"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Impossibilities Give Room For Miracles

Whoa!  I am so glad to be back to blogging 
and am more than ready to 
check in on all of you again.

I have missed my time with YOU...
You have all become such a big
  part of me.
Whoever thinks when
they begin blogging for the first time,
such as I did in the fall of 2009,
that they will meet so many wonderful
and real friends through a computer screen?
I think the bond is because we all  have
some what of a writer's heart ♥
or we wouldn't be drawn to this type of format.

“Impossible situations can become possible miracles.”

Robert H. Schuller 

When changes come into our lives
they can be disguised 
as bad things when really they are good and 
sometimes wonderful things.
This past summer I unexpectedly lost my job.
It was a job in a school system, which
fit my life perfectly and allowed
me to be off work in the summertime
which then allowed me more time to be
creative and pursue my love of art.
It also gave us time and money to travel
to go and visit our sweet little grandchildren
and their mommy (our oldest daughter ♥)
and daddy,  who live nine hours away.

Even though I was off work
in the summertime,
we still counted on my paycheck 
through the school months and stretched it out.

I began to fear, but pressed on and 
created more and more
with my time instead.
God taught me
some very great lessons
about myself
and showed me how to dig deep within  and
pull out more parts of ME
that I didn't know existed before.
HE knew they were there all along!
In times of crisis we often
more creative out of necessity and 
new and great things can come 
from that painful stretching and growing.
Things like the:
"We've been there" moments 
that we get to share with our children and
grandchildren when we find them 
going through something 
painful and stretching later on in their lives.
I even grew in the area of selling my creations
and my imagination seemed to expand
during this time.
 It also gave me a deeper heart for
those who suddenly find themselves jobless.
Whenever we get
a deeper heart for others,
we really do become better people.
Don't you think so too? 
no matter what  YOU are going through,
I believe God is doing
little miracles
  for YOU all along the way.
Just like he has 
and will continue to do for me.
We just have to remember to watch for them.

Then you know what God
 did for me next? Out of seemingly nowhere,
He provided for me the 
most wonderful opportunity.
He gave me a new part-time job at a place
I have for many years wanted to
be a part of.
Since it is part-time, I will also have 
time to continue on with
my dream 
of creating my art.
 My new job is at a very special place.
I believe it fits well 
with the gifts God has placed 
inside of me.
I am now working at a Hospice organization
called New Hope Hospice.
And what is even greater is I get to see this sweet face!

 This is our youngest daughter Jaymie.
She is a Social Worker at New Hope Hospice.
Woo Hoo! 
Even my sweet daughter wanted 
her momma to come and work where she works!
That is a very special blessing to me.
Don't you love her eyes?
I think she got the goofy gene naturally
from you know who.
Balanced of course with wisdom! (grin)

So to YOU my friends,
  watch for your special miracles.
I just know that God 
has them planned for YOU too!


Bren said...

LeeAnn this has got to be one of the most inspirational posts I've read! What a journey you've been on and what a turn about he has provided! I can see this new opportunity is the perfect fit for you and am rejoicing and in awe right along with you! Yeah! and Amen!

Jackie said...

Hi LeeAnn, glad to see you back. What a great opportunity to work with your daughter. You are blessed!

Have a great day.

Nancy said...

Anybody reading your post today is definitely going to have a lighter step throughout the day...You are the most encouraging person I think I have ever met....I always feel better after a visit with you and by the way, I have missed you being around but I know you have been busy....

Congratulations on your new job and just to think you will get to see your daughter...Wow what a blessings....

You have definitely been an example to all of us as you have walked through this storm....you have always had a postive attitude and keep your eyes on the Lord....

So happy for your job and your art work...love this piece in your post.....

Love ya girlfriend......

Farmgirl Paints said...

I think you will be such a gift to those people LeeAnn. I know if I was sick and dying your smiling sweet spirit would make my last days soooo much better. I think God knows exactly where you are to be. I've missed ya. Beautiful new creations.

deanna - thoughts, prayers, and actions said...

Oh MY!!!

As I was reading your inspirational and thought provoking words, they really spoke to my heart. As we go through our journey of life, it does take many turns. Looking for the blessings is an acquired prospective, which you seem to be bubbling over with, and now more people will be able to experience first hand. Thank you for sharing your heart with your cyber friends across the country.

Many continued blessings upon you!

Jennifer Richardson said...

THANKS for sharing your story,
LeeAnn....your journey looks
so beautiful
on you!
And what a perfect job
for one who is gifted
so bountifully with hope-giving
I'm thinking you got an A+
on this test, with extra credit:)
Bravo, sweet one.

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

I'm so happy you are back Lee Ann, I've missed your lovely, happy spirit. Congratulations on your new job. I can't imagine there to be a better person to provide comfort to others in their time of need. Best wishes ♥

BECKY said...

Hi Lee Ann! I love how God is always perfecting all that concerns us!! He just delights my soul, as do you!!! You are simply infectious with your enthusiasm and joy!! My kinda gal!!

I just read of a bloggy friend's hubby becoming a Hospice chaplain! I commented that ever since Hospice helped with my Mom's death, I have had a desire to work with them somehow!! Who knows, maybe I will one day, but for now my plate is pretty full!!

Your daughter is a cutie!! I know you'll love your new position!! What a huge blessing!!

Have a great weekend!!

DJ said...

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

Thanks for the encouragement.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

How wonderful that through all of this amazing things took place.

Cherie said...

Wow, what a great post and how encouraging your words have been to me! I believe that in some of the darkest times of my life I have truly felt the hand of God at work in my life. Like bringing a great person like you along to remind me that God still hears my small whispers of prayer! Thanks for your wonderful and inspiring blog!

charmeddesign1012 said...

Thank you for the inspirational post and for sharing your personal journey. Found you on etsypreneur and am your newest follower.


JANET! said...


koralee said...

Welcome back!

I love your post today...filled with encouragement and inspiration. Thank you today. xoxoxo