In 1998, the Lord took me kicking and screaming into speaking when He called me to give a testimony at my church women’s retreat. It wasn’t a call I wanted to hear. I even reminded the Lord that I “didn’t do women,” to which He most likely laughed and said something similar to, “Is that so? Well, watch this!”

God has since blessed me with a vibrant speaking ministry, sharing His messages with audiences around the country an average of 60 times a year. And I love teaching others how to do the same!

But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Homemaking is not one of my spiritual gifts. Put me on a stage in front of two thousand people and I’ll have a ball, but please, please, please don’t ask me to pick out a rug or decorate a table. (I’m dead serious. Just ask Sandra, the women’s ministry director at my church. She made the mistake of doing that and . . . well . . . it wasn’t a pretty sight—and I’m not talking about the table. I won’t go into the gory details, but let me just say no one’s had the nerve to suggest I be part of the decorating committee since.)

Now, for some women, this defect would drive them crazy and make them feel like total failures. And I admit, I do wish housework and organization and meal planning came easier for me. I’d love to be like my friend, Terri, who maintains a spotless, beautifully decorated home, or my friend, Carrie, who bakes homemade bread made from her own freshly ground wheat.

I can see it now: “Vonda Skelton, Domestic Diva.”

The truth is, I’m more like Erma Bombeck, the Diva of the Domestically Disadvantaged. She spoke for all us messies when she made the undeniable argument that no one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. And to that I say, “Preach it, sister!”

But the good news is, whether you’re a girly-girl who likes to decorate her home or a tom-boy who’d rather hit a home run, Father God still wants to pull each of us onto His lap, cradle our heads to His chest, and whisper His words of love in our ears.

And that’s the message I want to share with women.

I hope you’ll check out my topics and other material and then Contact Me to talk about how we can work together to bring a message of fun and faith to your event.


“She was so hilarious…made the scripture ‘come alive’ in a delightful way.” Sherri, MI