I’m busting to tell you what I’ve been up to lately.
Really I just want to tell you how awesome our God is, but that’s a given! Awesome doesn’t even get close. There are no words, really. Not a day passes that He doesn’t leave me standing–there’s my One Word for the year–in awe of Him!
As most of you know, I attended She Speaks–a conference for ministry leaders, writers, speakers–last summer (2012) in Charlotte, NC. While at the conference, I met some AMAZING women, too many to name!
I was in a small group of wonderful speakers led by Luann Prater. I was particularly down on myself after our first night in small group. We were to tell our story in 3 (or 5) minutes, I can’t remember which. I missed the email with the particulars about speaking. I had my message prepared, but it wasn’t about “my story.”
Needless to say, I scrambled at the last-minute to put my message together. I didn’t have time in group time to write a single note, so I spoke off the cuff. This shouldn’t have been all that difficult, after all, who could tell my story better than me? However, getting my story told in a few minutes was the challenge. To me, it was a complete FAIL.
Yvonne, a new friend in this group, saw something through spiritual eyes that night and hasn’t stopped encouraging me since. On the last day of that conference, Yvonne insisted, “You need to sign up for the She Speaks Intensive scheduled for January 2013.” She was persistent! She was confident God wanted me there.
She saw something I couldn’t see, or had heard something from God I hadn’t heard.
By Fall, I was certain I would not be able to make it. I knew we were having family visit from CA in January, but I was unsure of the exact dates. Besides, I simply didn’t think it would be financially feasible around Christmas.
After checking in with me, Yvonne insisted, “You need to pray about this. If God wants you there, He will provide a way!”
So, I prayed, “Ok Lord, I don’t know what’s going on here! But, if you want me to go to that Intensive, You’re going to have to confirm it by doing a miracle. Otherwise, I just don’t see how I would be able to go.”
Meanwhile, I had kept in touch with three California, Jesus-beauties I met and sat with through most of She Speaks 2012–Lea, Reiko, and Cynthia. When Cynthia checked in to see if I would be at the Intensive, I explained, “No” and why I thought not. She and Reiko were planning to come, so we decided we would at least meet for dinner while they were here in Charlotte.
After Christmas, it occurred to me that the Intensive should soon be approaching. I had dismissed any thought of going, so I couldn’t remember the dates. I sent Cynthia a text early one morning, forgetting there’s a 3 hour time difference between NC and CA. Oops. Turned out, the timing of my text was God’s timing. When she responded, she left a voicemail rather than a text.
Her message simply said, “Hi sweetie. I wanted to respond to your text by calling first. There’s been a death in my husband’s family, and in a few weeks I’m going to need to go out-of-town with him. I’m not going to be able to make it to the Intensive. I already called to see if they could transfer your name in place of mine at the conference. Everything is paid for, including the hotel. You would be staying with Reiko. If this would bless you and would work out with your schedule, give me a call.”
My mouth dropped open! What? Seriously?
God had done it! Again, He left me in awe of Him.
My schedule worked out perfectly, because the out-of-town visitor I mentioned came a couple of weeks earlier than expected.
Of course I called Cynthia, speechless actually! No words could properly thank her.
She said, “I would rather have the FULL blessing of being a part of what God is doing in your life and the calling He has for you than get a PARTIAL refund. I’m just glad I can do it and you are willing to receive it!”
We had a wonderful, Holy Spirit-led conversation. I hung up the phone blessed beyond words by her generosity and blown away by God.
All I could think was, You still do miracles! Nothing is too big for You, nothing!
Not only did I get to go to the conference, my time with Reiko was priceless, AND the above picture was the view from our room window.
For nothing is impossible with God. ~Luke 1:37