God has planted this insatiable desire in my heart. When I say writing to me is like scratching that insatiable itch, I mean it. Writing about Him is like breath to me, it is what I do. It is the gift He has given to me.
Right now, I am not sure exactly what He has in store for me. But, I do know that He is taking my pain and working it into something beautiful. He is anointing, pouring out His holy oil upon this messy girl, and teaching her. And I love it, I just want to roll around in His healing and become so soaked in His presence that it can’t help but permeate every area of my life – and for that matter – spread on over to others.
My heart bleeds for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Not only that they will find healing from the shame that binds them ever so tightly. But that they will also find freedom from circumstances that may have followed the abuse. They may have fallen into abusive relationship after abusive relationship, repeated victimizations, or even something as soul crushing as pornography. All looking for love, for something to fill the void.
I want these women to know that no matter how far they feel they have fallen, or what they think they have done, that Jesus is right there waiting for them, and can wash them as white as snow. He can even take that hurting little girl, wrap His arms around her and give her the love she never thought she could have. He can. He is love. He is the love we have all been looking for. And He’s right here. The most beautiful part is that He is right here, right now.
This summer, I feel led to take the next step on my journey, to travel to She Speaks in North Carolina. I feel God calling my heart here to learn. To learn more about how to write a book proposal, how to focus my writing better, and most of all, I want to learn more about my Jesus by listening to some amazing women who have traveled the road before me.
From the moment I began this blog, I have stood amazed at the support poured out from my family, my friends, and even people I have never even met in person. Without you guys by my side, I don’t know how I would have made it through the past couple of years. And I would be honored and humbled if you would consider praying for me as I begin the next steps. And if you feel led, I would so very much appreciate financial support as well. The expenses to attend the conference (hotel, conference, and meals) is $595.00 and must be paid in full by June 1st. Donations are tax deductible and can be made directly to Proverbs 31 Ministries.
You can also assist with airfare costs which I have estimated at $680.00. This donation is not tax deductible - but I sure would appreciate it! North Carolina's a long drive for this Texas girly girl and her one-side mirrored (long story) Toyota Corrola!!!
Again, I do not take this lightly, and I say it from the bottom of my heart – your support over the last two years as I began this blog has blown me out of the water. I love each and every one of you. You have been the hands and feet of Christ…thank you. And here we go – next leg of the journey – leaning into Jesus all the way!!!!
**To donate directly to Proverbs 31 Ministries for conference costs, you can either call Proverbs 31 Ministries at 877-731-4663 to contribute by credit card; or send a check payable to Proverbs 31 Ministries to:
Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks Scholarship/Stephanie Clayton
616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road Matthews, NC 28105
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