A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Earlier in the week, I was in a bit of a funk.  Some would call it a pity party.  The weather is getting cooler, which means my pain level goes up.  Between hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, arthritis and type 2 diabetes, it can be crazy some days.  I was praying and said, “Lord, if You would please just bring some encouragement my way.  I don’t know why I wasn’t allowed to raise children of my own, but I tried to teach other kids Your ways.  Was the time I spent being a Sunday School teacher just a waste of time?  The classrooms were upstairs in the church.  Climbing stairs was just what this body needed to do most Sundays!  Did any of those kids listen, learn and apply the principles?”  I asked God to show me that the teaching I did in my life has not been in vain.  It just felt as though it was for naught.  His plan for my life was to have no children and teach other children.  I accepted that – it wasn’t easy, but I tried to be obedient to God and His plan for my life.

It was one of those honest prayers I say sometimes with a whiny voice – you know the kind of prayer I mean, right?

I’m here to tell you without a doubt, God hears those prayers and He answers them, sometimes in short order.  God schooled me about doubting His plan for my life.  He encouraged me so much the next day.

I had to go get my pickup truck at the dealership.  Guess who works at the dealership?  One of my former Sunday School kids!  Now mind you, I’ve not taught Sunday School for over ten years and have not seen a single student since I quit.  But, this kid was not just any kid – this was the grandson of a well-respected pastor.  My husband and I were very good friends with his grandpa!

We stood in the parking lot and talked.  He’s doing well and is now raising his own family – teaching them about Christ and his children will not depart from it.  He thanked me for teaching his Sunday School class and said I was his favorite teacher.  He had no idea I needed that affirmation.

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Today I’m praising God for answering my prayers – sometimes very quickly!  I had no idea where this young man worked, but God did – and He saw to it that our truck needed service on the day when he was working.  Isn’t God good that way???

You can call it coincidence…  yeah – but you know what?  I call it A GOD THING!  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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GOD'S FIREFLY

Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest to all of us.  – Meister Eckhart

We’ve all felt the sting of failure in our lives.  I’m the queen of failure at times – I flunked Shorthand I in college – 3 times!  Who flunks shorthand???  So much for that Associate Degree in Secretarial Science.  On the up side, shorthand was soon obsolete, so what difference did it make in my life?  Um…  not much!  I went out into the world and became a secretary without a piece of paper.  Even without a degree, I was secretary for a bank president – then took a few night classes at our local university and became an oil secretary in the early 1980’s.  I leaned on God – and I did okay.

Even when you think you have failed – God declares that you are His precious child – and you are a success!  It’s up to us to declare that we will be God’s Firefly – we will fly and we will shine!!!

I believe that we as Christians can share our hearts with God and He will make a way for us to get where we want to go.  He knows the desire of our hearts, after all.  It’s not always so easy to talk to family and friends about our hopes and dreams.  Sometimes they lack the enthusiasm we wish they would have for us.

Never cut corners.  Customers notice everything.  Take the time to do things right and to create the very best products that you can.  – Deborah Bauer

When I began giving piano lessons to pay for school books, I learned that I had to give my very best in every way – my attitude, my enthusiasm, my knowledge – it all had to shine forth for the benefit of my students, who were not always very sure of themselves.  When we serve others or create products for others to buy – it has to be the best.  Be genuine or be second best.

Ignore the naysayers.  I was told I was silly and that this wouldn’t be worthwhile.  Take the leap.  I’ve never been happier.  – Jada Aloisio

Once you have prayed and asked God for direction and help, make sure you stay on top of your trade.  Are there more classes you need to take?  Do you know the most advanced methods, or are you leaning on those you are familiar with (which may not be as good)?  If you are providing the very best to students or customers, don’t sell yourself short.

Charge what you’re worth.  People know quality and will pay for it.  – Kim Wollenburg

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So, whether you are making soap, designing jewelry, decorating cookies or teaching piano, seek help from your heavenly Father first.  Trust Him to make the path clear for your success and ultimately, His glory.  🙂