I first tested my storytelling skills in the second grade, when I convinced a group of children that they’d better leave our playground ‘tree fort’ alone, or the Martians in the woods might carry them off. The calls from parents of frightened children caused my principal to be unimpressed with my gifts, but the other tree fort members knew better. I learned back then, the power of a good story.
Stories are powerful! They stick with you longer than a list of facts, and they can deeply influence your thinking and behavior. I still love telling stories just as much as I did in second grade (this picture is of me telling a story at my mom’s 60th birthday party), but my goal is no longer to ward off unwelcome guests. Now, I want my stories to draw others closer—not to a tree fort or to myself, but to the author of the One True Story: God.
If you’re looking for a speaker for your ladies’ group this year, please feel free to give me a call (616-450-1528).
If you’d like to hear a couple of my speaking clips, here is a story about Fishing Hooks and one about Rollar Coasters, Sex Trafficking, and Safety. You can also find a list of some of my topics here.
And by the way, thanks for being such a great listener. It’s only fun to tell a story when somebody’s listening! 🙂
I love listening to you and you always draw me closer to God!
Ditto to you, Jackie!