Five Minute Friday: Inspire

Writing for five unedited minutes for Five Minute Friday on the prompt, “Inspire.”

I could write for five hours on all the ways I was inspired at She Speaks 2017. I’ll challenge myself to list a few ways in only five minutes.

Whitney Capps’ message inspired me to lead a small group Bible study in my church this September. She told us we must minister in our local churches to build ministry. Yesterday I called the woman willing to host in her home, arranged details, and made plans to send invitations soon. Thank you Whitney for the inspiration! I can’t wait to study Suzie Eller’s Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads with group members.

Lynn Cowell’s session inspired me to keep moving forward. She was rejected 19 times before receiving a book contract. Even though my book proposal is now in the hands of an agent (so exciting!), I am trusting in God’s timing and will keep persevering if the answer is “no.”

Jennifer Dukes Lee’s session encouraged me to not give up, even though my platform feels small and doesn’t yet meet publisher expectations. She reminded us that the church started with a small platform and changed the whole world. Her session inspired me most of all the sessions.

Conversations with other bloggers inspired me to try a few new things. One of my friends has had great success on Pinterest, so I’m going to begin pinning more¬†often. Another blogger friend has had success in leading online Bible studies, so I’m going to start another one in my closed Facebook group this fall (you’re welcome to join!).

I left She Speaks 2017 with a heart, mind, and notebook full of inspirations. I hope I served as an inspiration to others while I was there too. Can’t wait to return in the future!


Read my other recent post about the four lessons I learned at She Speaks 2017.

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14 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Inspire

  1. Sarah, I’m so glad you’ve been filled with these beautiful dreams, encouragement, tools and inspiration. May God dwell deep within all that is before you.

  2. I didn’t attend she speaks though i wish I had it sounds incredible. It would have been a little far for me to travel from the UK. Waiting on God’s timing is something i certainly need inspiration in I am not very good at waiting xxx visiting from #fmfparty

    1. Hi Sara! Thanks for visiting. I’m sure there are some great writing conferences in the UK. I’ve been to secular ones here in the U.S. and they are also very helpful. I recommend them highly for the camaraderie and inspiration!

  3. I haven’t attended either since it’s too far away from Germany, but it’s always great to see writers gather and inspire each other!

    1. Good to hear from a writer in Germany! I’d love to hear about any conference experiences you have had there!

  4. I would love to attend a blogging conference one day. This seems like it would be right up my alley. I love J Dukes Lee. Her words always seem to speak to me. I’m in the 7 spot this week.

    1. Hi Tara! Jennifer’s class was amazing! I will be sure to visit your blog too. Blessings on your day!

  5. She Speaks sounds like it was a huge success! I attended the conference several years ago….and the impact was huge even then. Now, several years later, I think I would be in a place to be challenged even more. I think I should check into that again:)

    So glad you had such a profitable time …..and thanks for sharing – to encourage us as well!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Glad to hear from you, Jennifer! Several other past attendees have told me how much She Speaks benefited them. I can tell they learned a lot, simply by reading their blogs. If you have a blog link, please share! Thanks.

        1. Hi Jennifer, I didn’t have any luck adding a comment on your blog. But I visited, and it is a beautiful space. Praying God’s comfort for you on this painful “anniversary.”
          Blessings to you.

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