I’ll be glad when today is over…

At a few of our ladies’ meetings at church through the year we have different ladies  give their testimonies of how they came to the Lord and came to the place in life they are in now. I love those meetings, love hearing how the Lord has worked in people’s lives.  Several weeks ago it occurred to me that I had never shared mine. I had spoken once before about living with TM, but that was it. So, I thought, I won’t schedule myself in, but if I come upon a meeting for which I have nothing else or if a speaker has to cancel out, then maybe I’ll do that.

Our ladies’ meeting for this month is tonight. As this particular date loomed ever-closer and I kept asking different ladies to speak, one by one they declined for various reasons.

Usually once a year we have a “fun night” when we go bowling or play games or something, so I thought about doing that tonight. But then I considered that if the Lord had put it in my mind to share my testimony, then maybe I should do that. So I went ahead and put it in the bulletin and everything.

I guess it’s too late to change my mind and play games, huh?

Fortunately most of what I would say I have written out here on the blog in various places. I just need to pull it together and go over it and pray about what to include, what to summarize so I’m not keeping them til their eyes go all glassy or they fall asleep at the tables.

If you see this before the end of the day and feel so led, I’d appreciate your prayers for the following:

1. That the Lord would remove nervousness, especially the physical manifestations thereof.

2. That He would guide me in what to say. I tend to get overly bogged down in details (as you may or may not have noticed…)

3. That my focus would be on glorifying Him and sharing what He’s done in my life. Sometimes one can get caught up in the thrill of telling a story, and there are a few of those exciting stories in my life. But I don’t want it to be just a neat story.

4. That it would somehow bless and help those listening.

Thank you!

12 thoughts on “I’ll be glad when today is over…

  1. I taught speech (and debate) for three years, so perhaps I can help you. When you find yourself getting nervous about speaking, it’s because you’re putting too much emphasis on YOU and what people will think about YOU. Instead, place the emphasis on them–how you can help them.

    Imagine that you’re simply sharing your testimony with me, and tell me your story. I’ll bet it’s a good one to hear.

  2. I have honored your prayer request and asked for God’s guidance and assurance. Just before you speak, ask a couple of your closest women friends to hold your hands and pray with you — and specifically ask to be guided by the Holy Spirit. That’s what I always did before preaching, and God never failed to calm and lead me.

  3. Well I think you will do just fine. I think if you just speak how you blog everything will be fine. It’s just in you to be that way. Aloha

  4. Praying for you today, Barbara! I agree with Sally’s advice to just imagine you’re sharing your testimony with just one person over the kitchen table, and to focus on the people. I know the Lord will help you and that you will be a blessing to the ladies tonight!

  5. Consider it done!

    I think you hit the nail on the head. Its time for you to be the speaker and He let you know it. His timing is perfect and He has a reason for this particular time to be when you do this. He’ll speak through you and be glorified as others are blessed.

  6. I’ve already prayed for you, Barbara, and know that you will do fine. Your blog posts are so good, that I know your speaking will be just the same. I’ll be thinking of you and looking forward to hearing how it all went! ((HUGS))

  7. I HAVE seen it before the end of the day – and have prayed for your testimony. I know though that you will do GREAT and tell as much as you like – as long as you give HIM credit for it all – He WILL be glorified! That’s the glory of it all! I wish I was going to be there! 🙂

  8. Hey, Mom! I was praying for you! It made me proud when pastor announced you were giving your testimony for the ladies meeting…

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