Working Hands

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Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 International Children’s Bible 
So I realize that the best thing for people is to be happy. They should enjoy themselves as long as they live. God wants everyone to eat and drink and be happy in his work. These are gifts from God.

 

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2 Timothy 2:15 International Children’s Bible 
Do the best you can to be the kind of person that God will approve, and give yourself to him. Be a worker who is not ashamed of his work—a worker who uses the true teaching in the right way.

 

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Matthew 5:16 Easy-to-Read Version 
In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

 

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As long as there are women in the world, men will have a greatly exaggerated idea of how many things take care of themselves. Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

 

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This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  George Bernard Shaw

 

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When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on!  Author Unknown

 

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Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  Newt Gingrich

 

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You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.  Joe Namath

 

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When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum.  Author Unknown

 

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I’ve never known work like the women of not so long ago. I look at the hands of my mother and grandmother, only pictures now, they clearly were gnarled, wrinkled, and worn by all they had to do to keep food on the table, children reared, and jobs outside the home to bring in what little money they could earn for their family.

 

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I’m no stranger to working hands. The last eighteen years of my teaching career I taught drama. Writing my own plays, setting up the lighting, making props, scenery, and costumes, physically walking my students through the action onstage, showing them how to manipulate certain props to create an authentic reality, all done celebrating the joy of creativity blossoming within me and experiencing joy multiplied in the eyes of children excited, surprised, and delighted with their own efforts.

Tending home and garden are other extensions of my handiwork.

For the past several years my devotional writings brought me closer to You, Dear Lord, and through sharing my thoughts with others, hopefully brought others closer to You, Heavenly Father.

I can take no credit for the work I’ve accomplished. I can say how blessed I’ve been to have the energy, know-how, creativity, health, and time to do whatever was needed.

Saying I expected no appreciation would be a lie. Doesn’t everyone want to feel their efforts are worthy?

Tired as I’ve been using my hands, mind, body, in work, with it also comes the peace that passes understanding. I’m not just talking about peace after exhaustion, though that is surely there, the peace of knowing my efforts may in some way assist others in their journey in this world.

The energy to keep on keeping on has always come from You, Dear Lord. I have not always been aware of Your hands working alongside mine, guiding me, leading me, encouraging me. Age, years of living, hindsight, all bring with it knowledge that I’ve truly never been alone.

You’ve blessed me, Lord; You’ve sustained me, Father; You’ve given me periods of rest when I truly was in need; You’ve also provided aid through other working hands. Thank You for Your provisions, Your strength, Your help, Your presence, Your constant love and protection. Amen

 

 

 

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