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Topic: Exams (07/26/04)
TITLE: My spiritual life Exams
By Deborah Shepard
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There was so much tension placed on her, it would spill over on to us. We all missed our father, and were all acting out due to the loss of his presence. This affected all of in our studies at school. Which made concentrating on exams,exstremely difficult to get through. I really enjoyed school greatly,but didít perform as well as I would have liked too. I feel this was ground work be laid by the Lord,to prepare me for my, spiritual life exams to take later in life. So all this time passage, of grievance to the passing, of my loving father.
Would become a cornor stone to my spiritual exams in my seasoning years. I have made a few good attempts, of expanding my education. Iím a late bloomer; it took me up until three years ago. To take my high school course, by correspondence and receive my diploma. I had a multitude of life interruptions, but I feel like Iíve accomplished a lot. In 1996 I arrived in Alaska, to undergo liver treatment, I was at deaths door. I prayed for the Lord, to give my strength to finish my high school course. I truly believe this was one avenue that kept me mind sharp,inspite going through a rough liver treatment.
When I passed this course, there was a ray of hope after all, there were a few people who helped me with my studies. So I could pass all the exams,and receive my certificate. Later on I was so inspired, there was another course I decided to take, Medical Office Assistant, by corrospondence. It was highly stressful,but I was able to go at my own pace. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge though, praise the Lord, when it came time for my final exams. I prayed for a passing mark, glory be it was done.
A few years ago I, was feeling well enough to take a (PCA course) Personal Care Attendent, in a regular class room. This has always interested me, to be in a position to assist others. It was a very intense course, but the challenge kept me alert, also help me realize some of my real potential,in the health field. I briefly was accepted for a job in Assisted Living. It wasnít meant to be, one day I woke up and my hip went out. The doctor said I had to retire from this job. I found out fibromyalgia was affecting my physical fuctioning.
So this must be the approaching of my spirtual life exams. I was feeling a little down after going the process of academic exams. And being able to carry them out in this field of work. But the Lord placed on my heart, I would need to make a total revision on my full life potential, and job description for my life. These questions came to mind, of what my spirtual exams questions would be like from the Lord.
(1) If I call you to a place, would go without hesitation?
(2) Will you share your lifeís testimomy,with whoever I place before you daily?
(3) Will your actions be in aligned with what you speak daily?
(4) Will you faithfully share that, Iím the truth,the life, and the way , to someone each day?
(5) Will you read scripture daily; have a heart of servitude, the spirit of compassion, no matter what unsettling things may come your way daily?
If you can answer yes, with all truth and sincerity, to these questions above. You will be receive a passing grade, and gain entrance to eternal life, in my heavily kingdom. What greater reward could I have then being accepted into the place where my heavenly father prepared for me eternally, a room in his mansion. I will pray daily to maintain my spiritual grade average, to hold a place in my heavenly home. To hear at my life passing, well done good and faithful servant, all spirtual exams passed
Deborah A. Shepard