A New Experience in West Virginia
A couple years ago, I was asked to speak at a Ladies' Day. Yes. A couple years. Apparently, they only have one every other year and were planning ahead. I hemmed and hawed about it for a few days. After all, what could I possibly have to say that someone else couldn't say better?
But the topic they'd suggested was "God is the Author of our Lives." Yeah. I love that topic. And the more I thought about it and rolled it around in my head, the more ideas came to me.
Well, I had to do a couple devotionals at a retreat that fall, so I threw the ideas down and tried them out on some fellow authors. And it grew from there. Needless to say, I had agreed to be the speaker.
Of course, like a lot of things in life, if it's not immediate, it isn't on my brain much. So while it was still in the back of my brain, I wasn't worried about it.
Fast forward to now. The first part of this year sped by and March roared in. And it was time. I put together a power point presentation (because you're not official without one, right?), polished up my notes three or four times, organized our trip details, and off we went.
This was scheduled for my family's Spring Break, so we all loaded into the car and went a few days early to explore some of this state we'd never been to before. It's gorgeous, by the way. And we all had fun on our little vacation.
And then on Saturday morning, after a night of worrying, I got up and went to the Ladies' day. Everyone was so nice. I got to see a few people I hadn't seen in years. And once I got up and started speaking, it all went very well. Several of them told me I need to speak at more Ladies' days. Go figure.
It was such a blessing, in so many ways. It stretched me, for one. And I gained a few new readers, which was a bonus, because the ladies had insisted I set up a table of my books. And now I know I can do this. Though I don't know that I'll go looking for more--I'll just let them come to me. ;)
Have you ever agreed to something and then worried you won't live up to expectations? Have you ever been to West Virginia?
By the way, if you're interested in what my talks were on, they recorded them! Check them out here.
3/20/2023 06:49:16 am
We visited West Virginia when our older daughter attended college there. Friendly people, beautiful scenery. I always wonder if I'll meet expectations.
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