The Declare Conference exist to remind Christian women bloggers that we are digital evangelists and our job is to know God and make Him known.
I went to Declare because I wanted to be around and share ideas with Christian women bloggers but I got so much more than information. It was really about worship, “building altars not platforms” and doing it all to glorify God.
This picture says it all.
This year’s theme was “beautiful deep” and my time at the Declare conference was beautiful deep, a worship experience and reckoning of my heart and will with the Lord’s. It was my own personal time to revive and be refreshed in His presence.
Chrystal Evans-Hurst was our closing keynote speaker. She admonished us to identify at least one takeaways that we could carry with us into our everyday life and blogging experiences. I decided to spend my last night in my hotel room reviewing my notes and writing out at least one major take-a-way I received from each speaker I had the opportunity to hear. Declare Speakers
I want to share them with you because they are such good bits of wisdom for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Here’s my list:
Chrystal Evans-Hurst – “Being brave enough to share your story will make your bold enough to share your purpose. When you let go of what you’re holding onto you’re able to pick up what God has given you”
My takeaway – My story will bless others. The message He has given me is not for me but for others.Don’t be afraid to share it.
Kris Camealy – “Build altars not platforms.” My take away – I lost sight of what I was doing and why. Kris helped me remember my why after that it was easy to get back on track with the what.
Jan Greenwood – “A heart that is willing to hear no can be trusted with yes.”
My takeaway – Because I was and am willing to hear no from the Lord about things I really desired, He can trust with a yes about things he really desires – His plan, His work.
Cari Trotter – “Stay sanctified. Do the work God called you to do regardless of conditions. Blogging makes us digital evangelists.”
My takeaway – Do what God called me to do no matter what. My walk matters as much as my talk.
Janelle Knox – “God is good. He only does good. He makes all things work together for your good. What the enemy meant for bad God will turn around for good.”
My takeaway – Knowing that it is in fact true, God is good and He only does good changes the way we view life’s challenges. When things go wrong I have to trust that God is not the source of the problem. Since, He is not the source of my problems then I have to look to seeds that were sown, the enemy who sows tares and our fallen state but not our God to get to the root of my issues. I look to God to make all things work together for my good.
Kat Lee – “Do a brain dump – write all your ideas and projects down, get them out of your head then use the 80/20 rule.Take away the 80% that doesn’t bring a return and focus on the 20% that is effective. Once you know what the 20% is have the discipline to do the work. Discipline yourself using the “power hour” work on one thing a week for an hour a day and don’t get up until the hour is over.”
My takeaway – Ya!!! There is a way for me to complete my book and all my other projects too.”
There were other speakers but for some reason I can’t find all my notes. I’m glad I took the time to write out what I did.
Thank you Declare Team and every speaker for an awesome experience. I am so looking forward to next year!
Next week I will share what happened with me during those wonderful times of worship and how it all changed my perspective on blogging, writing, and doing the work I’ve been called to. Beloved, until then I hope these little bits of beautiful deep wisdom, some of which are nice reminders of what we already know will be useful in your life.