Sunday, August 28, 2011

Public speaking opportunity

So I have been invited to speak at a local MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) on Friday, September 9.
I write.

I don't speak.

And by don't speak, I mean that public speaking makes me want to run to the corner and throw up my breakfast because I get so nervous.

Therefore whenever this opportunity comes to mind, I either have a mild panic/anxiety attack or I rapidly try to push it out of my mind and pretend that it's happening on January 9 and I still have a few months to prepare for it.

But in reality it's less than two weeks away.

As much as I don't enjoy public speaking, I feel like it is a God-given opportunity to share my story of waiting on God - both our previous season of waiting and our current season of waiting.

And to be honest, I don't completely dislike speaking, I just really really dislike the dread leading up to my speaking. Once I'm up there I do ok, but for some reason I don't like the thought of standing in front of groups of people and talking.

What can I say. That's why God made me a writer.

I have two prayer requests:

1 - Would you please pray that God would guide my preparation from now through September 9? I have 6 pages of my talk typed thus far and I'm working on it a bit more here and there. But I truly want this to be Holy Spirit-led and not what I think these moms should hear from me. Please pray God would guide my writing and that what I share would bring glory to Him.

2 - Pray for the hearts and minds of the women who will be listening. Pray that God might use my story to encourage them, uplift them, or impact them as He sees fit. Pray His will and His agenda would be accomplished through me. I am just a vessel. One of many ladies who will speak this coming year. But I know God can do mighty things through a small vessel if I am willing.

I'm asking God to grant me peace as I think about standing in front of all these women and give me a grateful heart for the opportunity to share. I am humbled. I am nervous. I am hopeful that our story, our life lessons, our journey might touch another.

Thank you for your prayers! I desperately need them!


cybil said...

you will do a wonderful job.
Don't worry at all!
Big blessings from Switzerland,

wright said...

Well, I will continue (already have been) to pray for you. We are very excited to have you come. I'll contact you this week with more details and to get a little bio from you.