The Epicenter of Destiny – Thoughts from She Speaks 2011

Proverbs 13:12 (NASB) reads, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” It’s true I’d wanted to attend the She Speaks Conference – this meeting of like minds in the areas of writing, speaking, and women’s ministry – since 2004. I’m not sure my heart was sick each year I was unable to go, but knowing God’s timing is perfect did soothe the apparent sting of disappointment.

Eventually…

As I walked into the grand atrium lobby, the sun’s afternoon rays perforated the windowed ceiling, and the gaze of eleven floors of hotel room doors and windows witnessed my arrival. On this day, desire had finally come, and I was positioned to experience the life and synergy this gathering of 650 women would inevitably produce.

I arrived 24 hours before the official start of the conference. With each passing hour, the atmosphere swelled with momentum as one eager woman after another stepped off a plane, out of a shuttle van, a bus, or a car, and clicked her heels onto the marble floor of the hotel lobby. Anticipation and great expectation filled the air as intoxicants, and I… well I deeply inhaled.

My brain contorted as my mind struggled to comprehend how each woman taking her turn through the revolving door entered with a similar gift and maybe even a similar story as the woman before or after her. Yet, despite our commonalities, God has a unique plan for advancing His messages of love, hope and freedom to a different audience, in a different way, through each willing and obedient vessel that passed before me – a plan that can only be accomplished by the power of His spirit alone.

Wow…

I was very comfortable in this place.

So, this is what it feels like to be at the epicenter of destiny – the place where a willing, obedient vessel commits her God-given gift(s) to be used to fulfill His plan for her life (the complete details she’s yet unsure of), for the purpose of freedom, by the power of His Spirit.

The epicenter of destiny is less of an event and more of a mindset, a place of true identity, and the actions and lifestyle that flow from that place.

Are you willing and obedient?

What is/are your gift(s)?

Do you trust God’s great power and His planning perfection?

Have you tasted freedom? Do you want to lead others to it?

Have you been to the epicenter of destiny?

Completely ME,

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Food for Friday

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:6-7 NKJV

Today, (which will be “yesterday” by the time this post reaches you) I played a little catch up and spent some time reading a few of my favorite blogs.  I only have a few, because to be quite honest, I simply can’t spend all day reading blog posts.  I could, but…  Well, you get what I’m saying….

Anyway, not long ago I met a young lady in “blog land” who hosts a corner of the blog world entitled The Watered Soul.  She’s a very gifted writer, even though she would tell you she doesn’t consider herself a writer at all.  I am a subscriber to her posts, and some of her writings from this week were a part of my blog reading today.

It appears her Monday post was inspired by another blogger who hosts something called  “Monday Manna” at her place a couple of times per month.  This month’s “Monday Manna” was based on the scripture above and entitled Son or Slave?.  Well the post REALLY grabbed me, so I just had to share it with you all (“Monday Manna” /”Food for Friday”, get it?  Come on, work with me!  lol…).  Click on the title in the previous sentence, or click here to receive nourishment for your spirit on this fabulous Friday.  I promise it will be great fuel to jump start your weekend.

P.S. Make sure you stop by The Watered Soul to leave a comment.  Tell her Monica sent you! 🙂  Have a great weekend!

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,

Celebrating You!

WOW!!!  Do you hear me?  WOW!!!  I REALLY enjoyed reading your comments from Wednesday’s post entitled “Who Am I?”  If you missed it, it’s certainly not too late to join in the fun and let me know a little about you.

Thus far, I’ve had 4 beautiful women share a little about themselves including some of their wonderful dreams.  I had another post scheduled to run today, but I was so excited to hear from you ladies that I just had to stop and celebrate you today!  Friday just seemed like a good day for it, don’t you think? 🙂

Let’s see now, I’ve learned some favorite colors – 2 RED-lovin’ women of God and another who feels pretty in PINK, like me.  Then we have one beautiful sister (who just happens to be MY beautiful sister) who has no favorite taste on the rainbow.  Since she’s my sis, I happen to know that she wears all colors well, so I guess a favorite really isn’t necessary, now is it?  Did you all notice that the favorite colors are red or some variation thereof.  “….for her price is far above rubies.”  (Proverbs 31:10, KJV) Yep!  I think that’s why! 😉  Love it!

I noticed the ladies chose to play it safe by sharing their favorite colors and their visions and dreams (of course sharing your visions and dreams often requires its own leap of faith).  Apparently, not even a ten foot pole could place a sufficient distance between them and that AGE!  LOL!!  Just kidding!  Alas, one brave soul was unashamed to proclaim she’s recently reached the end of that “rapidly unraveling rope” that I lovingly referred to as my 30’s.  Good for you, Ms. “Flying Solo“.  Sounds like you’re wearing 40 well, my friend!

What touched me most about their comments were the varied visions and dreams with the common denominator of being all they were designed to be for the glory of God.  And this is what I want to pray for:

Father, thank you for  Miss “Foto Bella”, Elisa, Marcia, and Ms “Flying Solo”.  My heart is so excited about the visions and dreams you’ve placed in their hearts and minds.  Some are completely certain of their direction; others want to be sure you approve, so Lord make Your perfect will for the lives of each of these women crystal clear to them.

I thank you for Miss “Foto Bella’s” heart to run her own business.  I personally know she’s a gifted photographer, as well!  Bless her gifts and her desire to be a business owner, according to your will, Lord.  Order her steps.  Above all, continue to prepare her for that thing that is dearest to Your heart – covenant!

Lord, Elisa has a heart to use her knowledge of all things financial to educate women on stewardship of wealth and investments.  Give her clarity of Your will and your perfect timing.  Help her to discern times and seasons.  At Your appointed time, bless the works of her hands.

Father, Marcia, my sister, has a passion/dream to be a successful entrepreneur.  In the midst of their diligent work toward this goal, she and her husband are preparing for parenthood ROUND ONE!  Bless them, Lord!  Help her to know that she’s walking out the words that You spoke before she was formed in her mother’s womb.  The wisdom she needs for parenting, for entrepreneurship, and for leading others to know You and love You as she does comes from Christ who LIVES within her.  It’s all for Your glory, Lord!

Lord, last but certainly not least, Ms. “Flying Solo” has the most humble vision/dream of breaking through barriers that were not erected by You to become the woman of Your original design.  Without question, I am confident that this IS Your perfect will for her life, and I just thank you for Your will being done.

Becoming the woman of Your original design is Your perfect will for the lives of each woman who commented on this blog, each woman of Full Circle Women’s Fellowship, each woman on this earth!  Today, we say to you that we are as Mary, mother of Christ, “may it be done to me (to us) according to Your word.” (Luke 1:38, NASB)  Amen!

There’s absolutely no more to be said for this beautiful Friday except…HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,

Who Am I?

On a six hour road trip a few months ago, I had a bit of an epiphany.  It dawned on me that I have been blogging for a year, but I still haven’t shared very much about myself, have I?  I mean I have shared a bit about my struggles (and boy do I have them), and I’m sure you could guess a little about my passions.  I’ve given you a glimpse of my heart for this ministry, maybe, but I’m sure at least one of you is curious about the woman behind the Full Circle Women’s Fellowship.

And what about the basics??

Who am I….really?  The answer to that question depends a great deal on how much time you have.  LOL…  Seriously though, I know I can be wordy, but I promise to TRY to keep it simple this time.  Here goes…

Name:  Monica P. Watkins (maybe later I’ll tell you what the P. stands for, but let’s just say I love both my first and middle name.  Mom and Dad, ya did GOOD! LOL…)

Hometown:  A small city in the peach state that’s famous for a sport that involves a little white ball, a competition that involves a green jacket, and male competitors who used to occasionally wear plaid pants (thank God that fashion trend is over!).  That ought to keep you busy!

Siblings: I am 1 of 4.  You guess which one!

Age:  Let’s just say I’m clutching my thirties by the last couple of threads left on a rapidly unraveling rope.

Education:  I have a Math-related Bachelor’s degree, but I don’t like math!  I have a passion for music, writing, God’s word and women’s ministry.  So, “you do the math“, because I’ve finally decided NOT TO!  🙂

I enjoyMUSIC – all kinds, but especially soft rock music from the 1970s and 1980s (“Sailing” by Christopher Cross STILL stops time for me!), Rhythm and Blues from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s; reading, shopping, traveling, the ocean (hope to own a home overlooking the Pacific one day),  spending time with those I love, laughing uncontrollably, dining at restaurants I’ve never been to (I enjoy the company, the ambiance, then the food – in that order), traveling by plane to places I’ve never been to (I love the whole experience, even standing in airport security lines.  Don’t ask me why, because I have NO idea!); walks in the park; concerts; plays; musicals, buying a new CD (yes, I STILL buy CDs, and you can’t imagine how merry my heart gets when I do!), movie night on Fridays, ordering takeout, talking on the phone until the wee hours of the next morning, the moment new revelation hits and my pen works frantically to keep up with my thoughts (scribble is of the Lord, dear friends!! lol…), visiting my local Lifeway, Borders or Barnes and Noble bookstores (I’ve literally spent half a Saturday in a Lifeway before; true story!); walking through new homes under construction and imagining the life that will soon come to dwell there; I could go on, but I promised to TRY to be short! 🙂

Favorite Color: Used to be yellow, but now I believe it’s pink (I sure hope you could read both of those.).  Pink just makes you feel like a girl, don’t you agree? 🙂

Vision & Dreams: To one day be a loving and devoted wife and mom and for those two things to always be numbers 2 and 3 in my life, right behind number 1: to be a loving and devoted child of God.

To be a published author (books, bible studies, and journals – the things I love); to write at least one song; to work on a sitcom;  to host my own radio show; To teach God’s word from the overflow of my life to women all over the world.

I guess you could say that one of my missions in life is to be a vessel of freedom for women – encouraging them to embrace God’s original design and His unique assignment for their lives to achieve the ultimate goal of bringing Him glory.  This Wisdom, Virtue and Rubies blog, the bible studies I write, and Full Circle Women’s Fellowship are my humble first steps toward walking out God’s unique assignment for me.

That’s a little bit about me.  What about you?  It’s comment time and your turn to tell me who you are.  You can choose from the categories in bold that I used above or make up your own.  Make sure you include at least one or two of your dreams so that I can join in prayer with you that God would set you on the path toward them.

Until next time….

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