She Speaks Conference 2015

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It was so wonderful to attend the She Speaks 15 conference. I learned many things and met some really wonderful women of God. We are all trying to learn to use our voice for spreading the word of God. Proverbs 31 Ministries puts on the conference every year with the theme of “Writing words that move people”

One person I met was Lisa Simmons. She blogs about autism and also has a book out called “I Would Have Said Yes” We talked about our children and that lead us into a discussion on the Children of Israel. Lisa wrote this beautiful poem and I wanted to share that with you today (and with Lisa’s permission). It spoke to me because of our work with orphans and listening to God’s calling. I hope it speaks to you the way it did to me.

ARE WE ANY DIFFERENT?

I wondered as I read today

How Your children fell away.

Couldn’t they see you always there

Holding their hand;

showing you care.

But are we that different

From the people of old?

We have more than ever

Yet our hearts are so cold.

Why can’t WE see

That you’re still there

Holding OUR hand

 telling US you care.

 “Lord give me a job.

It’s all I need

I’ll praise your name

If you help me succeed.”

“If I give you that job

then will you know

 that I am the God

who loves you so?”

Yet I go to work

While my family sleeps

Returning home

To say “sweet dreams”

While the Lord says,

“come to my table.

Eat ‘til you’re full

The cup’s overflowing

The banquet goes on.

I made every planet .

The sun, moon and stars.

Don’t you know

Those are trinkets

Compared to your heart.”

“Lord, one more thing,

and then I’ll be done.

There’s this house

Behind gates.

It’s the perfect one.

If that were my house, Lord

No one could deny

Jehovah Jireh

The God who provides.”

“If I give you that house.

Then will you know

I am the Lord

Will your giving grow?”

“Thank you Lord

for a great place to live.

As soon as it’s furnished,

I’ll start to give.”

Still the Lord says,

“Come to my table.

Eat ‘til you’re full

The cup’s overflowing

The banquet goes on.

I made every planet .

The sun, moon and stars.

Don’t you know

Those are trinkets

Compared to your heart.”

“I’m at the end Lord.

I know I am dying

Life goes so fast

I thought there was time

I’m sorry for shortchanging you Lord

For saying the right things

But not doing more.

The things that I thought

Were going to last

Have all gone away

So there’s nothing to ask.

I guess we’re no different

Than children of old.

We ask, beg and plead

For blessings untold.

Why can’t we learn

From your words in the past

That only the praise

We give you will last.

Still the Lord says,

“come to my table.

Eat ‘til you’re full

The cup’s overflowing

The banquet goes on.

I made every planet .

The sun, moon and stars.

Don’t you know

Those are trinkets

Compared to your heart.

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:5-6

May the Lord Bless you and keep.

Yvonne

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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