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Think of you often, Michelle…5 kids to 8 kids to 6 kids. There is a story there and I’m betting it was bit stress free. My permanent e-mail has changed, thus, the post :-). I’ve been pondering God’s calling for our life as we age. A colleague and I were discussing a music progrM at a local school and how much it needed new “blood”, so to speak, because the chair of the dept was “over the hill”. I mentioned that I had been thinking of applying to teach part-time. He looked at me with a surprised face and said “you’re over the hill too, you know.” it never dawned on me that I might be considered “over the hill”. Wow, me, the one who sang operatic rez, soled with symphonies, gave concerts in churches across the US? Me, the one who established Children’s Choirs that exist in 2 cities today, the one who has taught hundreds of children and adults to sing, read music and bring music to the world? I’m “over the hill”, washed up? I told feel obsolete. Surely there is more for mr to do before I hang it up and say I’m done. Why must I be judged by the few cretins hairs and the slight limp in my gait? My mind is still bright, seasoned with the wisdom of age.
People today, including myself, sadly, don’t ALWAYS have the time- to ‘witness effectively’ EVERYTIME. That’s why there is a place for tracts AND I HAVE A SUGGESTION! A lot of people would be open to a RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. What they mostly reject is RELIGION–do & don’t do! I like to carry GOOD TRACTS if I don’t have time to share or visit with them. I JUST FOUND A GREAT ONE!, BUT I NEED YOUR HELP–PLUS THEY WOULD PROBABLY BUY YOUR BOOK! IT’S CHAPTER 6, PAGES 53 THRU 57 OF YOUR BOOK–UNDONE!!–IT’S THE SAME THING I HAVE TOO–THE REALITY OF HIS PRESENCE AT ALL TIMES, BECAUSE HE ‘KNOWS WE L–O–V–E & WANT TO OBEY HIM, EVEN WHEN, ALOT OF TIMES, WE –DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT HE IS DOING!!!!! and/or we miss HIS WIll & have to RECALCULATE, gps lingo. For the first time in 37 years of knowing Him, about 2 weeks ago during a sever mind bending time, I said to Him, “I know you’re here, but I can’t SENSE YOUR PRESENCE AT ALL”, but all that did was remind me at that moment of how our fellow christians being tortured daily in IRAQ might feel & actually served to prepare me for possible persecution on our soil someday, BECAUSE I KNEW HE ‘WAS THERE’ in spite of my feelings’ (because I was talking to Him!)–ALL things work together for GOOD (sis to sis, don’t you just hate that!–I’m like you, I have to laugh or die.) So think about that adorable tract being distributed, nation or world wide and know that I know you probably can’t do for several reasons, but please let me know if it ever happens–many people don’t take time to read books in this rush crazed society–as for me & Jesus, WE go to the hills & His creation-that’s where my strength comes from–I don’t bake–haha. Love ya, Jenette McWinn, Colo Springs, CO.
I found your book Undone on a bookshelf yesterday…finished it today. Have had a journey of joy similar to yours [cancer diagnosis 3 yrs ago; ] and could easily identify with you. Thanks for sharing
I just finished your book “Making Peace with an Imperfect Life.” I came upon your book during my most recent physical challenge. I live with lupus and most of the time do well. Now I am dealing with an unknown source of fatigue not related to lupus and no one can find the source. When I read your book I knew God had sent it to me to encourage me to make the most of m!y life every day and not live worrying about the future. I love the truth that God’s grace is sufficient for the day and we should not be worrying about tomorrow. Grace will be there when we get there and meet it! So very good to know.
I am wondering how you’re doing physically? Are you having to deal with more symptoms of cancer? I am praying for you so much and for your family. I admire the way you have met the challenges you’ve been given. I know God’s provision has been there for you.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your journey. It is inspiring and practically very helpful to others’ challenges and struggles. May Christ be praised and glorified in all you do, and yes, in all I do as well. God bless you! Wish I could give you”s a hug!
Blessing and love in Christ, dear “sister”,
Nice to meet you, Linda! And I’m so glad you enjoyed Undone. Living in absolute trust that God holds tomorrow in his hands is an ongoing process, requiring a daily dose of His grace. Thankful God gives it! As for how I’m doing? Much better in many ways. I will live with complications as a result of both cancer and its treatment for the rest of my life. Those challenges can be a daily struggle, at times. But there is also much to be thankful for. Thus, we press on. Thank you for your kind words, my friend. ~MC
Thank you, Michele, for sharing your struggles with us. Your spiritual maturity and the Scriptures you gave us, helped me so much with my current challenge.
I hope you are doing better physically. May God bless you and your family. You have blessed me immensely!
REad your story in the Christmas Chicken Soup book. I wondered if you had others or books or blogs.