Friday, August 23, 2013

Events

As I write this I'm five days away from speaking at an event. My first "big one" if you really want to know the truth about it. And no, I'm not bragging one iota! Well, I guess I am bragging just a little bit, but definitely not about ME. My bragging is strictly about God. Because without HIM, this would not be taking place at all!

You see, as you all are reading this right now, it is Friday. The time doesn't matter really. However, at seven o'clock PM the Kickstands Up! 2013 Ladies Retreat at the Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester, Indiana (click the link to information about the retreat) will be starting. Then, somewhere around eight o'clock, I will stand up and speak at my very first Ladies Retreat! This was all orchestrated by God, don't misunderstand me or miss the point. I have never spoke at an event like this before.

Events. They can be about whatever the people who plan them make. Whether there are two, two hundred, or two thousand, an event is an event. What really makes them BIG though is when God shows up and it doesn't matter how many people are attending. And I'm believing that He is going to show up!

This event is about Hope and Joy, but with a very unique underlying theme. You see, my friend and sister in Christ, Karla Akins, is also launching her new book, The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots! (click the link find the book on Amazon.com) So, in the middle of our ladies retreat Saturday afternoon, we are also having a book signing party, which I personally think is going to be a hoot. Not only that, but we will go on a bike ride, eat chocolate (now I bet you wish you had come with me, don'tcha?), and on Sunday afternoon have a Blessing of the Bikes!


Karla on her lovely bike
I know that many people don't ride motorcycles, and that's okay! Because this event is not just for bikers or biker chicks (I think I like being called a biker chick though), it's also for "Cagers" (those who drive vehicles...you know those big things with four tires that you ride in).

So back to the fact that I have never spoke at an event. I have spoken at little, ladies dinners before. But I really don't think that qualifies as speaking at an "Event." I see events as ladies retreats, or conferences, things like that. I could be wrong. I have been a time or two in my life. *eye roll*

The fact of the matter is... Because of what God did in my life, I will get to stand on a stage and tell others what He has done for me, encouraging them as well, that He wants to do the same thing in their lives, too! You see, this event is not about me at all. This event is all about what GOD has done, is doing, and is going to do! 


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So, as you read this, whatever time you read it... this event is going on Friday and Saturday, and my wonderful husband, D.A. is going to preach on Sunday...please say a prayer for me and for D.A., and for everyone else who is participating in this event. Pray that God will show up, that He will speak to someone at the retreat, and that lives will be changed for Him! Because I know that God is up to something BIG, and I'm going, expecting it to happen!


Me on my new ride...which didn't get to come this time, poor baby.

Events... I think I'm going to like this new adventure! Thanks, God, for including me.





15 comments:

Tom Threadgill said...

You don't have to worry about God showing up... He's already there. We'll be praying for you all. Have a great retreat!

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thanks, Tom! Yes... God IS already here! It's going to be a really fun and anointed weekend!

J'nell Ciesielski said...

It's so nerve wracking to stand up in front of people, but how awesome to know that God's got your back!

Dora Hiers said...

Shelley, how exciting! We'll be praying for you and this event! Have a fantastic time!

Shelley Wilburn said...

J'nell, thanks! One thing I have learned in a very short time is that when God says to do something... He equips you to do it! Nerve wracking? Not anymore. I have HIS back! His stripes healed me!
;-]

Dora, thank you! It IS exciting. I can't wait to see what God does tonight & Saturday!

Susan Craft said...

Shelley, sounds exciting. Praying that your audience will enjoy your presentation and that you enjoy the event as much as they do.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thanks, Susan! I'm looking forward to CHOCOLATE! They told me we were having chocolate... I hope that wasn't a ruse. LoL! ;-]

Patty Wysong said...

Waaaa! I wish I could've tagged along!! I'm praying for the event and for you, Shelley!! Have fun and give Karla a hug for me. =]

Shelley Wilburn said...

Oh Patty, it would have been so much fun if you could have come! Karla and I are already laughing so much... and the retreat hasn't even started! Next time...Next time you are going to HAVE to come! ;-]

Shelley Wilburn said...

Oh Patty, it would have been so much fun if you could have come! Karla and I are already laughing so much... and the retreat hasn't even started! Next time...Next time you are going to HAVE to come! ;-]

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

Well, it's now 5:40pm Pacific time, so you are in the midst of your talk. I am praying at this moment. Hope we get to hear how it went!

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thank you SO much, Barbara! There have been so many people praying for this event this weekend. I appreciate it greatly! And I will definitely be writing about it in the near future.

Shelley Wilburn said...

Thank you SO much, Barbara! There have been so many people praying for this event this weekend. I appreciate it greatly! And I will definitely be writing about it in the near future.

Karla Akins said...

Shelley, you rocked it! And I'm so glad you obeyed God! You are such a wonderful lady. I'm glad God let us know each other!

Shelley Wilburn said...

I'm glad He did too, Karla! God did some awesome things this past weekend & I'm going to step forward into whatever it is He has planned to keep going with it! You're an awesomely sweet, funny lady & I love you my Sister! <3

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