Begin: 5 Minute Friday

Begin. 

As I glanced through the faces staring intently back at me, expecting well-connected words to come fluently from my mouth, I was reminded that this was a new beginning for me. Beginnings are so exciting, yet so unpredictable. Beginnings require faith and an authentic desire for real change. 

Yet, was this change going to cost me too much? 

When a complete stranger from New York told me at the end of an unexpected phone call that I should consider public speaking, I laughed about his comment for days. It wasn’t until retelling this humorous conversation to others that I seriously considered his advice to join a local Toastmasters International club. 

I keep thinking how incredibly uncomfortable it is to speak in front of complete strangers, sharing parts of my life that I feel reveals God in a new way. Yet, I’ll tell you the truth…I’m completely hooked! What an unpredictable ride this has been, simply stepping into the unknown and going, “God, I am completely freaking out right now and I need You to glue my feet to the floor before I high tail it out of here right now!” He did too. I realized everyone in that room shared a beginning very similar to mine. They stayed. They grew. They became better communicators, stronger leaders and confident in new beginnings. 

A week ago I presented my second speech and to be truthful, my least prepared for speech ever. Yet, it was videotaped. As I watched my fast pace, my speedy verbiage and so many other critical concerns on my end, I also noticed an excitement in myself that has been missing for so long. I see a passion, a new faith and a commitment to make this beginning one that will stick for the long haul. 

May you experience a new beginning that will indeed bring you closer to God too. 

Feel free to view my speech video and be encouraged to step out and try something new! 

 

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Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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2 thoughts on “Begin: 5 Minute Friday

  1. Bethany! I found you on LisaJo’s linkup and your post touched my heart. In the past couple of years I’ve began speaking about God’s work in my life too and can completely relate to the “glue my feet to the floor” feeling! Thank you for sharing!

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