Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Devotional help

So I am wondering if anyone out there has any advice for me.. OH PLEASE I hope so. Next Saturday, March 14th, I have to speak at our Ladies' Fellowship meeting. Those of you who know me know this is NOT something I enjoy doing... I get so nervous I almost ALWAYS cry. Anyway, this year our theme has been "Instruments of Righteousness" The last lady who spoke spoke on the tongue and the mouth and using it for God. I am considering speaking on the Eyes.. And how we can use our eyes to see the needs of others around us.. Does anyone have a poem, scripture or song to go along with this thought? Also any advice for a nervous, knees knockin' speaker?? I really hope I get some responses from this. HELP!


Anonymous said...

I can't think of anything off hand, but I'll put some thought into it. As for being nervous, try some deep breathing and relaxation techniques before hand, just like you would do to warm up to sing. And always keep your focus on your audience, their needs, how you can bless them, instead of worrying about yourself. That always helps me!

kEllEy_G said...

Yes!! Brandon Heath's "Give me Your Eyes"

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black top
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breath in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere,
Why have I never cared?

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
Ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what's underneath
There's a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He's out of work
He's buying time
All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared?

I've Been there a million times
A couple of million eyes
Just moving past me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way you see the people all along

That song made me cry the first time I heard it. What I would give to have God's eyes!! How differently we would view the world around us...how much more love would be give to others?! The beauty of it all...

As for speaking...when I've spoken before, I've sat in a chair at the front of the room...one that's up a little higher than the audience. I looked out at them all, & just said I was gonna talk to them like we were all sitting in my living room. And then I just chatted with them...it was totally fine. As for speaking at NorthRidge in front of 3000 people, I had a 3x5 card in my hand that I glanced at a few times. Once I got through the first few sentences, I just focused on why I was doing the talk...for Ed & for God. And honestly...my nerves went away.

I don't like public speaking, but the times I've had to do it, God has given me the strength for real!! Let us know how it goes. :)

kEllEy_G said...

Here's a link to that song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OihvG607W-c