This past weekend, I was privileged to hear DeVon Franklin speak (very candidly) about common relationship mistakes, tips for singles, and his new book The Truth About Men.
Of course, I had the Royal Family in mind and decided to film his entire message, which you can watch by pressing play below!!!
But I couldn't share this experience without telling the story behind it....
After my last book review on Michelle Obama's Becoming, I was looking around on Amazon to see which book I wanted to review next.
I came across DeVon Franklin's book, The Truth About Men.
"Yep, that's the one," I thought and made a plan to purchase it a few days later when some coins were scheduled to grace my bank account. (Listen, the financial goals for 2019 are in FULL effect! She's focused.)
It just so happened that the morning of the day I planned to purchase the book, my sister texted me saying that Mr. Franklin was speaking at our church in Tennessee. (Shout out to Mt. Zion Baptist in Nashville!!)
"Okay, so this is clearly not a coincidence," I thought.
I knew he would be selling and signing books, so I decided to make an impromptu trip to get my book purchased and signed in person. Yes... I hopped to another state, you guys!
On the 4-hour drive there, the Lord spoke to me and said, word-for-word:
"You're like the woman with an issue of blood.
And DeVon Franklin may not be Jesus, but his garment is worth a touch."
Well guess who Mr. Franklin mentions at the very beginning of his message... The woman with an issue of blood!! (When you watch the video, you'll hear me in the background say, "Oh my God" LOL!) There's nothing like that good 'ol confirmation from the Lord, huh?
So after the message, I was on a mission. I walked to the lobby and was met with a multitude of people, filling the entire fellowship hall, waiting to get their books signed. Just as I began to get discouraged, God whispered to me and said, "They aren't after what you're after." And I knew that the longer I waited, the more I would lose my nerve to say the elevator speech I had practiced the entire drive from Georgia to Tennessee.
As I started to press into the crowd, my sister says, "The line is back there," pointing to some distant place that I couldn't even see. I looked at her and said, "I'm going up there..."
So I pressed my way near the front, knowing that by the middle or end of the line, the team would be moving people so fast through the line that I might miss my chance.
I was relieved to see that Mr. Franklin actually seemed to enjoy chatting with the people as he signed their books and didn't rush them away at all. He took the time to converse a bit before moving to the next person in line and was very engaged with each and every person.
I was 3 people away from the front of the line and I turned to the girl behind me, hoping to strike a deal. "I'll take your picture if you'll take mine?" (God bless her!)
She got some amazing pics, including one of Mr.Franklin intently taking a look at my business card as I managed (through introverted awkwardness) to mention my blog and that I would be posting a book review of The Truth About Men (stay tuned!!)
He seemed very interested and ask me to tag him in the post so that he could check it out!
Y'all... I felt like I could fly!! Not because I got to rub elbows with an incredibly knowledgeable and influential person in my niche (maybe a little bit) but mostly because I could feel that God was pleased with me for "going for it".
"Obedience" is one of my words for this year. At first I would always pray to hear God clearly, but once I was able to hear Him I would be so afraid to follow through with what I heard!
This time, like the woman with an issue of blood, I saw this, not just as a fun thing to do, but as an opportunity that had the potential to change the trajectory of my purpose and my business. Even if he never sees my review or my blog, this experience has shown me:
(1) I have what it takes to seize opportunities like a BOSS
(2) As I take risks and step out on faith, God's favor will do the rest
At some point, you have to allow your hunger to achieve your purpose to swallow up the fear the hinders you from doing so. And although I'm not where
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