"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto...

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." These words from Proverbs have been proved many times in my life, and my gratitude for God's guidance increases each day. I have come to recognize God as the source of all good, the source of all right ideas and activities; and whenever I have successfully kept self-will out of the way and truly listened for God's direction, wonderful opportunities to serve others have unfolded.

Following college graduation I planned to continue with graduate study. However, I received a telephone call from a nearby school district inquiring if I was interested in a particular position. I had already registered for graduate classes, but as I turned to God for direction, I felt led to investigate the job offer. The school district was willing to accommodate my schedule so that I could continue with many of my college classes. The result was a harmonious balance of activities and a rewarding year, complete with graduate degree. That spring another position in this school district was offered to me, and it has proved to be an ideal job.

God's guidance has been evident in other aspects of my life, including finding right companionship in a very nurturing and loving marriage. My husband and I are both in careers that allow for sabbaticals, and after much prayer and consideration we recently decided to apply for such a leave. There were many obstacles to overcome. But as I prayed, administrative approval (which had not been given for sabbaticals in recent years) was granted, a substitute of my choosing was hired, a temporary move was arranged, housing needs were met perfectly, and the studies and experiences proved to be enriching far beyond our expectations.

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April 15, 1991

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