Below are my zingers from She Speaks 2012, the conference I went to this past weekend. The one I was embarrassed to tell you about; remember my post Do You Dare?
Even if you are not a speaker or writer, I bet your heart will resonate with at least one of the following:
1. Eat the fish; leave the bones. This was a quote from Lysa Terkeurst's pastor. I can see me whispering this to myself throughout my days, reminding myself to focus on the good stuff.
2. Live in the HEAR (yes, the H-E-A-R) and now. Renee Swope reminded us that so many of us want to hear God, have Him tell us what is in store, and get a plan. But you know what would happen if He did that? We would go on our merry way and not check back in for a good 6 months. God wants us to pursue Him moment by moment.
3. This is for all us teachers (public school, private, homeschool), Sunday School teachers (kid and adults!), Bible Study leaders, even corporate women who give presentations to teams:
Messages must be remembered to bring about change in people.
So what are we going to do to make sure our messages are remembered?
4. Research shows that what we say accounts for only 7% of the effectiveness of a presentation, while 93% is based on nonverbal communication. A reminder that it is not what you say, but how you say it that often matters the most in communication. Not just for speakers and teachers. . but moms too, eh?
5. Use who you are to reveal more of who God is in the way only you can for the good of others.
6. Pray more than you prepare and practice. From Karen Ehman's teachng titled Unforgettable: How to Give a Message that Lingers and Lasts.
7. Karen Ehman recently wrote a post here where she ended with the line "So I say family first…..but not family only." When I read that I was reminded of what Lysa TerKeurst said at the conference: Instead of putting God first, family second, ministry third, put God in the center and then build everything else around Him.
8. And then here is the big one for me. The one that had me crying. The one that I felt like was the whole reason I came to this conference.
See, all day Friday and Saturday, I walked around discouraged with this thought of "Really Lord, you need one more speaker? Look at all these ladies that you have called."
Here is a picture of my speaker evaluation group. All these ladies were talented, skilled, gifted, just plain good. Every single one of them. And this was just 10 of the 650 ladies that came to this conference.
It was not that I was comparing myself to these ladies. It was just that I felt like we were "a dime a dozen".
I kept praying, Lord give me one aha moment. One thing just for me. Nothing came Friday or all day Saturday. I was discouraged even though the teaching was good and I learned a lot.
Anyway, then Saturday night hit. Liz Curtis Higgs - full of life, loud, a hold nothing back kind of woman spoke and she had all 650 women laughing hysterically. . except for me (or at least I felt like it was just me). I was bawling hysterically. She said one sentence that touched something so deep inside me that I could not stop crying. . .even after her talk was done. The one sentence was:
I cannot NOT speak.
Finally, I felt like someone got me. That is me. I cannot NOT speak. I cannot NOT teach. It is who God made me. I have to be a good steward of what He has put in me. I got to do it and if I do not I am gonna burst. I feel His glory when I speak. I just cried and cried over that sentence. And then as weird as this sounds, I felt like God wrapped up "freedom" in a box with a big colorful, sparkly bow and handed it to me. I am still processing all this and wondering what this means practically. But it was like nothing I have experienced before.
Is there something you cannot NOT do?
Did any one of these 8 zingers zing you? I'd love to know what you're thinking.