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#SpeakUp2017 Conference Recap & Blog Hop

Carol doing her thing!

Carol doing her thing!

Hey Friends!

When was the last time you attended a life changing conference?

I spent last week at Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference, and it was ah-mazing!

I’ve shared many times before how God has used this powerful conference to significantly teach and encourage me over the past ten years, and this year did not disappoint.

Once again, my heart is FULL!

My mouth is actually still sore from smiling so much!

It was such an amazing, anointed, God inspired three days! Yippee!

If I had to sum up my time at Speak Up with 3 quick, personal highlights, they would include…

1. Meeting so many wonderful men and women and hearing their personal stories.

Me & my new friend Nancy

I met tons of women—and a few amazing men!

All had one thing in common: a beautiful heart for God, and a sacrificial desire to serve Him with excellence. I wish I could have enjoyed a cup of coffee with every single one of them!

I also loved every moment of seeing old friends, meeting new ones, hearing amazing God stories, and cheering another women on their personal faith journey. #mysweetspot

2. Teaching a devotion, 3 different workshops, plus coaching the speakers groups.

It is always a huge joy and humble privilege to teach at the Speak Up Conference. I love sharing what I have learned over the years with others! (Did you know you can access all my workshop hand-outs on-line? Check them out HERE)

My favorite moment was sharing a devotion with a message from 1 Corinthians. It’s a message that’s super near and fear to my heart. I love that we are all on the same Team! {High five your neighbor!}

If you’d like to see a review, you can watch a similar teaching from my new Bible study on Youtube here.

Jen F. Lenae, Me

3. My Roommates

Another huge highlight included having three very dear friends (Jen Ferguson, Lenae Bulthuis, & Jenn Hand) attend the Speak Up Conference and stay at my home—otherwise known as the Bultema B & B.

Jenn Hand, our new GEMS leader. Woot!

Although our time went WAY too fast, it was a huge JOY to start each morning praying with them, and end every night reflecting on the day’s bright spots. And bless Carol and Gene Kent for stocking up the B & B with oodles of snacks!

Overall, it was a HUGE joy and privilege to serve at the Speak Up Conference! You can check out more of my photo recap here!

(Want to be FB friends while you are there? If you follow me, I’ll follow you right back. I’d love to keep in touch!)

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Want to read more encouraging stories about the Speak Up Conference 2017? Check out the amazing blog posts linked up below!

Mark your calendars! Next year’s Speak Up Conference dates are June 28-30, 2018. We would love to see you there!

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How to Change Your Temple Talk

Hi Friends 🙂

Yesterday I had the joy of sharing a devotion from Live Full Walk Free on Proverbs 31 Ministries. {If you missed it, you can read it here}

I have to admit to being blown away by the comments left on the P31 site. {Peek at them youself. Wow.}

Whereas I’m super thankful God used my words to encourage others, it breaks my heart to see so many women ensnared by the world’s lies and the enemy’s schemes.

Our inheritance as God’s children is freedom and fullness.

Not when we lose the weight, firm up our thighs, or lose our muffin top.

Nope. 

Sweet friend—Today. 

You can live victorious in your struggles with terrible temple talk— you really can!

Many dear friends have sent me private notes asking how I was able to overcome the hurtful, destructive words and defeated mindset I endured. I hope to tackle those questions in my next few blog posts.

(Not that I have all the answers. Trust me. But I am walking in freedom and victory today, and it has nothing to do with the size of my pants. Freedom has a name. His Name is Jesus.)

But for today, allow me to briefly recap my “temple talk” journey.

My weight has been a life long issue for me.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt not thin enough.

Or pretty enough.

I believed the lie no one would ever want me or find me beautiful. 

My weight struggle came to an all-time high when I was pregnant with my eldest son Jake.

I was alone. Soon-to-be a single mom.

Jake’s Birth Day July 15, 1994

I ate my stress, pain, fear, and shame —and anything else someone would feed me.

By Jake’s 2nd birthday, thanks to a new weight loss program involving a toxic mix of drugs, alcohol, and eating disorders, I lost all the pregnancy weight, and more. 

Even at the weight I was in the picture above, I still felt not thin enough.

Or pretty enough. I was disgusted with my looks and believed I would never be beautiful.

I didn’t even eat a piece of Jake’s 2nd birthday cake because I felt so unbelievably fat.

It was empty, defeated living.

I wonder if you can relate?

Five days after Jake’s second birthday I nearly lost my life to my cocaine addiction. {See the story here}

Thankfully, in the midst of my mess, I met Jesus.

Life has not been the same. Woo Hoo!

In His great mercy, Jesus has not only given me a new life, but a new mind.

My life has been transformed because my mind has been transformed. 

I’m now very intentional about filling my mind with the TRUTH of who GOD says that I am!

And even though I no longer wear a size 4,  I now walk in Truth and freedom and joy!

Me & my guy John — June 2017

In case you are faced with “Terrible Temple Talk,” here are three simple tips to help you experience victory with your Temple Talk.

A – Always start with Jesus. 

Ask Jesus to help you. Surrender your life, thoughts, hurts, past, and eating habits to Him.

Willpower alone is not enough to escape years of “stinkin’ thinkin'”—but Jesus is!

B – Believe Truth

Spend time declaring what you know to be the Truth about God, your worth, and/or your body.

Note: not how you feel, but what is the Truth.

  • i.e. God, Your Word says I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
  • God, I believe I can do all things with your strength. 
  • God, I believe You will equip and empower me for this task.
  • God, I believe You’ve invited me to live an abundant life.

C – Choose to Live and Walk in Freedom

  • Get dressed.  (No, not yoga pants.)
  • Go outside.
  • Show up at the party.
  • Take your picture.
  • Dance.
  • Embrace your inner and outer beauty!

Even when you don’t feel like it, you always have a choice, friend.

Choose freedom!

Sorry, Satan, you may try your sly and subtle tricks with us— but no more. It’s time for us to live in the fullness and freedom that is ours in Christ. 

And the TRUTH is that our God does not trash talk the temples of His dearly loved children!

Let’s start declaring our lives to be free of “terrible temple talk”, Lord willing, from this day forward. Anyone with me?

What steps do you take to live in freedom and wholeness? How has your life been impacted by “terrible temple talk”? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by, sweet friend! God’s richest blessings to you!


 

P.S. If you would like to listen to an archived copy of an interview I once did on the topic of Body image, take a listen here

Join Me at the Speak Up Conference {& Giveaway too}

Hey Friends —

I’m curious…what is it you are most afraid of?

speakingFor me, for many years I joined the millions of people in the world with a fear of public speaking.

When I was in elementary school, I peed my pants at school often. (TMI? Sorry.)

Why?

I was too afraid to raise my hand in class. The thought of everyone looking at me was just too much for this shy, insecure, red haired  girl.

Lovely, huh.

After I came to know Jesus, I sensed the Lord wanted me to share my story of addict to overcomer.

I was terrified.

The thought of getting up in front of a room full of women and talk about my former rebellious lifestyle made me want to lose my lunch. Literally.

In 2003, I first heard about Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference. I knew I should go, especially if I was going to follow God’s lead and speak in front of people.

However, the thought of going to this conference TERRIFIED me, and I chickened out. I couldn’t do it.

Friends, it took me 4 years to gain the courage to face my fears, until finally in 2007, I attended the Speak Up Conference for the first time.

Can I just tell you….the Speak Up Conference changed my life. Literally.

(Recap here.)

Would you believe I’ve been back to Speak Up every year since?!

You betcha!

The tools, instruction, encouragement, and presentation pointers have been crucial to me in my ministry and personal life.

Me, Carol Kent, Jennie Dimkoff

Me, Carol Kent, Jennie Dimkoff

And not only do I attend every year, for the past seven years I’ve been a part of Carol’s Speak Up leadership team, and have the joy of teaching workshops and encouraging fellow speakers.

(This year I’ll be teaching three workshops, leading one keynote devotion, and meeting with lots of speakers 1:1. I’d LOVE to spend time with you!)

You can tell I don’t have fun with this amazing group of leaders at all.

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Speak Up Conference Leadership Team

Kidding. It is a highlight of my ministry year always! (I may or may not bring confetti wands with me.)

Sweet friend, if you dream of speaking or writing, I’d love for you to prayerfully consider attending the Speak Up Conference this July 13-15, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Whether you sit in PTO meetings, serve in your local GEMS Girls’ Club, lead your local Bible study, dream of writing a book, or simply want to be more comfortable talking in front of others—I think everyone can benefit from the principles at this amazing conference. You will learn, laugh, network, and come home equipped, inspired, and empowered!

You can learn more about the details of the amazing Speak Up Conference here.

If I could, I would pay for everyone I know who senses God is calling them to write, speak or lead in ministry to attend. Since I’m not able to do that (bummer), I can go to Bonnie (the Speak Up Administrator) and ask how we could help interested participants attend.

Drumroll please…

I’m thrilled to announce I have a $200 partial scholarship to giveaway!

Can I get a woo hoo?!

To Win my Speak Up Conference $200 Scholarship Giveaway: Please leave a comment in the comment section answering this question:

Why would you like to win a $200 scholarship for the Speak Up Conference?

Extra Entries:
•Follow my blog *She Sparkles*
•Share about this giveaway on FB
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Please be sure to leave me a comment to let me know your extra entries.

RULES: Starts today, Monday, May 1st and ends Friday, May 5th at 9 PM. Winner will be contacted the week of May 8th.

If your email address is not connected to your ID, please leave your email address with your comment or email it to me at cindy@cindybultema.com with the subject “Giveaway”.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, *She Sparkles*! God’s richest blessings to you!

 

 

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this review (I just love the Speak Up Conference) and, as always, all opinions expressed in this post are fully my own.

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Cindy Bultema is a breath of fresh air!

"Cindy Bultema is a breath of fresh air! With vulnerable openness, gut-level honesty, down-home humor, and timeless biblical truth, her spoken and written words will inspire you to take an action step toward fresh faith and renewed hope.

Cindy ministers on and off the platform with personal warmth and genuine compassion. As a speaker, author, and mentor to many, Cindy has my highest recommendation!"

 

Carol Kent, Speaker and Author
President, Speak Up Ministries

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Carol Kent, Speaker and Author
President, Speak Up Ministries

"Cindy Bultema is a breath of fresh air! With vulnerable openness, gut-level honesty, down-home humor, and timeless biblical truth, her spoken and written words will inspire you to take an action step toward fresh faith and renewed hope. Cindy ministers on and off the platform with personal warmth and genuine compassion. As a speaker, author, and mentor to many, Cindy has my highest recommendation!"  

Cindy mentioned each woman at least once by name throughout her sessions.

"As women's ministry leaders know, finding a speaker who is Right AND Relevant is quite a task.

God led us to Cindy last spring as a speaker for our fall retreat at Mackinac Island. Even then, I did not realize what a gifted messenger she would be.

With almost 70 women present, Cindy mentioned each woman at least once by name throughout her sessions. She did not shrink back from telling her testimony, as difficult as it must have been. And she opened the book of Revelation to our ladies with insight and application like few women I have ever heard.

Thank you, Cindy for marking this retreat as a milestone in women's ministries at Woodside Bible Church. Praying we will never be the same."

 

Shari Hulcy, Women's Ministries Director
Woodside Bible Church, White Lake, MI

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Shari Hulcy, Women's Ministries Director
Woodside Bible Church, White Lake, MI

"As women's ministry leaders know, finding a speaker who is Right AND Relevant is quite a task. God led us to Cindy last spring as a speaker for our fall retreat at Mackinac Island. Even then, I did not realize what a gifted messenger she would be. With almost 70 women present, Cindy mentioned each woman at least once by name throughout her sessions. She did not shrink back from telling her testimony, as difficult as it must have been. And she opened the book of Revelation to our ladies with insight and application like few women I have ever heard. Thank you, Cindy for marking this retreat as a milestone in women's ministries at Woodside Bible Church. Praying we will never be the same."  

Experiencing Cindy speak will awaken you…

"Experiencing Cindy speak will awaken you to timeless truths of scripture made relevant to your life today.

Her amazing story of transformation, coupled with her solid biblical teaching -- not to mention her contagious smile -- will find you walking away in love with her perfect Savior."

 

Karen Ehman, Director of Speakers for Proverbs 31 Ministries; Author

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Karen Ehman, Director of Speakers for Proverbs 31 Ministries; Author

"Experiencing Cindy speak will awaken you to timeless truths of scripture made relevant to your life today. Her amazing story of transformation, coupled with her solid biblical teaching -- not to mention her contagious smile -- will find you walking away in love with her perfect Savior."  

Cindy’s enthusiasm for the Lord is contagious…

"You will find no one more highly motivated to see lives changed by God’s love and grace than Cindy. Cindy’s enthusiasm for the Lord is contagious and many women have testified that she has ministered to them from the message she delivered.

Cindy’s personal testimony has been one of transformation for God’s Glory. She continues be used by God through her testimony for the many women who have had similar life circumstances and for others who can see what God can do!"

 

Suzanne Reinink, Director of Adult Ministries
Sunshine Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI

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Suzanne Reinink, Director of Adult Ministries
Sunshine Community Church, Grand Rapids, MI

"You will find no one more highly motivated to see lives changed by God’s love and grace than Cindy. Cindy’s enthusiasm for the Lord is contagious and many women have testified that she has ministered to them from the message she delivered. Cindy’s personal testimony has been one of transformation for God’s Glory. She continues be used by God through her testimony for the many women who have had similar life circumstances and for others who can see what God can do!"  

Several attendees have continued to comment on how great she was months after the event.

"Cindy came to Texas and lead three sessions during our overnight Fall Women’s Retreat. Each Biblically based session was well thought out and touched each of us as she dove into finding balance in our unbalanced world. She made sure to tailor the message to our audience of multi-generational women in all stages and phases of life. However, it was in the ‘down time’ that Cindy deeply connected to several of the ladies who were so moved by her messages that they later were able to share private tears together. It was lovely to see God’s hand of healing being brought to the ladies of our church through Cindy’s powerful words and gentle spirit. Several attendees have continued to comment on how great she was months after the event. Cindy will be a great addition to your event/retreat too."

Andrea Sellers, Director Women’s Ministry, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Austin, TX

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Andrea Sellers, Director Women’s Ministry, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Austin, TX

"Cindy came to Texas and lead three sessions during our overnight Fall Women’s Retreat. Each Biblically based session was well thought out and touched each of us as she dove into finding balance in our unbalanced world. She made sure to tailor the message to our audience of multi-generational women in all stages and phases of life. However, it was in the ‘down time’ that Cindy deeply connected to several of the ladies who were so moved by her messages that they later were able to share private tears together. It was lovely to see God’s hand of healing being brought to the ladies of our church through Cindy’s powerful words and gentle spirit. Several attendees have continued to comment on how great she was months after the event. Cindy will be a great addition to your event/retreat too."
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