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Tuesday, March 21

Finding Inspiration

When I said I’d write a Lenten devotional, I forgot that this is not my strong suit. I’d been thinking about it for some time but just didn’t have any ideas. I’d missed the deadline by a couple of days and was beginning to feel stressed.

I hosted book club on Monday night. We had an interesting discussion of James Patterson’s book Woman of God. Several readers shared personal stories about faith and how God speaks to us. (Perhaps I just hadn’t been listening!!) The following night was our church Ladies’ Night Out, and I shared my frustration of writing a Lenten devotional. I received encouragement and guidance.

In my prayers, I asked God to speak to me and share some inspiration. I woke up early this morning feeling the tension that comes from having an unfinished and overdue project. I began to pray again, as I find great comfort in God’s constant presence. I thanked him for the many blessings and asked for guidance in doing his will. I also prayed for some divine intervention with the devotional.

When I arrived at my job for the day, I discovered that 16 new residents had been admitted to the skilled nursing facility since my visit last week. Once again I began to feel tense and overwhelmed. And then, out of the blue, I began to think about life giving us lemons ... Dr. Tiller’s “Attitude Is Everything” buttons and Garrison Keillor’s message that “life is what you make of it.” I thanked God for my life, the ability to be productive and hopefully to make a difference. I had a good day and accomplished much. What a difference a positive attitude makes!

Life is precious, and I pray for God’s continued guidance.

And now for the rest of my story ... I found this message on Facebook after work today:

“Those who died yesterday had plans for this morning. And those who died this morning had plans for tonight. Don’t take life for granted. In the blink of an eye everything can change. So, forgive often and love with all your heart. You never know when you may not have that chance again.”

AMEN!

Susan Martin

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