This is a big day for me . . . and I’m doing absolutely nothing to celebrate it.
Absolutely nothing is absolutely what I need today.
I’ve been pushing hard for the past six weeks, rewriting my manuscript (boy, when they say that “to be a good writer, you have to be a good rewriter”, they’re not kidding!) tutoring and preparing for speech contests.
As of 10:00 A.M. this morning, the manuscript is at the publisher and I have won two levels of the Toastmaster speech contests.
It feels great to have a quiet day.
Last night, I competed at the Area level and won first place with my speech.
Here are the first and second place winners of the International Speech and the Evaluation contest.
I’ve been sick for the past four days (I think I’m just worn down from my busy schedule) and I really wondered if I would have a voice last night. I spent two days drinking warm water, lemon and honey, took regular doses of oil of oregano, slept ten hours/night and even plastered myself with Vicks Vapour Rub. Most importantly, I phoned four friends and asked them to specifically pray for me from 7:30-8:30 P.M. I knew that I wasn’t going to get through the evening without prayer.
When my name was announced to speak, I walked towards the front of the room and felt great peace. I turned towards the audience, took a big breath and began to speak. My voice was strong and I spoke confidently.
I truly felt upheld by prayer last night . . . in an unusual way.
But wait—there’s more.
When I began to speak, my eyes immediately connected with a young girl sitting in the audience. I had no idea who she was but right there and then, she became my inspiration. Throughout the speech, her eyes were fixed on me and she was listening to every word I said. Our eyes connected many times. After the competition, I intended to approach her but instead, she wiggled through the crowd and found her way to me, smiled and said, “I really liked your speech.” I was so touched and I told her that she was my inspiration for the evening. We talked for a few minutes and I knew that it was not coincidence that our paths crossed.
My gut tells me that we will see each other again. I don’t know how, why or when but I believe God has something special planned for this relationship.
It was a very good evening, followed by a very good sleep.
Thank you, Lord for this abundant life, always filled with surprises and adventures right around the corner. Help me to see you in all my days, in different ways. Strengthen me with an expectant heart, to experience all that you have for me.
I don’t want to miss a single thing.
And help us, this and every day, to live more nearly as we pray. John Keble