Open Doors

God doesn’t open doors on demand.  He opens doors for His purposes. Years ago I desperately wanted to change my teaching situation. I came across a job opening that appeared absolutely perfect. It mirrored exactly what I envisioned my next career step might be. I was thrilled. I could use the skills I was best at and enjoyed most. This match was too great not to pursue. I visualized all the ideas and experience I could offer in my new assignment as a reading specialist as if I were already there. I prayed for Jesus to guide me during the interview and to provide that job for me. Friends prayed with me to affirm that this was what God would choose for me. One dear wise friend prayed that God would open the door to the place He intended for me to be and that I would feel His presence wherever He placed me. I was so disappointed that she didn’t ask God to provide me the specific teaching position I wanted. My other friends prayed that I would be given what I desired. She prayed only for God’s will. Later I came to understand that she was able to seek the Lord for me in a more accepting manner and honor His sovereignty.

The teaching job went to someone else. I was entrusted with an enduring lesson about God’s provision and patience with me. He worked in and through me while I remained in my familiar classroom environment. A beautiful 3 year old child from Ireland joined my class the next year. Donnacha immediately stole a piece of my heart. He displayed developmental delays and was not yet speaking. He was busy, curious, and noisy. My experience showed me that despite delays Donnacha was an exceptionally bright child who would flourish given correct teaching methods. The Lord brought this family here for 2 years on a work exchange with Intel. Donnacha’s parents expressed concern about the stigma and prejudice he could face when they returned to Ireland. God gave me two years with Donnacha in my classroom. He returned to Ireland to join his typical peers in a regular school program.  God opened a door for Donnacha and for me to display His compassion for us both.

Because I love Jesus, my life and teaching career are not directed by my will alone. I praise God that He didn’t allow me to walk through doors without Him. He had His hand on marvelous details that He alone orchestrated behind the scenes. Growing up in faith gave me the understanding that it isn’t my own work but rather His work that pleases Him most and opens the door to His blessing.

 

 

Susan Kendall is a retired elementary special education teacher. She writes and then re-writes again and again. She especially enjoys poetry and memoir and desires to honor the Lord in every piece. She attended the 2015 Class seminars Contreat and meets with a Christian writers critique group in Albuquerque. You can visit her blog at simplewordsbysusan.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKING DISCIPLES

MAKING DISCIPLES

Making disciples

Answering the call of Christ

Keeper of God’s truth

Invite compassion

Not leaving it to others

Give God’s love yourself

 

Do the Gospel work

Imitator of His love

Serving Jesus well

Christ living through me

I can trust God’s saving grace

Puts away my sin

Live for Christ’s passion

Everyone is called to serve

See Christ work in you

God’s Work

GOD’S WORK

Abundantly loving all who seek truth

Bringing sweet fellowship as worshipers pray

Covering prayers with the fragrance of peace

Delighted with those who reach out to love

Evidence of hearts that understand grace

Faithful in failure and seeking out hope

Giving His presence that comforts and heals

Hovering over the one who is lost

Introducing salvation in a dark world

Justified by the One who is perfect

Kindness is revealed in Christ’s sacrifice

Lighting the path back to safety and faith

Merciful Messiah always within

New words of His wisdom and mercy to hear

Obedience will bless pure hearts with joy

Praise is the response that will move mountains

Quietly waiting for God’s graceful touch

Reverent eyes carefully watch His face

Salvation is found in His sacrifice

Truth appears and now freedom wins the crown

Uncompromised in beauty and promise

Victorious Savior has ransomed me

Worthy of worship the cross made Him King

Xtreem love cancelled the burden of sin

Yearning for light to overshadow dark

Zealous that His truth would smother the lie

 

Expecting Easter

 

EXPECTING EASTER

Easter joy abounds

Xtra prayers and songs of praise

Pleasing to His heart

Expecting His grace

Carefully waiting on God

To awaken me

Inviting me close

Near enough to trust Christ’s love

Given free to me

Enter His passion

Alive and strong to secure

Salvation for all

To save those who will

Enter His presence with a

Resurrected heart

Stepping Forward

STEPPING FORWARD

Searching for God’s path

Take His outstretched hand in mine

Entering new days

Prayer becomes my guide

Preparing me for blessing

If I heed His words

Now is time for hope

God will strengthen those He calls

Faith will be my sight

On paths where He leads

Rest and safety cover me

When I see God’s grace

And doors will open

Righting wrongs, moving mountains

Daring me to trust

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will

Hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Is. 30:21

Susan Kendall 2-6-17

Savior In A Manger

SAVIOR IN A MANGER

Son of God Most High
Angels sing the Savior’s song
Visions of God’s love
In a dusty stall
On a Holy Baby’s head
Rests the Light of God
Inviting lost souls
Needy, searching, grieving ones
A blessed word of hope
Messiah offers
A message of holy love
Now made known to all
God’s Son clothed in flesh
Each day speaks the Living Word
Raising death to life

Susan Kendall
12-11-2016

Offering of Joy

 

Offering of Joy

Blessings come through tears
My joy is an offering
Lifting praise to God

Grief does not persist
Joy brings fragrant offerings
Trusting God is close

Joy becomes my gift
To honor God who keeps me
Worshipping His name

Leaning on my Lord
Thinking of a soul now free
Joy is finding me

Handing me His peace
Jesus is my source of joy
Offered back to Him