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Monday, April 20, 2015

Tell Me a True Story Week 04/20/15

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This Story is from my Book "Rescue the Stories Book One" 

I looked around the bleak Exeter railroad station, as my mother placed a box full of kitchen utensils, and an ironing board at the window for shipping to our new home in Oakland. 

The first five years of my life, my dad had not enjoyed a permanent job.   

My Uncle Clarence had encouraged Dad to come to Oakland for a job interview at the Southern Pacific Railroad where he worked.  What anticipation for a new life we hoped to experience when Dad was hired as a switchman for the railroad! 

If Dad needed extra money (which was often) he had the opportunity to work on the extra board, which required 8 hours work and 8 hours off, in a revolving schedule.  Mother would place a sign on the door that read “Day Sleeper, Do Not Disturb.”  This was to discourage the door to door salespersons that frequented our neighborhood. 

One day I decided to play “Sales Lady,” and not yet being able to read, I rang the doorbell repeatedly.  Finally the door opened and it was my dad who gruffly growled, “What do you want?”  Hesitatingly I blurted out, “I was just playing sales lady.” 

Realizing what I had probably woke him up, I was frightened!  I began to sob profusely with huge tears rolling down my face. 

His heart melted!   He opened wide the door, took me in his arms assuring me that all was forgiven, and suggested that I play quiet games when he was asleep.  Needless to say, I did not ring the door bell anymore or play sales lady after that episode. 

Isn’t it strange how we can learn some lessons in life more easily than others?  Often without actually getting hurt.  Shocked, maybe, and even brought to tears, but soon the lesson is over and we automatically resume our daily duties.

Not every thing I have learned through the years has been effortless and trouble-free.  However, the lessons learned through mistakes are most difficult.  Not always can our mistakes simply disappear and go away.  The fruit of many mistakes will follow us through our entire life. 

So what am I saying?  Learn quickly what to avoid and what not to repeat.   Place your faith in Jesus and follow Him.  The Holy Spirit is the perfect teacher and guide to show us the best course for our life.   

If you have made mistakes, understand that all is not lost.  Your route may now be different than you at first anticipated, but even that pathway can be a glorious itinerary with Jesus as your leader.  God does not run out of plans, take plan B, or C or even Z. 
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  1. Those annoying Sales Ladies! What a tender way to teach you a lesson, especially after being woken abruptly! Oh, to be able to learn lessons without causing pain for us and others....sigh.

    Thank you for all the time you take to visit us all. I have to say, I enjoy your comments, on my blog and others, as much as your wonderful stories! Your leadership skills are excellent.

  2. So cute! You painted a great word picture. I agree some mistakes have lasting consequences even though we can find forgiveness with the Savior. David and Bathsheba are a good example of that. Great story Hazel, thanks for the linkup!

  3. Wonderful story, Hazel. "If you have made mistakes, understand that all is not lost. Your route may now be different than you at first anticipated, but even that pathway can be a glorious itinerary with Jesus as your leader." -- This really spoke to me today. Thanks for hosting and God bless.

  4. Hello Hazel, as much as I wish it were not true but this you wrote is very true
    "the lessons learned through mistakes are most difficult. Not always can our mistakes simply disappear and go away. The fruit of many mistakes will follow us through our entire life"
    Thank you for these stories that have lots of life lessons.
    I have been a bit quiet because there were xenophobic attacks in South Africa! Thank God it is calm now and my family and friends are safe. No much damage was done to those around. God proved His faithfulness.
    Many Blessings to you.

  5. What a wonderful story, Hazel! It so speaks to the tender heart of our Father, even when we make mistakes. I always appreciate being here. Blessings to you!

  6. I love your stories, Hazel! I can just picture your father, and can see the loving change of heart as he saw your tears. I know that our Heavenly Father is also moved by our tears. We are told He keeps track of them.

    I have made so many mistakes in life, but I'm sure glad that "God does not run out of plans." He is always working HIS purposes in and through everything - even when we get sidetracked!!


  7. O love this story! Thanks for the touching lesson within it.


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