Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Do You Dare?

I was scared to tell you. I was embarrassed to tell you (and my neighbors, friends, and the ladies at the pool). But I am going to tell you. This Friday I leave for Charlotte to attend the She Speaks conference. A conference for speakers, writers, and women ministry leaders.

I think I am shy to tell you because I feel like attending this conference is a step in declaring myself a speaker. And I have been scared to do that. I mean what if I do not measure up? What if I disappoint? What if I fail? Can I really call myself a speaker?

Now I know that God adores me regardless of what I do. I know that my worth is not measured by a title. My worth is in God alone. My worth has already been established. (Yours too by the way!)

But I also believe that in each of our hearts there is a God-given and God-sized dream. And when we are talking God-sized that means BIG! Speaking and teaching at women's retreats, conferences, banquets, MOPS groups, etc. about not only the practical of homemaking, but on following God with reckless abandon is my dream. And pursuing that dream is scary!


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Do you know what your God-given and God-sized dream is? What is your passion? What were you created for?

Do you dare announce out loud the adventure you were made for? Do you dare call yourself a leader? Or a writer? Or an actress? Or an entrepreneur? Or a songwriter? Or an artist? Or a mentor? Or ___________ (fill in the blank). Or like me, a speaker-teacher-blogger?

Or do you hide in fear? Fear that you will raise the expectation level. Fear that you will fail. Fear that you will be seen as haughty or that people will say, “Who does she think she is?”   

I am pushing aside that fear and declaring out loud: I am a speaker and teacher.

I even changed my business cards to say so.

Here is the front:



And here is the back:



I even changed my domain name. You can now find my blog at susoutter.com.

And I am telling you all this because I believe when one of us walks in the freedom of who we were meant to be, it allows others to walk in the freedom of who they were meant to be.

I am telling you this because when one of us risks, I believe it encourages others to risk. 

My hope is that all of us may lay hold of who we were created to be and step out into the big adventures God has for us. My hope is that we would step out unashamedly. And in doing so, change the world!


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11 comments:

  1. Are you kidding me? You were born to be a speaker! You are a natural and God has given you some exciting things to speak about...things that so many of us want to hear. You make your classes come alive and engage your "audience". God has gifted you and I'm so excited to see where He takes you and how He uses you. Thanks for following God's lead (and your dreams). :)

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  2. Agree wholeheartedly with Jan that this is definitely your gift! Encouragement, inspiration, the ability to convey those things so well! So glad you are taking this next step!
    shannon E.

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  3. Su, I am so excited for you! I went to She Speaks a few years ago to attend the writing track. I admit I felt like a poser, like I really didn't belong. But I felt that God directed me to go and so I went (I can tell you the full version someday). It was a great weekend and a great conference and someday I would like to go again. You are right to own it and shout it! You are a speaker. You are a writer. Go confidently and expectantly! I'd love to hear about your experience!

    Bethany Howard

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  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 cheers for living out loud, on purpose and all-in for Jesus! How blessed we are that our life-work can also be an intimate and beautiful form of worship, an offering to the One who frees us from the shackles of fear. Hallelujah for this!

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  5. You go girl! You can't walk on water if you don't step out of the boat!

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  6. Su,

    I am so happy on hearing about your next BIG dream. No doubt you will succeed because first God is guiding you, second because you are passionate about it and lastly because you are genuine in your end goal, so the task at hand will seem fun and very rewarding.

    Best of luck in Charlotte :D

    Love,
    Yo

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  7. What a great post, I am so proud of you, so blessed that we stand shoulder to shoulder of the same Kingdom!!

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  8. I'm glad you posted! Still Praying! and yes, you are right - we draw courage from one another so by living your dream and sharing your fears and Still Stepping out you make it easier for the next one of us to follow God's plan for us; even if it's totally different than His plan for you....it's all about FAITH!!!

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  9. You are!.. and your dreams are definitely bc God has big plans for you. You Go!! :) Thankful I read this tonight. And thankful for your heart for God.

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  10. I sooooo enjoy hearing you speak! You are such a gifted speaker--your enthusiasm and your love for God and your family is so motivating! I'm so glad God put you in my path! :)

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