Blogging Truth

Thanks to Sheila Wray Gregoire, my blog is up and running! And I am writing stuff like this…

I came out of a life of sexual abuse, bulimia, nervous breakdowns, depression and unforgiveness. I didn’t realize that God loved me and that He was more concerned with the inner me than He was with the outer me. The Bible says that the Lord does not see as mortals see. They look on the outward appearance but God, God, looks on the heart (1 Sam 16:7B).

There is an old saying. When you have reached the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. A nervous breakdown was the end of my rope. But somebody told me about Jesus. Jesus ,who knew about my fears and my failures. Jesus-who loved me unconditionally. Jesus, who loved me so much that He died on the cross just for me. And rose from the dead—just for me! All I had to do was turn from my old life, ask Him to forgive me, ask Him to come into my life. And I did that very thing. After I invited Jesus into my life, I was a changed woman.

I had tried to stop the bulimia for 16 years. I couldn’t do it. Jesus gave me the strength to give it up. I learned that my depression was anger turned inward. And God gave me the strength to forgive my abuser.

Quoting Sheila Again!

Yes, I am quoting Sheila Wray Gregorie again! Her web site is great for those of us who are working at improving our speaking! And who doesn’t want to do just that?
The topic this am is
The Ten Qualities of a Gifted Woman’s Speaker

If you’re wondering whether or not God has called you to speaking, here are the ten qualities that I think best define a gifted woman’s speaker. I should note that several of these I struggle with–finding time for prayer, for instance. But making this list encourages me to aim higher and rely on God more, so even if you’re not totally there yet, at least this gives you something to aim for!

As always Sheila is blatantly honest.The requirement is that we focus on Christ and Him crucified. Isn’t it the pits to sit through a ladies meeting only to discover that the focus is on the newly learned craft of basket-weaving or leaf-staining?

Nothing irritates me more! One of my speaking mentors insists that ‘it is a sin to gather a room full of people and leave them without the Christ!’
Are we guilty of that very thing? Do people come to know Jesus when we speak? For that matter, when we aren’t in ‘speaker mode’ do we share Christ with others?
I never thought I was an evangelist. Then I started to speak for Stonecroft. And my heart melted for those who didn’t know Him.
Who can we tell today?????

So Do You?

So do you? Take care of yourself, that is? Here are some of Sheila Wray Gregoire’s comments on the topic.

Perhaps you’re reading this post thinking, “I wish I could worry about being too busy!” Don’t worry; the time will come. And like I said, the busy-ness does not all have to do with speaking. If you can see you have a busy personal time, just don’t take engagements then. It’s not worth it, and you’re far more likely to become ill and run down.

You can find the rest of Sheila Wray Gregoire’s comments here

Who knew? I thought I needed to pour out my life to God and that included setting aside everything to speak, no matter where. No matter if it was a family grad, or a funeral or a celebration of some kind.
No? Why didn’t you say so sooner , Sheila! Where were you when I needed you?