For the last year, we have been working towards our dream of writing in order to impact women’s lives. That dream birthed the Iron Porch. But it also birthed the start of independent stories that each us began pursuing.
Last week we started a road trip that took us up and down the east coast. It also took us up and down a rollercoaster of emotions. You see, the dream brought us to the She Speaks Conference, sponsored by Proverbs 31 Ministries. If you are unfamiliar with She Speaks, the premise is a location for nearly 800 women to follow the calling on their lives to speak, write, and lead for the Lord.
The dream brought us in front of real life publishers. Let’s all take a moment to soak that in…real life…publishers!! Like for real, real life publishers!!!
While a publisher appointment is a scary thing to contemplate, there is beauty in knowing when it is God ordained.
Before the registration opened, one of us was FREAKING out that we would miss the actual registration date and miss out on the opportunity to attend. Yet, we both received the email with plenty of time to consult before committing to workshops. We were afforded the opportunity to choose five publishers out of a list of dozens in the hopes of receiving one appointment. We prayed that we each would get one.
Weeks later, we both got the email revealing that we had each been scheduled for three appointments! Prayers answered and exceeded!
Not only had we each received three, we got the exact same three publishers. Prayers answered and exceeded!
And if God wasn’t already amazing in these gifts, two of the three publisher appointments were back-to-back appointments…Emily at 11:45 and Erin at 12:00. Essentially, Iron Porch had two publishers listening to our hearts for 30 minutes total! Unrequested prayer answered…and exceeded!!
God wasn’t done answering unrequested prayers. He allowed us an amazing amount of time with dozens of women in prayer, in fellowship, and in community. In preparation for the conference, we prayed for our friendship. We prayed for the Iron Porch. We prayed for our books. We prayed for good feedback from the publishers. We dared to pray for “yes” from the publishers. We prayed for our assigned prayer partners…strangers we met via email weeks before the conference. And we prayed for the staff and faculty of P31.
But we hadn’t prayed for the sense of belonging with other women called to this path. We hadn’t prayed to gain new friendships. We hadn’t prayed to be moved to tears and laughter with strangers who had touched our hearts.
God answered the prayers that we didn’t even realize were on our hearts.
God answered the asked and unasked.
The Bible teaches us about exceeded expectations in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV) “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
This is a lesson that we both have taken away this week. It’s okay to ask God for what you want. It’s okay to ask in detail. It’s also okay to forget to ask for things.
You know why?
Because God is going to answer your heart. He’ll answer the asked and unasked.
~Emily and Erin