For the past several weeks, I have been preparing to speak at a women’s conference at a great church in Laramie, Wyoming this upcoming weekend. I get to speak to the ladies Friday night and then two times on Saturday and then I get to speak to the ENTIRE CONGREGATION on Sunday morning! What fun!!
My 16 year old daughter is accompanying me and I am looking forward to some great Mama/Daughter time as we take an extra day after the conference to visit Colorado Springs, or as my daughter calls it, “the land of my birth”. We moved from Colorado when she was just three months old and haven’t been back since. So, seeing as we just celebrated her 16th birthday a couple of months ago, I thought this trip would be THE PERFECT birthday present!
Today I had many things to do in preparation for the weekend: finish my last message, make a handout and powerpoint presentation, email all my handouts to the church, choose my outfits (thankfully I had my fashionable daughter’s help . . . who else will tell you, “Mom, not that, you have way cuter options in your closet!), pack my suitcase, etc. . .
I also had to purchase a few items from the store . . .
This picture represents the most difficult part of the weekend for me. Preparing four messages, no problem! Getting up to speak to a large group of people, no big deal! Interacting with new people, sounds like fun!
Traveling on an airplane, not so much! Using a map to find my way somewhere, one of the biggest fears of my life! Getting car or air (or roller coaster for that matter) sick, well . . . let’s just say I am feeling pukey just thinking about it!
As I was purchasing that box of motion sickness pills, I got a chuckle thinking about the fact that I hate to travel. Some people get excited to travel to new places. Not me. I would probably be content to stay within a 50 mile radius of my home for the rest of my life. Yet, in order to do what God has called me to do, travel is a must.
Isn’t it interesting that God often stretches us and takes us outside of our comfort zone in order to use us for His purposes? I believe the reason why He does that is so that we will stay humbly reliant upon Him. If I loved to travel, I wouldn’t rely on Him as much as I do now.
- You see, my white knuckles on the arm rests of the airplane, remind me to pray and ask the Lord for His safety and protection.
- The waves of nausea remind me that I am a weak and earthen vessel that is nothing without the infilling of His Spirit.
- The many times I get lost and have to turn around when I am driving myself somewhere reminds me not to take myself so seriously and to laugh at my lack of direction.
We all have areas of weakness that’s why we need Jesus. Be grateful for your weaknesses . . . that’s what allows Jesus to be strong in you!
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
I will take some pictures of me and my sweet 16 girl this weekend and hope to give you an update when we get back. And yes, I will even share any travel mishaps that happened along the way!
Your Friend in Ministry,