Tuesday, October 11, 2011

this little light of mine...

Okay, so for some reason, I find it embarrasing to tell people that I'm going to be speaking out in public. And yet...sharing stories about this crazy God-given life of mine is exactly what I feel called to do. But (I tell myself) what if I invite you, and you think it stinks, or I bomb? Fear of failing, or worse, fear of looking like an idiot, I think is a little trick the devil plays on us...keeps us from doing what we're told. He dangles the "idiot" card in front of me all the time, and sometimes it's worked. So...as I've said before (and haven't taken my own advice), it's time to move beyond the fear and take a leap of faith...and invite you all in, one step closer to the real me...the one who has to blow her nose in front of crowd of forty sometimes...(thanks for the stockpile of tissues ladies, I still have plenty!) and let you know where we can meet up and figure out, together, how to keep God at the heart of our day-to-day.

Last night I had the privelige of speaking with a group of 35-40 women (thankfully, most of whom carry kleenex) at New Bremen Coffee Co. & Books. It was a wonderful evening of DELICIOUS food & great company. I had the opportunity to share a bit about myself and what I do here (or attempt to do) on the blog, and also talked about the "juggling acts" we women try to perform to keep the household running smoothly. Thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome, and warm & fuzzy. And thanks to Shelly (who runs an awesome little shop there) for organizing last nights "Evening of Inspiration." I left feeling truly inspired! (oh, and also felt a twinge of baby fever thanks to that snuggly little bundle of pink in the back...oh so tiny, precious miracle. Does that feeling ever go away? Oi vey)

Anyhow...after speaking with a women's group in Burketsville a couple years back, I was invited to be a speaker for a women's mini-retreat at Maria Stein Retreat Center. That plan is now coming to fruition. And I'm inviting each and every one of you to share with me in that event. It's a real leap of faith for me to ask this of you...I'm usually the one being asked, and then I hide quietly till I'm on...hoping that I don't look like an idiot. Well guess what? I might look like an idiot...but that's okay. The title of the evening's event suits me (and the fact that I might fail) quite well...Hope you can join me on November 4th for an evening exploring our calling to be the "Perfectly Imperfect Woman." (and stay thru the 5th to enjoy all that is being offered!)

Looks to be an amazing way to kick off the advent season...I know it's difficult to read. Just e-mail me or contact me via comments and I'll e-mail you a better copy if you're interested.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You were great last night! You are definately following God's call. Even though I know God is always with us, I really felt his presence in the room! By the way, you've really lost a lot of weight! You look great!

Anonymous said...

I'm interested. What is your e-mail?

Amber said...

I so want to go, please let me know how to register. Thanks again for last night, and I have been thinking a lot about your speech during my day today. I wondered many times if what I was doing was pleasing to God. Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Jamie, how inspiring you so are! I sat and listened to your talk and it really hit home. We have been dealing with an accident our oldest son has had two months ago and I have been praying for instant healing. How silly of me to pray that way - truly patience and having no doubt in our prayer is the only way to heal. Thanks for last night - it was great!

jamie said...

you can register or get more information via e-mail by contacting Robin at spritualcenter(AT)watchtv(DOT)net (just insert the appropriate symbols in place of the capital words) Trying to prevent a little unnecessary SPAM. or send me an e-mail and I'll forward on the flyer for you to mail in. jsmeez(AT)nktelco(DOT)net Thanks everyone for your kind words and support!