Declare Conference 2017

This will by my first year attending the Declare conference. Or a conference period.  Besides being excited/mostly freaked out, I love that I get to come back to Texas, spend some time with a dear friend, and do something I hope will fill my soul to the brim. These questions are part of declare’s blog link up for this year. 🙂

1. When did you feel called to be a digital evangelist, what’s your main medium (podcast / blogging / books / speaking / social media / etc.), and how long have you been doing it?

I started writing when I was about maybe 14. A friend introduced me to the site, Deviantart. I learned a lot about community and how to encourage others, let them encourage me and made friends along the way through collaborations on pieces. I wrote many, many poems to a boy I had fallen in love with. And other people I wanted love from. When the relationship with the boy ended, I went to college and began a blog not really understanding why other than I needed to get out pain that was crushing my soul. I’ve always known I think, even when I’m writing a poem to someone or about them, I’m writing to Jesus. I don’t consider myself a digital evangelist, but a girl who is still trying to grasp his love for her in letters to him. If anyone who reads my blog meets him there, it’s a bonus. I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years. 

2. What is your life scripture?

I started reading the bible this year, and so far one of my favorite scriptures is: “For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.””

Zephaniah‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NLT‬
This verse has my word for the year: delight. This has been hard to do this year, other than finding it in his word, but I’d like delight to permeate my life. Not just with delighting in God, but seeing how he delights in me. 

3. What are your passions?

Writing poems, getting into God’s word, music that helps me focus on scripture, encouraging other writers (especially moms lately).  Encouraging friends. Not in that order. 

4. What is your favorite candy and / or food?

Candy bars: Hershey’s cookies and cream/special dark candy bars. 

5. Where is your happy place and what’s it like?

This is a really hard question for me for some reason. I’ve been going over this in my head, repeating the question. My happy place lately  is in God’s Word of listening to Ellie Holcomb/Beckah Shae, orwhen I’m with a friend who really encourages me and where I can give my presence. Listening. Praying for them. Sometimes it’s online and sometimes it’s face to face, like this:

This is a recent picture from this year with my friend, Megan (I am on the right.) from this year at the Cheesecake Factory. This is the only picture I have from this year of myself. Selfies make me feel weird. It’s much better with another person. 

I’m most happy when I can give my attention to someone one on one. Especially when there’s food (like chocolate), laughter, music and good conversation. But most definitely laughter. And books. I feel like I experience God in my midst. Whether it’s the overflow with music or laughter with someone. It’s always overwhelming. 

6. Are you working on any exciting projects that you can share about? If so, please share!

  • I’m slowly, and I mean slowly thinking about working on a book of prayers after a friend suggested it. I think I’ve already started, but still unsure. 
  • Waiting to hear back from Just Between Us magazine about an article. 

7. How can we pray for you as you prepare for this year’s conference?

Please pray that allow God to meet me here. I would love if he would evaporate every fear as I walk into the door. This is the first conference I’ve been to and I’m unsure of why I’ve had the desire to come ever since I heard the podcast. I’m afraid of leaving the same as I’m coming – unsure why I still write. Why my voice matters. Why I matter. Please pray he would flood my heart with his love for me. 

I’m excited, nervous (mostly that) and can’t wait to see how God shows himself to me there. 

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11 thoughts on “Declare Conference 2017

  1. I loved reading your answers to the questions! Your voice is strong and when you express yourself, that is your creativity, pure and unique and otherwise need to hear it and see it whether you think so or not😊I love cookies abs cream Hershey’s – now I have to find chocolate❤️❤️👏🏻👏🏻🙃

    • Megan and I aren’t actually going together, but I’m going to try take lots of pictures so you both can see. 🙂 It’s probably going to be a lot of soaking in for me. Thank you for your constant encouragement.

  2. Julia,
    I am so looking forward to meeting you at Declare… your prayer at the end has tugged at my heart something fierce. Come find me and say hello when you get here. I’ll tell you the story of how I had to talk myself into leaving my hotel room at the first conference I went to… and how God immediately met me once I did. You can do this. I promise it will be so worth it! See you soon!

    • Michelle,
      Your comment made so grateful I put my out there. God me right there. And I’m going to have no way to back out since my dad is flying with me to Texas and my friend is coming to declare with me (since I can’t drive. lol), so I know God is on it. He may have to bring you to me because I’m pretty sure this is going to overwhelming for me. Thank you for the encouragement and reminding I’m not the only one who was afraid their first time. I needed that so much. Can’t wait to meet you! ❤️

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