I am officially stepping into the role of Christian women’s speaker, and am booking now for Spring and Summer 2012.

This is strictly a ministry update, don’t worry, after this I will return to normal (as if there is such a thing).  I wanted to let you know where God is leading this, and declare how faithful He has been in that leading.  He is good, isn’t He?

I will admit that when I felt like God maybe wanted me to do this, way back in 2007, that I didn’t want to do it.  The only writing I had ever done was poetry and short inspirational devotions for Bible college.  The only public speaking I had done was for my hermenuetics class in college.  It was not my forte or my dream, for that matter.

But God had been working on setting up a new foundation for a new and improved dream.  He gave me a job at a doctor’s office which made me lose my desire to want to be a doctor (it is NOT a cushie, easy job, I will have you know).  And then twist of all twists, I end up being a school teacher.  No degree, only His goodness and providence.

Guess what school teachers do!  School teacher’s speak.  So, just like that, I was spending every day of my life standing in front of people trying to make geometry understandable.  I determined that if I can make a teenager understand geometry, I could make anyone understand anything.

As you all know, the past couple years, I’ve been working hard at the writing aspect of this whole ministry.  There’s been this blog and my work over at The Porn Effect and some occassional guest articles here and there.  For the most part, though, the writing just isn’t pulling through at all.

So, I will admit, I got discouraged.  Very discouraged.  Maybe I had God wrong.  Maybe I wasn’t supposed to try and proactively do something like this.  I started to consider marriage and moving out and just leading a normal life.  I am blessed and could probably handle being a school teacher for the rest of my life.  I am good at it.  I don’t love it, but I can do it.  It caters to my strengths and keeps my brain young (and keeps me amused).

Not to worry, conviction soon set in and I realized I can’t have it both ways.  I can’t have one hand wrapped tight around my (three) secure jobs and be reaching for the ministry stars with the other one.  It doesn’t work that way.  Something’s gotta give, and either my heart is in this or it isn’t.

I decided to give it one last chance, and in that chance I stumbled across the ministry of Sheila Wray Gregoire.  Sheila is a Christian speaker and author from Canada (no, I don’t know what it is about Beggar’s Daughter and Canada- they are good friends, though!) who feels it is her calling and ministry to equip other Christian speakers and authors.

In reading through her site and communicating with her, I have found a few things.

1) I have been doing this all wrong!  She put to rest many myths I had about speaking, writing and having a ministry like this.  For instance, she says, having a book first isn’t the best idea.  The most effective ministry is through public speaking.  You reach more people in a more personal way that way, so put the book down and let God lead.  (YAY!)

2) I have found a community of Christian women ministry leaders.  I know I lined those adjectives up incorrectly, but you get the point.  Doing this type of stuff can be so… lonely.  No one really gets the struggles you have inwardly of fulfilling a calling all while murdering your constantly-resurrecting pride.  You’re exhausted before you even start!  I have loved just talking with these women about issues that they understand!!  It’s so refreshing.

3) I now have a plan.

That plan needs you!

I am officially stepping into the role of Christian women’s speaker, and am booking now for Spring and Summer 2012.

The official personal speaking ministry website will be launching soon.  No worries, Beggar’s Daughter is still alive and kicking and will continue to be.  This new site should be up in the next week.  (I am trying to get all of this done before school goes into full swing).  Lord willing, having a broader ministry that addresses women today will open up a platform for the ministry of Beggar’s Daughter (because it is so closed right now.  No one wants to hear it!)

What will I be speaking on?  Topics relating to faith and purity for today’s woman.  That isn’t my official tagline; I am still working on that (open to suggestions).  Topics would include: abortion (I know- overworked, but I work at a Crisis Pregnancy Center!), purity, and singleness.

Let that be a bug in your ear.  I have my soapbox, and I’m staying on it.

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For His Glory, because of His Grace,