Monday, March 04, 2013

Hope Spoken {and that I will hug you}

hope spoken

Some people are not huggers. That used to be me.

But luckily, my husband and his family converted me many years ago. I am now a recovering non-hugger. I've gotten pretty good at hugging because I learned from some really good huggers. And if you come to Hope Spoken, I will hug you. Like it or not.

Have you heard about Hope Spoken yet? I am seeing it everywhere in social media, perhaps because I was supposed to post about it 4 days ago like everyone else involved, but my husband left for Mt. Everest and, well, that was/is sort of an all-consuming situation. I could have planned ahead and scheduled the post. Yeah, that would have been a good idea. One I didn't think of.

So here's the story, my friends. I am super honored to have been asked to be a speaker at a really incredible Christian women's conference in Dallas next March. It's being hosted by CaseyDanielle, and Emily. If you remember, Casey and I have had a mentoring relationship for over a year now. She is so dear to my heart. And here's the thing about Casey. Behind her unbelievably beautiful family, blog, personal style, her paintings, and everything else about her online presence that seems at times larger than life, she is really a simple girl. She loves Jesus. She really does. And her one desire in hosting this conference is to make Him known. This is, in fact, a genuine desire of each woman involved in pulling this weekend off. These ladies are the real deal, living out real faith not only publicly, but in their day to day lives as wives and moms. And that is the biggest reason why I'm so thrilled to be named among them.

The second biggest reason is that we all share a passion: telling our stories and also encouraging other women to share theirs for God's glory. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 119:111, which says,

Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

The Lord's story as it works into my own personal testimony is a rich and precious inheritance I have as His daughter, and it does bring me a lot of joy, particularly in sharing it.

Hope Spoken will be a weekend full of women testifying to God's love and power and grace. It will be uplifting, soul-searching, and relational. I can't even describe all the opportunities you'll have to let the Lord speak to your heart. And wow! The speaker list is so awesome because these women (myself included) will desperately seek the Lord before they breathe a single word out to you that weekend. Like I said, I'm super honored to be named among these ladies. And I seriously can't wait to see what the Lord does next March.

So don't you want to come!? Tickets are already on sale and there are a limited number available.

But don't say I didn't warn you: if you don't want to be hugged, then you better not introduce yourself.

{But I sure hope you do!}

{Get a ticket here by clicking on "registration" and then let me know if you're coming because I will so look forward to meeting you. Serious.}



  1. I am really excited about the idea of this- especially bc its so close to me. It would be an amazing experience I bet.

  2. I signed up for your and Jami Nato's session. I'm really excited to meet my online friends, see some of my real-life friends, make new ones, and most importantly, learn more about how to be a Godly woman for my future husband (I'm engaged). I'm not the greatest role model for my daughter, but I'm trying, more and more with each passing day. Looking forward to meeting you and hearing all of the stories shared. Let the hugging commence!

  3. I'm in & I'm a hugger. Can't wait to hear from you!

  4. i won't be there, but if i were, i'd totally hug you!
    MAJOR hugger over here!
    xo :)