The She Speaks conference has come and gone like Christmas. Planning for months about the talks I would give, buying the” right” outfits and jewelry trying to make a good impression.

Then you enter into the wind tunnel, running from class to class, slinging business cards left and right, write and rewriting your talk umpteen times trying to make it “perfect”. Hugging dear friends whose writing now has a voice and face.

Finally, you entering into the talk you planned to give as such a cool and together, sophisticated woman, raccoon-eyed from joyful tears, pale-faced from the makeup wearing off, and the cute hair-do you began the day with in now hanging in string beside your ears.

Like Christmas morning, everything begins so neat and orderly, and within a few hours its over, the family is gone and you finally sit down and enjoy looking at the light on the tree and the gifts received.

She Speaks is over, and now I’m sitting down looking at the books and pictures I have received from the weekend.

Thank you Proverbs 31 Ministries for all of your hard work, time, prayers and endless love that you have given to us this weekend. You are a blessing.

Here are a few pictures from my weekend. One person I did not get a picture with, is Susan Stillwell who is beautiful inside and out, and shows her grace and beauty in her blog by praying for others as part of her ministry. But she and I will catch up again sometime and I’ll have my picture with this dear friend!

Renee Swoop Author of A Confident Heart

Luann Prater AKA prayer MAMA

Emily Freeman from Chatting and the Sky and author of Grace For The Good Girl, Me, and The Nester ( Above and below – I don’t think she has a first name, just Nester…lol),

Me and Renee Swoop!Me and Lysa TerKeurst President of Proverbs 31 Ministries and author of the new book Coming Unglued.Laurie Wallin my California Chick friend and Blogger at Living Power
Liz Clark Higgs, speaker, writer and living Joy! I wanted to take her home with me!

Walking to my car feels strange. I’m alone after being with 650 women for three days. The car is quite.

Father in heaven, are you really calling me to speak? Am I just passing time meeting people or is this real? For the second time in two weeks, bursting forth from behind dark clouds, is light. Beams of brilliant light, that reminds of the light Paul described when he encountered Christ for the first time. I don’t know what Christ has in store for me, but like Hagar, I call out, “You are El Roi, the God who sees me.”

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She has written for (in)courage, Allume, The High Calling, Deeper Waters, and Outside The City Gates. She is currently co-hosting podcasts for The Consilium, and creating her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named lil girl. As a retired Dental Hygienist, she enjoys capturing in photographs God’s artwork to share on her blog. She looks for images to give joy and cause you to ponder. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried Shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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