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.)


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.


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?!

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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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