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"She Listens"
This past year has been a ministry journey that has been unparalleled in my life up until now.

That is not to say that it has been the BEST year of my life or the MOST Valuable year. That spot is reserved for my 33 years of marriage to a wonderful man (HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND with the kids HONEY!!!) that I have been blessed to survive and enjoy! Along with the gift of my family and the precious friends that God has blessed me with.

However, God, in His goodness, has allowed me to experience the most amazing past few years of ministry that I could have ever possibly dreamed of or envisioned in my own mind....and I, am a VISIONARY!!!! Just ask those friends and family!! I can dream me some BIG dreams!

The verse in Ephesians that says God will bless us with us more than we can ever hope or ask for has been my mantra for many, many years.

Ephesians 3:20
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.


This year, as I have traveled around the Nation speaking at woman's conferences and serving leaders in ministry to women, I have been filled up so much that sometimes I can barely take it all in.

This past few days has been more blessing overload and has placed me in a position, yet again, of speechless awe of who God is and what He wants to do in each of our little lives.

I left my home on Tuesday with a sweet ministry friend who flew in from Texas to attend "She Speaks", a wonderful speaking and writing conference sponsored by my friends at Proverbs 31 Ministries. We met up with another girlfriend on Wednesday and the God moments continued.

We have encountered the presence of God at every turn of our road trip. 



Last night, three of us sat around our computers to BLOG. That was AFTER they taught me how to use my new IPhone and how to TWITTER!! 

Check out Traveling the Road Home and Sincerely Paige for some trip details. 

As for me, as I have considered blogging about some of the fresh revelation that God has shown me, I find myself without words. I was so frustrated cause I WANT TO TALK!!!! 
I WANT TO TELL! 
I WANT TO SHARE!!! 
RIGHT NOW!

Words would just not come.

When I woke up this morning, God gave me the title for this post:

SHE LISTENS!!!!

A scripture that I treasure in God's WORD was when Mary discovered her pregnancy with Jesus, her response was to "ponder these things in her heart". 

I am not a great "ponderer". In my excitement over the things God shows me or does in my life, I am sometimes way to quick to TALK--SPEAK---TELL. 

God clearly showed me that I am to "ponder" some of the revelation that He has poured into my heart over the past few days.

So, today, the 3 of us God Girls are off to LISTEN at "She Speaks"!

I can not wait to hang out with the many other girlfriends I have recruited from around the Nation to join me this year, to hug on my P31 Sisters and my Lifeway buddy, Jennifer Rothschild. Fun, Fun, Fun!

I go with the words of the prophet Samuel:

 "Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening"


5 Comments:

Blogger Paula (SweetPea) said...

I came here to read about your mischief and found this wonderful post you must've just posted.

Great words here...love the scriptures...Mary pondering...and Samuel's words...speak,Lord, Your servant is listenging. I guess I didn't catch those words as I've recently been reading the Samuels to discover more about the sweet David. Or maybe my translation didn't say it just like that. But I love those Lords.

And then, there is Ephesians 3:20. Oh my how I love to see what others say about that verse and I love to see when others share it.
I won't explain why but rather will say you have to come read my last post to see why...

Have a blessed time. You must be in South Carolina if you are popping over to She Speaks. I wish I lived closer as it would be easier to attend. It's really bad time at work.

Blogger Karla said...

God is so good, isn't He?!!! It looks like He isn't finished speaking the full message to you. How exciting is that!

To ponder really takes some stillness of the mind and soul before God. A real discipline indeed! (I'm like you, I get so excited by just one word from Him that often times I don't stop and ponder what ALL He has to say.

Great insight, thanks for sharing!

Blogger Debbie said...

So glad you are at SheSpeaks. I have a few friends who are attending this year. And I love Jennifer Rothschild. She was our keynote speaker one year at our annual women's conference several years ago.

Great post...glad to get to catch up some blog reading...

Blogger Jennifer said...

Have fun! It sounds wonderful!!

Jennifer

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