Exactly Where We Should Be

 I have a few God stories I want to share with you. For many of us, we worry about this and that. We try so hard to be “right” with God. We are thinking that maybe we should be in a better place, better job, more significant surroundings. Well friends, I’ve been reminded that God has us right where he wants us to be. 

 For years her mission has been to help young girls and women fall in love with Jesus. She led bible studies in her dorm room, met unbelieving friends for coffee and showed them how much God loves them, and even signed up to move to India to spread the Word of God.

Her job right now is as a receptionist of a large law firm. She felt confined and not able to do the mission she has always felt called to do…encouraging women. She considered going black to college for a new degree as a cosmetologist. She spent many hours doing research, interviewing hair stylists and visiting local beauty schools. She figured this would enable her to not only help women feel good on the outside, but she would be able to show them how beautiful they are on the inside. Then she had a conversation with her pastor and he reminded her that maybe what she needed to do was to change her outlook about her job. God asks us to share the Good News right where we are, with our family, neighbors and coworkers. Well, in that very week, as she was giving a coworker a lift home, she was able to talk about the womens retreat she was going to that weekend with her church. This led to her coworker wanting to know about her church. Then a few days later, she was able to spend quality time with her female boss, whom she hadn’t felt comfortable having a relaxed relationship with. But on this particular day, the rest of the office had gone home and it was only the two of them. Her boss noticed how different she is and began to ask questions about her faith. It was exactly what her boss needed to hear. She wants the same relationship with Christ as the receptionist has. 

Right where she is , is where she is suppose to be. 

(By the way, she is not going to cosmetology school after all.) 

 He had to show up to court for a traffic violation. Because his mother had jury duty that day and his father was out of town, the seventeen year old had to report by himself. The doors to the courtroom did not open until 8:30 am, so he sat down on a bench in the hall to wait. A man with a dirty smell about him, wearing wrinkled clothes, and workbooks with no socks sat down beside the teen. The man asked the boy what he was there for. The boy said a traffic violation and asked the man about his situation. The man hung his head and said he was there to try to get his kids back. He was fighting for custody in his divorce. He explained that he grew up in an abusive home and didn’t want that for his kids. The teenager saw that the man looked hopeless, so he offered him the best that he could offer. He asked the man if he could pray for him. The man answered, “Sure. If couldn’t hurt none.” There in the courtroom hall, a teenager bowed his head, put his hand on the man’s back and prayed for him. 

Oh yeah…the seventeen year old was at the wrong courthouse. But, as he told his mother, “I think I was exactly where God wanted me to be.” 

I think he’s right.  

 I volunteer at the homeless shelter in town. During one of the devotionals I lead, a young 19 year old mother-to-be commented on how scared she is of having this baby. Right then, I felt the nudge from God to offer some parenting skills. The young mom-to-be eagerly agreed. We began meeting from 30 minutes or so after devotions each week. She grew up in such a neglectful home, more than I could possibly imagine. She tried to convince me that her mother was a good mom when she wasn’t doing cocaine. This teen joined a gang at 7 years old just so she could feel like she belonged. Her first question to me was “How do I show my baby that I love her?” Wow. So we began. We began with the basics of the miracle of God within her. This baby was created by the hands who created the universe. This baby was thought about before she was conceived, is created in the image of God and given unique gifts and talents that only she will possess. I gave her a notebook that she could write down a her thoughts and any questions she might have during the week. Then we could talk about them during our weekly meeting. 

After our third week or so, I was getting the feeling that things weren’t going so well. Trying to explain basic parenting skills seemed like I was talking to someone from a different planet. She would take me on long, winding, distant stories, that I often wondered if they were true. With her ingrained, skewed ideas of what a loving parent is, along with the limited time time together and possibility of her moving out of the shelter shortly, I began to doubt if this is where I should be. Then she handed me the notebook I had given her. She had written this.

Maybe, just maybe, I am here at this moment with her for not the reasons I think I’m there for. Maybe I’m not suppose to know the outcome or see the results. Maybe I’m just suppose to love on her and show her how much she is loved by God. 

I think it’s interesting how freeing it is to know that I don’t have to jump through a bunch of hoops to please God. Now, I make it hard by trying to do it my way, but when I do what He asks, then get out of the way so He can do His work..Its easy! 

 Friends we are right where He wants us to be. How are we going to accept this fact? Do we try to control it and do it our own way? Or do we go in with a trusting and loving heart? 

And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther4:14

Thanks for stopping by my little spot in this big ol’ world.  


Fall Reads

  It’s starting to feel like fall around here. Really! It does. The morning temps hover around 40 degrees, then quickly rise to the 70′, unlike many Octobers in years past, when it still felt like summer. I’m loving it! Sam feels all frisky.
Along with chillier temperatures comes earlier night fall, which only means my house pants and sweatshirts come out of hiding. I mourn the loss of daylight, but I look forward to snuggling up with a good book.

Here are some of my favorite books lately.  

  I am currently reading “After You”, by Jojo Moyes. So far, anything I have read by her has been wonderful. This story is the sequel to the novel, “Me Before You”, reacquainting us with Louisa. I can’t say too much about this book without giving away the ending to Me Before You. Trust me, it’s good. 

 I love it when an author can take two unlikely characters and connect them emotionally and physically. This historical fictional book tells of the unlikely friendship between Molly, teenager about to age out of the foster care system and Vivian, octogenarian who as an Irish immigrant child was put on a train to travel through the Midwest in hopes of being adopted. As Molly helps Vivian clean out her attic, a bond and an understanding is formed between the two as they look through the memories. 

 Another historical book of fiction. This one is set in my dear city of Charleston, SC. The chapters alternate between the character Sarah Gremke, the daughter of a wealthy Charleston family and her servant, Hetty “Handful”. Sue Monk Kidd opened my eyes to the real struggles both young girls had growing up in this type of society. Reading this on my iPad, I would look up the different places, people and items mentioned in the book like the Gremke home on Broad Street, the ammunitions building, Sarah and Angelina Gremke, Israel Morris and Denmark Vessey, and slave quilts.  

 Oh My Goodness! Another author that I love! Alice is 29 years old, loves her husband and is pregnant. What a surprise for her to wake up on the gym floor to discover she’s 40 and she can’t remember her life. Liane Moriarty is funny yet thought provoking. I have her book, The Husband’s Secret waiting to be read.

Here are a few more of my “want-to-reads”:

The Truth According to Us, by Annie Barrows

A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly Mc Creight

Friends cooler weather and long nights are upon us. Put on your yoga pants, grab a hot cup of tea and curl up with a good book. 

Do you have any good books you can recommend? Please share!

Thank for dropping by!