Wednesday, August 06, 2008

What I'm Doing Tonight

I'm speaking to Oneighty's combined middle and high school youth tonight at "The Link." Why my co-worker asked me to do this I'm not sure, unless it's to teach the kids a lesson about appreciating their regular cool speakers. Sort of like when my husband and I threaten to take our own kids back to the churches we each grew up in if they even think about complaining about the one we attend now.

My fear is that I'm going to look and sound like Lady Bird Johnson to them because of my oldness.

But if I try too hard to be cool, I'll end up being viewed as this.

I would just prefer they not react to me like this.

In fact, I'm thinking about banning my own kid from going because I don't want to look out into the crowd and see this:

My topic is going to be about making summer last by taking the things you love about summer and applying them to your life.

Summer =
Freedom (Freedom in Christ)
Sunshine (Light of Christ in you not growing dim)
SERVE (Our community service week is not supposed to be a week-long event but a lifestyle)
Friends (Treasuring old friends but engaging new friends to bring to church)
Vacations (Shaking up your routine, esp. for worship, prayer)
Summer Fruits (Fruits of the Spirit-making sure they don't go to rot)
Music (Is there a song, verse of Psalm that meant a lot to you this summer? Then "mark it" as a the song of summer 2008 and remember how God spoke to you through those words/music, etc., etc.)

Any other thoughts that come to mind as you read this?? Not that I'm desperate or nervous or nervous or anything.


Becky said...

That sounds great to me! LOL at the old lady pic with the rollers. Just be yourself and you'll be fine... you had me rollin' and you probably weren't even trying.

Linds said...

You will be absolutely fine! God has this way of providing the words. Just as well really!

Thanks for popping over - I am always up for a 2nd cup fo coffee and a chat! I will be back!

Susan said...

I'm sure you'll do fine. Why don't you start out with a couple of those pictures? I'm sure it'll lighten the mood...although come to think of it, most kids won't know WHO Lady Bird Johnson was! The others should work though.

Praying that it's a HUGE success and that you AND they will get much from it.



Chatty Kelly said...

I love your pictures! They mad me laugh! I'm sure you'll do fine, because you are funny and fun. Just relax and let the Holy spirit lead you.

Let us know how it goes!

Faith said...

This was great. And you'll be great!
Love what you are speaking on.
Love the pics of the teen girl too!
Reminds me of my 15 yr old in the early a.m. hours.

Teri said... will do awesome! Your topic sounds great and well thought out. You are a creative person and I am sure that will come through too! Just be aunthentic...they can spot a fake two miles away!

Heavenly Father, thank you for this opportunity that Linda has to bring a word of life to the teenagers at her church. Father, you know her heart, I pray that her love for you and her love for them will come bursting forth in her words. Father, let this be fun for Linda and mostly, let her words bare lasting fruit in the lives of the students. Father, you love this...let your spirit be manifest in a powerful way through your girl, Linda. In Jesus, name. Amen!

Darlene R. said...

I'm sure you'll do fine! Although I'm glad it's not me. I hate speaking in front of people. It sounds like you've got a great outline to go with. Let us know how it goes!

annie's eyes said...

You'll relate great with them with those topics. I love the idea of making a song represent the Summer of '08. Wow, if we had church like this when I was a kid... I still remember the summer of '78 singing "Three Times a Lady." Wished it had been Dallas Holm or 2nd Chapter of Acts! Your kids are most blessed! I'll say a prayer right now for your peace. Love, A

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh Lid, I'll listen to you anytime.

Because I'm just barely not 15, dontch know!

Love that outline, and remember that they're listening more than they act like they are.

Susanne said...

LOL. Just don't forget to take out the rollers. Rollers are a big no-no with the young crowd! LOL.

Seriously, you will do so good. You've got a great sense of humor and the Holy Spirit within you! Your topic sounds great!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Oh, Lidna, you're cool and you know it. :-)

You roll with it and you be you...and let the Holy Spirit speak through you...they're gonna love you like we do. I'll bet they already do.

Go get 'em, Tigress! :-)

Paula (SweetPea) said...

You'll do great. Go with God!

skoots1mom said...

Our teens respond/remember lessons when their involved in some way (a silly challenge--licking p'nut butter off plexiglass the fastest, silly prizes for the quickest answers...those kinds of things).

Visuals and audibles(movie clips/video clip snippets) really catch their attention to hear what you're sharing.

ditto with Terri...
\0/ praise Him! and you won't go wrong, hide behind His cross and His Words will come out. Just be U!

Kim said...

I think you will do just fine. I think that everything you listed will just be amazing!

You'll have to give us an update! Oh...and don't ban the daughter...she may need to see you in action and hear what you have to say. I know I was always amazed with my mom when she spoke.

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

You will be FABULOUS! I have no doubt they'll think you're cool (even if they DO think you're old).

The only other thing I thought of through that was REST. I love that in the summer I have permission to rest. Yet in truth He designed us for regular rest! :)

I've hears about Oneighty; I know it is a big deal! Praying for you! He will equip you! :)

Marina said...

you will be fine "lord I just pray that you will give Linda the words the kids need to hear form you and that you may give Linda peace of mind in Jesus name we pray" amen.marina

Sandra said...

LOL I'm sure you'll do just fine :)

Greg C said...

I love the pictures you chose to go along with your writing. The one of your kids was so typical. Mine give me that same look.

samurai said...

Nothing comes to mind, but I will pray for you! :) It's the best thing I can think of.

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

Gurl!! If you speak the way you write and I believe you do.. then you will be awesome. The Holy Spirit has given you some valid topics and they will mean something to the kids.

They love hearing from new people.


Breanne Vasquez said...

My daughter gives me that look and she is only two. Sounds great and you will do awesome.

Lynn said...

You always crak me up.. These photos are funny and my duaghter would give me that look too. In fact, I get that look at least a dozen times a day.

Wish I were going to be in the audience. Super material. Blessings, Break a leg.

Laurie Ann said...

LOL! Sounds like you have a great speech prepared. I love the topics and am sure you'll do just fine! Will be praying...

Jodie said...

I love the pictures you find! They always make me laugh.

PS: You don't look anything at all like Lady Bird. She looks WAY more old than you. I'm just sayin'.

Sounds like you got some good tips for tonight.

Just get out there and:
Knock their socks off.
Hit 'em with ya best shot.
Give it all you got.

(And you know, any other cliché that may apply.)

Anonymous said...

In reality, it doesn't really matter what they think about you, does it? It's what they get from the Holy Spirit as you speak that matters! I was just thinking of a great preacher who READ his sermons and yet the Lord used what he read to speak to so many people that revival broke out! So often, I know I try to "fit in" with the teens so they will think I'm cool. But having just spent a day with my teenage niece and almost teen nephew, I realized it's better to just be me. (I'm a little wacky anyway!) Just ask the Lord to use you and you'll do great! The topics are terrific and as much as music means to kids these days, that one should really strike a chord! :D

lisabella said...

Great topic! You'll rock!

Oh and thanks for your blog comments and compliments! Both very much appreciated!

Carol said...

I'm sure you'll do great!

On Purpose said...

Have fun with it...which after reading your blog...won't be a problem for have a great sense of humor!

Praying and knowing that God will do some big stuff through you!

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

Don't forget the recap....patiently awaiting your word. Testify!!!

Chel - An Abiding Branch

Edie said...

Oh Linda you'll do great. God has given you such a gift for making people laugh. When you make them laugh they are at ease, listen to what you say, and retain the information better.

I love that you are feeling that it is beyond you because you HAVE to lean on Him to make it happen as He planned it. He will not fail you dear sister.

Go get 'em and be sure to tell us all about it. (With pictures of course.) :D

Edie said...

Oh ... and you're not OLD, you're WISE!! :D
"With age comes wisdom." Isn't that biblical? ;)

Joyfulsister said...

Hi My sister..
I just wanted to say thank you from my heart for your prayers I have an update on my blog. I'm sure you will do great, I love your sense of humor!! I wish I could be there to listen.

Blessings Lorie

PJ said...

I'm sure you finished last night with your usual jeering teens, and only a little throwing up before our talk. I didn't even get on line yesterday...too busy with the younger crowd....AND...I also DID NOT YET sign up for the Beth Moore study...tomorrow!!!! Fer Shur!!

Zane said...

Linda, you did great! Thanx for being yourself, we all enjoyed the message.

PS-I think I am gonna get a blog profile, just so i can start leaving you comments.