Speaking

Gail Speaking at AC 2015One of my favorite things is to encourage and come alongside others to help them find there is more to life and to God than they have yet experienced. There is always more! Yet, with over 20 years of ministry experience with women I understand that many of us live distracted, frenzied lives and we struggle to maintain the centrality of God in our day-to-day lives and invest our lives in what matters most. Rushed and preoccupied we often skim over our lives instead of actually living them. I also understand that in the midst of our crowded lives, a weariness can unknowingly settles into our souls. We are desperately in need of something more life-giving than all of our hurrying. Something sacred. It’s to these things I speak.

Gail teaching Attentive LeaderWith a Master’s degree in leadership and as a doctoral candidate in leadership I also offer topics and training on leadership and cultivating one’s gifts, skills, talents and passions.

Speaking with personal candor and insight from my own journey of faith, my speaking engagements have included retreats, conferences, workshops, etc.  My speaking experience also includes preaching in the local church (including internationally), speaking at leadership venues (conferences, keynote speaker, etc.), and teaching executive leadership teams. I bring with my experience the ability to connect with the audience, humor, and a passion for every person to experience life to full that Jesus promised.

I understand the difficulty in finding the right speaker for your event. Although I have a list of previous speaking topics (which can be helpful to you), I welcome your specific theme chosen by you for your event. It is my desire to come alongside of you and assist you in bringing about your specific objectives.

Thanks for checking out my page! I am honored you stopped by.

If you want to check my availability for your event, or if you have questions before proceeding further, I’d love to connect with you! Please email me in the contact form below.

 

My most requested topics are:

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Keeping Company With Jesus (3-Part Series)

  • Making Our Home in God: Just being with Jesus is transformational
  • Living Freely and Lightly: Training our hearts to be attentive
  • Unforced Rhythms of Grace: Responding to Jesus’ invitation to work with him, walk with him and watch him.

Recovering From Injury

StretchingLife has a way of wounding us. Injuries can occur any time, taking us by surprise…even when we are following the rules. Unless we pursue healing, we will hobble around with a tightness, a dull ache, most often a numbness, in our soul. Our wounded hearts, will harden and the ability to experience life in its fullest will diminish. How does one rehabilitate the soul?

Exhale: When Life Gets to be Too Much

stressed-woman-668x375Busy lives. Packed schedules. Crowded hearts. Exhausted souls. Sometimes it’s hard to catch our breath! There is little space to stop to ask ourselves questions, “Is this how I want to live?” Embracing change will include arranging our lives in intentional ways that offer rhythms to live into different from all our drivenness. These rhythms allow us to live in ways we most want to be alive.

Making Peace with Perfectionism

dog-perfectPerfectionism doesn’t make you feel perfect…it makes you feel inadequate…and it kills your soul. Perfectionism’s most basic message is, “You are not worthy.” So we create a false self frantic for approval. Worse, our inner critic imagines what God thinks of us and imagines him saying, “You are such a disappointment.” At the root of perfectionism is shame. The biggest temptation almost always takes the form of self-protection. So we try to hide, deny, or numb these messages and end up hustling for our worthiness. The message we tell ourselves over and over is “Try harder.” But this only leave us isolated, sad, and depressed.  What we need the most surprisingly is what shames desperately doesn’t want you to have.

Getting a Grip on Prayer (3-Part Series)

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  • Cultivating a Prayer-filled Life
  • Praying When You Don’t Feel Like It
  • Sustaining a Prayer Life

Present Perfect

friendstexting.jpgIn a distracted culture of scattered minds and lives, one’s ability to remain fully present to anything increasingly diminishes. A life of distraction can result in a divided life—separated from one’s heart, from the present moment, and from the ability to reflect, consider, and make sense of the things most essential to experiencing wholeness. This loss of attentiveness can result in the devastating loss of connectedness (presence) to God, one’s self, and others—everything that creates wholeness and brings life to our souls. Our real work it seems it living fully present and fully engaged to the things that matter most in a distracted world.

 

Core Strength: Powerhouse Living For Everyday People (3-7 part series)

Cross TrainingIn the fitness industry, the hottest buzzword these days is “core strength.” It refers to the idea that overall health and physical well-being is linked with having the core, those inner muscles which lie deep in the center of your body, strong. Often called the “powerhouse” these muscles help keep your body aligned, stable and balanced whether you’re running, lifting weights or picking up your toddler. One fitness expert put it like this, “Core strengthening is about working your muscles from the inside out.”

Core living begins by paying attention to and recognizing and embracing what God is up to in the dailyness of our lives. Spiritual transformation, “recovering your life” is a partnership with God. Our responsibility is to co-operate with his work he is already doing in our lives by listening and responding. If we’re not careful, it’s easy to “go through the motions” of Christian living. When we do, much we can miss what God is up to. This lack of focus shows itself over time and we find ourselves asking, “So does God’s presence in me really make a difference?” Often it doesn’t feel like God is up to anything at all. God invites us to work and walk with him. When we do it transforms us.

Topics include:

  • Recovering Your Balance: Responding Well to the Sway of Life
  • Recovering From an Injury: Rehabilitating the Soul
  • Core Strength: The Abundant Life is an Inside Job
  • Walking Worthy: Maintaining a Steady Step
  • Wait Watching: Finding Significance and Purpose While Waiting
  • Strength Training: The Overload Principle
  • Cross Training – Breaking Through The Plateau
  • Daily Conditioning – Discovering the Significance of Routine

 

Discovering God’s Will for Your Life

archeryThe myth of God’s will is that it is a target “out there” and if we don’t get things right, we will end up missing it. God’s will isn’t something we find; it finds us…when we say to what’s in front of us. Way leads on to way. Discovering God’s will includes recognizing all the ways God is inviting us into relationship and shaping our path and becomes an ever-unfolding adventure that becomes more defined with each step of surrender and obedience.

 

Leading a Healthy Soul

solitude in treesA key essential for ministry leaders is the ability to lead from healthy soul and personal wholeness. Yet, it is often the most neglected part of a leader’s life. Consumed with the weight and pace of ministry there is little time, opportunity, or energy for the rigorous work of soul care. Yet, when a leader’s soul is ignored or left behind the consequences are devastating. Leaders may unintentionally find themselves ministering from a place of depletion, discouragement, and disillusionment and find themselves inviting people into a way of living they themselves are not living. There is, however, a way of living that flows around the on-going health of their soul which ultimately allows leaders to  offer to those they serve a quality of our presence shaped by God and not the dregs of exhaustion.

Hurried Sick: Finding Rest for Our Souls

Women in quiet prayerWhere to go when life get to be too much. When we are empty and spent, we don’t have to stop moving – we just have to move in different, more meaningful ways. We so desire to move more slowly and deliberately through the season, embracing different rhythms more in tune with our heart’s desires.

Fight Like a Girl

girl boxingWe are wired to love and belong. Instead of tearing each other apart or putting each other down, let’s create communities of women who raise each other up, speak life to each other, and call out the fullness of what has already been established in us…because we do not want to waste one more day living a life that is not ordained for us.

There are 3 non-negotiables if we are to cultivate friendships in authentic community with others.

 

Parenting/Mother’s Day

  • Mothering on Purpose
  • I’m Doing a Great Work and Can’t Come Down (Nehemiah)
  • Spiritual Training – A Matter of the Heart
  • Passing on a Spiritual Heritage
  • When Motherhood Starts Closing in on You
  • Patterned for His Purposes
  • Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours

Christmas/Holidays

Joy to the World

  • Beyond the Tinsel
  • Making Room for the Unexpected
  • Simply Christmas
  • Christmas Presence
  • Christmas Traditions
  • Thriving in the Holidays

 

 

My Audio and Video Clips

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Watch my “She Speaks” Video on Living from a Healthy Soul

Go to 48 minute mark.

 

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