Entry Submitted by K at 9:31 PM EDT on April 4, 2017
To those who have read my posts, I try not to sound like a stuffed shirt. But when I was in college at age 17, I had a writing course and a professor that encouraged me to keep writing. She gave me an "F" grade for each paper. That encouraged me because I really didn't want to flunk the class! So I would write till 3 in the morning, get a few hours sleep and head off to classes. When I went into the writing classroom, I was given another paper with a bright red grade on it. You guessed it, another "F". Finally, I dug deep and found the courage to go to her and let her know I knew the English language and was not flunking my writing classes in high school. I asked her why I was flunking in her class. She apologized and told me she would take a closer look at my work this time. The following class, I received my paper, looked at it and didn't find a red letter at the top of the paper, but I did find a "D-"! The reason I am sharing this is because it is hard to find value in your work when you get poor grades, or when you receive negative comments. Even when you believe they are unjust. A person may try not to believe the grade or the comment reflects who they are, but when the negatives keep on coming, a person has two choices, they can either believe what they see or hear, or they can consult the Creator, who doesn't make junk.
Through that writing class, I learned to love writing and attempted a few more pieces. I was published in Western Horseman, and also became a contributing writer for a product magazine. During those days, I became interested in graphic art and started my own business. While I created and sold advertising, I designed pieces for campgrounds and was hired to do work by Best Western. Along the way, I began producing works of art and had been juried into a private fine art gallery.
I have also been able to earn a Bachelors degree at Lancaster Bible College and a Masters degree from Liberty University while raising 4 children as a single parent. After graduation, I worked in child welfare and spent the best years of my life working with mostly teens. Many of the teens on my caseload called me mom, learned to make good choices for themselves and all of them graduated from high school. I will admit, sometimes I spent nights at a foster home, took a child for equine therapy that helped him learn better choices, and coached parents who were going to have to give up their children as well.
One day I heard the Judge who heard C&Y cases saw to another Judge, "I wish I could find a caseworker that knew what it was like to raise children alone, with barely any money and haul 2 kids and a stroller onto a bus with an armload of groceries". Well, you guessed it! I dug deep, I had no money, but I found the courage to approach the Judge and told him he found the caseworker he was looking for. From that point in time, every case I took to court was carefully handled and understood, and when I asked for a child to be returned home or to be placed in a certain type of home, it was so ordered. We did lots of great things for those kids!
Why am I sharing this? When things look like the pieces are missing, or that there are people who just have no clue, you never know! If your still small voice tries to hold you back, remember who you are not junk and move forward. Within yourself are the tools for living and for loving life. The Creator has equipped you, willing to teach you and knows exactly how to guide you through life for your best interest and the best interest of others. You are not on this Earth to move people along but walk with them, You are on this earth to find goodness in yourself and others,
There are still many things I could share, maybe another post, I hope this is an encouraging post This is one my drawings.