Moses had the right idea – Wherever He leads, I’ll go

I remember riding in the car with my husband six years ago and telling him that I knew what the Lord wanted from me in service to Him. I felt the Lord calling me to speak with others about abortion. In a post reserved for later, I’ve been there and the Lord has healed me. (All praise and glory to Him.) I wanted to share what He has done for me, with others facing this same prospect and/or those trying to heal from the pain that follows such a choice.

When I told my husband, he didn’t laugh, he didn’t roll his eyes or snort. He didn’t tell me that was a ridiculous idea. Frankly, I couldn’t have blamed him if he did any of those things. I am not a speak in front of others kind of gal. But instead, he looked at me and said “Go for it. When you follow the Lord, you will be blessed and He will open doors.”

The last part of his statement was significant because at the time, we lived in a very rural town that did not have any resources for me to hone my skills. I prayed for opportunities and was soon asked to take over a bible study from a friend who was moving away.

I was also invited to attend various Christian conferences where I was able to see first hand, the power of the spoken word to encourage and nurture women of all ages and walks of life.

That was the extent of the Lords “door opening” and I waited patiently for His next nudge.

Two years ago, I started my blog. At first, as it is for most people, I wanted to share pictures and stories with family and friends who lived far away. But as I met people through other blogs and became connected with other women around the world, I realized that the Lord was working through me, through my blog. That has been my prayer ever since I realized that people outside of my family were reading my words.

I see the Lord answer that prayer when people email me about a post. Or they leave an anonymous comment that my words spoke to them.

Once again, I feel the Lord nudging me. It’s never been clear to me, whether the Lord plans to use me in a small or large arena. And sometimes, I wonder if it’s my written words He wants to use. But I am trusting His lead.

He is a big God and He can use me however He chooses.

Where does this go from here?

Proverbs 31 Ministries is holding SheSpeaks, a conference focusing on improving your speaking and writing. Such a conference would help equip me with the skills necessary for such a ministry, as has been placed before me. Attending would be a blessing. But the cost is prohibitive.

Hence, my entry for the scholarship being offered.

Perfect.

Maybe the Lord wants to use this as an avenue for me. Or, He may have other plans. But I am comforted by the fact that His will will be done, one way or the other.

Maybe He wants to send you.

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Comments

  1. jennyhope says:

    I am reading Moses by Chuck Swindoll right now. IT is go good!!! =)keep going where He leads girl!

  2. Very beautifully said, Karla.

    I thank God that my husband used the exact words yours did, “Go for it!” We are blessed to have them cheering us on.

    Best wishes for you – and I hope to meet you at the conference.

    Julie @ A Joyful Life

  3. Best of luck on winning the scholarship. Maybe I will see you there! I only live about an hour away from Concord, NC.

    I have been mulling over this conference since I first read about it yesterday. Wasn’t even aware there was a scholarship until now. Perhaps God wants me there, too!

  4. Yes! Go for it, Karla! Titus 2:3,4

  5. Karla, I know you’ve blessed me tremendously. Thank you and good luck!

  6. Mrs. Fussy Fussypants says:

    Beautifully said Karla! Wonderful way to share!

  7. Karla -

    Such an amazing and important call. :) Keep up posted on the scholarship and all that goes on.

    Jolanthe

  8. supermom_in_ny says:

    Many people are hurting and need healing because of that irreversible decision. I’d like to thank you in advance for your obedience.

    My prayer is that the doors are opened for you to do the Lord’s will.

    Be blessed.

  9. Karla–what a great feeling to know what you’ve been called for. even if you are not sure on all the delivery methods yet, you’ve been called. that means you must be listening to even hear Him. that’s wonderful. I will keep you in my prayers on the schloarship. keep us up to date!

  10. God Bless you Karla.
    I hope that this is the path for you.
    This was beautifully written and so honest. You are such a treat.

  11. I think I have told you this before but if not, God has spoken to me through you in several of your posts. This is another post that God used today.

    I will say prayer that He will open the avenue for you to pursue the desires He has placed on your life.

  12. Karla, God has definitely used you to bless me through your blog. Thank you for sharing. I hope you win the scholarship.

  13. How wonderful that God has prompted you to share your testimony! “The One Who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

  14. What a great opportunity. I will pray for the scholarship results. I am so proud of how you are already allowing God to use you.
    Love you so,
    Mom

  15. I just read about the conference on My Quiet Corner, which prompted me to click the link….now I wanna go!!!

  16. Amy L Brooke says:

    Congrats Karla! I’m excited for you!

  17. Congrats Karla! May god bless and use you in ways you never imagined!!
    In His Graces~Pamela

  18. Miss Sandy says:

    Congratulations Karla! May the Lord bless and keep you. May His face shine upon your ministry. May He continue to be gracious unto you and bless you with peace.
    Blessings,
    Sandy

  19. Karla, I love your post and I’m so glad that you won. May this just be the beginning of all God has planned for you. When I attended the conference in 2005, I learned that the process between now and then is not the preparation, but God’s goal. He’ll have so many amazing lessons to teach you as you surrender to Him and as He prepares your heart for all He has in store.
    Blessings to you,
    Rejoicing today in all God is doing,
    Joy

  20. Elisa @ Extravagant Grace says:

    Congrats, Karla! Be blessed as you go, following the Lord all the way!

  21. Congratulations, Karla! So exciting!! I hope it is a wonderful time of blessing and leading for you!

  22. Congratulations Karla! I bet there is some dancing going on at your house today! Best wishes to you as you journey down the path God has prepared for you.
    Carol :)

  23. Tina Vega says:

    CONGRATULATIONS KARLA!!!!!!!

  24. Mary Beth says:

    Congratulations, Karla!

    Believing that the LORD uses this opportunity to build your confidence, stretch you, encourage you, equip you and open doors that allows you to speak HIS LIFE and HEALING into women…beyond ‘all you ever dreamed or imagined.’

    …and HAVE A BLAST in June!

  25. I’m not sure where my congratulations comment got lost, but just in case it never makes it to you, count me in with the people who think you are a well-deserved winner, and hopes you have such an incredible experience that you are forever saying, “it was so much more than I ever hoped or imagined”- God does stuff like that!

    hip, hip, hooray!

  26. Congratulations on winning the scholarship to She Speaks! I know God is thrilled with your obedience to Him.
    _Janet

  27. Congratulations Karla! God has a special plan for the message you’re carrying.

    Kim – http://www.MomUnscripted.com

  28. Congratulations, Karla! I can’t wait to see and read how God chooses to use this blessing to enrich your life and the lives of those you reach through the knowledge you receive at the conference.

    Way to go! This is exciting!!

  29. Amy Wyatt says:

    Congratulations! God will always open doors leading to where He wants to take you. Can’t wait to see where this door goes for you.

  30. Congratulations on winning! I voted for you :-) You’ve got a fabulous way of writing and I hope the conference is a blessing. Heck, maybe I’ll even see you there!

  31. crafty carolinagirl says:

    Congratulations, Karla! You are well-deserving of this scholarship.

    Have a blessed time in Charlotte!!!

  32. Just checked bloglines and read Lysa’s blog. Wow – congratualtions on winning the scholarship!!! I am so happy for you. :o) So fun – enjoy your day.

  33. Congrats on winning the scholarship! So happy for you and can’t wait to see how God will use you in many more ways.

  34. Karla, congratulations on winning the scholarship! Your have a powerful story. I know God has big plans for you to share it with others!

  35. Congratulations! I knew as I prayed about this—the Lord had a significant purpose for the winner! You are following His steps! Keep going girl! It may not always be easy…but HE is so WITH YOU!!!
    I hope I get to meet you there!!!

  36. Best wishes for your scholarship. I hope that you will be able to attend and be filled with encouragement. Thank you for sharing. Isn’t it amazing when God uses you to refresh someone else!

  37. Lelia Chealey says:

    I left you a message on Lysa’s site this morning too. I’m so happy for you! I bet your just in happy tears today.
    I’ll be back to read more of your blog as we have some of our healed past in common.
    Love in Christ~
    Lelia

  38. Sincerely Anna says:

    Congratulations on winning the scholarship and for another open door from the Lord!

  39. Wrinkled Shirt Ministries says:

    Well I thought I had left a congrats comment this morning but it apparently got lost in blogger space. Congrats on the scholarship. She Speaks is the most incredible conference I’ve ever been to. Hopefully I will see you there!

  40. The Bargain Shopper Lady says:

    Congrats Karla! Your heart is beautiful! I am so excited for you! When I was reading and praying over the posts I read yours three times. When I saw Lysa’s blog this morning, I said “I know who’s blog that is!”
    Blessings,
    Lori
    ~The Bargain Shopper Lady

  41. Congratulations on the scholarship. It is certainly well deserved. I registered for the conference this morning and look forward to meeting you there! I’m pretty sure our God is up to something special. Jerm 29:11

  42. chickadee says:

    congratulations on winning the scholarship!

  43. Yay! Congrats on winning the scholarship!

  44. Congrats, Karla! I am truly glad you are getting to go. Here’s what I wrote on Lysa’s Blog:

    “I remember reading Karla’s entry and thinking, “This girl needs to go!” If I didn’t win, I hoped it would be Karla, because so many women need to hear what she has to say, and what the Lord has put inside her! My heart breaks for women who need to feel God’s grace for a decision they have made, and it’s so cool that he has chosen her to bring healing.”

  45. akconklin says:

    Congrats, Karla!!!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

    Alesha

  46. Isn’t this fun stuff?! Way to go! I love your blog. Keep blogging! I know that God will bless you and use you and She Speaks will be a wonderful way for Him to continue that work!

  47. Queen of the Click says:

    Congratulations!

  48. Dear Karla,
    Congratulations!
    You have such a sweet way of writing and I see Jesus in your picture!
    Thank you for the post!
    God bless,
    Elaine Barnett
    http://www.ElaineBarnett.com
    Writing to Encourage YOU!

  49. Congratulations Karla!!

    I truly believe the Lord is up to something glorious with us all but He has specific plans for you, your story, and She Speaks.

    I can’t wait to hear about how awesome it is. We are all jealous…but in a complete Godly way! I’m thrilled for ya!

    Blessings~

  50. Congratulations to you! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  51. Karla,

    Just wanted to send you an internet hug of congratulations!

    I look forward to checking back and seeing His plans for you unfold.

    Blessings, Joanne

  52. Mommy Dot Com says:

    I am sooo glad you are going. I went last year and would love to go again. We’ll see….

  53. Terri @ in His hands says:

    I’m so excited for you, Karla! I left a comment on their blog but didn’t post one on yours! This is such an amazing opportunity for you to bless so many others—I just can’t wait to hear all about it!

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