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?????
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 http://christianwomensspeaker.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/staying-healthy-when-you-speak/
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?
I can’t always speak the truth so I write it…in my journals (thirty-five spiral ring note books so far).
I sometimes wonder what my eventual readers will have to say about these scribbles. Might they be angry? Most of the books on grief say that anger is part of the recovery process. All right then. Let them get it all out at once!
Sorry that they had not taken the time to know me well? Perhaps. In that case, they might begin to listen more to the heart of those still living.
Decide that they made the right decision after all? Why not? I am not perfect and surely some of my feelings were unjustified. The good thing is that I kept them to myself…until now.