Today is Spiritual Sunday and I had decided to skip posting anything this time and just visit all the other blogs. I will admit this was stressing me a bit as this would be the first time I had missed a single week since I began participating in this several months ago. I even hung in through the holidays, haha. It is one of my very favorite days in the blogging world as I am soo blessed by what the Lord is doing and laying on the hearts of others. I will admit as well that I wonder sometimes if maybe I spend a little bit too much time on the computer. So I have been praying and seeking the Lord's will on this for a few days now. I do believe that possibly the enemy has been trying to convince me that I don't really have anything of any significance to say anyway, and that my time might be better spent in other pursuits. And while I can EASILY believe this, I just can't settle into to letting it go either. I have felt myself growing and being strengthened by visiting the spiritual and inspirational blogs of others, there are just soo many of you with hearts for the Lord and an wonderful understanding of the scriptures, that I had considered like I said, just reading the posts and not writing my own, at least for a while. And yet, here I am...haha. I prayed about this last night after I went to bed asking the Lord that IF I was to post something I would sense it in my spirit upon awakening. And here I am...So now I am staring at this keyboard and screen and wondering just what it is that I should share. And the thing that keeps coming to my mind is NOT really something I want to talk (type?) about, but I decided I would try.
In my previous post (which you might have to read to understand this, and sorry it is long) I was feeling some frustration over a situation that is going on with my daughter. I found myself almost angry over the way things had happened, and feeling somewhat justified over it as well because afterall I WAS right. But AFTER I had written and posted that post, I decided to pray about the situation and give it to the Lord (where I might add, it BELONGED in the first place). And I have to tell you what happened to my anger and frustration. It's gone. It has been replaced with a feeling of compassion for this other woman and an understanding that I don't have a single clue as to what is really going on in her life or in her heart. I have no idea as to rather or not she might have been a WONDERFUL teacher whom the kids not only learned from but also loved. Now I still feel that she should have the education that she needed in the first place, I honestly do, but my daughter did point out to me when I was ranting my annoyance to her, and say, "Mom, what did you want them to do? They had NO ONE else, and she was WILLING to try and put herself through all the effort it would take to work FULL TIME and still accomplish what she had to do to get her license, AND in the meantime provided the kids with a teacher" Now I heard her say that of course at the time, but it didn't really penetrate my heart. All I could think of is, "It's not fair, it's not right." And it isn't!! And yet, as the Lord has worked on my heart I have thought of many other angles that are possibilities as well. Who knows what this woman's (or other's like her) situation growing up might have been. Maybe she was in a position like so many others where working where she had been educated to work just wasn't a possibility and she NEEDED a job. Maybe she gave it her very best effort and now is facing defeat and is truly saddened by having to give up this dream. My point is I guess I have NO IDEA what her abilities or where her heart is at. I still feel that the requirements should be met by every teacher BEFORE they begin working. But now I also feel compassion now for a woman who I don't know and who is going to find herself without a job come June. And so what I have learned? That I need to pray more, listen more, and have His love and compassion for everyone around me. These verses in first Peter sum it all up.
1Pe 3:8, 9 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this...
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