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Recap of She Loves Out Loud 2020

Recap of She Loves Out Loud 2020

My Experience at She Loves Out Loud
By Nicole Brinson

 

When Jodie told me about She Loves Out Loud, I liked the concept of it but was super confused over the execution of it. A group of women – across the nation – coming together for a time of prayer. I love women’s conferences. Especially the ones featuring authors & speakers that I’ve engaged with via their published Bible studies. Now those are my jam. A group of praying women where I may have to pray out loud??? Not my jam…

 

Nevertheless, I told Jodie I’d be there for this event, and eagerly promoted it on our social media channels. Still wondering, how on earth this was going to come together. 

 

God has such a way of opening my eyes! The She Loves Out Loud event really was more than I expected it to be. Not only was it informative, giving me insights to issues plaguing our country, but it also was so unifying. Our group that was in Hall 2 was praying for the very same things that our friends across the nation that we could see on the simulcast (and those unseen), were praying for! Social media was buzzing with images of women across the nation in prayer. 

 

I found myself wishing that more from my generation had attended our She Loves Out Loud event. There was only a handful from my generation & the generation behind me, that were in attendance. Prayer meetings just don’t attract the masses, and it’s sad. 

 

This event took us through, in a very organized fashion, issues and concerns that our country is battling and in need of prayer. From trafficking to anxiety to fostering to post abortion care to racial divides to military families to marriages recovering from pornography to praying for our kids…this event, really hit on so many hard topics. The murmuring of prayers filled up Hall 2. So many women interceding for loved ones, and those that they did not even know. 

 

Throughout the event we heard testimonies and scriptures, followed by a time of prayer. One of the simulcast hosts would lead the prayer, and then from there, each location across the nation would have 2 minutes of focused prayer time. In Hall 2, we just suggested that the women huddle up into small groups if they’d like, or they could pray solo. We also invited any woman in our presence to stand if the issue being discussed was currently present in their lives, or to stand in honor of one they were burdened for…which would then invite other women in the room to lay hands on her and pray over her. It was during this time that I realized no one expected me to pray out loud. The emphasis was just joining together with other women and approaching the throne together. The sense of community was overwhelming…we were standing in the gap for so many. 

 

So I left this event empowered, but also discouraged. Why don’t my sisters in Christ want to attend events like these? I’m burdened for my generation, especially since we are in line to lead the church. Do we comprehend the importance of prayer? Do we understand that while we may not have the words, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf? Do we truly believe in the power of prayer? Do we choose to only pray for our meals & our health…neglecting the rest?

 

Many of the topics today had startling statistics and God-evident testimonies. Thankfully boxes of tissues were readily available! 

 

One of the speakers during this simulcast read Romans 8:26 before leading us in praying specifically for the area of concern…here’s what that verse says “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

 

Sometimes I hesitate to pray out loud in group settings because I really do not know what to pray. The words just don’t come easily at times…that was a fear going into this event. What if I’m asked to pray out loud? Maybe that fear stopped many of my sisters from attending? Whatever the reason for not attending today, hopefully the priority of prayer is apparent in everyone’s lives. It really is our biggest defense against our enemy, who comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).