During my months-long recovery from ankle surgery, I missed all the activities I usually participate in, including MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) where I am the co-coordinator and all of the worship committee meetings at my church. I received a call letting me know I had been nominated at one of the committee’s meeting to speak at the first Wednesday night Lenten service about my faith journey. I guess that’s what I get for missing the meetings!
I don’t usually get bothered too much by public speaking. My degree is in Communications/Public Relations. I had numerous public speaking classes in school and have given plenty of speeches in the past. But, when it comes to speaking about myself, I do get really nervous.
Knowing that, I wrote out my full speech and practiced it several times to be certain it would be within my allotted time in the service. I had planned to speak and just glance down and refer to the written pages to keep track of my place as I was speaking. However, because it was an emotional topic and I started getting teary-eyed as I spoke, I ended up reading the last two-thirds. I was still pleased with what I had said and everyone assured me afterwards that it all turned out well.
My church records and posts the podcasts of each service on its website. Just found mine on the site and thought I’d post it, too. Click here to listen to my speech.