“Ok God…… Not a problem!”
Sure, I will jump on a plane and travel for 28 hours. Yes, I will fly over 7ooo miles to attend a conference with 250 women who I have never met before. Absolutely, I will chat with women who don’t know me, hoping they can understand my funny sounding kiwi accent. Of course, I will share a room with one of them for the entire weekend with no idea if we will get along or not. Yes, I will lose all my introverted tendencies and get over my insecurities. Yes, I will completely step out of my comfort zone. And why will I do all this? Because God, you asked me to!
This year’s theme at Declare completely summarized my journey – “Wild Obedience”
A year ago God asked me to step out in wild obedience and attend a blogging conference in Texas. It was kind of exciting at the time, but as it grew closer and closer, the nerves started to kick in and I was left wondering “What in the world am I doing?”
Why would I leave my comfort zone for the unknown?
Why would I leave my family for 10 days for something that seemed so self-indulgent?
Why would I risk so much, not knowing what was on the other side of my obedience.
Because God asked me to.
For no other reason, than God asked me to! But one of the things I love about God is that, yes He is full of love, grace, and mercy, but He is also full of Blessings and surprises when we step out of our comfort zone and be obedient to His calling! So because I took that step, just that one tiny step (ok, it kinda felt huge at the time!) He completely overwhelmed me with what was on the other side of my obedience!
As I sit here 3 days after getting home, I am still struggling with the words to convey what is overflowing in my heart. As I sit here and process all the thoughts floating around my head and my heart, as I sit and read my notes, and as I scroll through Facebook and see the Newsfeed of all my new friends, I am overwhelmed with gratitude at what God orchestrated over those 3 days!
The conference was never about writing for me, although I did learn so much about blogging, and now realize I have so much more to actually learn! No, it was all about connections. God connections that know no geographical boundaries, that aren’t limited by what or who I think I am. They are not limited by the restrictions I place on myself, or the insecurity I felt as I walked through those doors for the first time. Nope, these are God connections that surpass anything I may think of myself or why I was there. The connections I made were pre-ordained.
I don’t believe in coincidences or random meetings. No, every connection I made was a God connection that is part of His plan and purpose for His Kingdom. I may not completely understand it all now, but I know without a doubt, that this was bigger than me learning to write more eloquently or increase my followers!
I don’t think my stomach has ever been so sore from laughing so much, or my eyes so red and puffy from crying so much. I don’t think I have ever been so challenged, so unsettled, so completely wrecked for God as I feel I am at the moment. And it is just the best feeling!
I am grateful beyond words for these 4 women who stepped out in Wild Obedience when God asked them to put on a conference for Christian Women who blog. Because of these 4 women, the path God has me on has been altered, and the journey I am walking, has now become a journey with like minded women who do what I do, and most importantly, get why I do what I do! I am part of an Army of Women that God is raising up. Each has their own voice with their own story to share, but we all share the same heart and we are all doing it for the same reason…….Glory for God.