Thursday, December 31, 2015

An Unlikely Gift

Today is Spiritual Journey Thursday, a day for me to spend some time turning toward God.  December's theme has turned out to be gifts.  Please feel free to join me on this journey each Thursday with Holly Mueller and friends.

Dear Spiritual Journey Friends,

These past five months have been a true test for me.  

A test of strength. 

A test of faith.

As you know, Megan started her first year of teaching in August.  It was during this time when I had never felt so helpless as a mother.  Megan was miserable, and I would say a little bit scared. She had just spent the last four years of her life preparing for a career in which she now hated. She threw her hands up in the air and wanted to quit so many times.

I didn't know what to do; so I prayed.  I left the house each morning with a pit in the bottom of my stomach.  And I worried all day long.  During our moment of silence each day at school, I prayed a mother's plea, "God, please help her."  

I felt like my own prayers were not enough, so I called on many of you to pray for her too.

And you did.

Little by little God started to reveal His answer in an unlikely gift.

Megan has one student in particular who has some difficult emotional needs and who is Megan's biggest challenge as a teacher.  

One day, Megan showed me a picture of her student, "J," and she had completely surrounded herself with cardboard dividers.  I knew then there was more to this little girl than neither Megan nor I could imagine.  But what I didn't know was that she was the very person who would save Megan.

One day Megan came home and told me about a letter "J" had written her.  She looked at me and said, "Mom, she just wants to be loved."  I wrote about that letter here.

God's answer was being revealed day by day.

Then another time, Megan and "J" had  lunch together.  "J" confided in Megan and told her that she trusted Megan because she was her teacher.  I wrote about that here

I knew then that God had answered my prayers, our prayers.  He has placed in Megan's hands a gift, a gift which Megan never expected and a gift which helped her to realize she was called to be a teacher.

Thank you my friends.  I think she is going to make it.


  1. I do believe in prayer. But I also believe in the presence of God in each of us. Megan is seeing God in this child and learning that she is important, her words, her example, her teaching all matter. Thanks for sharing this journey.

  2. I am crying. I can't imagine how hard it must be as a mom to watch your child struggle like this. Seeing the power of prayer and the power of God is such a gift. Thank you for reaching out and thank you for sharing the answer to prayer. It sounds like Megan found out why she's there this year and the REAL meaning of teaching!! Continued prayers for a positive year and for you my friend!!!! Happy New Year!

  3. What a wonderful NEW Year post! Thank you for sharing your mother's heart. Praise God that your daughter has found peace. God bless you and your daughter in your ministries for the Lord. ..And even though I didn't know your story previously, and so I am not one of those who prayed, your story makes me ask, anyway, if you would please extend the compliment and pray for my daughter to know God's Will for her life--teaching or not. Blessed New Year! Thank you!

  4. Sometimes it takes quite a long time for gifts to manifest themselves.Your prayers were heard and received. In turn, your daughter blossomed as a teacher.

  5. The first year of teaching is SOOOO hard! What a wonderful thing to see God in action. Your prayers, as well as those to whom you reached out, are a powerful thing!

  6. I rejoice for you and for your daughter! Prayer is so powerful. I'm so thankful that God is clearly at work here. Thank you for sharing this powerful story. Continued prayers for your daughter in her first year of teaching.