Ok, I'm not sure this exactly qualifies as a speaking engagement but someone did ask me to speak — specifically about LIGHTbeamers — and that sent me over-the-moon. Thankfully, the crowd will be very small and the setting will be friendly and safe; It will be the perfect place to speak for the first time and share this journey. So where is it, and what will I be sharing? I’ve been asked to speak before a Sunday School class at my church — to share the inspiration for starting LIGHTbeamers, and to share some of my stories. The class is titled Front Porch Faith — designed for church members to share the sense of call and presence of God in the story of our lives.
If you’re new to LIGHTbeamers, I will tell you my angle is not always a religious one. In fact, it rarely is. In my stories, I don’t quote scripture or elaborate on my spiritual connections. However, without a shadow of a doubt, I fully recognize and give credit to God for guiding me and directing me to the LIGHT. For me, the LIGHT is all about faith, devotion, hope, love, inspiration, guidance. God is in all that we do. God is our Light. And He was 100% the designer and creator of this blog. As I’ve said from the beginning, LIGHTbeamers was not my idea, it was His (you can read more about that here).
Though His presence is comforting, the truth of the matter is I have never in my life taught an adult Sunday school class — the kid version is way more my speed — and this scares me just a wee little bit. This is way outside my comfort zone, and definitely not something I’ve ever put on a vision or dream board. Speaking to a live audience is just so different than sharing my words on paper, or talking into a camera as my career as led me to do. But 2015 has been all about new challenges — I mean, starting a new blog from scratch is a big challenge! — and I so clearly see that by me doing this, the Doors have opened for so many other opportunities to come my way. And so far, each of them has been a blessing — they have shined LIGHT into my life. So, I am trying to keep this in mind while preparing for Sunday’s talk. I am reminding myself that God is leading this march, and He’s obviously dreaming bigger dreams for me. I need to remain open to the lessons and the LIGHT that will come from this experience. All I have to do is simply walk through that Door. After all, The LIGHT is so gorgeous on the other side of fear, hesitation, worry, and doubt.
This has been an unexpected surprise as I have not considered the opportunity of sharing LIGHTbeamers in this way. But now the Door is open... and I wonder where else could I be sharing the LIGHT outside of my written words? Where else can I go to create an uprising of LIGHT in others? Where else can I speak stories of LIGHT? I want more… this is motivating me to seek it!
Something I continue to dream about is creating a Community of LIGHTbeamers. I do not know how this is going to take shape yet — but I want you all to know you are welcome at any time to share your own stories of LIGHT here. This is an open and welcome forum. Like I’ve been asked to do on Sunday, I want to invite you to share your own Front Porch stories. Where is the LIGHT showing up for you? Who is shining a LIGHT in your life? You’ve read my stories here — there is no magical formula for this. It’s just me sharing experiences. You can do this, too! I know — I can hear you now — “But April, I am not a writer”. This is no excuse for hogging all of your LIGHT stories and keeping them to yourself! I’ll be your partner and will help you with the words. Let’s make this happen. I want to Open the Door and let the LIGHTbeamer Community come to life. I’m putting this out there to the world because I fully believe God is challenging me to want more, ask for more, write more and, yes — speak more. And I want to do the same for you. The invitation is open. I’ll speak on Sunday and share my stories of LIGHT; you consider sharing your story with us here. The Door is open.
Comment below - share your stories here. Or email me directly and together we can share stories of LIGHT. I can't wait to here from you!