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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
- TITLE: THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY
By Lorene Weaver
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As a young girl I had many dreams of being active in many different occupations and had a hard time for a short while deciding what direction I would take. I took a candy striper course and lasted one volunteer hour. That eliminated nursing. I took a course for Sunday School teachers and that confirmed I wanted to be a teacher of ten year olds.
I graduated with a BS in elementary education and received permanent certification. I enjoyed seven years teaching 5th and 6th grades in public school with 6 years in team teaching and one year in a self-contained classroom. After a ten year break and having four children, I returned to teaching in a private Christian school. I met and worked with some phenomenal kids, enjoyed sharing the Lord, witnessed miracles, and, many times, grew in the Lord as I taught the children. Twenty years later I left due to disability.
Meanwhile, my four children have married and I have four beautiful and handsome grandchildren ages 16, 7, 2, and 1. I have been married for 35 years and have an extremely dedicated husband who is as perfect as a human can be in his servant hood to God, to me, and to our offspring.
I love God. I love that Jesus has saved me. I am grateful to be an adopted daughter of the living God. I am thankful for His putting people in my heart to pray for, to write a letter of encouragement to them, to send cards to - simple things, but something I can do.
Since I have been unable to work, I have felt generally useless in a lot of human ways. There are many tasks I can not do and many that take me forever to do, definitely not compatible with a Type A personality. It has been three years and I think I am beginning to get the idea that I need to stop struggling and fighting these diseases and just let them be so I can get on with a life of meaning and joy. With these constant partners of chronic, progressive diseases, it takes me a lot, and I mean a lot, to let go and let God. They are constantly in my face and as soon as I take a step forward invariably I end up taking five backward. Unfortunately the diseases haven’t been the only things I’ve been struggling against. I hear God calling it’s time for a session and I run in the opposite direction because of the pain and hurt of these meetings, totally forgetting the peace, calm, joy, and encouragement that follow. Learning more about God and seeing how He shows me about myself is time well spent and I know that even though I run at times. He is changing me in ways I am so happy about. He is fulfillment.
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