Blogs by Frances Seymour
Disappointment and Opportunity
3/25/2009 4:57:58 AM
Life lesson on how to handle disappointments by viewing them as opportunities for personal growth. Enjoy!
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel's hand. Zechariah 4:10
One of my greatest passions is writing and journaling. Last year at the Baptist Men's Mission Conference these items were on display. Books written and journals with an inspirational verse inside along with a display board reflecting years of life on the mission field demanded the sightseer's attention. While I was standing there, Gaylon Moss, Director of Baptist Men Volunteerism approached me with an idea. He said, "Have you thought about perhaps making this journaling thing a ministry and leading a 'break-out session'with it?" Of course, I'd never thought of this, but I had to admit, it was a good idea. Gaylon went on to say, "Think about it. What can you tell others about journaling that would make them want to pursue the craft?"
I went back home and did just what he asked and emailed my ideas to him, however I received no response. I continued to pray about the opportunity but nothing happened.
Then, we were invited back to set up our display again the next year. I beefed-up my display a bit by adding a section concerning our newest opportunity, building 'Camp Duncan' a wilderness camp for girls in Aberdeen, N.C. The display was as bright and cheerful as last years and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to shine once again.
After attending the morning general session in the sanctuary, we broke into smaller sessions. Imagine my disappointment when I noticed that there was a journaling class offered with someone else leading. Despite my immediate distaste, I chose to attend the session. I have to admit that it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Very quickly, I realized that my 8 to 9 years of journaling experience paled in comparison to this woman's twenty-five years. That's right! She had twenty-five years of journaling and life stories that deeply revealed the significance of leaving behind a writing legacy for your children and grandchildren.
"Oh the power of the written word," was a comment that she used. I was totally captivated by her message delivery and thankful that God chose her to lead this session. By the way, did I tell you that there was standing room only in this first session of 'Journaling'Leaving behind a Legacy' by Phyllis Foy? That's right!
God's word says to be grateful to see His work begin so don't be discouraged if and when you are not chosen to lead the way. All things happen in His timing and so I've decided that perhaps once I've had about ten to fifteen more years of journaling experience, it will be my turn to lead. Until then I choose to be content right where God has placed me and hope you will choose to do the same.
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Truth Is... - Saturday, August 13, 2011
Divine Interruptions - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Personality Conflict - Friday, June 10, 2011
Twist of Fate - Monday, May 30, 2011
Endurance - Saturday, April 30, 2011
Health Restored - Monday, July 19, 2010
I Can't Believe It! - Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Prayer Pot - Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Changing Values - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Small Beginning - Tuesday, March 02, 2010
A Friend's Departure - Friday, December 25, 2009
'A Moment Captured' - Monday, November 30, 2009
Out of the Loop - Saturday, September 05, 2009
Timely Advice - Friday, August 07, 2009
Tools of Investment (Part 3) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Tools of Investment (Part 2) - Monday, April 27, 2009
Showers of Blessing - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Tools of Investment - Friday, March 27, 2009
Disappointment and Opportunity - Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Still Small voice - Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Life Song - Monday, February 16, 2009
Thirty Years Ago - Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Happy New Year - Thursday, January 01, 2009
Change is Coming... - Sunday, October 19, 2008
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A Numbers Chase - Sunday, September 14, 2008
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Christian Boot Camp - Sunday, August 24, 2008
New Picture - Saturday, August 23, 2008
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Waking Thoughts... - Saturday, August 16, 2008
A True Miracle - Friday, August 15, 2008
Strength for Today - Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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