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Topic: First Day of School (06/28/04)

TITLE: Embarking on the journey of Learning
By Deborah Shepard


In looking back on my first day of school, I can remember the excitement of this event. To entering kindergarten being with all my friends, and breaking away from home for a time. This made this transition a lot smoother; the teacher was a very kind and gentle person. My two older brothers would be close by too, this was another great reinforcement. I was a very shy person around new surroundings, observed all things before getting involved. Being a middle child was interesting; I could see things from both sides, with two older brothers one younger brother, and a younger sister.

It seemed to me I was teased from the both sides, growing up this help me build the spirit of determination. Sibling placement there was always a power struggle going on, typical for children. I believe the Lord, placed me as middle child, to learn to be objectional, and non-judgmental with others. And learn the life skills of true civility, and a compassionate spirit early in my life. Believe me when I say there were many times, in school where I was picked on greatly. But being a resilient five-year old, I would take these teasing and carry on.

My mother each day would walk me to school, and my brothers would be walking with their friends. I told her thanks mom, I could walk the rest of the way by myself. Where we lived wasnít far from my school, so I said just watch me walk to school, from the hill so she did I felt a circle of protection around me, and off I went singing like a little song bird. The awesome feeling of independence even at this age. Of course this action of boldness early in life, didnít always go well the siblings around me. I believe the Lord was developing strong faith, and cultivating the heart and soul of complete trust in him, also equipping with the spirit of servitude.

This early lifetime passage was the soul beginning, of my life of obedience, to the Lord, and compassionate heart for others, this was a building block of my lifeís core of endurance. What a glorious life foundation to start out my pilgrimage of my faith, I have in the Lord today. All this derived from attending my first day of school. The Lord had a devine life plan for me, he knew the trials I, would be up against early in my life, and there were numerous ones. Iím grateful now for each one of those trials, they have made my faith unshakable.

In this scripture passage of (Isaiah 50:4 NIV) is made definetly clear the need for schooling in our lives. The Sovereign Lord has given me and instructed tongue, to know the words that sustain the weary. He awakens me morning by morning, Wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. A life with guidance and proper instruction will bear much good fruited. Where as turning away from the path of guidance and good godly instruction. Can only lead to a life filled with the consequences of rebellion. I choose the path of being in direct obedience to the Lord, and maintaining the spirit of servitude to others.

I praise the Lord daily, my heart sings with the spiritual hymns of the heart and soul. I can rejoice in my lifeís transformation and journey on to my spirits salvation. I will share my lifeís experience and testimony with as many people as possible. In my life extension the Lord has granted me. I have just experienced the passing of a loved one this Monday, I was feeling a little blue, so before writing I prayed to be able to contribute to this weeks writing challenge. This is what sprang forth through my prayers; my heart did start to feel lifted up some

May all of you go forth each new day, with the spirit of being a new student, starting your first day of school? Life blessings to all of you my brothers and sister in Jesus Christ. My prayer request is please keep my family, in your prayers for the loss of my family loved one. As Iím closing this article, my tears are cleansing and and healings my heart. Praise the Lord my departed loved one accepted Jesus Christ, before breathing his last breath. God bless you one and all.

Deborah A.Shepard

Member Comments
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Corinne Smelker 07/05/04
I'm so glad to see you back in the challenges Deborah - I also liked the use of the scripture at the end.

Thanks for posting
L.M. Lee07/05/04
great prayer of blessing at the end of this. very encouraging.
Theresa Knight07/06/04
Good testomony! Well done.
Melanie Kerr 07/08/04
I never thought about God using circumstances s early on in our lives to learn lessons for later on in life. Grammar wise - There are times when you need to make use of quotation marks because you are using direct speech eg. I said, "Thanks mom, I can walk the rest of the way by myself." There are a couple of things like that.