Butterfly Stomach

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
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"How do you do it?" my friend stammered. "How do you go out and talk to them? I hate it. I don't know their names, and I hate crowds." (So that's why she was hiding in the broom closet.)

After I explained that the guests probably felt the same way, my friend gathered her courage and started shaking hands and welcoming guests at the door.

Are you afraid of crowds? Who isn't?

Try these tips, remembering all the while that the other guy/gal is nervous too.

Be the first to smile, to reach out and shake hands, and to make eye contact. Speak up clearly. Never let them see you sweat! If you act with confidence, you will seem so.

When I became a motivational speaker, I couldn't say boo to a goose without fainting. I still get butterfly stomach every time I stand at a microphone, but people tell me that I exude calm. Little do they know that it's because my confidence is well-placed.

Psalm 118:8 – It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. (KJV)

Proverbs 3:26 – For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. (KJV)

1 John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. (KJV)

Let's use what the Lord gave us.

Prayer: Lord, thanks for reminding us how well-equipped we are in Christ. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great message from a great gal.

    Short. Sweet. Very powerful. Thank you.

    How you manage to put such profound truths in a nutshell, Brenda, never cases to amaze me.

    Good morning Brenda, Thank you for writing again. Your devotionals are always so encouraging. Enjoy your day. God Bless.

    Dear Brenda: Thank you for your message this morning.
    God bless you.

    Thank you, Brenda, for the devotional reminding us that when we stand at the podium, it is THE ONE who is inside us who makes the big difference!

    Hello Brenda. Before I scrolled down and saw your name, I just knew it was your devotional. Such humour and insight! Thanks for sharing. Blessings on this day.

    Hi Brenda! There for a minute, I thought you were talking about me. Thanks for the encouraging message!

    Afraid, no; sometimes unwanted yes!

    Thanks, Brenda, for a great devotional. Who would ever think you are nervous when you begin to speak to a group. You appear so confident.
    Blessings on your day.

    Hey Brenda!
    Did you know that Psalm 118:8 is the verse in the very middle of the Bible?
    I always appreciate your almost poetic devotional writing!!! Thanks for what you share. You use your gifts well.

    Hi Brenda,
    And if all the motivational speeches you deliver are like this little devotional, I thank the Lord for delivering you of your “Butterfly Stomach”. Keep up the good work.

    Thinking about that witch you have put on paper reminds me of the time, many years ago when we first met face to face. You spoke well & I still remember your topic. I must say I would much rather write than preach, though I must confess writing has gone amiss — I feel lost in the desert!
    Well it was good to hear from you (short and sweat).
    God bless.


    Short. Sweet. Very powerful. Thank you.

    Brenda, God is so good to grant us His strength when we must face a daunting task. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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