Speaking

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When I read the Bible, 

I am drawn to the Invisible Outcasts… 

because in different seasons of my life, I’ve been one. Still feel like that on some days. And I’m amazed when God–or another person–notices me in the shadows and coaxes me out of hiding.

I am drawn to the Passionate God-Wrestlers… 

who bring everything they are into their relationship with God–even when they’re angry at him or feel betrayed by him. A few years ago, my husband gave me boxing gloves and a 70-lb heavy bag to hang in the garage. He thought that might be helpful to my prayer life. Totally was.

I am drawn to the Storytelling Prophets… 

because I love it when people talk about what they’re learning–but I love it most when they weave it together with a story. Stories sneak into parts of my heart that facts alone can’t begin to penetrate.

I am drawn to a Relentlessly Loving God…

who never gives up on the people he created. And when a curtain falls between you and God, keeping you from seeing him, keeping you from knowing his love, he’ll (gently or dramatically, all at once or over time) tear the curtain.

Those are the themes that draw me. And when I step up to the platform, those are the themes that shape my words.

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Email me: kirsten (dot) wilson (at) mac (dot) com

Current Speaking Topics…

UntitledBy a Thread: Holding on to the Story that Ties You to Jesus

God is writing a story in your life.

If pressed, you’ll acknowledge the truth of that.

But if pressed further, you’ll admit that most days you have NO IDEA what God’s doing. Most days, that story feels more confusing than compelling.

But…

What if the story that ties you to Jesus is more compelling than you currently believe? 

At one level, every Christian has the same story: Jesus saved me by his work on the cross. But at another level, each believer has a unique and specific and ongoing story of rescue, creatively written by Jesus himself.

What if you could grab hold of that story? What difference would it make? In your relationship with God? With yourself? With others?

[This topic works well as a one-day workshop, or as a retreat.]

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Altered Books

Imagine this. God has a story he wants to write in our lives. Truth about our identity that he wants to write on the pages of our hearts. But there’s already been another story written on many of the pages. And there’s a slick protective coating over those words. And it can keep the truth of what God says from sticking.

Sometimes it isn’t just that we need to hear the truth of what God says about us.

Sometimes, maybe it’s this: that we need to work with God to take sandpaper to the pages of our lives where there are lies. Where we’ve been lied to about our identity. Or where we ourselves have lied about who we are. Where the wrong story has been written. Where our book needs desperately to be altered.

Scrape away the old stories, and the slick coating that protects them. And then. And then God’s true story can be written. And it will stick. 

 

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Lost in a Role

You were so excited when you got the part.

But now you’re feeling overwhelmed. 

The lines and the choreography are harder to learn than you expected. The other cast members are getting on your nerves. So is the director. And you’re investing so much in the production that you can hardly remember who you are apart from the role you’re playing.

It’s a risk for actors. It’s a risk for anyone in a ministry role (staff or volunteer) too. Does God lose track of you when you start working for him? Um, no. But maybe you need to be reminded of that. Feeling lost? Maybe you need to be found.

Contact me with any questions, or to get a speaking sample. I’d love to talk with you!

Email me: kirsten (dot) wilson (at) mac (dot) com