"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Another Action Step

What is your dream? 
Is there something in your heart, an idea or a whisper
that continues to speak to you and doesn't leave?

"If an idea does not go away, 
begin treating it as though it is from God.  
Let Him bring it to pass."
from the book,
Let Prayer Change Your Life
by Becky Tirabassi 

For many of you that follow
 my blog, you will remember me choosing "ACTION" 
 as my word for 2010, 
realizing that God was serious about
wanting me to get going, get started, get beyond just dreaming
about doing and trust Him daily 
with the few things He wants me to JUST DO !
Well , let me tell you
about one of my dreams and an exciting opportunity
that could help make it come true. 

It is my desire 
to help teen girls and women to believe in
the beautiful person God has created them to be.
I want to help them
see beyond 
what the world says they should be,
and instead help them
to hear and believe in that very special,
unique and awesome creation that they are!
I want to help them find their wings so they can fly! 

This blog was started as an avenue for God to use 
me to encourage others and in turn it has been
such a blessing in my own life.
Yes, YOU have been a blessing to me!
Another way I believe God
wants me to fulfill this desire of helping others 
is through speaking 
at church and retreats or wherever I can
encourage and motivate teen girls and women.

Lysa Terkeurst 
from Proverbs 31 Ministries 
is offering a 
wonderful opportunity to win a scholarship to attend
the SHE SPEAKS Conference.
I first heard about this conference last summer,
when reading my daily devotions sent to me through 
I have been praying about finding a way to attend 
ever since.  I know it would help me become
better skilled in speaking my testimony 
and the message in my heart
that I want others to hear.
You also may want to go and check out 
this  wonderful opportunity and Lysa's blog.

Along with encouraging women through speaking, 
I would like to somehow
incorporate some form of  ART making
that everyone can participate in. I'm not sure how 
or what yet, but  Creating is such a 
great part of who God created me to be and I find
that it is so very healing,
and I want to pass that joy on as well.

"Show me the way I should go, for to you
I lift up my soul."
Psalm 143:8

Okay so I've opened up my soul
by letting you in on another part of my dream. 
How about you? 
Is there a dream in your heart
that won't go away?  

I'm cheering for you- can you hear me?
A- C- T- I- O- N
action action action!
(oh my goodness, I'm dating myself with that old cheer)



Mary said...

I will be praying you get to attend.
Your desire to help teens, and young women in that area is so desperately needed Lee Ann.

God has been prompting me to use what he is teaching me in visual journaling. I have shown a few women already, but I am working on opening my studio once a month for women to come and be creative.

I wish you lived closer!!!

Jackie said...

Hi Lee Ann! This is such an encouraging post. I hope you get to go to that conference! I do have a dream in my heart that hasn't gone away in the past couple of years and I believe it's God speaking to me now too. I'm going to check on that book by Becky Tirabassi. I love your word "Action" for 2010.


Bren said...

Now that's a dream worthy of pursuit! I will be praying that God opens the doors to both prepare and permit you all the opportunity in the world to fulfill this dream. And that you will come up with some wonderfully creative ways to incorporate art into your speaking, kind of like finding creative ways to let them interact with what you share and what God is speaking to their hearts about. Great, great stuff!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh Mary, I wish I lived closer too. I would be a regular attender at your studio and learning from you. We would have so much fun! You are so talented and I love your journal pages.

You are always such an encourager to me. Thank you Mary!

Lee Ann

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

You go for it Jackie! I am excited to hear more about your dream. Becky's book is awesome!

Thank you Bren for your kind words and for your prayers. It means so much to me!

My goodness, how I have great blogging buddies!!!!!!

randee said...

encouragement is contagious! and may you encouraged by knowing that others are cheering for you & your dream.

the idea of incorporating art into speaking so that everyone would be involved is very interesting.

peace -

Heart2Heart said...

Lee Ann,

I am so confident God is going to provide a way to make this happen if its truly the direction He wants you to take.

I think it would be a wonderful ministry to get involved in. Have you checked with your church about getting involved with the teen youth ministries?

Might be a great place to start.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Nezzy said...

What a beautiful dream you have and sister, you ARE a blessing to many. My prayers are with you in helpin' teens.

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

Wander said...

Great post....I hope you get to attend!
Love Proverbs 31 gals!

Tina said...

Lee Ann,
I've given you an award on my blog. You are such an encourager and I'm blessed by your intentional investment in others and me.

Jackie said...

I loved this post.It felt as if you were speaking directly to me:)
I am glad you stopped by my blog and that I found yours.

Martha Lever said...

Hi Lee Ann! This is a wonderful post and I hope you get to go to that wonderful conference. Let us know!!!

Edie said...

Praying that God makes a way! Enjoy your time off!

Much love!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Lee Ann from the Philippines! Nice to meet a vibrant sister in Christ who's so enthusiastic about using all her gifts! I do believe that God gave us the gift of creativity because He found so much joy in creating! He loved us so much He wanted us to experience the same satisfaction!