Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Facing Fears

I don't like sharing in front of groups.  Yet one thing I learned during my teaching years was that I was more than capable of doing it and when I got in the "zone" it flowed.  I would relax after the first couple minutes and was fine.

Over the past 6 years I haven't needed to worry about presenting in front of anyone. I haven't been formally teaching.  I haven't been formally presenting anywhere.  I've been a stay at home mom and wife.  I've loved it.  But it's easy to get in your little bubble and not challenge yourself.  In doing that, I think we end up limiting ourselves sometimes.  In limiting ourselves, I have to ask...are we really living life to the fullest or are we just playing it safe?

What living should look like...

Today, my Handsome Hubby and I presented at his work for their Wellness Wednesdays lunch meeting.  He did his part of the presentation and then I was up.  I'll be honest, I was terrified.  I considered backing out several times.  But I knew it wasn't what I was supposed to do.  I was meant to present and that's what I did.  I was scared for the first minute or two.  I shared my abbreviated story of why clean eating means so much to me.  How I survived a heart attack at the age of 34.  Then I found my groove and it flowed.

Before I presented, I prayed for strength and that God would give me the words to speak.  There was so much I could have covered.  I prayed He would use me for what He wanted covered.  It might sound strange if you don't share my faith but that's what I wanted.  I wanted to be as useful as possible.  I wanted my words to help someone else.  For the knowledge we've gained as a couple over the past year to benefit someone else like it has our family.

I faced my fears.  I was proud of myself.  I chose to live and not stay in my bubble.  I want to choose living everyday.

Psalm 56:3  When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.


  1. Love this! My biggest fear is public speaking, but I have made some small (and I mean baby-size) steps towards overcoming that fear. I do ok, as long as there is no microphone! :)

  2. :-) No microphones today but it was a somewhat informal business setting. It worked out and I can take another step forward away from that fear. Glad you've done the same.