Wednesday, August 1, 2012

She Speaks '12 - My One Thing

I've been home for 10 days and I finally feel like I can name my one thing from She Speaks. There were so many things and so much God spoke to my heart that I've struggled to name one thing. I've prayed and tried to process through it all, and two words keep coming back. Five simple letters that when strung together make a powerful statement, actually they are my one thing!

OWN IT!!


Let me explain...Sunday morning Whitney Capps gave an amazing talk and in it she shared her desire to cover up a mistake she had made, but instead God told her to "own it!" This was not at all the main point of her message, but it was a sticky little statement God has used in my head for the last 10 days.

He has spoken to me about owning my mistakes and owning my sin, but He's used it in another way as well. You see during those three days in North Carolina, God confirmed some things He has had on my heart, He encouraged me and He reminded me of who I am.

Since I've returned home, life, satan and doubt have tried to erase the messages I heard. Reality tells me this will never happen. The chaos of life can leave me thinking there's no time to do what He's asking me to do. My sinful nature causes me to stumble and I think someone else would do it better.

Then God whispers to me, the same words He shared with Whitney, two simple words. Five ordinary letters that make me cry.

"OWN IT!"

I hear Him whisper to my heart, "Own your calling Jill. Remember in Wendy's session I reminded you, I have called you. Own it. I created the work (Eph. 2:10) and I'll complete it (Phil. 1:6). You just have to own it."

These words are not just for my calling, no, the creator of the universe has this to say as well, "Jill, own your gifts. Don't forget Micca repeating what she told you 3 years ago, your writing is a gift...one I gave to you, now use it to serve Me. (1 Peter 4:10) She believes in you, and so do I."

The LORD doesn't stop there, He's been reminding me to take possession of one more thing...listen to what He's had to say, "Own your identity Jill. You went to She Speaks with a book proposal about this very topic...don't just write about who you are, live as who I made you to be: My chosen child, a dependent daughter, a loved lady and a gifted girl. The world will try to convince you this isn't true, but own it. The choice is yours."

Friend I hope you don't have to board a plane to understand this truth, but can I encourage you to own it?!

Own your mistakes...we can't fix them if we don't claim them.
Own your sin...we can't be forgiven if we don't acknowledge the need.
Own your calling...we can't fulfill it if we don't believe it.
Own your gifts...we can't use them if we don't recognize them.
Own your identity...we can't be who we are if we're too busy pretending we're someone else.



If you attended She Speaks, I'd love to hear about your one thing! And if God's whispered to you as you read about mine, I'd love to join you in prayer as we journey towards owning all that's ours! Leave a comment and I'll try to stop back and join the conversation! Thanks!

2 comments:

  1. My one take away from She Speaks was the freedom that Lysa and Renee imparted to us. Freedom to be ourselves in ministry, recognizing that we all have crazy-busy lives and it is not only counterproductive, but also, incorrect to look at them and think their lives are "perfect" for ministry. God called each and every one of us - kids, careers, husbands, hectic schedules, and all!

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    1. I so appreciated their words as well and this AM in the midst of a life that is sometimes crazy I thank you for reminding me!! Praying for you now...I don't know your name, but God does! Keep pressing on!

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