I just got in another $50 toward the conference. I'm kind of in awe at how God is providing!
I had a great talk this week with someone who contacted me after I sent out my email about the conference and what I believe is a calling to speak. She feels a very similar calling on her life, and it was really amazing to talk through it all with someone who knows. It's been fun to see how God has woven our lives together over the past 25 years--starting back when I was just 7 years old!
I was telling her how part of God moving in all of this was through the book of Joshua when God was preparing to give his people the city of Jericho as their promised land. The people were instructed to remain silent while they walked around Jericho for six days (in addition to the 40 years of desert-wandering. At that point, what was seven more days, right?). Joshua said, "Do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!" This was the time of preparation. But praise God, there was more in store than just silence. And on that seventh day it was time to speak up.
"Shout, for the Lord has given you this city!" Joshua commanded. Can you imagine their cries at that moment of fulfillment? After 40 years, they were home, and they claimed it with their voices. The walls fell down, and the people settled into the promised land God held in store for them all along!
I have had the tiniest taste of a season of silence and preparation in this calling, and I'm thankful to see that the "more-to-this-story" seems to be unfolding right before my eyes these days. I am excited in feeling like the time has come for silence to give way to words. :)