Heart Choices: Priscilla Shirer Conference

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Priscilla Shirer Conference



 Priscilla Shirer is a Christian speaker, author, and actress. About one year ago, my friend Shelia asked if I wanted to volunteer as a prayer encourager for the event. I didn't hesitate since I knew this would be something I would love to participate in.

As Saturday approached, I discovered I would have to be at the Grand Canyon University Arena by 6:45 AM for training. Yes, I am an early riser, but I love my quiet Saturday mornings at home! So, I left my condo at 6:20 so I wouldn't be late.



I watched as the women waited to enter. It was sold out with 5,300 people attending!


I was so thankful for a seat in the fourth row on the aisle. Close up to see the speaker and yet available to leave and go to women who needed prayer. Priscilla focuses much time praying at these conferences. She asked the women to fill out a prayer request card. I was one of the volunteers who walked up and down the stands collecting the cards. It brought tears to my eyes as they called out so I wouldn't miss their requests. So many with so many needs!


 Priscilla Shirer shared from her heart. She's a dynamic speaker as she shares stories to illustrate Biblical principles. She walked around the stadium as she looked into our faces.

"The cure for exhaustion is intimacy with Jesus."

 She encouraged us to come away from the busyness and social media and spend time alone with Jesus. Instead of complaining about what you don't have, redirect your energy to what you do have. God can supernaturally multiply what little you think you have.

Anthony Evans led the time of worship. He is Priscilla's younger brother and he was so inspiring. I remember him as a contestant from Season 2 of The Voice.


I loved having the opportunity to reconnect with women I'd not seen in years.

Shelia and me

Mary Kaye and me
Mary Kaye is a worship leader at her church.  We worked together years ago in a women's leadership group called Woman to Woman. We organized a yearly conference for women, along with Shelia and many other women. She had no idea that my life had turned upside down in 2010. As soon as she heard a bit of my story, she cried and prayed for me. What a blessing!

I wish I had taken a photo of my dear friend Helen. She attended the conference with a group of women from her church. We used to spend so much time together when she lived closer and both of us weren't working. We were prayer partners for so many years. But time turned back as we tried to catch up during the lunchtime. We chose to stay in the stadium and munch on hotdogs so we could savor every moment together. I'm so grateful for that time.

It poured all day in Phoenix. At one point, Priscilla asked what that noise was. She probably assumed it never rained here but it poured. The Holy Spirit was surely pouring down. :)

I drove home in flooded streets but it was well worth it. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of these events, I'd recommend it. I'll leave with the trailer from the movie War Room. Priscilla is one of the main characters in this film.



Blessings and love,

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  1. What a blessing to get to go to that conference, Debbie! It looks like you had such a worshipful time.

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    1. Lisa, it was such a blessing! If she ever comes to your area, I would highly recommend going.

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  2. What a wonderful event to get to attend and join in prayer for.

    Our ladies class is doing her Bible Study about the armor of God, it is so good. I'll have to look up her conferences.
    God bless,
    Bethany

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Bethany! Priscilla has wonderful Bible studies. If you have the opportunity, I would recommend her conferences.

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