Hey y’all! I am so excited to be one of the sponsors of The Influence Conference! I wish I could meet each and every one of you in person, hear your story, and pray with you for God’s peace to pour all over you! You are about to take the next step on the amazing journey God has prepared for you and I am honored to be a part of it.
Getting ready for a conference can be a crazy time, can’t it? Choosing which workshops to attend, figuring out what on earth to wear, making sure your family is well taken care of in your absence, and arranging for transportation from wherever you are to the conference and home is a lot to add to your already full plate. I wonder how you are doing with all those preparations…
Have you ever taken the time to stop and pray?
When life got busy I didn’t used to either, and it totally affected my health, my relationships, and my life. 10 years ago my life came to a standstill…literally. I had pushed my busy-ness too far, stressed myself out too much, and I was paying for it. I was at risk of a heart attack and in peri-menopause (I was 33). My husband and I were on the edge of divorce after a recent miscarriage. The relationship with the daughter I did have (who was 4 at the time) was tumultuous and filled with anger and frustration. And, I had just been moved from everyone and everything I had ever known in California, for Charleston South Carolina. My life was a bit of a mess, and God knew the only way to bring me back to His plan for my life was to make me stop doing and start listening.
Why do I share this with you? Out of that chaotic part of my journey Peace of Mind Ministries, and the new Bible study I have written called Cultivating Peace, was born. As a ministry director my goal is to spread the message that God’s peace IS available to everyone. Through speaking, blogging, and teaching I work to reveal God’s ever-present peace no matter how chaotic a woman’s life may be. As an author my goal is to share the very real experience I have had as a woman who once wanted to be a gotta-do- it-all superwoman and ended up a mess, but has been transformed into a woman on fire to live the life God has given me His way. Through the Cultivating Peace study I teach other women how they too can go from chaos to peace when they align their day according to God’s priorities and not their own.
Throughout your weekend at the Influence Conference you will have the opportunity for tremendous growth. There will be a ton of great information to listen to and take down. You will meet amazing women who have dreams as big as yours. Fantastic ideas for how to improve your blogging, writing, and speaking will be presented to you. One way to describe it could be that you will be standing in front of a firehouse trying to get a drink.
I am praying that as you walk through your experience at the Influence Conference, you will continually keep an open dialogue with God. Ask Him to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Ask Him to protect you from feeling like you aren’t good enough, smart enough, hip enough, or simply…enough. Ask Him to help you determine which parts of what you see and hear are part of His plan for you and to let go of the rest. When doubt and fear start to try and overwhelm you, I pray you will remember that God didn’t give you His gift without also wanting you to trust that He has a plan for how and when to use it.
These are the lessons I have learned on my journey with God. He is enough, and He does have a plan for us: “‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)
While you are at the conference, if there is ever a time you feel overwhelmed, full of fear, or otherwise freaked out, please shoot me a quick email, message me on facebook, or send me a tweet (links are below) and I will pray for you on the spot. You can also take a moment to grab a girlfriend and pray. Please also stop by our booth and visit with Jennifer Tubbiolo. Jennifer is my best friend, closest confidant, and a voice of reason in my life. She is an amazing woman with a passion to write just like you who will be there to pray with and for you or just chat until you relax a bit. If you could use some of God’s peace right now, you can email me at Stephanie@peaceofmindministries.com, message me on facebook, or send me a tweet.
Ladies, there IS a way to have God’s peace: Trust Him at His Word and let Him work out the details for you!
I am praying for you!