Lifting Up My Hands
…Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. –Exodus 17:10-13
The thing that I love about the above passage is that Joshua wasn’t in the battle alone. Not only that, but Moses didn’t even have to hold up his hands by himself. There was one war being fought and each person had a role to play in it. When each person did his part the battle was won.
I’m heading into my own battle or sorts this week and I could use your prayers.
Today I’m getting on a plane and heading to the She Speaks conference. Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I write for the She Seeks division of Proverbs 31 Ministries and that I also attended this same conference last year. I love these women greatly and I think they put on one of the finest conferences there is when it comes to equipping women for writing, speaking and women’s ministry.
I have several friends I don’t see often that I will get to spend a few days connecting with. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a part of me that’s desperately afraid to get on a plane, head all the way to the other side of the United States and do crazy things like participate in a speaker evaluation group where I will be critiqued so that I can better hone my speaking skills or sit down with a bestselling author for fifteen minutes and pick his brain on how I can better go about getting a new book contract.
This last week has been very difficult for me. As I prepared to teach at women’s Bible study at my church on Tuesday night and leave for this conference this morning I was met with opposition. First, I was plagued by the most intense bout with insecurity that I’ve experienced in years. There were voices screaming in the back of my mind that God was most certainly done with me and I should not be going to a conference full of experts and fresh talent.
Then the physical ailments started. A fever and headache came out of nowhere and sucked away my concentration as I tried my hardest to prepare to teach and speak. It was strange.
I spent a lot of this week on my face begging God for the strength to do what was before me and for the courage to walk in my calling.
That’s where you come into the story. I’m really hoping I won’t have to go to She Speaks alone. I’m asking you to go with me, to lift up my hands. If you feel so compelled, I’m asking you to storm the gates of heaven on my behalf from now through Sunday.
Some of the things you can pray for include:
▪Safe and on-time travels. I will be flying into thunderstorms and I have a tight connection that will barely get me to North Carolina on time to attend a dinner I need to be at on Thursday night. Please also pray my suitcase arrives safely with me.
▪Fresh vision and purpose about what God has for me in this season of life
▪Affirmation and confidence in my calling
▪New friends and strong ministry relationships that will be mutually encouraging
▪Bonding with my friends on the She Seeks team
▪A radical experience with God in the prayer room at the conference
Please know you will not waste a prayer on me. If you choose to pray for me this weekend I would love to know about it so I can personally thank you. So please leave a comment below.
I promise a full update after I get home from the conference. Thank you for your prayers and your support. I really couldn’t do what I do without you—and honestly, I wouldn’t want to either
Please also feel free to let me know how I can be praying for you.
About Shannon Primicerio
An author of ten books, Shannon Primicerio teaches teenage girls how to apply the Bible to the drama of real life and read it like it's God's love letter to them. By helping girls establish intimacy with Christ, she puts them on a path that will ensure they will still be walking with Him long after high school and college.
Her books and conferences provide:
- Guidance and structure on how to have a daily quiet time
- Strategies for battling peer pressure in areas like dating, purity and friendship
- Insight on how to see yourself as the beautiful treasure you are
- Direction on how to find your purpose and live your passion for the glory of God
You can learn more about her at www.beingagirlbooks.com