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Single Mom Quotes – Motivational Aid for Single Mothers

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Single moms do it all. They are the cook, chauffeur, maid, nurse, teacher and more – and that’s before leaving the house to earn a living to support their kids!

In the bustle of maintaining such a hectic life, it’s not uncommon for single moms to lose sight of just how much they are appreciated for all that they do. These single mom quotes and quotes about single mothers are a reminder to take the time to reflect on a job well done and remember that no one has to walk this path alone.

Funny Single Mom Quotes to Lift Spirits

Go on, have a laugh! When life is stressful and it seems the most demanding job in the world is that of a single mom, help put things in perspective with a good dose of humor and know that the most challenging times won’t last forever. As Animal Dreams author Barbara Kingsolver quipped, “It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.”

Comedienne Phyllis Diller famously said of the child-rearing experience, “It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder, and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.” This is a great reminder to parents, especially single mothers, that there might have been a time when this was her greatest desire, to create a family and raise good children. That wasn’t an unrealistic vision; it just takes patience and it is important to remember that feeling of wanting to appreciate that dream coming true.

There are a great many one-liners on parenting out there to rush to the aid of a stressed single mother, among them:

  • “The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” ~ Lane Olinghouse
  • “Sing out loud in the car, even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.” ~ Marilyn Penland
  • “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” ~ Erma Bombeck

The following anonymous quote sums up exactly how a single mom might feel after a particularly rough day: “I love to play hide-and-seek with my kid, but some days my goal is to find a hiding place where he can’t find me until after high school.” It can help a single mom to remind herself that this is a common feeling and it doesn’t make her a bad parent.

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When the challenges of single parenthood seem insurmountable, sleep is at an all-time low, there aren’t enough hours in the day, and responsibilities seem to crush the spirit, remember these words of wisdom:

  • “A parent’s love is whole, no matter how many times divided.” ~ Robert Brault
  • “Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Your children need your presence more than your presents.” ~ Jesse Jackson

Mignon McLaughlin might have captured the feeling that motherhood can feel completely thankless with this: “Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first.” As exhausting and futile as it may seem at times, all children grow into young adults and begin to understand the sacrifices their mother made for them. Some see this early on, while others may have to have children of their own to fully appreciate their mother’s efforts.

Single Mom Quotes That Tug on the Heart Strings

As overwhelming and all-encompassing as the responsibilities of single motherhood are, the love between mother and child can overshadow the negative or challenging times. Remember there is a great purpose to all of this hard work: raising a child is molding them into an adult; there is no greater responsibility. In the words of the Talmud, “When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.”

Print these single mom quotes on post-its and put them up around the house as a reminder to see the big picture and remember what a great purpose life as a mother serves:

  • “A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.” ~ John Andrew Holmes
  • “The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.” ~ Anonymous
  • “Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him, but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity – a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.” ~ Rose Kennedy

Reading motivational quotes and reflecting on the experiences of others is a great aid for single mothers in need of perspective and encouragement. Keep a journal of meaningful poems, stories, and quotes, or post them around the house for a visual reminder that others have walked this road – and come out better for it on the other side.

Source for Quotes: Parent Quotes at Quote Garden (accessed April 11, 2010).

Meet Ginger Marks

gingermarksGinger resides in Clearwater,Florida.

Her hobbies include singing, playing piano, crafting, pencil drawing, cooking & baking, and pulling weeds, LOL.

Reason for joining network:

To connect with like-minded business owners; people who want to learn and grow as entrepreneurs.

Bio:

Ginger Carter-Marks has been entrepreneurial centered for over thirty years. Her career as a businessperson began in 1978 with the founding of Alpha-Omega Hair Transplant Clinic. This venture produced a multi-million dollar surgical facility. Following that experience Virginia became licensed as a Financial Advisor in the state of Florida under Waddell and Reed Financial Services during
which time she continued to offer her services as a copy editor and designer. Since 1998, Mrs. Marks has operated her sole-proprietorship, DocUmeant, a writing and design firm that has expanded to include DocUmeant Designs, Nibroc Marketing Solutions and the Authors ADVANTAGE. She is an internationally known designer with clients throughout the United States and Europe, including Germany and Switzerland.

She assists authors, both traditionally published and self-published, with cover design, copyediting, book layout, and the publishing process. Some of the books that she has been a major part of developing include books that have been featured on televised news and in the New York Times newspaper. Further, Ginger is a published author, under the penname Ginger Marks, with several books to her credit including her third edition, for print publication, “Presentational Skills for the Next Generation,” currently in the editing
process. Pre-order today.

About Your Business:

I offer custom graphic design at pre-fab pricing; for print, digital & e-Book publishing assistance; business stationary & marketing designs, PowerPoint presentational design, copy editing, web page design, maintenance & reviews, and much more. Visit my websites at www.DocUmeant.net and www.DocUmeantDesigns.com for further information.

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Meet Lisa Godley

lisagodleyLisa resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Her hobbies include writing screenplays, novels and singing.

Reason for joining friendz network:
To connect with other business owners who might need Acacia Tree’s services.

Bio:

Lisa Godley is a native of Hampton Roads. In November of 2007, she founded Acacia Tree Productions, a television production company that specializes in commercials, documentaries, website videos, infomercials and church service
productions. Lisa also serves as a producer/reporter for Hampton Roads’ Own WHRO-TV (PBS). At PBS Lisa co-produces two programs: a news and public affairs show entitled, “What Matters” which airs on Friday evenings at 8:30. She also co-produces a community affairs show entitled: “Another View” which focuses on positive images in the African American Community. “Another View” airs on Fridays at 9:00pm.

Lisa  produced an hour long documentary on the first African American students to integrate Norfolk Public Schools, entitled: “The Norfolk 17: Their Story” for WHRO. This program aired in February of 2009.

Lisa is a member of Grove Baptist Church, in Portsmouth.

About your Business:

Acacia Tree Productions is a full service television production company. Our staff is composed of award winning writers, photographers and editors who are eager to make your video production dreams a reality.

She wants to connect with small/large businesses and churches.

Visit her site – www.acaciatreellc.com

Groomed 4 Greatness

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In 2005, the founder, Jan House, received a vision to start a youth organization.  However, after developing one successful program after another for churches, non-profits, schools and others, in 2009, Jan finally settled down to focus on the vision.  She wanted a unique youth organization.  Thus came the birth of the G4G Mentoring and Enrichment Academy–one that provides services and programs for all youth (regardless of their socio economic status, background or culture): offers unlimited, unique and educational mentoring opportunities for males and females; seek “global” recognition for the works provided within the organization by the team members as well as youth; offers programs and incentives for adults seeking higher learning;  and implements a one on one mentoring program for males and females that meets their specific needs.

Love’s Reciprocation

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Like a puppy in a cut-rate pet store, she’d experienced nothing beyond the most basic feeding and cleaning. The resulting inability to receive tenderness caused her to stiffen upon any human closeness. Though she’d loved him nearly forever, a clinging parasitic fear prevented her from offering love’s reciprocation.


Thomas had poured kindness, laughter and gentleness over her-but she had been an infant regarding the acts of love. It’s lack in her world prior to Thomas’ entrance had authored this crippling disease of mistrust. Still, whenever he was near, she secretly and deeply inhaled his Old Spice and gloried in his carefree jokes and deep belly laughs. She could sense that her rejection of his affection caused him genuine sadness. To this, she could relate and was ashamed at her inability to return what he so freely gave. She feared that eventually, he would tire of trying, offer no more chances. She was afraid of losing his love, of losing him and being forever alone. But a stronger fear prevented the revelation of her heart.


Thomas sang. He sang loudly and often. Sometimes, he would sing specifically to her. She gleamed inwardly while smiling painfully at her shoes, secretly memorizing his lyrics. His simple music unlocked a dazzling universe. Entertainment to others, it was breath to Crystal. She so wanted to be like him.


Daring to experiment, she found a private stage in the upstairs bathroom. Locking the door and starting the tub water, she nightly voyaged into a land of near enchantment. With time, as long as the door remained locked, courage found its way into her heart and her voice began to undulate with strength in bold swells. First reaching the depths of dark oceans where once she swam, it swirled into heights of unforeseen freedom. Using resources of spirit, mind, body and emotions to sing, it was as if a great bird lifted her through peaks and valleys, navigating effortlessly. Yet, still uncertain of her ability, she imitated feathery voices of popular vocalists. And always, she left her bathroom stage in silence, hoping if any had overheard, they’d pretend otherwise.


But Thomas never had been much of a pretender and today, in the tiny span of time between table-setting and dinner, he’d invited her to join him on the swing.

Look at that sunset, Crysti…isn’t it beyond gorgeous? “

Tongue-tied, she managed a brief, “Um-Hm.” She knew he had her here to talk about more than sunsets. It was pretty much set in stone that at this time of day, she was in the kitchen helping Momma.

It’s the vivid colors that make it fantastic,” he continued. “It wouldn’t be half as good without that boldness. Music is a lot like a sunset. -You Follow?”


I don’t think so.” she answered. She felt her stomach tightening.


He sighed softly. “You know, I like singers who give it all they’ve got…gutsy, like this sky. Whispery singers don’t take your breath away like a sunset. People anticipate those striking colors, the unexpected hues…That’s what makes sunsets worth waiting for. People like the breezes, it’s true, but they want the strength of a storm, the vibrancy of a sunset. They want something that’s going to stir their souls, not their hair.”


Crystal remembered her breathy imitations and blushed.


Crystal, sing with all the colors mixed in your heart…the sadness, gladness, confusion, clarity. Use your colors…even the ones you want to hide because they scare you or you think someone else won’t like what your reveal. Be a sunset, Crysti. You will stir souls- I promise.”


Crystal’s voice, suddenly a treasured possession, welded itself to the base of her throat while tears spoke her healing. Evening’s mist began to rise as the sun’s colors began to give way to the shadows of night. Momma called them in for dinner. The world changed color and with it, Crystal’s heart. His words, wise with love’s fullness, had brought Crystal to realize she had a gift to offer. A gift that was hers alone.


Her heart quaked with fear, gratefulness, and love as she offered her greatest gift to her adopted father.

Daddy?”

Yes, Crysti?”

I love you. I really do. I love you with every color in my heart.”

I know you do, Crysti…I always have known.”

Crystal believed at that moment, that the loving and caring Jesus that Thomas had told her of time and again, was truly real. And if he were anything at all like her daddy, she was ready to get to know Him.

She leaned in closely to her daddy’s side as they walked slowly beneath the old oaks toward the kitchen. The smell of roast chicken slid across the air, beckoning them with Momma’s home-cooked greeting. Four brothers rushed in from barn, garden and yard, the screen door squeaking and slamming with each rowdy entry.

Hmmm, guess I need to get some grease on that door.”

Crystal smiled and hugged him tight, “Yeah, guess so.”

Cindy Hailey is a freelance writer and Christian vocalist. Military life has provided her over twenty-five years of opportunities for travel and flexibility in careers. She writes about adoption from first-hand experience and this piece of creative non-fiction is based on an episode from her own life. Cindy believes her writing and vocal gifts carry the responsibility to impart encouragement into the everyday lives of everyday people

Will My Dreams Ever Come True?

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I know at one point I asked myself that question many times. I looked at the people around me and became very envious because they seemed to be very successful. I always felt sorry for myself and was angry all the time because I couldn’t see the gifts I had.  Every day I had a new idea, or a new business venture. Even though I couldn’t see my gifts I felt there had to be some hidden away. No one around me gave positive feedback about my gifts so therefore I simply concluded I had no gifts and I was never going to be successful as an individual.
After high-school I tried going to college five different times for five different subjects. I went for accounting,  radio broadcasting, telecommunications, business marketing, and child development. Each time was based on a spur of the moment thought to work in that field. I never made it past one semester. I tried selling cosmetics a few times. Each time the person training me seemed so confident and successful and I figured if they could do it why not me?  I lasted no more than two months. Let’s not forget the many, many business ideas I came up with. I was going to start a daycare center, sell real-estate, make t-shirts, do scrapbooking, start a non-profit organization, medical billing and catering. I can go on and on with many more. None of these ideas ever took off. There was a pattern in each of these situations and I came up with a conclusion about myself. I concluded that I was a person who couldn’t finish what I started. I had no confidence or belief in myself. I was convinced I was here on earth for no special reason at all.
Well, that was then, and that was prior to becoming a believer and realizing the love of Jesus Christ!  Jeremiah 5: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;” Those are the words from our Father in heaven. When I became a believer I finally realized how loved I am. I finally knew I had a purpose and calling. I knew instantly when I became a believer I was being called into ministry. I enrolled into a Bible college. Here I was again attempting college. Only this time I was a child of God. Not to mention a married mother of three, at the time, and facing a financial disaster, but I enrolled into Bible college away. My husband and I went through very bad financial problems and an unplanned pregnancy, but I never stopped going to school. I had finally realized my gifts and my calling and I knew nothing could stop God’s plan if I continued to have faith.
What is your calling? Maybe you think the way I once thought and feel you have no purpose, or maybe you think your situation is too big and too deep to even think about following your dreams. If it is God’s calling on your life nothing can stop it. What were your dreams as a child? We often allow our surroundings to influence our dreams. We tend to look at others and think we want the same. But I always say; as a 10 year-old what did you dream about?  As a child I remember being a writer. I was the neighborhood writer, producer and director. I was always putting on a production. I was always writing a play, or a story or a screenplay. But not knowing God, I didn’t realize that was a gift He gave me.  Think back to your childhood and pull up those hidden talents.
God expects us to use what He gives us. Matthew 25: 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will have abundance”  This section in the Bible is speaking of talents we are given from God and we are to use them. It doesn’t matter where your life is right now. It’s not too late. You’re not too old; too young and your situation is not too big. When you bring it Jesus and ask Him to help you, you will slowly but surely realize your dreams coming true. It is a process that takes hard work from you. It won’t happen overnight. You have to be patient and trust that God is doing work inside you at the same time. One of my husband’s absolute dreams was to be a football coach. That’s all he ever talked about. He said as a child he wanted to play football more than anything, but never had the opportunity. He loves watching football. In 2009, he hesitantly went to the coaching staff at our son’s new high-school and asked if they had any positions, and they did. He was offered a volunteer position as an assistant on the JV football team. He was on cloud nine. He knew that was the beginning, and he knew that if he stayed patient God would continue to move him further and further as he continues to learn and grow.
Don’t wait for the perfect moment to start living your dream, because today is the perfect moment. God wants you to believe in Him and realize the potential He has given you. He wants you to ask Him to help you and trust in Him as He moves you in the direction of your calling.
You are going to be told by others to stop dreaming, or don’t waste your time, but God doesn’t waste anything. You do have a destiny, and your destiny will be fulfilled with continued faith. Your dream is going to come true! One day this article will be written by you to inspire others. Never give up on Jesus as he will never give up on you!

Saleama A. Ruvalcaba is a wife, mother, writer and speaker. She is the wife to Omar and together they share four children.Saleama is a Bible student and serves in leadership at her home church. She’s a council leader for women’s Tuesday morning Bible study and publicity coordinator for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). “ I am asked, daily, how I manage it all with a straight face, and the answer is Jesus! I became a believer in 2007 and never looked  back”. Saleama can be reached at Saleama@salruv.com

Beauty For Ashes

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Have you ever felt worthless because of your past?  I know I have.  So many times we have a tendency to beat ourselves up because of past mistakes and circumstances that caused great pain and distress in our lives.  You might even say that there were things that started out with great potential but later turned into “ashes.”  It may have been a past relationship or a dream that turned into a nightmare.  Whatever the case maybe, I have found that the word of God is true. In the book of Isaiah 61:3 it states, To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (KJV) The Hebrew word for ashes is [’epher /ay·fer/] it means ashes and figuratively it means worthlessness.  The Lord is making the declaration that He will give beauty for ashes to those who are mourning and feeling worthless because of the stains of the past or present circumstances.

Jesus Christ came to take away the worthlessness that represent the ashes of our lives and give us beauty.  The way He does it is revealed in the next few verses of Isaiah 61:3.  The Bible states that the Lord will give us, beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. The oil of joy is the anointing that we need in order to receive beauty for ashes.  The word joy in this scripture literally means to rejoice and be glad. Whenever we decide to rejoice in the midst of mourning it begins the process of beautification.  Smiling is often associated with gladness.  A smile does more for the face than a ton of make-up or jewelry ever could!  Smiling that comes from a heart of joy exudes beauty.  Studies show that smiling makes a person appear more intelligent and adds beauty and radiance.   Just as a downcast, frowning face can make the most beautiful person appear ugly.  Joy is the Holy Ghost make-up that we need to put on every day.

Joy is not dependent upon your circumstances; it is actually a by-product of a Spirit-filled life.  Whenever you have access to the Holy Spirit, you always have access to joy because He is the carrier of joy.  It is He that anoints us with the oil of joy.  The anointing oil for our lives is the Holy Spirit, so when He is present in our lives through our personal relationship with Jesus, He is ready, willing, and able to fill our hearts with joy at any given time!  Wow!  We have the power to heal ourselves by allowing the Holy Spirit to flood our hearts with joy.  One way to access this joy and receive our beauty for ashes is found in the next part of Isaiah 61:3 that states, a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.  When we praise God in spite of the circumstances; when we say, “hallelujah anyhow”; when we think of the goodness of Jesus; and open up our mouths with the fruit of our lips giving thanks; that allows the Lord to change our countenance, our circumstances, and ultimately our lives, and make us into those trees of righteousness planted by the Lord for His glory.
(Article based upon excerpts from Rosalind Y. Tompkins new book, “You Are Beautiful.”)

Rosalind Y. Tompkins is the author of “As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Hope”, “Rare Anointing” and the newly release “You Are Beautiful”.  She is the founder of the grassroots community-based, non-profit organization, Mothers In Crisis, Inc., a prophetic poet, a life coach, and the senior pastor of Turning Point International Church located in Tallahassee, Florida. For more information visit http://www.rosalindytompkins.com.

Reducing Stress In The Home Office

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Stress happens when we are not relaxed, when our minds aren’t settled. When there’s too much to do, too many distractions, and too many problems. Many of you started your home-based business to avoid some of the stress of working for someone else, or to ease the stress of financial worries.

But working at home can create it’s own stressors. Isolation. Kid’s noises and distractions – which always seem to happen when you’re on an important phone call. Worrying about where the next client will come from, and if he’ll come in time to meet your obligations.

An overload of stress is bad for your body, your emotional health, and your business. You can’t eliminate it completely, but there are ways to reduce your stress levels.

1. Organize your time. Set a schedule based on your priorities and your goals. Yes, flexibility is one of the major reasons for working from home but it is still a good idea to have a basic time-use plan for your day. Decide how much time you need to spend each day on household tasks, family and children, and your business activities. Break your day up into manageable blocks of time and write down which activity belongs when. This will help stop that nagging little guilt in the back of your mind when you think you should be doing something other than what you are doing.

2. Get your family involved in your business and your plans. Let them know what has to be done and share your plans with them. Older children can help out – either with the household or maybe even with your business. Giving them tasks helps develop responsibility and pride in accomplishments. Schedule business time for when smaller children are sleeping or otherwise occupied. You might even consider having someone help out by distracting or entertaining children during set times for your phone calls or other business activities when you need quiet.

3. Develop a strong support network. Everyone occasionally needs someone to talk to. Join online or community networking groups. This can be an invaluable source not only of emotional support, but for tips and advice as well. Nothing helps more than talking with people who are or have been in the same situation that you are in. Ask questions, give advice, or just vent. Thats what these groups are there for so take advantage of them. You can get great ideas on both family and business issues, and these networks also can sometimes be a good source of business leads.

4. Create a soothing working environment. Even if your home office is a converted closet or a corner of the den find ways to separate it from the chaos of the household. This helps in two ways. First, it helps you remove yourself from the household distractions in the background, and second it allows you to emotionally change gears when you “leave” work. If your living and working spaces aren’t separate you’ll often find yourself worrying about work during family time because you can see it if it’s constantly in view. You’ll think of one more memo to write, or the proposal that you didn’t finish. And the same goes for work time – you can’t concentrate and be productive when you’re looking at a sink of dishes that need washing and laundry that needs folding.

If you don’t have an actual door to close on the office use a screen or shelves; something to create a sense of a physical barrier between home and work. Make your working space relaxing. Display a picture of a soothing scene or something funny so that you can take a mental mini-break when you need to. Use warm inviting colors, or soft music in the background. Don’t go overboard though. You don’t want to create a space that puts you to sleep, just relaxing enough to keep your stress at manageable levels so you can do your best and most efficient work.

5. Avoid procrastination. This is related to the first idea – scheduling your time. Often, stress is created by the pressure of knowing you haven’t done what you planned to do or what you should have done. There’s no need to beat yourself up – guilt is very stressful too. And it will happen occasionally, but that’s one of the best advantages of working for yourself. You have the flexibility and the freedom to get yourself back on track.


Author Bio

Vanessa Shelton is a web designer, marketing consultant and copywriter with over 20 years experience. She uses “The Right Words – The Right Way” to turn your vision and ideas into reality. With newsletters, article marketing, the website refresh, and more in her arsenal, Vanessa is ready to help small business owners and independent professionals get attention, and get results. Visit http://www.vanessasdesk.com to see how Vanessa can help you.

Breathtaking

Breathtaking Book CoverAfter struggling with cystic fibrosis all of her life, nineteen-year-old Amber Metz’s health begins a decline that leaves her, literally, breathless and in need of a double lung transplant.

Peppered with narratives from her friends and family, Metz’s novel, Breathtaking, is a testimony of the extraordinary power of God, through even the most stifling circumstances. Though heartbreaking, Metz’s story doesn’t invite pity. And, though her life clearly exemplifies what it means to follow Christ, she doesn’t come across as sermonizing. What we see is an authentic account of a young woman who is adamant about staying true to her faith and standing on the promises of God at a time when she needs them most.

Metz holds nothing back as she allows the reader to look in, hear her cries, feel her pain, experience her peace, smile at her joy, and wait on her miracle as she takes life one breath at a time.

Breathtaking
By: Amber Nicole Metz

Book Review by Adrienne Adams
President
The Write Vision Group
www.wtvmin.com

Purchase your copy here.

Lessons

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I arrived at the writer’s conference early on Friday. I stood in awe at the beauty and vastness of the redwoods. The Creator’s design drew me to pray, “Thank You God for bringing me here. I come to you with open hands and open heart in submission to You. Take me and teach me the lessons You have for me. Amen.”

Having come alone, I believed that God would bring the right people my way. I just didn’t know when. I thought, Maybe at dinner?

When the doors opened announcing the evening meal, I headed towards the cafeteria. Once inside, I sprinted towards a chosen table. All of a sudden my toe caught the side of a wheeled luggage cart; I couldn’t brace myself for the impending fall. My left knee crashed through the paper-thin carpet and seemed to meld with the concrete below.

I heard voices but couldn’t respond to flying questions, “Are you okay? Can we help?”

I wondered, Is this how I’m supposed to meet people?

After a few moments, I finally stood with assistance. I hoped that food would heal all things: Hunger and Pain. However, when I started to walk, the knee screamed ‘OUCH!’

All day Saturday I grunted and limped on the tips of my toes. The knee grew in size and warmth. Titles of afternoon classes flashed like neon lights beckoning me to attend, but the mental and physical distress provoked me to ask, “Lord should I go home?”

At super, Cheryl shared that she used to be an Emergency Room nurse. She suggested that I go to the ER for x-rays to make sure that it wasn’t fractured; I agreed. Another woman offered to drive.

As I waited for x-rays, my mind recalled the story of the Good Samaritan. Two people passed by the man lying on the ground, but finally a Samaritan came and showed compassion for the injured man. He furthered his love my administering medical attention. Oh Jesus, I thought, this is so amazing. The people who came near to me in my time of need showed their love by reaching out in compassion and helped me get medical attention. Thank You for giving me a new understanding of the story.

Four hundred and fifty people attended the conference, but not all could or would be there when I fell. God brought the perfect ones to be my friends.

X-rays revealed torn ligaments and bruising. I now owned a leg brace, crutches, and a wheel-chair. But above all, I learned how to be a recipient of love and how to trust my God. It was worth it just to be in the ER, even at midnight.

The next day I attended classes, met other writers, and talked with two editors about previously submitted manuscripts. God met all of my needs. What an amazing God!

Kim Kress lives in Ferndale, Washington where she write under the name of Priscilla Tate Gilmore because it means cheerful follower. Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of my faith, my work. I take no credit. I have been published in women and teen magazines and just finished my first novel, yet to be published.