Friday, June 13, 2008

Countdown To She Speaks!!

I am so excited about an upcoming writer's conference I am attending in Charlotte, NC next weekend. It is just a skip and a jump from my home in Lexington and I am going with two other ladies who are very dear to me. Our church has even blessed me with the means to go!! Finances have always kept me from attending in the past, but God has come through once again in my life and given me a blessing far beyond measure.

You can find out more about this conference at their website:
It is sold out as far as I know, but there is always next year if you want to attend.

I have been busy preparing myself mentally and logistically for this event. A few weeks ago, I lost many of my articles and my favorite Bible. I also lost two favorite books that were autographed for me. I am an old-fashioned southern girl and do most of my writing with pen and paper unless I am going to place it on one of my blogs or get it published. I kept it all in a tote bag that I usually guarded as closely as I would one of my kids! But, I guess I got side-tracked somewhere along the way because it has disappeared from the face of the earth.

I know God has a divine plan in all of this and I have come to grips with the fact that I may never find it. So, I have been writing like crazy for the past few weeks and God has blessed me with more and more insight which has lead to more and more articles.

Last night I had a dream about showing up at the conference wearing a hideous outfit! It was so-not-my-color and I had a large gold glittery belt tied around my waist and three various colored tank tops underneath my dress!! Don't know where that image came from, but I think it was a perfect example of the way my mind is thinking deep down somewhere about how I am not good enough to be attending. Funny how you can have low self-esteem issues even in your sleep. I know better than that, though and I certainly know how to dress more appropriately!! After all, I have heard Shari Braendel speak about what not to wear!

I hope if you are coming to She Speaks that you will leave a comment on today's post and maybe we can "connect" before we even meet there!

The verses that are standing out to me as I prepare for this conference are typed below. I hope they will encourage you as well. God is going to do great things for His people who are willing to serve Him!! I am looking for His direction and ready to follow His leading! Amen!!

"For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome." (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP)

" Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe in and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40 AMP)

"But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does." (James 1:25 NKJV)

Writing. It's what I do. Jesus. He's Who I do it for.

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Love and Blessings,


Sonya said...

Dear Starr,
Thank you for visiting my blog today! Yes, I am going to She Speaks and i cannot wait! Monday I will have a post on my blog about it.

I enjoyed this blog and think that most of us are feeling doubts and insecurities right now. Funny dream, though!

Are you going to the blogger reception on Friday? I am and hope to meet you there!

Michelle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I like the theme of your blog. I can't believe She Speaks is almost here. I am also attending the blogger reception on Friday. I hope we will meet in person sometime over the weekend. Have a great week!

Valerie said...

I came home from a week away to a whole slew of emails and blog posts about SheSpeaks and my stomach has been turning somersaults ever since! My business cards finally arrived and I finally found the black shoes I needed (because shoes seems to be the topic of interest!), but I'm still so nervous about what God is planning for me this weekend.

I hope to meet you Friday!

Joanne said...

Hey Girlfriend!

Loved your last sentence on this post...Writing. Is what I do. Jesus. Is who I do it for.

See, what a gift you have? I even read that sentence to my husband in our office.

Gotta hit the sack. I have been up since 5:30am your time. I am just exhausted.

Love, Joanne