I thank my God upon every remembrance of you
Philippians 1:3 KJV
Happy Friday! It has been a particularly busy week. I have had several speaking engagements and public speaking has never been my favorite thing to do. In the past, I have experienced anxiety attacks, where I would have a physical reaction that was completely embarrassing. All of those days are over now that I’m following God’s call.
Wednesday I had a doctor’s appointment about an hour away. I usually listen to Serius XM’s station The Message while driving, but for some reason I decided to listen to some other ministry stations where there was preaching. I changed back and forth and unfortunately I cannot tell you the name of the stations. The first minister’s name was Jeremiah and he spoke on stewardship. He made mention of David Green, owner of Hobby Lobby. I thought that was interesting because the minister of my church is David Green. His sermon was amazing. Then, I listened to a sermon by Joel Osteen, who just has the most loving and calming sermons that I have ever heard.
On the way home I continued to listen to Joel Osteen. His sermon was about how God “supersizes” our lives, much like how a fast food restaurant supersizes our food. One particular story stood out to me, and believe me when I say that I don’t remember it word for word. The story went something like this. There was a young lady, who was either getting into or getting out of her car, when she realized that there were two men ready to attack her. They were armed with weapons and close enough in approximity that she knew she couldn’t run. Of course, she called on the Lord. She watched closely as the men started to approach her. All of sudden, they stopped dead in their tracks and looked terrified. Then, they ran away. She reported the attack to authorities. When the police apprehended the men, the officer asked why they ran. One of the men said they had seen a huge glowing giant with a sword that must have been ten feet tall standing in front of the young lady. The giant was so tall, that the top of her head only went up to the giant’s waist. I thought this was an amazing story.
Yesterday, I was scheduled to speak before a civic group. Satan was working on me and I was nervous two hours in advance. I even told my colleague that was speaking with me, that she might have to help me out. As I drove to the venue, I prayed for courage and for God to put his words in my mouth. I stood before the club without notes and spoke for several minutes. Everything was great. Afterwards one of the members wanted to take a photograph for the newspaper. The club president, my colleague and I posed. The photographer kept asking us to turn. Then, he shut the blinds. A little frustrated he said, referring to me, “her head is a glowing like a white blur everywhere I go”. I looked down. I was wearing a black sweater with a white collar. My colleague was wearing something similar. Finally, he said he was able to take the photograph.
Last night I had another speaking engagement. This time I was alone. Again, I prayed for God to help me and to put his words in my mouth. I spoke without any problems or notes. During my presentation, another photographer attempted to take my photograph. Again, he the photographs did not turn out. Afterwards, we were able to get a group photo.
I didn’t think of this anymore until this morning. I called my colleague and she said “I thought that was weird because we were dressed alike.” Now, if you like to explain things away, you can probably explain this away too. I don’t believe in coincidences. I’ve never had this happen before, and I know that since I dedicated my life to God’s ministry, many aspects of my life have changed and are better than I could have ever imagined. This is just one example. Just like God supersized the young lady’s protection. He supersized my ability to speak publicly. He was there with me the entire time keeping Satan away. He can be there for you too.
If you want to learn more, respond to this post and I will pray with you. If you are a Christian and nothing seems to be going right, you are either growing or you are on the wrong path. Examine your life and ask God what he wants you to do. God bless you.