Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
I had the occasion to speak to a group of women about my publishing experience. Speaking publicly is difficult for me. I am shy, but I was firm about seeing it through, since I was relying on God’s word about going with me. I knew what I wanted to say, but recalling the exact order caused concern, so I remained fixed to not read the entire presentation. Instead, I kept key words or a phrase on a notecard to remind me along the way. I was anxious, but felt the best approach was to simply be myself while striving to do my best.
Concerned that the subject might be a little dry, I decided to spice it up with some visual aids. Searching the internet, I found the silliest public domain pictures, depicting what I might have looked like at each stage of the process. Weaving humor into the presentation grabbed the ladies attention and at the same time the laughter lightened my tension. So, all in all, the experience turned out to be rewarding with a valuable lesson learned. I had
nothing to fear, but fear alone. I made it through with only a few minor mistakes, though no one noticed. Being among familiar women eased the tension, plus the women appeared to enjoy my talk and much to my surprise a number of women praised my effort. So all in all, my presentation went well. I am grateful to have been asked to speak so I could face my fear, because fear is a dream killer.
Following the speaking engagement, I began planning a pre-release party for ‘A Vision Beyond Abuse’ suggested by my marketing rep at Tate Publishing. I rented the lounge at my church and invited everyone that I knew without breaking the church’s rules of promoting the event on their premises. The day arrived with my husband, two friends, and me setting up tables, snacks, and beverages. Fifteen minutes into the party, I welcomed everyone and introduced those whose guidance kept me on the right track with the Almighty Father receiving the highest honor. I was stunned to find that forty people attended with 30 books sold.
Thinking everything would wind down afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised by an email from my website designer and my marketing representative, simultaneously. They informed that my official website was up and running and
being handed over to me to manage (did he say manage? How does one manage a webpage when one is technically challenged?). The marketing rep announced an interview had been set up for me with the local weekly newspaper (Oh my goodness! Did I even want to be in the newspaper? I’d have to talk! Additionally, I did not want my photo taken given that I am not camera-friendly!).
The interview day landed. I didn't know what to expect and changed my clothes at least four times and fussed with my hair repeatedly. Feeling completely out of my comfort zone, I entered the newspaper office with husband along for moral support. We began with small talk to bring him up to speed on what my book was about. The reporter then asked a couple of questions that caught me by surprise and I had to search the upper corners of my mind to find fitting answers. The dreaded photo session came next. He took four shots then showed me what he had captured on film. Even though I wasn't happy with any of the shots, I realized he'd be using up all of his film, so I agreed to go
with the fourth shot and just like that, the interview was over! With a sigh of relief I left, but with a rush of adrenaline as well! Who would have ever thought I would speak before an audience or be interviewed. Not me! But there was, and is, One who recognized my potential and had a plan for me. For me!! He has my right hand and will never forsake me. His name is...LORD, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Isaiah 41:13 "For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your
right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
Until next time,
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.