A Speaking Sampler & Booking Buffet
From teas to retreats, any event crafted to make folks feel encouraged, inspired and valued is my kind of gathering. Basically King Solomon and I have come to the same conclusion—there is a time and season for everything. I especially enjoy encouraging women that no matter where we find ourselves in the process, we can leave a sweet fragrance in the lives of those we touch. No wonder Christian growth is one of my most requested themes. Whatever the occasion, I come prepared with a shaker full of hope and humor.
The unofficial name and motto I’ve given my ministry is Acorn Ministries-- Encouraging the God-given Potential in Each Person. General themes/topics include: Adversity/Overcoming, Inspiration, Motivation, Hope/Humor, Restoration, Marriage, Family, Parenting a prodigal child, Relationships, Ministry, Church Leadership, and Writing.
Here is a nibble of some of my most-requested topics. However, I LOVE cooking up and dishing out any new theme you might feel would minister to the specific needs of your group.
IT ALL COMES OUT IN THE WASH
No matter what women have been told, they can’t do it all. At least not all at once.
Based on my book of the same name, this workshop uses clever laundry-related topics such as:
They Don’t Make A Model Big Enough,
The Fabric of our Lives, and
Sorting Through the Stinky Stuff
To explore common stress points with which every too-busy woman will easily identify--issues like unhealthy comparisons, our natural tendency to nurture everyone but ourselves, and learning to balance responsibilities in order to pursue our own God-given gifts and passions. The goal is to encourage an extreme think-over for the purpose of not only living life more intentionally, but leaving a freshly laundered legacy.
Learning To Lighten Up! - practical suggestions for relieving stress. The focus is on eliminating the unnecessary and renewing our hearts and minds with scriptural meditation and worship. Light & humorous.
Learning To Hold On! - holding onto faith through the inevitable changes in life. The focus is on learning to see change in a positive light and providing tools for coping with the unexpected.
Learning To Let Go! - learning how, when and what to let go. The focus is on restoration through relinquishing control and finding renewal through trust, forgiveness, compassion and inner healing.
Learning To Stand Firm! - faith produces faithfulness, the key to being renewed day by day. The focus will be on seeing God’s unchanging faithfulness to us and our loving responsibility to Him.
Seasons - Recognizing that we all go through seasons in our lives, some more productive than others, but all necessary to the end result
Weeding - Identifying and eliminating what “chokes” our productivity and creativity
Finding Your Roots - Acknowledging our Heavenly Father as the source of all we do and say
Growing Where You are Planted - Learning to accept our circumstances and not allow them to hinder us from using our gifts
Learning To Blossom - Seeking a spiritual formula for developing and using our gifts
Leaving A Sweet Fragrance - Touching the world around us through word and deed
Purse-suing A Simpler Lifestyle - Ever notice how quickly your purse gets cluttered? That’s because we just keep tossing stuff in without taking stuff out. The same is often true of life. This session will explore some practical ways of sorting through the clutter, eliminating stress and simplifying both our natural and spiritual lifestyles.
Purse-suing A Put-together Lifestyle - Feel like you need a little help knowing how all the parts of your life fit together? Here’s good news--you are not alone. This session will explore how God takes the pieces of our lives and weaves them together to make a thing of beauty.
Purse-suing A Lifestyle That Will Leave A Lasting Legacy – Notice how there’s a different purse for every style and season? That’s part of the fun. This session will talk about the contributions we can all make to the lives of others.
THE PURPOSE DRIVEN QUILT - Becoming All God Wants Us To Be
The Crazy Quilt: Getting the pieces in order - Looking for the pattern, the “recurring theme” in your life - Jeremiah 29:11
The Collective Quilt: Working the pieces together – Discovering that we all have something to contribute and we all learn from others – Romans 8:28
The Heirloom Quilt: Seeing the significance, legacy in each piece - Learning that from the pieces of our lives something takes shape that is beautiful, unique and eternal – a lasting legacy - Philippians 1:4-6
HOW TO KEEP YOUR INLAWS FROM BECOMING OUTLAWS
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – A tale of three in-laws
This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us—Or Is it? – Learning to set healthy boundaries in our extended relationships
You Sneaky Sidewinder! – Understanding the underlying causes of conflict
Peace-keepin’ – Steps we can take to find common ground
How the West Was Won – The story of a Biblical outlaw/in-law who saved the day!
THE HATS WE WEAR
Don’t Be Heavy-Hatted –Practical Points for De-stressing
The Garland of Grace – Finding Balance, Wearing Wisdom’s Garland
The Crown of Righteousness – Picking it Up, Laying it Down
New Mercies – Starting New, Finishing Well
PRINCIPLES OF A PICNIC
Unpack - Identifying mental, emotional, spiritual baggage
Spread It out - Dealing with stress
Prepare For Unexpected Guests - Dealing with change
Rain - Getting under God’s umbrella
Go Home – Taking less than you brought, but more than you expected
CASTLE CONCEPTS & PALACE PRINCIPLES
Set On A Hill – Climbing to a higher place
Built On A Rock - Building a firm foundation
Place of Provision - Identifying the real source of strength
Place of Refuge and Safety - Finding refuge for ourselves, our families
Residence of the King - Meeting the “royal” standard
No Bad View From A Castle - Developing an eternal perspective
RUTH: THE NEVER-ENDING STORY
Seminars Related to Writing/Teaching:
DON’T BE ‘LEFT BEHIND’ IN THE INSPIRATIONAL MARKET
TEACHING THE WRITE WAY
DUSTING OFF OLD IDEAS, DISCOVERING NEW
ORGANIZING YOUR THOUGHTS AND MATERIALS
Trading Spaces - This session focuses on the basics of creating your personalized work space.
Finding Places - Everyone should have a system that eliminates confusion and clutter from your mind and workspace.
Tools Of The Trade - Like anything else, having the right tools within reach makes the job easier.
Where Do I Start? – Two simple rules for getting a jump start on organization
Time Is Of The Essence – Nine productive principles of time management
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