Monday, March 28, 2011

A Challenge, A Contest, and A Conference

Happy Monday everyone!  Just want to share a bit of the happenings in and around my world.  Today, I’ll chat a little bit about a challenge, a contest, and a conference.  Let’s get started, shall we!

A Challenge:

I think I must have bumped my head.  Either I bumped my head or mistakenly inhaled some intoxicant, because surely my sane, with a little bit of common sense mind, wouldn’t do what I have done.

I have signed up to participate in an A to Z Blog Challenge.  Probably, just reading the phrase “A to Z” gives you a clue as to what I’ve chained myself to.  The A to Z Blog Challenge is being hosted by Tossing it Out and a few other folks.  I learned about the challenge from my sweet, bloggy friend Wanda, over at The Watered Soul.  Wanda has courageously taken the challenge before, and this year I am daring to travel in her footsteps.

In the A to Z Blog Challenge hundreds of writers/bloggers (who obviously have a few screws loose) commit to writing one blog post a day with the subject matter being something (or someone, I suppose) beginning with the letter of the day.  It begins on April 1st, so the letter for that day will be A, April 2ndB, and so on.

Last I checked there were still 26 letters in the English alphabet (seems we’re still hanging on to those awkward letters like Q and X, lol).  So, my friends, for 26 glorious days straight you will be hearing from yours truly.  Seeing as though my pen has moved a tad sluggish out of the gate this year, I figured a blog challenge would be just the thing to get the ink flowing.  For more formal information on the challenge or to join in on the fun, click here.

Moving on to the contest…

A Contest:

Last year, I mentioned some upcoming changes to this little blog space we share here.  I know I said “coming soon” probably months ago.  As you can tell, “coming soon” turned into “coming eventually.  But there is hope!

Last Monday, I entered a contest hosted by Karen Ehman – author and member of the Proverbs 31 Ministries national speaking team.  The contest’s first prize was a blog hosting package.  Sweet!  The winner of said first prize – yours truly!  Yes!!  Click here to check out Karen’s blog and click here to see where she announced the winners.  I wish I could say “click here” to see my face when I read my name as the winner.  Trust me; I looked super silly as I rejoiced out loud in my home alone!

Lisa Boyd, who serves the Proverbs 31 Ministries team as their “Tech Dudette”, will graciously help me spruce up my corner of the blog world.  I really want you to have a nice place to come hang out.  Needless to say, I am excited and extremely grateful!  I’ll keep you posted on how and when this will all come together.  In the meantime, you can check out Lisa at two different places – click here for tech tips and services or click here for Lisa’s personal blog entitled Simply His.  I SIMPLY LOVE that title!

Oh how God loves His daughters.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  As I stepped up and embraced a challenge to get my writing back on track, He blessed me with something I’d been praying for, something that falls right in line with His will for me to write!  Thank you Father!

A conference:

Proverbs 31 Ministries will host its annual She Speaks conference this summer – July 22nd – 24th.  If you were hanging out with me this time last year you witnessed my many attempts at winning a scholarship to this event.  Well, some things never change, and I am trying again this year to be in attendance.  With tracks for speaking, writing, AND women’s ministry, this is truly a gathering I would love to be a part of.  If you’re interested in learning more about the conference held in Concord, North Carolina, click here.  If you want to learn more about the ministry, click here.

So I think I covered all of my bases – a challenge, a contest, and a conference.  Today my prayer is simple.  Lord help me through this challenge and, thank you for the contest, and, if it is Your will, allow me to attend this conference!

Post number one for the A to Z Blog Challenge comes to an inbox near you, Friday, April 1st.  Don’t miss it!

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,