Monday, April 16, 2018

Reflections of a Speaker

Reflecting on the conference I spoke at on Saturday... remembering the faces...rejoicing over new friends...reinforcing my mindset to encourage others. The theme verse is one of my favorites from Psalm 37:23-24. "The steps a man are established by the Lord and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the one who holds his hand."

Sharing my story and God's truths from His Word are pretty easy for me. Being concerned I don't ramble, keep to the timetable and come across clearly are what keep me up at night. I only slept two hours the night before. My mind races, I go over things I could share that aren't in my outline and ways I could enhance the message. I get to the location and sit in the quiet by myself and jot down a couple things, I look in a commentary on a passage. Then I pray that my mind settles and my message gets across clearly.

Your words not mine Lord. 

That's really the only thing that matters. Weeks of outlining and trying to squeeze my thoughts of how to overcome adversity into about 90 minutes... I just need to speak truth.

And then the time comes and I share. And it comes far easier than I anticipate. I end close to the time both sessions. And the real blessing is hearing comments from the ladies who attended. Sharing snippets of their hardships and their journey. Some who have started writing their own story for others to read. And I rejoice. Contentment fills me.

Not Really A Princess

Some shared through tears, others thinking of those close to them who are suffering with great burdens.

So onward I go! Proclaiming the Hope that God grants. 

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit" Psalm 34:18

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