Tuesday, March 8, 2011

She Speaks Entry

"Kelly is a top student, when she isn't talking."
"Does good work, but could cut down on talking."
"A pleasure to have in class. Talkative."
"Kelly is talkative!"

Those who know me well would not be surprised by these actual comments on my high school report cards. It seems I've always had a big mouth, and liked talking. And no surprise, my blog is called Chatty Kelly. It just fits.

But who could have imagined all those years ago in high school, that my "gift of gab" could actually be a gift from God? Not my teachers, certainly! Who could blame them?

Yet here I am! Just a chatty girl who loves Jesus! And who is using that "big mouth" to tell people about Him. And that's why I'd like to win the scholarship to attend the She Speaks Conference, Speakers track.

Three years ago, an older woman encouraged me that I should try to be published. She'd read my article in the Mothers of Preschoolers newsletter and saw something in me I had never seen in myself...potential. At first I thought she was just being nice, but after some more encouragement I sent off my first query letter to my favorite Christian women's magazine, P31 Woman. Imagine my surprise when they responded they liked my article...but it was too long!

Imagine that, "too wordy," they said. Me? Chatty Kelly? I cut the article by nearly 900 words, resubmitted it, and my first article was published, called "My Perfect Parent" in the November, 2008 issue. I've continued writing, but now hear the call to start my speaking ministry.

Proverbs 31 is very near and dear to my heart. I started blogging because I wanted to participate in Lysa TerKeurst's (P31's president) "swap and hop." I became a Lysa TerKeurst "groupie." My first article was published in P31 Woman magazine. And I attended She Speaks 2008 on the writer's track, where I learned the nuts and bolts of effective writing, which led to more publications, including a recent publication in Guideposts Extraordinary Answers to Prayer, Closer to God.

She Speaks sounds like the perfect place for me, because when people think of Chatty Kelly, they think "She speaks!" Seriously, I'd love to have the opportunity to fellowship with other Christian women who feel the same call in their life, and have a chance to learn from the gifted and talented P31 staff and their conference guest speakers.

I hope to be able to win the Cecil Murphey Scholarship this year. God gave me the gift of gab, and I want to use it for His glory.

Chatty Kelly

If you'd like a chance to win this scholarship, visit Lysa TerKeurst's blog post. To learn more about the conference, visit She Speaks.


Bonita said...

Well "said", Kelly!

lisasmith said...

And I hope I get to see you there!!

PS your report card sounds like mine. and my daughter's who loves words too :D

Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

oooo....ooooo....ooooooo......I hope to see you there friend!!!!! What fun that would be!!!!!!! :)

Praying you are able to go!!

Cec was there last year and was awesome!!

Love you!

Love, hugs and prayers,

KelliGirl said...

Hi there, Kelly! I hope you win the scholarship. You're already a wonderful writer and I'm sure your gift of gab will make you an awesome speaker!

Gwen S said...

Praying for you! This would be so awesome for you. By the way, I was at Fairmount last week and saw the poster with YOUR NAME ON IT as speaker for the fall retreat. AWESOME!!!!!

Tracy said...

Love this post! I hope you get the scholarship!

Ronel Sidney said...

praying you can go!!

Sue J. said...

Writing and speaking go hand in hand. You know how tight writing with good humor wins audiences. But you have the gift to internalize the writing, master the "voices", and engage a live audience with the Truth! I am so excited to see you take the next step in being where God wants you to be....