worrier to warrior", Zoe Elmore challenged us to "Dare to be Dangerous". Using an acrostic, she showed us nine characteristics of a "Dangerous Woman". Our most powerful weapon? Prayer!

Developing writing skills was the heartbeat of Glynnis Whitwer's session, "Magazine Writing 101". Pages of fabulous, practical ideas, as well as grammar tips, made this hour so beneficial and worthwhile.

Instruction for making my dream come true was presented in Lysa's session, "How to Write a Book". As she reminded us, the world doesn't need another book, it needs real life. It was during this session that God planted an idea in my heart. Lysa asked us to write down a possible book title and the words that flowed from my pen to the paper were not what my head had been thinking. As I stared in awe at what I had written down a dream seed was planted. Trusting God with the watering to see this take root and grow.

Marybeth Whalen brought "Passion to Your Platform". She "passionately" helped us explore eight characteristics that would infuse our life with fresh zeal if we acted upon them. She invited us to live creatively.

For some fun during some "free time", I attended "The Ultimate Blogging Q & A" hosted by Lysa, with input from Sophie, "Boo Mama", Shannon, "Rocks in my Dryer" and Melanie, "Big Mama". This was an informative hour of blogging tips and advice.

Saturday closed with what would be for me, another life-changing moment. Without going into too much detail here, Renee Swope shared, "Beyond the Shadow of Doubt". I will be writing an entire post on her message and the impact it has had on my life. Be sure to journey back to see how God spoke to this "mighty warrior".

Sunday morning closed with Micca Campbell infusing us with hope through, "What Have They Got That I Haven't Got?" Drawing parallels from "The Wizard of Oz" characters, the cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow seeking wisdom and the heartless Tin Man, Micca reminded us that God's Word says we can abound in every good work.

All weekend we were so worhsipfully brought before His throne of grace through the ministry of Lindsey Kane. She is a gifted songwriter, singer and musician who calls those around her to participate in a symphony of praise to our God, the One who deserves all the glory and honour.

In conclusion, this weekend was uplifting and inspirational, enlightening and instructional, bonding and encouraging. Overall it was an incredible experience. One that will last a lifetime.


Paula (SweetPea) said...

Lots of profound information, I see based on the subject titles. I think though it would've blessed me immensely, I might have been in information overload. haha.


Sita said...

Wow, what an enriching experience in every way. Looking forward to seeing how God brings all the threads together into an amazing tapestry...a Canadian on at that!
Will you be going to the Beth Moore simulcast event in Ajax? Anyway, thank you so much for instilling some hope today. I would love your continued prayer whenever God brings me to your mind. Thanks and may His favour continue to pour into your life.
Love, Sita

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

So what title did you write down? I'm dying to know. Well, not dying, but curious. Pray for me. I'm having a bit of writer's block.


tiggerdaisy said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I wanted to attend She Speaks but couldn' reading your words makes me want all of the information from the conference. I wonder if P31 will package the information at the conference and sell it??? A girl can hope!

Prayers and blessings,