I have been a little slow (okay, a lot slow) with posting my Influenced series. I know you all have been on pins and needles waiting for this second post (at least that is what I keep telling myself).
Influences in our lives come in many different shapes and forms. Most notably we are influenced by people, which I am incredibly grateful for and this series will focus mostly on people. However, I want to focus on an organization, Proverbs 31 Ministries, and the influence they have had on my life.
I came across Proverbs 31 several years go when a co-worker forwarded a daily devotional email. I was drawn to the messages and the fact that they were written by women living every day life and talking about every day things. They incorporated scripture into each day and asked thought provoking questions. I signed up for the daily emails and started reading the devotion on a regular basis (I can’t type daily… maybe some day). In fact, I have several of the emails saved in a folder because the messages are so powerful and impactful that I don’t want to forget.
In May of this year Proverbs 31 launched an app called First 5. The premise is that we give the first 5 minutes of every day to our Heavenly Father. The app (which is free and available on iTunes) is designed to guide us through the entire Bible over four years. The messages are brief, they work through one book of the Bible at a time, and most importantly they really bring the Word of God to life in practical ways. It is written mainly for women, but I know some guys (okay, one guy) who really enjoy using the app as well. It is perhaps the best devotional I have used in a really long time (and they are not paying me to say that; they don’t even know who I am… yet).
Now here is the really cool part. Not only does Proverbs 31 provide really great devotionals, they also have great resources for women who desire to become Christian authors (hey, that’s me!). Every summer they host a She Speaks conference in North Carolina. I wasn’t able to go this year, but count me in for 2016! And, they offer COMPEL, an online training program that walks writers through the whole process. I recently joined COMPEL and look forward to taking full advantage of the training. I am super excited because I noticed that one of the authors of a Proverbs 31 devotional entry on November 26, 2015 was written by a COMPEL member. I would love that opportunity some day!
When I started following Proverbs 31 several years ago, I had no idea what kind of influence it would have on my life. It amazes me how God uses the littlest of things to get our attention and then pours out big time into our lives. My hope is to have a draft of my book, Discovering Me, done by the time I go to the conference next July. Of course using the COMPEL training and resources every step of the way. Then, we will see what God does from there.
Who or what has influenced you lately?