Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Summer. The show-stopper season. My favorite of all. Officially ended. Because school started today. And my first morning back at work went something like this.... "I'm sorry we don't have a folder for you at this table. Are you a facilitator?" "Yes," I replied. "Well, you're in the wrong place. You need to go over there." Confidently, the lady directed me to a different area. I went to the room that she indicated. A sign over the door said: FACILITATOR. Wow! I thought. The Student Service Facilitators (SSF's) in the county school system get to go to their own private room to pick up their workshop information for opening day. All six of us. And the remaining 1, 494 certified personnel are standing in two tremendously long lines. Waiting. To get theirs. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? I thought so. It took about fifteen minutes for me to figure out that this room had been designated for employees who were going to facilitate at these workshops. Not for the SSF's. I was in the wrong place. Again. So, then, I went to the line on the left. The longest. Slowest-moving line. Only to discover that because I failed to register on-line before school ended last year--what was I thinking?--I was still in the wrong line. And I still didn't know where to go. When I found the right line. The Registration Line. I did what I should have done three months ago. I registered. Then I got what I needed: Where to go. When. And what to do. And directions to get there. Have you ever had a morning like that? Or a day like that? You didn't know where you should go. When to be there. Or what to do. Sometimes, we get confused about the direction that we need to take because we don't accept the responsibility of following through on a project or an endeavor. At times, people who think that they know us and think that they know where we should go send us off in the wrong direction. God doesn't want us to be misdirected. He doesn't want us to feel like we're in the slow lane, going nowhere. He wants us to be like the psalmist and ask for direction. Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths (Psalm 25). When we ask Him to show us His ways. His paths. The plans that He has for us. He does. He's faithful to direct us. Each step that we take. No matter how far away you are from where you really want to be. Is too far away for Him to bring you back. To bring you closer. His ways. His paths. His direction. Always take us to Him. Sweet dreams, Deb


  1. Oh dear Deb,
    How I loved this post. Even if it was written at your expense, I mean, you didn't go into too many details about how your day went, but I know you are sharing with us the lessons you learned the hard way.

    Thank you for doing that.

    It motivates me to keep seeking the Lord's direction at all times. Daily. Moment by moment.

    Thank you, and I pray you will have a meaningful year ahead of you, as you wait for the way out. He has the perfect time for you, always.


  2. I loved the post...and am so glad to find your blog....I bookmarked it to come back and read more...Have a great day

  3. Don't want to rub it in, but we've got summer 'til the day after Labor Day. Stopping by from SITS...Happy Thursday!

  4. First test of the new year...besides that's what makes for meaningful moments to share on your blog!

  5. What a frustrating morning! Glad you could find a life lesson in the midst of it all.

  6. A very good post indeed. I do know I always end up in the slowest lane... good to learn a life lesson from it!

    Just stopping by from SITS to say hi.

    Come on over and join my PHOTO Challenge. It's funny, easy and has a great reward! Drawing on Sunday - prize... A 12 issue subscription to Harpers Bazaar. Don't miss out on this one!

    See you!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am too learning that I easily get misdirected and it's only God who can put me back on the right path. Glad that you found out what you needed to do to register.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  8. Deb, I love reading your posts. And this one hit me right between the eyes, as I have been seeking God for direction.

    I have made many wrong turns in my life. Gone places not planned by God. Only allowed. And along such paths I am usually lost for a while. Not spiritually lost, but confused and perplexed about what to do.

    I only want His chosen paths. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful.

    And thank you for rejoicing with me and praying for my husband. God is so, so good.

    Take care. Be blessed as you begin your new year. I will be thinking of you.


  9. Oh, yes, I've had days like that when I felt I was going from one place to the next, thinking I was where I was supposed to be. Spiritually and literally. Thank you for these insights.

    To answer your question in your comment at my blog, yes, I've often thought about doing editorial and political writing. I do write to my senators and congressman on issues, as well as letters to the editor of the local papers. My blog isn't specifically political but I always have an opinion! lol

  10. Yes, I have days like this ... seasons in fact! Bless your heart. I'm not sure just exactly your role in the school system, but I commend you for being there and for investing in the lives of others.

    Red tape, wrong lines, and late registrations seem to be the way of things anymore. We sure do waste a lot of time trying to get where we're going -- human error. Thankfully, our spiritual walk is less encumbered.

    Blessings and peace to you as you make your way through this transition into the new school year.


  11. Love this, Deb ... He truly does direct our paths when we are willing to listen to His instructions. I am amazed at how He orchestrates things that I could never have come up with. He's so good.

    Thank you so much for my blogging award! That means alot to me! I am going to post it on my blog tomorrow (along with a couple of others I rec'd this week) and give you all some kudos as well! ;0)

    Your writing is so good, Deb. Keep it up ... I can see by your growing Followers that others agree! ;0) You'll get to that 5,000!!

  12. So true. That was beautiful. Have a great weekend.

  13. Dropping by from sits.

    Happy Saturday everyone!

    Make it a happy day!

    Ms Cupcake
    Zen Cupcake

  14. So well put....

    Have a beautiful day.

  15. I truly always feel as though you write these posts just for me! They always speak to my heart in some way. Please come to my blog, I have an award for you! :o)


    Teresa <><

  16. I needed to read that verse today. Fo sho.

    Thank you so much!


  17. I had a feeling it was too good to be true with one room for six people!

    Stopping by from SITS to say "welcome." I know that you will enjoy being a part of this vibrant community of bloggers!
    carma :-)

  18. You found me, I found you! Your blog is wonderful! I especially loved your profile and devout voice about Jesus Christ. He is the way and the truth and the light. I get so much encouragement from him each and every day and sometimes what I give back to him feels insignificant.

  19. Hi Deb...I love this post! You've got a great blog here and this is a wonderful message!

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me!

  20. Thanks for the great thought - wonderful! Just over from SITS to welcome you to the SITSahood. Hope your week is a great one.

  21. Deb, just this morning I was reminded again in Jeremiah, "'For I know the plans I have for you.' says the LORD..."

    If we listen and follow, He always has us standing in the right line.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. It's so precious to me that you always conclude your thoughts with telling me to have "sweet dreams". Lovely.


  22. Welcome to SITS...I'm glad you got it right in the end :)