I feel my mood shift. Just a few moments ago all was well with my soul. But now…somehow life seems heavier. More negative. Nothing earth shattering has taken place in the last half hour. In fact, I’m sitting at Panera trying to grab a quick bite while I work. But it’s hard.
At the table next to me sits a woman whose conversation dampens my spirit with every passing minute.
My friend, Leah was overwhelmed, except the worries weren’t her own. She was overwhelmed with worries about her adult children. One was experiencing a second, unplanned pregnancy and another had neglected some serious legal issues and was looking at jail time.
Sharron had been out for a week. She had frequently been absent, but usually for no more than a day at a time. Homework was rarely done, and even though she had a sweet spirit, the drive to achieve or complete assignments was missing. Sharron just quietly came to class and quietly left.
As an organizer, I do love to pack for trips. It’s such an exciting, anticipatory time! Before each family vacation or trip, I try to:
The priest hands were visually shaking as he held paperwork from the Red Cross. “Angela your family has been in a car accident…” From the looks on their faces I knew this was no April’s Fool’s Joke.
It’s going to be okay.
You probably know this in some ethereal, existential way. “Melissa, this is not a deep revelation.” you say. Maybe not. But most of the time, I don’t think we need a lot of new information; we simply need to be reminded of what we already know. Sometimes we forget the truest things about ourselves, our lives, and about God. So today, let me serve as a post-it note stuck to the fridge, telling you the thing you already know but must not forget: It’s going to be okay.
I finally got it. It happened when I read the following quote from Operation World:
“The ministry of the children of God is not doing, but praying. We need to trust in God who moves in the ears of even His most implacable enemies. We do not engage in ministry and pray for God’s blessing on it; prayer IS the ministry from which all other ministries must flow!”
Have you ever met someone who is driven? People who are driven are focused, know their purpose, and have clear goals. The difference between them and others is that they actually put feet to those goals. They see the potential of the fulfillment of their purpose and they go for it. They obtain business licenses, get educated, set up checking accounts, seek investors, read up on the subject; in short, they invest their lives in their vision. When we meet up with people like this, we’re apt to be a little overwhelmed and we tend to squint our eyes, purse our lips, and mutter under our breath, “It doesn’t take all that.”
During my years as a public school teacher, I noticed the most effective educators were those skilled in two areas: their subject content matter and classroom management. One particular teacher, my friend, Laura, was a genius classroom manager, particularly with her use of signals.
The loss of a home or possessions is often viewed as a materialistic loss, and we tend to minimize its significance and impact. What is often overlooked are the irreplaceable family heirloom-type items that are lost and the huge amount of time, effort, and money it will take to rebuild after a loss. A trunk full of baby clothes, a box of school memorabilia, photo albums and baby books are the kind of things no one or no amount of insurance can replace.
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