Saturday, February 15, 2014

You agreed to what?????

Did you ever do something and then say....WHAT ON EARTH DID I JUST AGREE TO DO????   Well, yesterday, I verbally committed to speak at a convention to be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino for a potential audience of 1800 people!  Holy Smokes, girl.....You did what?????   That's an awful lot of people and I'll be taking the stage in the big Entertainment concert hall.  GULP......   I absolutely love sharing this miracle with the world....but this is taking one big giant leap of faith.  I'm going to be trusting God completely on this one. He obviously blessed me with this miracle and wants me to share hang on, we go!   By the's in May.


As apprehensive as I was/am about accepting the invitation, I simply must marvel at the timing of God. The phone call asking me to consider the speaking offer came last Monday evening, less than 36 hours after finding out about the National Enquirer and about an hour after my interview with Pat Maurer from the Clare County Review. I had just come home from the interview and was feeling very peaceful because it was just a pleasant conversation with Pat and she seemed really inspired by my story. So, I was feeling pretty grateful when the call came in. I pondered the invitation all week, doing everything I could to talk myself out it….filling my head with all those “Old Theresa” thoughts of doubt. Those very old thoughts that kept my trapped in my overweight body, those thoughts that crippled me both figuratively and literally, those thoughts of defeat, hopelessness, fear. You know them…you’ve likely had…or have them, and like me, battle them daily.  I told myself multiple times throughout the week that “you can’t do that…it’s too many people; it’s too big of a stage; you’re not a motivational speaker; you might even gain your weight back…blah…blah….blah! I nearly talked myself out of  it several times. 

But…do you know what finally prompted me to decide to accept the offer? Someone, actually a lot of someones in my life BELIEVE that I can do it!  My dear friend said to me, “18 people or 1800….it makes no difference. Your story is powerful and the number is insignificant.”  Another reminded me of all the people that might be inspired to keep going. Yet another told me that God will give me ALL I need to do ALL that He asks of me.  WOW…Am I blessed or what???    By Friday morning I was pretty sure I would call and accept, but the icing on the cake came when I read the Review article and the incredibly kind words of the author.  It was God’s way of telling me, assuring me that He will always be with me and He wants me to share this miracle.

The lesson I learned through all of this is that sometimes all it takes for us to keep going, to be courageous, to believe in ourselves and our ability to accomplish our goals, is KNOWING THAT SOMEONE believes in us!  We all will have moments when we doubt that we will ever be successful, that we will EVER reach our goal, that we can do it, but God always sends those people into our lives who believe in us, even when we doubt ourselves.  Sometimes that’s all it takes, to rely on the faith of someone else when ours is tested. 

More than anything, I want to be that person for you because even when you are wanting to give up; even when you lose hope; even when you think it is impossible and that you will never succeed…..I believe in you!  I have faith in you!  I KNOW that you CAN and you WILL change your life!  Count on me to support you. Count on me to cheer you on. Count on me to be with you each step of the way.  Because I certainly count on all of you!!!!!