Monday, June 16, 2008

Sweet Nothings

I am very excited that in less than a week I am leaving to go to the She Speaks Conference in North Carolina. What a great opportunity this will be for me to learn and grow in the area of writing for God.

Back in April God lovingly called me to start this blog and begin writing for Him. He directed my path to go to She Speaks and beyond all of this I am not certain where this road will lead. Will He call me to write a book, a devotional, articles for magazines? These are all mysteries to me right now. But I believe that He will begin to clarify my calling when I attend the conference.

The fact that I'm even going to the conference is a miracle. When I looked into it they said it was full, so I put my name on the waiting list, and by sheer miracle I got in! There are 500 women attending and probably a large number on the waiting list. I love when God clears the path like this because you can follow Him with ease.

Up until about a week ago I have been confident in this new calling and I've been happy to write blog posts and potential articles for magazines. Until the enemy started whispering in my ear. He said things like, "why are you doing this?", "you are a nobody so who would want to publish your articles/book ideas?", "you can't afford to go to the conference, what if it's for nothing". I like to call these things sweet nothings, because that is exactly what they are, nothing but LIES!

I've seen on several other She Speaks attendees blogs that they, too have had these sweet nothings whispered into their ears. Thanks be to God for His Word. We are told to test everything against the Word of God. So, when I did this I found out that they were all lies. Let's take a look at what the Bible has to say:

Psalm 138:8(MKJVa) Jehovah will perfect His work in me; Your mercy, O Jehovah, endures forever;

Jeremiah 29:11(MSG) I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Deuteronomy 31:6(MSG) Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you."

Now these aren't sweet nothings, these are the promises of God concerning you and me!

Please pray for me this week, and the other 499 ladies and staff of She Speaks. Pray that we will only listen to His promises and that we will have peace about the conference. Pray for our safety and the safety of our families as we travel. Prayer is so important, thank you for sowing into my life in this way.

This will be the last post from me until Monday (after the conference)as I have multiple details to take care of before I leave on Thursday. I know God is at work and I'm looking forward to coming home and blogging all about His goodness.


Chatty Kelly said...

GREAT POST!! I feel the same way, and am excited to follow where God leads. Books? Devotionals? Articles? Who knows? God knows! And that is good enough for me.

The Patterson 5 said...

I will be praying for you all! Keep listening to the sweet truth of God's word!

Michelle said...

Excellent post! I look forward to seeing how God moves us all this weekend. Hope to see you at the blogger reception. Blessings!

Starr said...

Sonya, I will be at the blogger's reception and I hope to meet you there. I will probably spend many days this week trying to figure out the perfect thing to wear! (and the perfect articles to take with me!) Can't wait to see what God has planned for us all there! I'm sure it will be wonderful! See you Friday!

HisPrincess said...

I can't wait to hear about your conference. I have to admit I'm a wee bit envious! I pray that you will go along with an open heart and an open mind, and that you will come away refreshed, blessed and with a new passion for spreading the word!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Hope to meet you there!


Sue J said...

I'm praying for you and for your family. I'm sure you and CK will come back overwhelmed by all of the possibilities out there--even though you may hear how difficult it is to be out there. But, no matter, because God is making new ways every day--blogging, for example. He has called and you have answered. That's what's important.

I just hope you can all keep each other's names straight! 500 women is a lot of new friends to make in a weekend :-)

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