Thursday, April 14, 2011

exciting news that leads to anxiety....

Have you heard of the She Speaks conference?

I first heard about it over a year ago.
My first thought was "that sounds like an amazing conference...but I'm not a writer or a speaker"  
I thought it was mainly for those who had the goal of writing books or becoming public speakers....of which I am neither.  But, I heard stories of friends going and secretly wished I could go.

Then a few months ago, I saw they had a Women in Leadership track.
What?  How did I miss that?
And my mind went on a crazy roller coaster ride of all the reasons I should go and all the reasons I simply couldn't go.  In the end, the couldn't go's won out.

Then the other day, I bounced over to my friend Jamie's blog......and read that she was going to the She Speaks conference.  Literally, my heart stopped as I felt a gentle whisper that I should maybe rethink going.   hmmmm.....ok God, I will check out the website.  As I went through the information, again my mind went on it's roller coaster and finally landed at the fact that I didn't think I could afford it.

So, I had a little chat with God....ever have one of these?

"Ok, God.  I am going to ask my husband about it (knowing the price would cause him to say no we can't afford it) and if he says yes, I will register."

I picked up the phone and called my husband and explained it all to him and ended with "the cost".....he immediately AND enthusiactically said "YES, you need to go to that!!


He proceeded to tell me we would make it work and he could see how much I would benefit from going!

So back to the website I went.
Only this time, I found out that the hotel the conference is in is FULL.  You can still register for the conference but you have to find your own hotel/accomodations...ugh....maybe I'm not supposed to go.

I decided to talk to Jamie and she said she would email them and see if they could add me in her room!! (Jamie and I have never met.  We know each others hearts through blogging, but agreeing to share her room? pretty wonderful)
Again I went to God....

"Ok God.  If I am really supposed to go, then you are going to have to open up a spot in her room.  I am pretty sure there is a waiting list, so I don't think that is going to happen, but if You do...I will register."

Guess what?!?!

They emailed Jamie right back and told me to register....they would work it out.

I am going to She Speaks in July!!

And as I type that, a little bit of anxiety is coming over me....
...but, I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to be there.


Michelle Burk said...

Wow. Sarah, your story is amazing. And it's just chapter one. I can't wait to hear the rest--How it works out, what you will do having gone to this great conference, and how many lives you will touch after. God is great! And so are you.

Jamie @ Six Bricks High said...

You have no idea how excited I am! We can be anxious together :)

Cathy said...

It sounds to me like your supposed to be there. Sounded like a definite Amen from God. I pray God will richly bless you and Jamie at the conference.

LuAnn said...

I love to see the Lord work in ways like this.

What an awesome conference to go too. I know you will be edified and have many things to share with us.

"Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you." Jeremiah 29:12

Shelly said...

What an awesome story and how it all worked out. God is powerful! Enjoy getting to know your new friend too.

Tiffany said...

Sara, I am excited FOR YOU!!!! A huge applause to your VERY supportive husband....isn't it GREAT that you have someone so supportive and excited about your spiritual growth:) Whooohooo....

StephieAnne said...

So very awesome! I can't wait to hear the outcome of this - and how God will unfold his glory!

(Ironically, my sister and I are on a "waiting list" for a conference in May that we felt compelled to do....but obviously, waited too long to act...)

Karrie said...

That is awesome and CLEARLY you are meant to be there :)
I am laughing at your roller coaster brain, boy do I relate!

Tiffany said...

That's awesome! I know there is a reason God worked out all those details. Someone needs to meet you!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

What a wonderful opportunity Sara! I think you are SUPPOSE to go!

rita said...

I'm so glad you are going!
But also understand your anxiety--"to whom much is given much will be required."
I truly look forward to reading about it and learning from you.

Jackie@Our Moments, Our Memories said...

That is super exciting, Sara - I cannot wait to hear how it all goes. You and Jamie are going to have a blast - amazing how it all worked out.