Thursday, March 10, 2011

My People

I am getting ready to speak at 3 homeschool conventions over the next few months...2 of them this month! As it gets closer to time to go I , as always, find myself fighting the urge to panic! Just keeping it real... ;O)

I was emailing back and forth this morning with Amanda Bennett, a rock star amongst homeschoolers, and she was trying to talk me down off the ledge. She feels a sense of duty in talking me down I am sure because she is the reason I am speaking in the first place. She is probably my greatest cheerleader and is always calling me and saying, "I was talking to so-and-so about you today." These conversations generally result in me agreeing to do something and then she later must come along and help keep me from being thrust into full panic mode!

This morning she shared these very wise words with me...

Feel, felt, found...

I know how you feel
I have felt that way myself
I found that if I did this..... that everything worked better....

It is our experiences, our testimony, our discovered coping techniques that they need, and they need to know that they are not the only ones to have these feelings, frustrations, etc.

It was quite funny to me that her wise words and a certain country music chorus that has been resounding in my mind merged quite well together! This is what I keep hearing as I contemplate speaking...

These are my people
This is where I come from
Were givin' this life everything we got and then some
It ain't always pretty
but it's real
It's the way we were made
Wouldn't have it any other way
These Are My People

The people who will be sitting in those chairs are my people! I do know how they feel and I have felt the same way myself...often!! So here I sit, contemplating how the Spirit works and realizing that I am a perfect candidate for Him to work through because my natural abilities are tapped out!


  1. Praying for you, Barb! I know you will do great and I was sooo wishing to go to that conference, if only just to hear you speak :)

    Love you friend!!!

  2. I'll be one of the people sitting in those chairs, Barb. You'll do fine. I was in one of your sessions (She Senses the Worth of Her Work) last year and look forward to "The Wow Factor" this year.