The Gift of Words

Christian writers and speakers…

As a writer and a speaker, you know that every word matters and has an impact. 

In fact, all of Creation began with words.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.” (Genesis 1:1-4, NLT)


As Christian believers, and as communicators, we are made in the image of God. Our words, like God’s, are creative and powerful. 

Our words can be used to uplift others, give hope, and impart life.

Or they can be hurtful, discouraging, and destructive. Which kind of words do you want to offer?

This is your invitation to make each word that you write and speak a gift to bless God and others. 

The Gift of Words 

Virtual Retreat

The Gift of Words

Thursday, December 17, 2020
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Central Time
(8:00 a.m. Pacific, 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time, 11 a.m. Eastern Time)

After this hectic, crazy year, you need a chance to pull away from everyone and everything, and to be empowered to pursue your unique, God-designed purpose. It’s time to tell your story and to share your heart’s messages. 

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Do you desire to write and speak, sharing God’s messages of truth and hope with others? This retreat offers an opportunity for you to connect with published authors, speakers, and others who want to get the words out of their heads and hearts and put them onto paper (or laptop). You’ll be equipped and encouraged to follow God’s call on your life to share your story!

Speaking Sessions (Topics)

(NOTE: There will be at least 15 minutes between the 3 speaking presentations for you to have “mini-writing power sessions” to focus on your writing, and/or take a break to get a drink, eat, walk, or whatever you would like to do!)

Session 1 ~ 10:00 a.m.  (Elizabeth Zacharais)
Breaking Free From The Giant of Fear, So You Can Release Your Words

All writers and speakers battle fears. Fear of rejection, that people won’t like your writing or your speaking presentation. Fear of no one buying your book. Fear that a reader will find a spelling, a grammar, or a factual mistake in your writing or speaking. Imposter syndrome. Even fear of success! Those fears can hinder or stop you from ever writing your book or speaking on stage or online. This presentation is about releasing your words and freeing you from fear. Elizabeth will give you practical steps to free you from the fear which keeps your words bound inside of you. It’s time to slay the giant of fear!

Session 2 ~ 11:00 a.m. (Missy Hoffman)
The Gift of Healing through Writing: Using Your God-given Gift to Help Bring Healing to Yourself and Others

What if you could do something to help another person find healing in the hard and broken places of her life? Would you take immediate action or sit on the sidelines and wait for the right moment? Missy learned a powerful lesson in the process of writing one of her books and she shares this lesson with her audience. The broken places in our lives and the hard emotional journeys we often endure are allowed by God, but they have a purpose.  The words of our stories are a gift with the power to bring healing to brokenness. What will you do with the God-given gift of your story? It’s time to tell it!

Session 3 ~ 12 p.m. noon (Beth Jones)
The Power of Words

You and I were made in the Perfect Image of God. God began creation with His words. Your and my words have dynamic power, like God’s words do. As speakers and authors, we need to be aware of this, and to choose our words carefully…but to exercise the faith in Jesus within us and the courage to share our story and messages through speaking and writing. In this presentation, Beth shares examples from the Bible of three people who did not feel “qualified” to speak/write, yet God chose them and used them in incredible ways. God has given you His messages in your heart to share, to impact others in powerful ways, and a voice which needs to be heard. It’s time for you and me to “Go and tell!”

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Here’s what you get when you sign up for this virtual event:

  • 3 life-breathing speaking presentations (30 minutes each) to encourage and motivate you to write and speak, making your words a beautiful gift and offering each day;
  • Intentional writing times between each speaking session, to jumpstart/focus on your writing and speaking, and/or to take a break ~ a Selah pause;
  • A downloadable file of each speaker’s power point files, handouts, and/or their speaking presentation notes;
  • An opportunity to be in the random drawing, to win our fun, Christmas-themed, free basket give-away;
  • A chance at each session to win one of the free ebooks/books offered by our presenters;
  • The Zoom recording replay of each speaker’s session, emailed to your inbox;
  • A Q & A time after the event for any of your questions, comments, and/or prayer requests (or you can use this time to write more!).
Our Speakers
Elizabeth Zacharias

Elizabeth Zacharias

Elizabeth Zacharias is an author, speaker, poet, loving wife of 25 years to her husband Dan, and mom of two young adult daughters.  She is author of the non-fiction book, Created to Rest: Entering the Lord’s Rest Amidst Life’s Journey, and is currently working on her memoir, a book on prayer, and her first novel, that is filled with exciting adventures in the settings of Ethiopia and Israel. 

Elizabeth lives with her family and their three cats in the shadow of Kansas City, Missouri. She moved from Maine to Missouri by way of Wyoming 20+ years ago.  She has a Bachelor of Science Social Work degree from the University of Maine at Orono.

Elizabeth is passionate about her pursuit of God, prayer, missions and her creative endeavors. She loves exploring the outdoors, foreign cuisines, writing and chocolate. She longs to see others come into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and also into their own creative potential, which she believes God planned for them from before the beginning of time.

Her website/blog is

Missy Hoffman

Missy Hoffman


Missy Hoffman is a Christian wife of 20+ years to Brandon, mom of over 20 kids (adopted and “unofficially adopted!”), and grandma to more. Missy‘s family is her greatest blessing, second only to the freedom and the gift of following Jesus!

She has a passion for helping women learn to be disciples of Jesus. Missy also has more than 20 years of experience in the foster care and adoption community, and strives to offer heartfelt compassion and understanding to foster and adoptive parents. 

Missy dreams of beaches and mountains while living in flat farming country in Kansas. She loves coffee, chocolate, worship music, and knitting/crocheting, as well as dabbling in lots of other crafts with all of her “free time!”

Her Amazon Author Page is and her website/blog is


Beth Jones

Beth Jones is an International Speaker and Author of 21 books, wife to paramedic-firefighter Ray, and mom of 3 beautiful daughters, Heather, Eden, and Leah. She lives in the small rural town of Butler, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Beth’s mission is encouraging women to use their spiritual gifts for God’s glory, fulfilling their great purpose, and living a life they love.

Beth’s passions are Jesus, her family, her adopted black cat Natalya, traveling, taking pictures, coffee, eating chips and salsa, chocolate, journaling, nature, art, and music. Her husband Ray calls her an enigma; she loves to laugh and cries a lot.

You can find out more about Beth’s women’s conference, retreat, and online speaking at her website/blog, Her Amazon Author Page is

Ready to join us for a powerful time together? Just click on the Paypal button below. After payment, you’ll be redirected to another page with all the details for this exciting online event!

Just $36 (all 3 speakers’ sessions!)

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We can’t wait to see you there!