Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Speaking to the Masses

I remember when my very first book came out. It was a devotional I had written with two of my friends. We worked for months writing devotions and then sharing them with each other. We labored long and hard over that first book and I still see many things I would go back and change. I guess that’s the way it is with many authors – the book is never good enough.

Anyway, we were patting each other on the back for our accomplishment and dreaming of all the books we would sell and the speaking engagements we would get. I nonchalantly said, “I’ll just sit at the book table while you guys do your thing.” You see, they had both had several invitations to speak before we actually wrote the book. I figured their chances were way better than mine at getting an invite. 

Me and my big mouth!

It wasn’t a week later that my telephone rang and someone asked, “Have you ever done any speaking before?” This terrified me a little bit. I wasn’t at all sure it was something I wanted to do. After praying about it I realized God had already been preparing me. I had a job where I had to speak in front of crowds at least a couple times a week.  

I agreed to speak, not thinking I would really like it at all. However, I loved it! It was more fun than I ever imagined it would be. Now when someone asks me to speak to a group I have to refrain myself from jumping up and down and answering “YES! without even consulting God.   

So…if you ever need a speaker for your women’s or writing events, please feel free to ask. I love being able to share my stories and being able to interact with others.  

Something I thought I would hate, God made me love.

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