Happy Sunday! It is indeed a good day to praise the Lord! And a good day to consider another scripture to add to our DFMD Scripture Meditation and Memory Challenge album. This is a scripture we will cling tight to, especially for the next couple weeks. We’ll mull it over, chew on it and consider ways to diligently apply it to our everyday lives. Otherwise, we’ve become hearers of the Word only and not the doers we long to be.
My Scripture for Week 17
I’m beginning to prepare for a speaking engagement on September 14, in Zanesville, Ohio. It just occurred to me this week that, while I’ve spoken many, many times throughout the country and even overseas, this will be my first time to speak a message that is not faith-based. The Genesis Healthcare System has invited me to speak at the Spirit of Women Girls’ Night Out, which sounds like such a lovely event. I’m so excited for this opportunity. But this will be my first time to just speak about fashion and getting dressed for your day…to a large group of women.
It’s not that I’m nervous about it. I absolutely love speaking to groups. It’s a sweet spot for me. But as I was reading the familiar passage of 1 Corinthians 13 this morning in my quiet time, the Lord seemed to whisper to my soul that I needed to speak with love to this group just the same way I would a group of women at a church retreat or conference. Even if I’m not presenting the gospel or biblical truths, I need to share the love of God from the stage and in each interaction with the women there.
And so, as I put together my message and demonstration about ways to put yourself together quickly and skillfully so you can walk out the door with confidence and enthusiasm…I’ll also be praying through 1 Corinthians 13:1, committing it to memory and reminding myself to prepare this message and present it with love. I’ll be praying for God to give me a holy love for my audience, to help me see them as He does and to insert, as led, words of hope and love and even faith.
Of course I would love it if you would pray for me as I prepare this message, too. The coordinators know that I am a believer. And they love that. They are in fact a faith-based organization, too. But they have asked for this message not to have religious overtones because the audience is varied in their faith walks and the event is a social one. I completely respect that. So I will stick to my assignment. I simply want to “speak with love,” even as I talk about wardrobe essentials, fall trends, accessorizing and personal style. And of course I want more than anything for God to be glorified, even in this secular assignment.
Your Scripture for the 17th Week
And now I would love to hear about your scripture selection for the next two weeks. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. I love reading your comments and seeing your encourage each other on. You are a blessing to me!