She always resists the current.
Walking when others run...
Running when they walk.
She declares it unnecessary to
be like the "Jones's"...
whoever they are.
If "everyone is doing it",
she is skeptical.
Is the media pushing it?
Must be an agenda...
She is the finest example of stubborn
that I know...
She follows her conscience...
right or wrong.
Her parents told her it was
o.k. to be different... if that
was your conviction.
"You don't have to follow the
crowd", they said.
"You are a Preacher's Kid. There
will be those who will try to get
you to slip up. They will feel
better about themselves", they told
She got stronger.
The kids at school were cruel.
They teased, for she only wore dresses
and put her hair in funny arrangements,
since it had never been cut.
She made friends with them...
or...if that wasn't possible
just ignored them.
She learned that adults had much
wisdom to share.
In high school she hung out with the
Christian College Kids to whom her
They were a good influence.
Many a night after a Bible Study there was
the run to Burger King for a Whopper with
this crowd. Conversations were wholesome.
She studied the Word and soaked up as much
as she possibly could.
She watched, and learned from, a married
friend of her parents. She adored
Then as life traveled on its course this
girl became a woman and married.
Life began twisting and turning.
Soon two became three...and then four.
Nothing done the easy way.
Selling homes, new jobs, health crises.
All a part of "The Plan"...all requiring a rebel.
When houses needed to be sold she learned to sell
them herself. The money that would have gone to
a realtor was needed to acquire the next home.
Clipping coupons became sport. How much would she
save this week. They would make it...
Unexpectedly, there was another on the way.
There was no maternity insurance.
Life was too "planned out" for that.
The baby stuff had just been sold...
She buckled down and investigated options.
Baby girl was born after four long months of
God took care of the finances.
Ahhh...now we come to the important part
of the story.
This woman is not a rebel on her own.
She has a constant companion who walks with
her. He is the Holy Spirit and He is leading
and guiding. He gives her Wisdom from above.
Sometimes she rebels against Him.
He allows it...but loves her back to Himself.
The consequences of these episodes teach her.
They teach her that things are much more pleasant
if she doesn't take those stubborn steps away from
His still small voice.
The rebel is being conquered.
She is surrendering her will...one day at a time.
It is sweet.
In surrender is found all of her peace and joy.
Could she have done things differently over the
past 41 years?
But she knows that all of these experiences
have made her who she is today.
One who knows and speaks her mind.
One who cares so much for her family.
One who grasps the value of knowing the Word.
One who simply loves sitting with her elders
and listening to the ways they learned life's
One who has a lot more to learn.
I am her...and she is me...