Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Great Reminder from a Young Friend…

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I have a young friend who has helped to remind me of a great lesson this past week.

Last week she asked to meet me for dinner.  While we were there, she shared that she had made some unwise decisions that had led to some life-changing consequences.  She acknowledged that she had recently been caught up in a cycle of some pretty unwise choices, but that “God knew EXACTLY what it would take to get my attention.”  She also acknowledged that it wasn’t the first time that she had sensed He was TRYING to get her attention, she just chose to ignore it.

But in her words, “He did what He had to do to get my attention and I grew up overnight.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about what she had to say.  I’ve been reminded that we all do “stupid” things.  Sometimes they result in broken dreams.  Sometimes a broken relationship.  Sometimes is causes others to lose trust in us.  Sometimes it results in a terrible accident.  Sometimes in an unplanned pregnancy.  Sometimes nothing at all seems to happen for weeks, months or even years, and then suddenly our choices blow up in our faces.  Sometimes our choices affect others.  At other times, we seem to suffer the consequences alone.

There are ALWAYS consequences to unwise choices.  Sometimes we see them.  Sometimes we don’t.  Sometimes OTHERS see them.  Sometimes they don’t.

BUT WE ALL MAKE THEM.

God knows what it will take to get my attention too.  The question is, is He going to have to do it, or will I make the wise choice?

It’s up to me.  It requires wisdom.

Job 28:

12 But where can wisdom be found?
Where does understanding dwell?

13 No mortal comprehends its worth;
it cannot be found in the land of the living.
14 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
the sea says, “It is not with me.”
15 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
16 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
17 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
18 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
19 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
it cannot be bought with pure gold.

20 Where then does wisdom come from?
Where does understanding dwell?
21 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
concealed even from the birds in the sky.
22 Destruction[b] and Death say,
“Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
23 God understands the way to it
and he alone knows where it dwells,
24 for he views the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens.
25 When he established the force of the wind
and measured out the waters,
26 when he made a decree for the rain
and a path for the thunderstorm,
27 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
he confirmed it and tested it.
28 And he said to the human race,
   “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, 
   and to shun evil is understanding.”

When is the last time you were reminded of this truth?  What choices are you making right now that you need to take more time to think about?  It’s worth the time!  Take it!

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OK, so we’re at that stage in the game where we’re trying to come up with a name for our new endeavor.  Please vote on the ones we’ve come up with so far and offer suggestions if you’ve got them.  If we choose yours, there’s a prize in it for you!!!

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Reality HITS…and Provides Inspiration! (And I need your help!)

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Training went well earlier this week and I really think I am going to LOVE this part-time job.  It’s flexible, pays well and will offer the variety and spontaneity that I enjoy.  I’m not saying it’s perfectly ideal, but I have no doubt that it is truly a blessing STRAIGHT from my Heavenly Father!

HOWEVER…

I also found out that the “income stream” will begin significantly later than I anticipated…like as in, I could go 4-6 weeks with no paycheck coming in.

I have another stream of income that will HOPEFULLY kick in pretty soon as I start working on booking some speaking engagements for my new friend Gail.  However, due to the nature of that business, it’s probably at least another month to six weeks before I can anticipate income from that also.

What does all of this mean?  It means I had a bit of a “come to Jesus” meeting on Thursday.  But it didn’t surprise HIM!

So, while I was driving home from dropping off some paperwork pertaining to the Notary job, I once again heard God whisper.  He reminded me of a conversation I had just the night before.  I met a friend for a late dinner after choir on Wed night and in the course of the conversation she mentioned that her mom STILL wanted to get together with me to learn about couponing and cutting her shopping expenses.

Just last week at my dental appointment I had another friend ask me if I was still couponing and why I wasn’t posting pictures of my trips on Facebook anymore.  I told her that I kind of assumed that I was boring everyone, so I quit.  She said that it was fascinating to her, encouraging me to continue.  Pictures like this one:

I LOVE Harris Teeter triple coupons week! This was my "total haul" for the week. I spent, out of pocket, $16.27 and SAVED $155.79 (remember the P-Touch labeler and refill?). That means I got a total of $172.06 worth of things I'll USE for $16.27!

I also heard my sweet brother, Greg, advising me (more than once in the last 7 weeks) that I should “do something I’m passionate about, not just what seems to make sense based on my past experience”.  He and my Sister-In-Law, Barb, have BOTH encouraged me to take a risk and doing something I think I would love.

So…

I made a few phone calls asking opinions and advice from friends and family and along with another friend of mine, I have made a decision:

I’m going to embark on what I hope will be at LEAST a season of monetizing what I’ve discovered I’m good at – SAVING MONEY!!

Which brings me to the point of this post.  I need to get input.

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His Great Faithfulness!

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I’m busy in training today, but on the trip to MO yesterday, Ash and I were listening to music from her Ipod and a song recorded by our friend Kara Tualatai and her friends on the Women of Faith Over the Top team’s “REJOICE” CD was a great reminder!  (Find the CD here:  https://store.womenoffaith.com/product.aspx?zpid=32679)

  • “Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
    Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
    As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
  • “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
  • Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
    Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
    Join with all nature in manifold witness
    To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
  • Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
    Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
    Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
    Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

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All rights reserved.  Used by permission.

Sometimes the old songs say it best!

Which “Old Hymn” is your favorite?  Or is there one that has really spoken to you lately?  WHY???

New Adventures Begin

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This weekend, I start a new adventure.

On August 25th, I answered this Craigslist ad:

PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT (FRANKLIN/BRENTWOOD AREA ONLY)

Mobile Witness Loan Closing Company

An employment opportunity currently exists for one part-time witness loan closer in the Brentwood/Franklin area. Other areas in Nashville will not be considered for employment. Our part-time employees work from their homes. These positions are ideal for persons wanting to get back into the work force, recent retirees, or people with an existing home-based business wanting additional income. Employees need to be available mornings, afternoons, and evenings, as closings could be scheduled at any time. Compensation depends upon availability.

We are a St. Louis based corporation seeking one representative in the Brentwood/Franklin area to conduct in-home loan closings. We are a loan closing service representing many National and Local Title Companies. NO SELLING! Permanent part-time positions. Existing Notary Public preferred but not required. We provide an HP Laser-Jet printer, a commercial grade scanner, all paper and toner, and we will assist you in obtaining your commission to become a Notary Public. An intense training program at our headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri is required before you start your new career.

I took a risk on this one…I don’t live in Franklin or Brentwood, and because of the sentence indicating that other areas of Nashville would not be considered, I ALMOST didn’t apply.  But when they called me and I mentioned that to them, they said that between the time that they placed the ad and I responded, their Columbia-based employee quit due to changing dynamics in her situation.  They have openly expressed how excited they are to have me because I am ideally situated to handle both areas!  Think just maybe this is a “God thing”???

So, tomorrow I head to St. Louis for two days of intense training and to pick up my equipment.  Unfortunately, due to the hoops that Williamson County requires you to jump through to get a Notary Commission, it could be as late as the end of October before I can actually get started, but that also gives me some time to start working closely with the speaker that I am going to start helping with her bookings.

Her name is Gail McWilliams and you can find out more about her here:  http://www.gailmcwilliams.com/.  I am very excited about both of these opportunities.  There are a couple more speakers that I hope to introduce you to soon.  I’m still making final decisions about how much to try to take on!

Before I embark on “The St. Louis Adventure”, my sweet niece and I are heading here:  http://www.thomashousehotel.com/ for a fun overnight getaway to watch my friends Brian, Ann Marie and Cherry, otherwise known as “Two Tall Divas and a Tip Top Daddy” regale us with some country tunes old and new.  (Thanks to a silent auction item that I purchased WAY back in April!)  I can’t wait!

Music, fun, friends, laughter and a new job.  Sounds like a good weekend to me!


What’cha think?  Sound good?  What are YOU up to this weekend?

Who REALLY cares?

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I’ve learned a lot in the last five weeks.

I’ve learned a lot about myself.  I’ve learned a lot about others.  I’ve learned a lot about how to show concern for others.

And how not to.

I’ve become much more aware of how hard it is to know what to say when someone is just having a rough time.  Or realizing when you don’t have to say anything, but just BE there.

I’ve become more aware of the cycles of grief.  As hard as it is to believe, it’s really not been until this week that everything has hit me.  I have to admit that I’ve finally hit the “panic stage” this week.

I’ve also learned that sometimes I need to talk and sometimes what has meant the very most to me is friends that just ARE and don’t have to talk about my circumstances – the ones who haven’t allowed my circumstances to change the way we relate.  They call and ask how my day was.  Then they share what’s going on with them, just like they did SIX weeks ago.  They are calm with me when I’m calm and they let me freak out for just a moment, but then help guide me OUT of the “freak out  moment”.  🙂

I have friends and family who have been concerned about me all along.  Some have been more vocal than others, but I know that they care.  Everyone shows their share and concern differently.

What’s important is that they care enough to share it!!  Somehow.

Who do you need to show your care and concern to today?  It will make a difference, both in your life and in theirs.  Do it!  Don’t worry about HOW you do it, just do it!  You won’t regret it and you’ll minister to others in the process!

This is EXACTLY what I’ve chosen to do…

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On Monday, August 8th, everything changed for me.

During what even our President is finally acknowledging as one of the worst times to find employment in our nation’s history, I suddenly found myself in the ranks of those trying to find a new stream of income.  I didn’t cry,  I didn’t panic,  I didn’t get hysterical, much to the surprise of my family and friends.  As a matter of fact, while my parents were here last week Mom mentioned that she and Dad had to listen to my voicemail message more than once because it was as if I was saying, “I did some laundry, I went out for lunch, I lost my job, and now I’m on my way to the fair.”

I’m not saying I wasn’t scared.  I WAS.  I’m not saying that it didn’t cross my mind that this could be a REALLY bad thing.  It DID.  What I AM saying is that I had peace.  I know who I belong to and I know that He cares enough to provide for me.  I don’t know exactly what that means.  It means something different this time and for ME than it has before or for others.  All I know is that He cares, He’s promised to be there, He HAS been and I have peace.

My friend Lisa posted this post, which I am quoting in part, on Tuesday, Sept. 6th:

What Do I Do Now?

“Why is it there are some days that seem perfect and some days that just go so wrong? I don’t believe any one person wants to wake up and have a no good, feel bad, all wrong-kind of day. There are those days where you wonder how in the world the day before could have been so good as you stand immobilized by the mess of a new day. You know the days where one unexpected something pops up and throws the whole course of the day and your attitude in a different direction.”

via Joyfully ever after…..: What Do I Do Now?.

PLEASE read the whole thing.  I PROMISE it will minister to you, as it did to me!  (As will all of her posts – subscribe to this blog.  It will be worth it!)

God is working.  Things are coming together.  I have a hope and a future and He is making it clear.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”  Jer. 29:11 (NASB)

When have you most recently been reminded that you really DO have to take things one day at a time and do the NEXT RIGHT THING?  Won’t you please share in the comment section below?