I had the honor and privilege to speak at the New Life Christian Church in Wildwood, Fl on Saturday.
In the past, after someone calls me to speak I pray asking the Lord for His guidance. Well, I asked for His guidance this time too, but this time was different. Normally, He lays on my heart almost immediately what He wants me to share, and we (the Lord and I) work on it together.
During the six weeks or so from the time they called, until yesterday, He changed my message many times. I prayed, "Lord you know the time is close, and I'm not sure what you want my message to be." I thought he was telling me, "don't worry, we've got time."
And so it went. I continued to pray, and listen to His voice. He continued to lay ideas on my heart. I prayed during the two or three hour trip there.
When I got there I was welcomed with open arms. I've never felt so loved. I continued to pray the Lord would guide me, because I was still not sure what my message was to be.
I tried to "rehearse" in my head, but still did not feel comfortable.
By the time I made it to the podium I was feeling pretty nervous. Not quiet as bad as the very first time I ever spoke, but I had that same lack of confidence.
I took a deep breath, and the Lord took over.
I spoke about things I had "rehearsed" and several things I had not planned to talk about.
There have been times when something has come out of my mouth and I've wondered "where did that come from"?
Afterwards, when I closed, I wondered, Lord, did I say exactly what you had planned? I hope I didn't let you down.
Several ladies met me with hugs.
One particular lady, waited for me, pushing her walker. Donna had tears in her eyes, she said, "you've given me hope."
We talked for a moment and she shared what's going on in her life. I wrapped my arms around her and prayed for her right there.
Thank you Lord, I've never felt so blessed.