A week later and my mind is still blown! The Proverbs 31 Ministries’ She Speaks was the most amazing conference.
I was so nervous and intimidated as I boarded the plane alone for my first writing conference. Luckily, as a member of Compel, I had already made some connections online and couldn’t wait to meet these gals in real life. They did not disappoint!
Within a short amount of time, several of us became great friends. God knew what He was doing bringing us together. We look forward to championing each other in our callings as we move forward from this conference. Miles and states may separate us, but our strong bond formed this weekend will keep us together.
I could never cover ALL the awesomeness that was She Speaks, but here are some tidbits to share:
The P31 staff was so organized and everything was beautiful!
Lynn Cowell presented the opening session for the Pre-Conference on Thursday. LOVED HER! She was reading our minds as we asked ourselves “maybe we heard God wrong?” as we embarked on our first writing conference. But she quickly put all of us newbies’ minds at ease and calmed our nerves.
Thursday sessions I attended included: Where do I start? by Glynnis Whitwer; and Turning Ideas into Writing by Glynnis and Suzie Eller. Seriously, if you are interested in sessions like these, I highly recommend you join Compel and learn from these experts monthly! I was also excited to attend From Blog to Book Deal by Andrea Doering and Emily Freeman. Emily has some great writing resources on her website.
Lysa’s opening message on Friday morning was “Unrush Me” based on the teaching from her new book The Best Yes. It releases August 12, but how lucky were we to buy copies on site at the conference? I finished mine on the plane home. Ready to now go back and absorb all those highlights…okay so I’ll read it all again of course! Be sure and check out that link as there is a ton of fun stuff going on with this book. Did you know that Lysa is giving away every penny earned from The Best Yes, and her next to-be-determined book? Wow as if I couldn’t love her more!
Friday sessions I attended included: Not Just My Opinion: Instant Credibility Through Simple Research by Shaunti Feldhahn; and Writing Bible Studies by Wendy Blight. She has such a heart for God’s Word. Her presentation inspired me so much to continue with my goal to write bible studies that make studying God’s Word fun!
Friday’s lunch included a meeting especially for Compel members. We were introduced to the P31 Compel Leadership Team and received this sweet gift:
Christine Caine was our Keynote Speaker on Friday night. Preach it girlfriend! She was awesome (in her Australian accent). So many takeaways from her inspirational message. Bottom line: “God is preparing you for what He has already prepared for you”.
On Saturday morning, we Compel members received another treat: an intimate Q&A with Lysa! She’s so generous with her time and sharing her tips for us newbies. Great takeaway for me was “Don’t try to copy, but learn tricks of the trade from your favorite authors.”
Renee Swope presented the devotional Saturday morning encouraging us to “Bring It“: our fears, faith, strengths, weaknesses. Bring it all, He will use it.
Saturday sessions I attended included: Finding Your Niche by Lynn Cowell; Taking the Mystery out of Marketing with Lysa and Karen Ehman; and I’m ok, but You’re a Little Peculiar (Ministering to different personalities) by Lisa Allen.
Lysa’s message on Saturday night was so powerful and she just put her heart out there for all to see. God is using her for bigger things than any of us can imagine! Her challenge for us is to “Go and Make Jesus Known”. I can’t begin to describe her sessions. If you missed them, hopefully you can see her soon at a Women of Faith conference.
After traveling all that way, I had some folks I was dying to meet. The top left picture are my Compel ‘partners in crime’ (Angela, Sue, and Kelly) meeting up with some of our Leadership team: Lisa Allen, Suzie Eller, and Janette Albury. Then below that we caught up with our Compel Leader Glynnis Whitwer. Then of course I got to meet Lysa TerKeurst (along with my Compel pal Abby). And I couldn’t come without saying a huge Texas howdy to Melissa and Nicki, who lead all of us in the incredible P31 online bible studies. And last but not least, I was so happy to find Jennifer, aka The Unveiled Wife. I knew she would be there and that we’d be seeing each other again at Declare in Dallas next week, so I had to meet her. She is just the cutest YOUNGEST thing ever!!!!
So, now to process all that God taught me last week. Time to pray that He shows me what specifically He wants me to write about so I can put all this knowledge to good use!
Mark your calendar for next year’s She Speaks conference, July 23-25, 2015 with special guest Liz Curtis Higgs. Registration will open early next year. In the meantime, consider joining Compel. It’s like having a little of this weekend’s teaching sprinkled all throughout the year in monthly installments