He is making perfect sense out of a perfectly senseless, messed up life!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Facing Fears or My Day of Firsts

Today was a day of several firsts. Although I once owned a little Chevy S10  pick up with standard transmission (cool little truck with a great stereo that my step-son loved to learn to drive in), this special little black truck gave up the ghost and I traded it in for another car in 2006, 8 years ago. Today my hubby thought we should drive one car so to get used to his standard transmission I drove us the 40 miles from home to his work with him telling me how to drive his car the entire way. So when I dropped him off to go my next 15 miles in the pouring rain to my artists’ market I had barely listened to the engine and have still been fighting a bit in the busy Tampa traffic to get used to it all day.   But with 37 years of driving behind me I still made it through without much bother!  Hallelujah,  since this was one of the worst of fears I had about today so it left the rest securely in God’s merciful hands. 

I arrived at the artists’ market after being lost for a few minutes but still within a tremendous sense of God’s peace. This was a the first for me, physically anyway!  And this market was presented by a ministry to promote disabled people. For the first time since I’d been labeled disabled by the world in 2001 I was amongst others living with the same branding!

Set up went well. Only made a couple of sales but I did give about a 15 minute testimony. This was the first time I’d spoken in front of people by myself in 20+ years so it felt very much like a first. It seemed well received and I was truly amazed at how relaxed I felt. I wasn’t fully without a bit of nervousness but I felt like I had to get out what God has done for me.  I was being a cheerleader for God and the fact that He can make a way through us where it seems to us and others that there is no way!  I truly do not care what people think of me and my past as long as it glorifies God!  He is the true rock on which I stand to do anything so why worry about what others think?  I made many connections today, too. All I gained, the riches I received were far beyond the low sales dollars that I made. 

Since I still had plenty of time to wait for my hubby to get off work I had decided to take in a movie and (no not a first but the 2nd that I’d ever been to by myself). This movie was one that followed right along with my blessings of the day. I went to see “God is not Dead” in a full theater with a crowd that left hollering Hallelujah!  I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it!

UPDATE:  As I sit at Starbucks drinking a warming but much less expensive skinny coffee, I hunt & peck with one finger because I had to get this out. Hunting & pecking with one finger is taxing but I have yet to find a good way to go about this writing with still having the extremely painful carpal tunnel. One might think that writing is therefore not for me but sometimes God wants us to persevere. 

*2 Peter 1:5-7 “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
My main computer is also down and actually gone for repair for 10 business  days (at least what I was told.). The free dictation apps don’t appear to be that helpful so my husband and I are watching for a deal on some type of good dictation software. Please let me know if you hear of anything!  

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