I was born a wallflower. I loved to sit, watch, listen, and not talk.
Having a relationship with God forced me out of that comfortable place. Because of my job with the Internal Revenue Service, He placed me into Toastmasters through my employer and enabled me to enjoy public speaking. Because of this training I have had the pleasure of speaking or being a trainer for the Internal Revenue Service, Boys Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, and other organizations.
Recently God enabled me to be the communion and offering speaker for the Greater Cleveland Church of Christ. I have been a member for twenty-five years. The full service can be viewed here.
What is noteworthy about this service is that my husband was confirmed positive for COVID on Saturday the day before I was supposed to speak. I was negative. Immediately I was disturbed. I shouldn’t be going, I might expose someone! Then the Holy Spirit had me to communicate with certain members of the church. After a conversation with our resident Cleveland Clinic doctor I was assured that an exposed person no longer has to quarantine, but has to wear a mask and retest in five days. Wearing a mask is my mode of operation so doing that didn’t cause me any more restrictions. So I went, spoke, and didn’t hug people as deeply as I normally do, just in case.
God is amazing! The entire service was more than I could have imagined and He gave me the pleasure of being a small part of that entire service. None of the song leaders, or the speakers knew about the minister’s message. He kept it under cover and only told us something different was going to happen. But God knew. I am so gratefully at how God used me as a small part of this Sunday service for His people and those looking to become His.
Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.
These are her four blogs:
- Heart Emissions – weekly spiritual devotionals.
- Juel’s Travel Beacon – travel information and tips.
- Walking For God Challenge – one year blog to raise funds for HOPE worldwide.
- Writer’s Blog – writer’s journey, news and other information
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