I primed a water pump once when I was a little girl.
When a hand-pumped well won’t bring up water, you have to prime the pump. A cup of water is poured into the pumping chamber to help start water flowing. (It has something to do with a vacuum.)
Now, as a grown woman, I need to prime my spiritual pump.
I have recently been in a spiritual vacuum. It’s not a place where there is disbelief. It’s just a place that lacks celebration.
I am looking forward to my cup of celebration and worship next week with jittery anticipation.
I will again be attending SheSpeaks, Proverbs 31 ministry’s conference for writers and speakers. It is an amazing time of worship, celebration, encouragement and education. It’s 4 hours west of my home in Charlotte, NC.
There is nothing like coming together with a large group of women on a mission! Each attendee has a ministry she is passionate about. You can read about my experience last year here.
The other reason I am excited is that I’m going to share my cup. Next week, Chris (Forgiven Wife) and I, will be meeting in person for the very first time. It’ll be like a homecoming. Because, we are pretty sure we were separated at birth. Our friend, Gaye (calm.healthy.sexy), will also be making a short visit.
We were not created to be alone. God gave us marriage. He also gave us friends. Chris and I have lots of ‘you, too???’ moments. I know we share much of the same kind of life experiences and outlook, but will she share my love of the mornings? Nomatter what time of day she comes to life, we will make time to hash out our plans for Heart Craving.
We both have a heart for hurting women, especially those who are a little off-kilter when it comes to the powerful role sexual intimacy plays in marriage. I cannot wait to share this ministry experience with Chris, my sister-blogger.
Because the enemy does not like it when a unified force comes into play for the Kingdom of God, I ask for your prayers. (See Chris’ prayer request here.)
Marriage – Please pray for a hedge of protection around both of our marriages.
Being Overwhelmed – Last year, SheSpeaks was nearly too much to take it. You might think that this is just a big ‘extravaganza’ of Christian hype, it’s not. It’s a large group of sincere women worshiping and learning how to grow God’s Kingdom in their area of ministry. The event is a lot to process. Please pray for us to have peace and the ability to absorb godly wisdom amidst the powerful nature of this conference.
Direction – Please pray that we stay true to our message, the importance of marital sexual intimacy. We seek God’s guidance in fine tuning our collarboration, Heart Craving, and our individual ministries. We seek God’s guidance in presenting our message in a way that struggling wives will hear us.
Protection – I ask for the Holy Spirit to be present in abundance during Chris & my visit together. For protection for our families while we are away. I pray for the Holy Spirit to empower the women at SheSpeaks for Christ.
As this ‘LaVerne and Shirley’ pair hits Charlotte, pray with us that the outcome will be God’s message pouring out to redeem the special purpose for marriage, His perfect design.
“There is no limit to what God can do through you, provided you don’t seek your own glory,” L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert.
We’ll keep y’all aprised of the fun. Maybe Chris’ll get to try shrimp & grits for the first time. Watch twitter for updates on our weekend (7/24-7/27).