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2009 A friend: Why don't you go to school.? You like to learn. Me: I don't have money for school. Five years later Money never seems to be a problem for God. At 6:36 or so, Tuesday of this week, I finished my graduate program. The ceremony is Aug. 8 at 10 a.m., Burg Center, Dallas Baptist University, and, yes, I'm walking, cap, gown, hood, the whole thing. The Lord redeemed the record of my undergraduate experience. I'm finishing with a 3.99 GPA. I had one A-. God is beyond good. Blessings! Sandra
6 more practicum working days and possibly two more to wrap things up before graduation. That translates to two weeks and possibly two days after. I will be back. I would have despaired unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. :)
Years are not clusters of square boxes with numbers, nor are they the sum of neat rows nicely divided into 15-minute segments. Years are collections of God-events, and, if you look very closely, you'll find that years come into better order when marked not so much by date as by events that have a theme in common.
Small damages, cuts and nicks to the soul, and dents and bruises to the spirit will heal softly through the night hours when the Lord is invited to those places, and sometimes when He's not, for the Father knows what things you have need of. (Luke 12:30)
Wow! I blew through a winter term and the beginning of a practicum in the spring semester. I've just about caught up with myself and am minimally adjusted to a new schedule. My disappearance from facebook should be coming to an end soon.
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God comes in like electricity, by the path of least resistance. He works His way out through us like water on the move, changing everything He touches along the way.
My first Christmas happened sometime between January 26, 1975, and February 8, 1975. I can cite those dates because on January 26 of that year God and I came together in a relationship that ended all that came before and began all that came after. On February 8 of that year I was baptized in water at White Rock Lake in Dallas. It was 26 degrees outside. I'm not likely to forget the experience. Sometime between those two days I picked up a Bible, not for the first time but almost, and I read these words: For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. The words were alive. And Christmas came to me for the first time. May your celebration of the coming into time of Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us, be life-filled and holy, quiet and fun, and all that God and you and those you love can hope to experience in this particular season of your life.
Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it: An audio teaching by Dan Allender, "Knowing Your Sexual Story." It's fresh and deep-searching and sorely needed in the Church -- that's big-picture Church -- of today. There's healing in the word. If you' haven't been introduced to this brother, this material would be a good first contact. You can find him at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle WA. You'll be glad you took the trouble to do so.
What to do when your life all crams together. Navigate the traffic jam and wait for another day. My life all crammed together. Scarlett O'Hara said it best. Tomorrow is another day. I'll be back.
PS to previous post. If you're a believer in Jesus you're part of the pastoral care community. :)
FB wants to know what I've been up to. I've been up to getting ready for the Todd Linder/Sandra Martin roundtable Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. We're about bringing together some folks from the pastoral care community and the believing professional counseling community to get to know each other and talk about mental and emotional health issues that impact our communities. We're talking about ADD/ADHD Nov. 2. Real or imagined, medicine or no medicine, just discipline or something more. If you're in the Dallas area and the topic interests you we'd love your input. Message me and I'll share some information.