What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself.

Do you ever get nervous in front of a crowd?

Absolutely, who doesn’t? I can’t eat before I speak, but as soon as I’m done the butterflies leave and my stomach sends me a vacancy notice.

Why did you start speaking?

It was my husband’s idea. One night we were sitting on the couch, and without advance notice he simply said, “You should be a keynote speaker.” I had no idea what inspired his thought or how to make it happen, so I asked him, “What am I supposed to do? Sit at a corner with a sign that says, ‘Will speak for food?'” Then I told him that if God wanted me to be a speaker He’d have to open a door. At that very moment, and I mean that very moment, the phone rang with an invitation to speak.

What would happen if you could meet Jesus for a latte?

He would be saving a table for me with a Grande, decaf, soy, no whip, extra hot, toffee nut latte already ordered with my name on it. (He knows what I like!) I would thank Him for giving me His full attention, and He would sit back, ready to listen. Then I would take a sip of my frothy coffee and tell Him everything I’m thinking, feeling, experiencing and hoping. I’d carry on until I cleared my cluttered mind, and then He would reach across the table, squeeze my hand, and tell me exactly what I need to hear. 

What books (other than the Bible) have made you try something you wouldn’t have tried or refrain from something you were going to do?

  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How To Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars by Mark Batterson made me take an adrenaline pumping risk.
  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas kept me from giving up.

What’s on your bucket list?

I’m far too young to have a bucket list!