This week has been one of the worst for me emotionally and Spiritually (in a very long time). I started to write an article for our blog on Tuesday, but made the decision NOT to complete it (OR post it). Remember my previous “story” – with the character Flower? Well, everything fell apart in our office last Monday-and my post sounded way too negative to complete or post. It was absolutely awful. For the entire week, my co-workers didn’t speak to one another. My boss, who I hoped would address the issue, didn’t.
Today, while teaching my 5th grade class the story of Nabal, Abigail and David, I HAD to share my real-life story with the children (without names, of course). Our virtue this month is peace and today we talked about how you don’t have to be one of the parties IN the argument to make a difference to the outcome (just as Abigail saved Nabal from David’s wrath). How God can use US to help resolve others’ issues. I was able to befriend both girls and point out the fears of the other person. They still aren’t speaking, but I have hope. Friday evening, one of the ladies made the first step-and the second responded with how deeply she had been hurt (and wasn’t angry). I continue to pray for God’s healing and will check back in on Tuesday (I’m home tomorrow-LOVE THAT).
If my emotions weren’t already in enough turmoil, I had a very good friend (from Church) back-out on a commitment that involved my child. I can take anyone hurting ME, but oh my gosh, don’t hurt my children! I have come to realize this is something I need prayer to overcome. My son, who is 27 years old, was involved in a confrontation when he was young and to this day, I still remember it. That is NOT RIGHT! God cannot be happy with me about that….
But, as always, God provides a way out….for once, I communicated my hurt feelings to my friend. I was pretty honest, but put it all on the table – how I was hurt and felt betrayed. She responded in anger; but ultimately we worked it all out! I was so relieved! I couldn’t think about anything else – I couldn’t focus; I had to have resolution quick. I cannot (and will not) let satan win! As we know, Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” This lesson will transition us so nicely next Sunday; our 5th grade lesson is on the Spiritual discipline of Scripture memory! Another fabulous life lesson I can use to teach the children; in a way they will understand!
I honestly LOVE being used by the Lord to teach children! I am so blessed!!!!