Constructive Criticism, Ugh

Have you ever thought about these over-used words in Biblical terms? Don’t get me wrong. All of us need people in our lives who are willing to tell us the things we’re doing may not be the way we should go. Take a look at these timeless truths from the Word. I hope you find them helpful.

Accepting criticism of any kind is difficult but if it’s presented in such a way that it helps me grow and become more of the woman He wants then let it happen. (Please, be kind!)

Blessings to you and yours!



5.19Have you ever waited for days or years for something you’ve really wanted? You already know it’s in God’s plan but it’s just not happening? It could be anything from getting married, having a baby, financial issues, buying a new car, moving to a new house, getting the right job… Of course you have. We all have.

The people of our time and culture are impatient waiters. We want it now. We want it our way, now.  Yet, if patience is the fruit of the spirit within us, why are we so impatient? Why are we so unwilling to ‘wait upon the Lord‘?

When I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education I expected to have an immediate teaching job offered to me. Well, that didn’t happen! (At that point, there were more teachers than jobs, especially in specialized area’s like music.) God had decided I needed to grow more first. So for 10 years I substitute taught, opened my own piano studio, and learned more about being His child and being a teacher.

But, I knew only a part of His plan for my life. My Spiritual Gift was teaching. I knew that. I prayed about that. Yet, it seemed I was being blocked for some reason. What was going on? Why was my life not moving forward in the way I thought it should?

I still don’t know the why’s but I do know these things about the wait. First, I was not ready. I had much to learn. God wanted me to be the best teacher I could be. Not just in the public school elementary classroom. His plan was so much bigger than that! Second, He wanted me to teach His Word. He wanted me to be prepared to help others as they searched for meaning in their own lives.

He wanted me to depend completely on Him in both areas. He was determined not to move me forward until I was ready. He can be stubborn. (Have you discovered that, too?) When I finally gave up and gave in (To His plan.) He started opening doors.

How did I learn to know what He wanted for me? He showed me through:

  • His Word – As I read there would be a sudden answer in a specific verse.
  • Those He put in my life.  Many friends and colleagues who supported and prayed.
  • Remembering that His creation took 6 days. He showed me that even though He could have created the earth and the heavens at a snap of the fingers, He took the time to do it right. Through His Word He was showing me a picture of patiently waiting.

His plan made all the difference and He wasn’t about to let me do it my way.  I have spent many years teaching His Word and will continue until He opens the door to Heaven. I spent 30 years in the public education system as an elementary teacher and principal. Even now, I’m still teaching! God opened the doors after I retired from public school education to a new career as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher/tutor to people from all over the world. I’m still teaching His Word in my church, in a private home Bible Study, through this Blog and other Social Media.

He cared so much that he made me wait!

Blessings to you and yours!


This post is in response to Week 12 of Deb Wolf’s 52-week Devotional Journal for Women.

Never Miss – Book Review

If you’re looking for a good book to read, this just might be the one you want. The mixture of science and intrigue makes for an interesting story from beginning to end. It’s the perfect book to grab a glass of iced tea, find a partly sunny, partly shady spot to put your lawn chair in, and spend a lazy summer afternoon reading through Never Miss by Melissa Koslin.

The main characters are perfectly thought out. A young woman CIA sniper and her cat. A handsome, genius doctor who is trying to save the world, both complement and antagonize one another.

You will find family secrets that complicate the story, an anti-government group that wants to change the world, a cross-country trip to save the House, Senate, and President, and the beginning of a loving relationship.

My favorite part of this book is the cat. His name is Mac and he really holds the story together. However, it’s not about him.

My least favorite part of the book is the violence. I totally recognize that it helps to make the story believeable.

All-in-all it’s a very good read and I give it a high five!

Blessings to you and yours!


A Good Work

It’s interesting to think about what God intends and has purposed for this life. What does He want me to do? to say? How does He want me to live. Can I even live up to what He wants for and from me?

There’s an old children’s Sunday School song that says ‘He’s Still Working On Me’. His work isn’t finished until it is finished. Better yet, He loves working on me. He wants the absolute best for me.

He created me in His image. What does that really mean? First of all what is an image? According to Webster it is a visual representation, a mental or moral impression of something. Well, OK. I look like Him? I have an understanding (Incomplete, though it is!) of Him. Here’s the thing: I don’t act like Him, I don’t think like Him, I’m pretty sure I don’t look like Him. Why? Because of that darn apple. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s direction and took a bite the whole creation changed. Sin entered the picture.

Did that change me in God’s eyes? God is El Roi-the God who sees me. Does he want to see the imperfection, the sin in me. No! He does not. But He sent Jesus to the cross with my sin. He has forgiven and continues to forgive every part of me that doesn’t measure up so that I can reflect His image. WOW! Yes! He’s still working on me!

He's still working on me
To make me what I ought to be.
It took Him just a week to make
The moon and stars.
The sun and the earth
and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient
He must be.
He's still working on me.

Blessings to you and yours!


This post is in response to Week 10 of Deb Wolf’s 52-week Devotional Journal for Women.

El Roi

God’s Word (the Bible) is designed to speak God into each of us. No matter whether it be the words of the Old or the New Testament these words are for each of us to apply to our lives.

Hagar had been abused by her mistress Sarai. She was pregnant with the child Sarai wanted her to have because she (Sarai) was barren. Hagar got enough of it and she ran away, into the desert.

Now God already knew what was going on but he wanted Hagar to understand that He was watching over her and everything that was happening to her. So he spoke to her. He basically asked, “Where are you going? What do you think you are doing?”

After giving this some thought she answered with the words above. But there’s more to it. God gave her the ability to understand that He is always present and aware of everything that was happening to her. That He sees. That He cares. That He has a plan.

It’s the same for us. God sees me! God sees you! He knows what what is going on in the world He created and in the lives of every person. He has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us.

The One and Only God of all this, who is, who was, and who always will be, sees me and you! He sees the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the sinner, the forgiven, and the redeemed. He sees, He cares and He wants to give and help every one of us. Then let Him! Just let Him!

I wasn’t looking for this song but when I put the title in the search box this popped up. I listened. What a powerful picture this man paints of what God sees!

Blessings to you and yours!


This post is in response to Week 10 of Deb Wolf’s 52-week Devotional Journal for Women.