After an 8 hour drive to North Carolina – I arrived at the Proverbs 31 Ministries Conference called She Speaks. The hotel was buzzing with women – women who are professional speakers, authors, ministry leaders in their churches or just starting out in these areas. Suddenly, I became very nervous as I thought about speaking in front of these sophisticated women!
The highlight of my first evening was meeting my good friend Karen Ehman. Karen and I have been on-line friends for almost two years but we have never met! We have spent hours chatting on the phone together but to hold each other in a tight squeeze and look her straight in the eye – oh my – such a treat!
Karen picked up on my nervous energy and invited me to her room where she reminded me – “Courtney, this is She Speaks not She Freaks!” lol! Then she and her friends laid hands on me and prayed the most beautiful prayers over me - *tear*. Was that not the sweetest gift ever?!! Unforgettable. (thank you Kim and Mary xoxo)
Karen introduced me to Liz and quickly we began to discuss the topic of blogging – exchanging thoughts and ideas. Then she said – “I’m coming to your session tomorrow!” Oh dear…remember that bag of nerves I carried into the hotel – remember those lovely girls who prayed over me and helped me unpack that bag …well – I picked that bag back up and carried it into my session. I was about halfway through my talk and Liz’s hand went up – I stammered – Liz who always has a twinkle in her eye – asked her question. What did she ask??? I can’t remember – it’s all a blur! But I do know I answered it and she smiled at me – so I think it was okay? lol!
Later that evening she was the keynote speaker. She made us roar with laughter but also brought a holy hush over the group as she shared God’s truth and love. Oh she blessed us all so much!
Another highlight was speaking on a panel with these 3 lovely ladies - Renee Swope (Renee gets the WLW award for making me cry the most at She Speaks - her God-filled words resonated in my soul), Karen Ehman and Lynn Cowell! The topic was Balancing Family and Ministry. I loved when Karen said “pray your husband and children are blessed in a way, they could never had been blessed, if you had not said “yes” to ministry.” So this is a new prayer I’m praying for my family.
Let me pause and high five my fabulous husband and all the other husband’s who watched their children while the mommy’s went away and were refreshed! Thank you Keith (and thank you Grandma and Grandpa Wise for helping with the kids too! )
So you may wonder why no mention of Lysa Terkeurst? I had a great time meeting her and even had a chance to hang out in her room Saturday night and do breakfast with her Sunday morning (totally unexpected!) but something went a little wrong…I’ll write about it tomorrow – it’s going to be titled “The Most Embarrassing Moment of the Proverbs 31 Conference“ so stayed tuned…