Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Answer- Ruby Slippers Luncheon
Well it's been one hour since the Ruby Slippers Luncheon, Biola's University's First Annual Luncheon honoring Women in Biola's history. We also honored women today who are working for Jesus in the community. It was amazing.
I think it was the most calm I've ever felt for an event. Even this morning I woke up without rehearsing all the details over and over again about what I would say. Dale spoke in the morning at a Junior High school and that left me with the solitude and space to wake leisurely, go over my notes, shower and prepare without interruption. It was just what God knew I needed.
We loaded up 1 1/2 hours ahead of time to get to the event in time for sound check. And I was delighted by the decorations. They went all out with the theme, red roses, red glittery shoes (all types, even sandals, to show how every woman's "ruby slippers" i.e. femininity is unique to her) as the center pieces at every table, Ruby Awards for Women of Excellence (I had helped brainstorm the ideas for these over 6 months ago)... now to see it all incarnate. Oh it was thrilling!
Then as women and men in the community began to arrive, I started to feel my heart beating harder.
Here's a picture of me after the sound check.
It is a nerve-wracking thing to speak in the community you grew up in, to see in the audience, mentors, friends, old Sunday School teachers, professors and so many you really do want to impress. So when the time came I ran up the steps and launched in. I focused on speaking what a knew, on releasing my dependence on my notes and stepping away from the podium to speak these points home. It was amazing for me.
I think this was the best talk I've ever given, in it's humor, in it's passion and clarity. I felt like I delivered what they wanted, a time of refreshment and value for women. Afterwards people came up in droves to buy Ruby Slippers and get their books signed, young women, older women, teachers, business leaders, pastors, even Biola's new president's wife, Paula Corey, told me she looked forward to reading my book. The recipient of the Deborah Ruby Award was an alum of Biola, Tanya, a woman recently featured on Oprah for her work with teens earning a 2.0 and under, helping them get their G.P.A. up and into colleges. She wants to use Ruby Slippers as required reading in her curriculum and wanted to book me for speaking to her teen women.
Can I just say I felt your prayers, all day long?!
Even as I recuperate at Panera, I'm thinking of how great out God is, to listen to us, to honor us when we try to follow him, to buoy us up, to network for us. Thank you, dear friends!