I recently attended The Declare Conference in Dallas, Texas. This year’s theme was Wild Obedience and those words really have been what God has been calling me into in the last year.
First I want to tell you about last year. Last July I found out about this conference and that a Literary Agent would be there and I felt God urging me to just show up. That’s all he told me…to show up. While those may seem like simple instructions they were really hard for me since I live in Colorado. But I followed his instructions.
When I heard about the theme this year I knew I had to go. God had been whispering that message to me and I knew I just had to show up again. Some wildly awesome things have happened in the past year yet on the day this year’s conference arrived I found myself just as afraid to get on the plane to do it all over again. Granted this year I was not pitching a book proposal but I was still nervous.
I decided to push past that fear and as Jon Acuff says, “punch fear in the face”. This year I still had big dreams and I was ready to be filled with what God had to teach me. I was ready and expected God to move in ways I hadn’t seen before.
When God calls us into obedience to His will it doesn’t always make sense. In fact sometimes it looks crazy. But when we say “Yes Lord” that is true faith!
God did a huge thing at this conference…He allowed me to share how I was hurting, with others. Some of these things I have not been able to talk about because of the shame that I had felt. It was actually giving me anxiety because of my need to keep it to myself and not share it as if my baggage was too much for others to hear. Too often I have been too scared to share the deepest parts of my testimony out of fear of what others would think.
This year I had wonderful bonding experiences that I never could of imagined with other Christian bloggers and writers who have a strong passion for the Lord. They are Mama’s who talk about the struggles of everyday life, women who are speaking boldly for the Lord, and women who are diving straight into wild obedience to the Lord. These women are what I hope we can all be to one another–encouraging and loving. It’s what the Lord commands of us yet sometimes we get pulled into the busyness of life and forget about the other people around us.
I had been praying for God’s voice to strengthen during this time and for the Lord to prepare my heart to say Yes to his will in my life no matter what it looks like. I can truly say the Lord has prepared me and then did not waste any time in prompting me to do the things he is asking of me. Frankly, God did even wait until the conference was over in asking me to do these crazy, wildly obedient things for his Kingdom. He asked me right there while I was still soaking everything up.
I don’t know about you but often I feel like Noah, stepping out in wild obedience for what the Lord has called me to do and be. It’s not popular and that is okay. The Lord has called each one of us into wild obedience knowing we are going to face resistance. He provides strength and endurance during this time and it is not something he did not foresee.
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