Sunday Faith Blog

I have a lovely Christian friend from El Salvador named Gloria.  Gloria worked at the Lutheran preschool (which was part of the Lutheran Church I used to attend) for about 18 years.   It’s the school where I sat on the Board and also DEVELOPED “WEE AMERICANS,” a preschool class that was a huge success for about five years, I’m happy to say.  (Please read the link, I know you’ll be happy you did!)  The school finally had to close this June…I wish I could give the details but it’s not in me to slam pastors (oh, do NOT get me started...) and so I’ll proceed with the UPLIFTING, WONDERFUL, INSPIRING STORY she told a group of us  friends at lunch Friday:

My friend Gloria’s husband hasn’t worked for a while, they’d bought a very modest home about 8 years ago, quite far from work (the preschool) and she has bills and works hard for the pittance she takes home.  This closing of the preschool was bad but she had no doubt that GOD WOULD PROVIDE.   Here is what happened:

About a month ago, after much prayer and faithful certainty that she would find good work in this field, and just 2 classes from getting her Certificate in Preschool Education, she was in her car when she felt the Lord told her “St. John’s.”  She said she heard it unusually plainly.  She told us Friday that she couldn’t believe it, she really felt God had put those words in her head.  She was worried a little because St. John’s is the big Santa Monica hospital here and she hoped she wasn’t going to get sick or have a loved one end up in there!

A day or two later Gloria, because she’s on a Lutheran Schools email list, got an email saying that a school even closer to her home was looking for help.  She emailed and told the woman she wished them very well in their quest for someone.  She added that she was 2 classes short of her certificate and clearly couldn’t apply but might when she was ready.  The woman emailed back that she wasn’t quite sure they couldn’t make that work and told Gloria she’d email the information needed for her to send in her resume, etc.

The school’s name is ST. JOHN’s.   Seriously!

When Gloria had told us that story, she said “I just know the Lord talks to me…” I said “Next time he calls, hand ME the phone before you hang up!” 🙂

Stories like this inspire me, I hope this one inspired you today, too.

Have you any stories like this you’d like to share with us?  I sure do…coax me 🙂

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”  Jeremiah 33:3

Happy Sunday!

Z

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17 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. Welcome to Pentecostalism!
    Well, that’s an exageration, but seriously, where I come from, that’s a fairly common occurence.
    The leading of the Holy Spirit (see my post today), word of knowledge, etc.
    It’s exciting, edifying and encouraging to interact with God.
    Also viewed with a lot of skepticism, and rightly so.
    At least it wasn’t an audible voice. 🙂

  2. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, I would never mock that. No, it was not an audible voice.
    I couldn’t, nor would I, ever put a limit on the power and love of God in our lives…

  3. Mal says:

    Sometimes great things arise from what seemed insignificant at the time it was initiated, Z. What better reward than what you received?

  4. jean worland says:

    Three times in my life, the Lord has spoken to me, not audibly but with thoughts that came into my mind that I knew were not from me. And they all came at a time when I was in terrible emotional pain. This was many, many years ago and when my life had totally stabilized, I never again heard from the Lord in that way. In a moment or crisis, I ‘heard’ the Lord say to me, “Why don’t you dare to say that I love you!” I was shocked because my family didn’t love me, and the church I went to didn’t preach a God of love, but I ‘dared’ to do so even though it felt like I was taking a step off a cliff into the abyss. But instead, I stepped into the arms of a loving God, and my life has never been the same. Jean Worland

  5. Last night, as I drove into work having been called in to resolve another crisis in the middle of the night, exhausted from all the previous calls in the middle of the night through tbe week, besides my regular day shift, I was cursing the idiot drivers that entered the expressway at 40mph, whipped by me and then cut in front of me, or cut me off.
    God spoke to me, and reminded me that He loved them, and the crucifiction was for them as well as me.
    I then began to pray for them, and my heart was at ease.
    The problem at work resolved itself much simpler than I expected and I returned home better than I left.
    I’m glad I listened.

  6. Mal says:

    We just returned from saying goodby to a dear friend who passed away on Tuesday. The large chapel at the Mortuary was so crowded, even with added folding chairs, they had an adjacent room with a large screen T.V. for the overflow. It was 111 degrees outside. What a testament to her life! She was a dancer in our group, belonged to a large choir, played in all kinds of sports, games, and other activities, was active in politics, etc.. etc.. A year ago, she pulled me aside and told me she was having trouble learning more than one number at a time. I attributed it to her being 81, but a couple of weeks later, her husband (a retired anesthesiologist) recognized something was wrong and tests disclosed a brain tumor. After surgery removing half her brain, he totally took care of her, picking out her clothes and dressing her, feeding her, etc. for about a year. They were married for 64 years and had known each other since they were 14 years old, and married at age 20. We all should be as fortunate as this couple.

  7. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, I’d taken your original comment as a real slam on my friend and my opinion….thanks for your second email….I was so sad when I thought about it this morning.

    God DOES speak to us and praying for ‘them’ always eases our hearts. ALWAYS.
    This is one of the reasons I am saddened when my readers say “You can PRAY FOR OBAMA?” It’s mostly for US. And for GOD….to love as He does.
    I’m glad you listened, too. And I’m so sorry I understood your original comment to slam my friend Gloria’s wonderful situation!

    Mal, it was certainly a great reward for Gloria…but OUR reward in just being inspired by the story; I could hardly wait to use it in today’s Sunday Faith Blog.

    Jean, LOVELY story; I am SO GLAD You shared it with us….God bless you.

    God bless you ALL. xxx

  8. geeez2014 says:

    Oh, Mal, that’s quite a story…So sorry for your loss and so sorry for that husband who took such care. It seems to me we should be less sad that they died and more sad they got sick in the first place, you know? In this case, what a blessing…she’s resting easy…and so is her husband.
    Quite a testament to have that many people come out in that heat….thanks for telling us.

    I just visited my 97 1/2 year old very dear friend who’s out of hospital and home with 24/7 care….she seemed SO well today, was eating and chatting….lovely, but the doctor says she’ll never be healthy again, too many tiny strokes, apparently. I love that woman and I know God will be enjoying her soon……but it sure was good to see her looking so well and touched my heart to see her so happy when I came in…a gift to ME, believe me

  9. geeez2014 says:

    The friend I asked prayers for yesterday was delivered of a baby girl today at noon! LONG LABOR but all is well!
    Please welcome Philippa (Pippa) to the world … !! If you prayed, thanks! 🙂

  10. Mal says:

    There was so much more to her story, Z, like she had 5 children and a bunch of grand and great-grandkids, all were present today. She loved sports cars they once owned twin Corvettes!
    Yeah. She WILL be missed by everyone. Thanks for your kind words, too.

  11. Kid says:

    God has saved my life more than 100 times as well as turned dire situations into happy endings.. I’ve used more than my share of 109 cat lives. Why? No idea.

    Mal, I’ve had no experience like that with people, but I’ve been in situations to care for those about to move on (pets) and have cherished the experience of taking care of them in their final days and hours. I think I understand a little bit about your friend. This is where the rubber meets the road. Fortunate indeed.

  12. geeez2014 says:

    SPARKY! If you come by, please tell me how to comment at your place….I scroll down to nothingness today…sorry to be a pain, but ….I like your blog and enjoy reading comments and commenting there 🙂

  13. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, thanks….what a couple!

    Kid, that really IS where the rubber meets the road, isn’t it….
    And I’m GLAD God’s saved you so many times…here’s to many more (tho I suspect you live a slightly calmer, less jeopardy-provoking life these days!!!?)

  14. geeez2014 says:

    Rich Galen, a friend of mine who publishes the widely read MULLINGS.com articles called his article today “INTER ‘VENTION”….a piece about the time between the RNC and DNC conventions…pretty clever, huh!

  15. Baysider says:

    So sad to hear the first part of your story, but wonderful to hear about Gloria. God’s spoken to me twice with great urgency each time on the pending (minutes) death of someone close to me but far removed physically. In both cases it was clear I was to pray for the ease of their passing. I am certain He enlists the ‘help’ of us lowly ones to make us part of His bigger plan somehow.

  16. Bob says:

    Thanks for the story, Z. Things like this always encourage me. Thanks to all the commenters, too, for their stories. I have received a blessing tonight.

  17. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, the closing of that very old, maybe 60 years? Preschool is a TRAVESTY. Let’s talk about it when we see each other. A travesty.

    Love your times when you’ve prayed for ease of passing….an honor.

    Bob, Telling me you’ove rec’d a blessing tonight is music to my ears…thanks for THAT honor, my very dear friend. xxx

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