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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: Godís Design
By Donna J. Shepherd


Throughout my teen years and into adulthood, an underlying thread of discontent made its way into the tapestry of my life. I loved God and longed to serve Him in a greater capacity.

When Don became pastor of a small church, we started a Sunday School program, but had no one to teach the adult class.

My husband pleaded with me. ďDonna, wonít you consider teaching the adult class?Ē

The thought of teaching adults petrified me. Iíd taught Sunday School for years, but up until that point, my oldest students were four-year olds.

As the new pastorís wife, I wanted to help any way I could, so after praying about it, I agreed. We ordered the material and I opened up my first book. I thought, Oh, no Ė this canít be right. The first series of lessons was entitled, ďSex and the Christian.Ē

I taught the whole book with a red face and perspiring palms. To this day, my students tease me about my obvious discomfort.

And even though Iíve been teaching for twelve years, I learn something every Sunday. Sometimes I feel like a fraud, because Iím sure I get more out of my teaching than my students. Iíve become more disciplined in my own Bible study, and for every minute I spend in the actual classroom setting, Iíve spent many more in preparation.

I want to be the best teacher I can be under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Even though I felt inadequate at first, God honored my effort. I believe He equips us for the tasks He has for us. One example of this is in the Old Testament, when God chose workers to build the Tabernacle.

Exodus 31:1-3 Ė ďAnd the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship.Ē

Isn't that a wonderful thought? God filled the workers with the Holy Spirit and gave them the skill, ability, and knowledge for their work. My desire is to be filled with that same Spirit to be equipped for the awesome task of sharing His word.

For twelve years, teaching has taught me. Iíve learned that while singing will always be my heartís cry, my experience as a teacher has been more fulfilling than I ever dreamed.

Teaching Godís Word has been a colorful thread in the tapestry of my life. When my life is laid out before God, I pray it will be a vivid display of submission to His will.

Recently my husband has been trying to talk me into preaching one Sunday. Iím still praying about that one!

By Donna J. Shepherd

Member Comments
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Karen O'Leary07/19/04
I bet you would do a great job with a sermon! Thank you for sharing this experience.
Phyllis Inniss07/21/04
Part of the tapestry of your life may very well be to preach that sermon. Thanks for this inspirational article.
L.M. Lee07/22/04
Well I hope God tells you "YES" as far as preaching. Our pastor's wife preaches occasionally.. She does a wonderful job. She offers insights that he hasn't touched on before and we always get a good story about the humanity of our pastor! ;-)
Donna J. Shepherd07/22/04
You all are SO encouraging! Hmm...so maybe I could tell a few stories on my husband for a change? *g*

I really am praying about speaking. I want to be open to what God has for me to do. Thanks for the reviews. I appreciate it so much. - Donna
Karen Treharne07/25/04
With God in your heart and a God-inspired desire to do His will, I'm sure your life will continue to bless others and honor Him. This was a great story, well-written and interesting. It's not often we are blessed to hear personally from a minister's wife. Your life must be very demanding and challenging, and I will pray for your continued inspiration by and to others for God.
Marcell Billinghurst07/25/04

Praise God for opening up these opportunities for you to use your spiritual gifts. May God bless you as you serve Him and others. Good work.