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But I Don’t Wanna!

May 13, 2013 — 3 Comments

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I’m a Christian Women’s Speaker.  God called me to this profession 17 years ago but I argued with Him for 14 years before agreeing.  I tried to appease Him by teaching Sunday school, bible study, kid’s clubs, and emceeing events but it wasn’t exactly what God had in mind.  So I finally threw up my hands and said, “Fine!”

Desiring to be “real” I share much that makes me extremely vulnerable.  Opening up and sharing personal stories can be scary and sometimes gets the best of my emotions, making me nervous.

So was the case when I spoke recently.  After speaking the first night of a retreat, I became so nervous about speaking again the next day, I made myself sick.  So I did what I always do when I’m scared.  I called my husband, Craig.

I informed Craig that I had no idea why I was doing this speaking thing and I must have heard God wrong.  After all, He wouldn’t call me to do something I hated so much.  And I just wasn’t going to do it anymore after this weekend.  My emotions were obviously in overdrive.  Although I felt the need to share my feelings with Craig, I think he got the idea from the shaky inflections, short and breathless words, and just general panic in my voice.  Continuing on, I filled him in on my plan of calling and cancelling all speaking engagements on my calendar and removing my speaking information from my blog.

Craig’s response?  A very flat, “Uh huh.  Whatever you think God is telling you.”  He’s obviously heard this many times before and doesn’t realize just how serious I am.  This time!

After saying goodbye to Craig, I picked up my bible hoping God would calm my heart enough to be able to sleep.  I just opened my bible and it fell to Psalm 40:8-10;

“I delight to do your will, O my God, and your law is within my heart.’  I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness in the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O Lord, you yourself know.  I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your loving-kindness and your truth from the great assembly.”

105643580Seriously???  This bible roulette thing wasn’t working out too well.  I was tempted to let it fall open again.  However, I knew God had already said what I was supposed to hear.  He really knows how to rain on my parade and my plans.

I texted Craig the verses I read.  He wrote back, “So I guess you won’t be cancelling any speaking engagements then?”   My response?  A very succinct, “Well, duh!”

By the end of the weekend retreat, I left extremely blessed meeting so many wonderful women, hearing their stories and what phrases touched them, and filling my car with the gifts of chocolate (there are definitely some benefits to this speaking thing).

So I continue to speak.  Unfortunately, I’m sure I will quit many more times in the future but these verses are ingrained in my brain now.  God is in the business of stretching us.  And although I may threaten my husband with quitting, he will not listen, God will continue to speak, and I will continue to obey.

Am I alone?  Are you scared to do something because it will stretch you out of your comfort zone?  I would love to hear about it if you’re willing to share in the comments below.

Blessings always follow obedience.  Be sure to visit on Thursday when I share the unmistakable blessing that followed this particular time of obedience.

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The Unacknowledged

November 29, 2012 — 2 Comments

Many people work hard each and every day in occupations that get very little recognition.  Some of these positions have been acknowledged each Thursday during November to show appreciation for their endeavors.  Today is the last day of this series.  Therefore, many more occupations have yet to be thanked.  My hope is this series has opened our eyes to those who are often overlooked so we can acknowledge their work and say thank you.  Meanwhile, I want to express my gratitude to those featured in this post.

Factory workers manufacture goods and chemicals every day.  Hard, continuous work that is never done.  We thank them for providing goods we enjoy and those that are necessary.  We may not always think about the person behind the making of the product but we thank you for everything you do that adds so much to our lives.

Many of us relocate ourselves from house to house but there are many working in the moving industry that help pack and transport our things, making life a bit easier.  They also assist companies when they relocate.  It is a stressful, busy, laborious job.  Thank you to everyone working in this industry.

Judges and lawyers are often teased for their chosen profession.  But we thank them for administering justice and defending the innocent.  There are many others in the legal field that are often unacknowledged:  paralegals, legal support professionals, mediators, legal secretaries, consultants, court reporters, compliance specialists, probation and parole officers, court officers, corrections officers, private investigators, forensic scientists, law clerks, and bailiffs.  Thank you for what you do in keeping the wheels of justice turning.

School principals and superintendents play a vital role in our children’s education.  They ensure sound fiscal planning, take responsibility for instructional leadership, establish legal compliance for the schools, create and execute policies, monitor teaching methods and perform reviews, develop relationships with students and their parents, and deal with day-to-day operations of the schools and district.  Thank you for the work you do that provides a quality education to our kids.

All those who work in Homeland Security, FBI, CIA, TSA, and other organizations that keep us safe.  A lot of work is done behind the scenes that the public is never made aware of for security purposes.  Many potential detrimental plans have been thwarted because of the work you do each day.  We may grumble when we are inconvenienced but we truly appreciate the safety you provide.

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The Ignored

November 22, 2012 — 1 Comment

Many people work hard every day at jobs that are often ignored.  In honor of the month of giving thanks, some of these occupations have been featured on this blog each Thursday.  If you work in any of these positions, please know you are appreciated.

CNA’s are rewarded for working long hours by being given a lot of grunt work.  They may have to do less desirable jobs but they do invaluable work.  Thanks to CNA’s who work at hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, and other places.

People in the janitorial field are often ignored as they go about their business.  They keep our environments clean and safe.  Make sure to say thank you next time you pass someone who is hard at work cleaning.

School, city, and long-distance bus drivers provide a significant service.  They take us where we need to go safely.  We thank all bus drivers for the wonderful work you do daily.

If it wasn’t for all those who work behind the scenes at airports around the world, we would not be able to fly places quickly and safely.  These amazing people include: baggage handlers, ground crews, refueling persons, airport maintenance, cargo agents, air traffic controllers, traffic managers, flight dispatchers, sky caps, food services personnel, ramp agents, equipment operators, TSA agents, sky marshals, mechanics, and more.  Thank you for all the hard work you do that is rarely seen by the public.

Chefs and cooks who work in hotels, restaurants, schools, grocery stores, food trucks, and many other places and keep us well-fed.  They have developed skills and most work in uncomfortable conditions but provide us with a much-needed service.  Thank you for caring for each of us through our stomachs.

Each of these jobs may be often ignored but they are very much appreciated.  Thanks for all you do.

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Overlooked

November 15, 2012 — 9 Comments

This is the 3rd post in a series that recognizes people in occupations that often go overlooked.

Thank you to all those who work in the grocery industry such as cashiers, stockers, baggers, managers, delivery drivers, butchers, deli clerks, cake decorators, pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and greeters.  You provide a pleasant shopping experience and a place to buy our necessities.

We are grateful for those who work in maintenance.  They fix our furniture, electronics, locks, doors, minor plumbing, and much more.  A hard job that provides an indispensable service.  Thank you.

We are made to feel welcome away from home thanks to everyone in the hotel industry.  The housekeepers, desk clerks, cooks, servers, night auditors, concierges, luggage attendants, and managers.  Overlooked but appreciated, we are grateful for the work all of you do.

It’s uncomfortable for many of us to think about the death care industry.  As a result, we overlook many people in these crucial vocations.  They include funeral directors, embalmers, cemetery technicians, grief counselors, homicide detectives and investigators, crime scene cleaners, obituary writers, coroners, forensic pathologists, cemetery groundskeepers and caretakers. All of these hard-working individuals allow us closure and grief management during our most difficult times.

Where would we be without those in the septic and sewer occupations as well as those at water treatment plants?!  Many of us express our thanks for clean water but we rarely think about individuals who make our clean water possible.  Very difficult and thankless jobs but we truly appreciate all of you.

 

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Are You Noticeable?

November 8, 2012 — 7 Comments

Many people are in professions that go unnoticed.  Are you one of them?  Please know that you are appreciated and to show my thanks, I’m highlighting some of these occupations each Thursday in November.  Feel free to check out last week’s post.

Librarians.  The original Google.  Whenever we have questions, the librarian usually has the answers or knows where to find it.  They invest in our kids and in us.

Substitute teachers.  It’s so difficult to walk into a ready-made classroom full of kids ready to test the limits.  Not only do these men and women have a heart for teaching our kids but also are willing to give of themselves in difficult situations.

Writers.  Where would the world be without writers?  Authors, poets, journalists, scriptwriters, technical writers, bloggers, songwriters, and more.  Writers add to our lives in many capacities.

Crisis counselors.  Giving of themselves, listening, offering help, and providing hope, crisis counselors work in all kinds of weather and all kinds of conditions.  They bring a sense of calm to chaos.

Call center employees.  Most of us appreciate hearing a live voice on the other end of the phone when we have a question or problem.  This is often an unappreciated and forgotten position, as our focus is usually on meeting our own needs.

My appreciation and thanks to all of you!

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