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Sunday, March 20, 2011

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY for CONCORD, NC and ME (TAKE 2)

Hello Dear Friends!

I am UBER (yes UBER!) EXCITED to share with you about ANOTHER AMAZING ministry and an OPPORTUNITY you can have this summer. It will allow you to come together with like minded women of faith, other writers, speakers, and women in ministry and reignite the passion you have to help ‘equip, encourage, and inspire.’

SHE SPEAKS 2011 will be held in Concord, NC, from July 22-24th. There are three tracks based on your passion, She Writes writing), She Leads(Women’s ministry),and She Speaks(speaking). There are additional pre-conference workshops you can attend. The event cost even includes hotel stay, and meals. WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY!

I am SO SO SO EXCITED!!! (notice the exclamation marks, dear friends)to be able to attend this conference to help cast a bigger vision and picture for my life and for what God has been recently beginning to show me! I am just excited to see how God will continue to use me, and really believe in the power of attending this conference and what it could mean to and for me. http://shespeaksconference.com/
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As I was growing up, I was always told I had a “gift for gab,” and being able to round up a group of kids and motivate them to do something (good or bad...lol). I could be swinging from bar to bar on the money bars and spot a kid playing by them self on the playground and strike up a conversation, and minute later be taking them along side of me to go and recruit a group of other kids playing by themself to come to gether and build a sandcastle. I made fast friends through being able to talk with anyone I came in contact with-whether they were 8 or 80, it didn’t matter. I loved to tell stories, get people together, and I loved to talk to others.

Although there was many times that my “gift” seemed more like a curse when I would be reprimanded for talking while taking a test, or while the teacher was talking as I grew it was one thing I knew I was good at. I could talk and encourage others to get together. It was definitely “a passion” of mine. ::smile::

Fast forward 20+ years, and I still love to talk, and get people together- by leading, encouraging, and motivating them. That looks alot different these days as I work with young women helping them through serious issues of their lives instead of a gathering a group of other five year olds trying to build a sandcastle.

My passion and desire has become speaking the truth of God’s word to young women’s lives. I have a passion and desire to share my life and my faith to somehow offer a sense of hope to other young women who have gone trough and struggled with so many things that I did growing up. From the experiences of physical and sexual abuse, struggles with eating disorders, feelings of brokenness, abandonment, and lack of self worth to the constant pressures of our culture and society (I competed in the pageant world), etc., I want to share out of those experience that there can be hope, healing, and forgiveness through Christ.

As I mentioned above, I was involved in the pageant world and also have worked with a skincare and cosmetic company. I have seen how much pressure society and the media can put on young women, and this is even more so engrained in them after going through trauma such as abuse, whether physical or sexual, rape, eating disorders, etc.

I want to share not only my experiences, in the hope of being able to relate with what so many young women (and even women of all ages) go through and struggle with, but to share with them that THERE IS HOPE, HEALING, FREEDOM and FORGIVENESS that can only can be found in and through Christ! I want to continue to encourage, build up and lead them into THAT truth!

Ok, so now the shameless plug for myself as to why I feel I should be chosen to win this scholarship.

Although there are many of us who could be “qualified” to win this scholarship (and I am sure there are going to be so many amazing an inspiring stories), I hope that you will choose me. Since I have found out about the possibility of this conference, my heart has been heavy with somehow finding a way to get there. I have been waiting, praying, hoping, wishing, wanting some way, somehow for an opportunity, such as this conference, to appear.

 I am NOT a trained speaker, teacher, leader, or writer(although I have had some experience in the writing I am not by any means a professional) and nor am I the child of any famous personality that I would automatically have some sort of platform that people would look at me and be drawn to me because of my name. HOWEVER, I do have a story to tell. And sadly, my story is all too similar to so many other young women out there who are too afraid to tell it, that they remain chained by the baggage and do not have any sense of hope, joy, forgiveness, healing or freedom from what has happened to them.

I want to SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS “THERE IS HOPE! FREEDOM! AND REDEMPTION!” If God can take me out of the circumstance I was in, and make me a NEW CREATION, beautiful and wonderful in His image, He can and HE HAS for them [young women] also.

By being able to have the opportunity to attend this conference it would be giving me the skills and tools to share this message that God has placed on my heart. To write, to speak, to lead, to encourage, to build up, to motivate others to the word of God.

 I would be ever so grateful for this experience and opportunity.

Love to you all,
- Kristen Marie

[PS…. I would LOVE to meet so many of you amazing women at the conference over coffee/lunch!! UBER EXCITED at the possibility!!! :)

PPS......If you are interested in attending this conference defiantely go check out it here on Renee's blog :http://reneeswope.blogspot.com/2011/03/she-speaks-womens-ministry-leadership.html.

You can also leanr about Renee Swope on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/renee.swope ]

The conference website is here: http://shespeaksconference.com/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Concord, NC and ME!!!

Hello Dear Friends!

I am UBER (yes UBER!) EXCITED to share with you about an AMAZING ministry and an OPPORTUNITY you can have this summer. It will allow you to come together with like minded women of faith, other writers, speakers, and women in ministry and reignite the passion you have to help ‘equip, encourage, and inspire.’

SHE SPEAKS 2011 will be held in Concord, NC, from July 22-24th. There are three tracks based on your passion, She Writes writing), She Leads(Women’s ministry),and She Speaks(speaking). There are additional pre-conference workshops you can attend. The event cost even includes hotel stay, and meals. WHAT AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! Go to their website for more details by clicking here. 

What’s even more exciting is that Lysa Terkeurst is offering a scholarship to cover cost of registration ($595 value) on Lysa's Blog. But you must hurry, because it ends today! I would definitely encourage you to check it out and apply. Who knows what this OPPORTUNITY could be for you?!

I am SO SO SO EXCITED!!! (notice the exclamation marks, dear friends)to be able to attend this conference to help cast a bigger vision and picture for my life and for what God has been recently beginning to show me! I am just excited to see how God will continue to use me, and really believe in the power of attending this conference and what it could mean to and for me.

I am excited to meet with SOOOO many writers and speakers that I follow, build relationships with so many of these women that feel that I have learned so much from and come to respect for their radical and challenging faith and the transparency that have shown in their lives.

I am also SO excited to get to immerse myself in speakers and writers that are pros in their craft, to glean whatever I can from them, and begin to develop deeper in my skills because of them.

GO CHECK IT OUT. (Yes. Right now. Go do it. Dear friend, go check it out!)

Love to you all,
- Kristen Marie

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

This is the stuff that drives me crazy...

She had blown me off. AGAIN.

I knew it was coming, and yet it didn’t annoy me any less.

My girlfriend and I had planned to get together for a quick hour long coffee date. We had both not seen each other for almost 2 ½  months, and due to both of our work schedules (and a couple cancellations), we had been unable to connect. I was leery of the possibility  fact that somehow last minute something would inevitably come up, she'd have to work late, etc. etc.

That morning I had opened my schedule book and looked at my day.

@700 COFFEE DATE W/ ***********

I shot a quick text over to her just to confirm. She texted back several hours later saying just what I had suspected. Something came up.

I pretended like it was no big deal and texted her back saying that it was ok but I really did wish we could get together. SOON. Part of it was because I really did miss her and wanted to connect about what was going on in her life. Part of it was that I felt rejected. Inside I became irritated and annoyed, and had a ugly attitude beginning to grow.

She always blows me off!

She drives me crazy when she does this!

She hates me!

I'm so done with her!

I'm never going to try to do anything with her again.EVER!!!

Isn't that U.G.L.Y.? Most definately. And not to mention, it defiantely was not a Christ-like loving attitude in the least.

Immediately following those thoughts, "7x77" popped into my head.

In Matthew 18:21-22 (the parable of the unmerciful servant) it says:
  21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”  22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Matthew 18:32-35 continues to say, "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."
   
Was I extending forgiveness that I myself want and desire to my sweet friend? Absolutely not. I was acting like the wicked servant (from the above parable) who was forgiven of my debt and than went out and demanded payment from a debtor. Instead of extending grace to my friend, I was condeming her for "something coming up" in her schedule.


 UGG.
 
How can I possibly expect to be forgive of my sins or wrongs done to a friend/family member etc but not myself be willing to extend grace and forgiveness towards someone who wrongs me?
 
Im urked glad it happened. Really.

Reality check. I HATE being cancelled on.

There is this song that Francesca Battistelli sings called, 
This Is The Stuff

"This is the stuff
That gets under my skin
But I've gotta trust
You know exactly what Your doing
Might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use"

Funny what God chooses to use to teach us what he wants us to learn.
 




Verses to check out:
-Matthew 18:21-22
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