I had the privilege of speaking at Community Church of God in Phillipsburg. It's a good thing I've had some experience sharing my story and my platform this year. It never gets easier to look out into the audience and see faces of people you have known most of your life. It's somehow harder to share details of your story with those who watched you grow up. But, even though the anxiety increased, they did such a great job of making me feel welcome and loved.
I ended the morning by opening it up for questions and discussion. I think I will always rather have discussion than lecture. I learn as much or more from the people at my events than they learn listening to me. It is definitely a two way street. The pastor and his wife took my family to lunch following the service and the great conversation continued. There was much more laughter and fewer tears during this part of my day. :)
Here are some pics of my favorite time of any appearance--getting to talk with those in attendance.
Changes already being made
Finding the perfect celebration
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."