Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Joy of Doing What God Created You to Do....

What a weekend!

I typically come away from all conferences with a "mountain-top" experience. Somehow, this is different.

Not only did I meet great women and learn new speaking and writing skills, I met Jesus. As women who feel called to speak and write for the glory of God, we were there to gather information on how to effectively communicate with our audiences (I have to grin as I type this....because I don't even have an "audience" yet), how to write book proposals, and/or how to write magazine articles.
Yet the very first speaker, Lysa Terkeurst, reminded us that these new skills are useless without a relationship with Jesus. Not just a "Hi, how are you?" grocery-store-check-out-line relationship.....but an intimate "knowing" of each other i.e. a knowledge that Paul wrote about in his letter to the Philippians. Echoing Paul, I "want to know Christ....I want to progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him; perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly".

True ministry is born out of this relationship with the Lord. It is birthed out of a desperation for Him.
Without Jesus, the words that I speak and the words that I write are somewhat empty.
But when I'm doing life with Him, the fullness of God is in each letter, syllable, and paragraph.
The message inked on my heart is from the Holy Spirit when I tap into His power to write and speak.

Praise the Lord....may the words of my mouth and the words put to paper be authored by the One who created this vessel.

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Antique Mommy said...

It was so wonderful to meet you! Whether your ministry leads you to write or speak or both - you are an asset to the kingdom!

Sarah said...

Hiya! So good to meet you. Looking forward to reading some more of your thoughts!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

I loved meeting you, Amy!! This post was terrific and a wonderful representation of what we learned this weekend!

Heather Conrad said...

Great summary of this amazing weekend! What a pleasure it was to simply have the chance to get to know your heart this weekend. Your love for life is so evident and your message is one that is so relevant for so many. Have a great week taking the next step with Him!

Tea With Tiffany said...

I agree. Without Jesus, our ministries are not worth sharing. It's out of that place of Him filling us that we can share with others.

God bless you as you step out by faith.