Sunday, October 21, 2012

A great opportunity!

I am still in California. Our dears friends that we were visiting, asked if I would extend my visit and speak at a church Women's Conference today? Of course I said YES! I love the opportunity to speak and hopefully share not only my heart, but the experiences that I have gone hopes that it might help another.
I love the quote...

I love the quote also that says " Each generation should help the next"
Isn't that the truth? And when we share and help another, it seems to bless our lives... 100 fold!
The same thing happened, as always today. I was a bit nervous about speaking on such a short notice, still when I prayed if I should stay and do it, the answer was a definite YES!  So I tried to prepare as much as I could and finally when I got up to speak,  I was able to deliver the message that I had hoped to deliver. Of course the energy of so many incredible ladies helped, and I am sure all those prayers that I have sent upward so fast and furious the last couple of days helped too! You could tell that theses women were attentive, and relating to many of the same experiences that I had had. I guess that is one of the main reasons that I love doing my Motivational Speaking. I love the connection I get to make with so many of the women afterwards, some of them will probably even become dear friends of mine... and you know how I love to make new friends. But it is neat to meet these ladies personally, hear some of their stories and struggles and because of these life's experiences...we make a connection.
One lady who I met today gave me the most incredible compliment. She had lost her husband 6 months ago today ( I was amazed at her strength, you could feel it ) and she said that today there had been a lot of emotions because today was their Wedding Anniversary. Now I don't know myself, but have heard that the first year is so terribly hard because of all the 1sts that you miss. Your 1st Christmas apart, 1st Birthday without them and so on, so after hearing this, I couldn't believe that she even felt like coming to my class. But she explained that when I stood to speak that there were many things that she had either felt or needed to hear. She then hugged me and said " YOU WERE MY ANNIVERSARY GIFT"! What an honor, here was a women who had so much to be heartbroken, discouraged and even sad about ... and yet she got up this morning, got dressed and decided to come to this Sister's Conference. I am amazed that she did that and wondered if I could have had such strength? Or would I have stayed in bed in my pajamas and cried and cried about all that I was missing? What a great example she was to me to keep going, keep moving forward, if only one step at a time. Keep living life, even if at times you really don't want to. Don't give up... instead keep going, trying, doing and blessings will follow. She was the perfect example of that to me. It made me realize not to take my relationship with my husband for granted either. Time is fragile, and we simply never know what time we will have left here on earth, but not matter what we need to make the most of that which we have been given.
So even though I put a ton of energy, prayers,and preparation into my talk... honestly I get soooooooooo much more in return, when I personally get to meet and connect with these ladies. They were beautiful inside and out. How glad I am that everything fell in place for me, to be able to have this great opportunity! I won't share my talk with you tonight but will at a later date. It's late and I am beat...happy ...but beat! Good night dear friends and especially my NEW friends!
   I Like this quote I dislike this quoteThe difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

I think we all wish we could erase some dark times in our lives. But all of life's experiences, bad and good, make you who you are. Erasing any of life's experiences would be a great mistake.


Cathy said...

Thank you for staying to speak to us yesterday. Your ability to share your trials and triumphs so candidly and accessibly was a blessing to us. I am now following your blog. I'm not usually a commenter, so I'm not sure you will get much from it, I look forward to our friendship!

Lynn said...

Thank you Cathy, I look forward to it to, like I mentioned tonight! Hope I get to come and speak again there some time!