The "Road of Life" has led me in many different directions with varying destinations. Who would have ever imagined I would end up "at my age" in the Dallas, Texas area. I chose to leave Texas many years ago headed for adventure in the great "Golden State" of California. I remember writing a paper in an English class about what California had done for me. I specifically said that California had been an "education" for me. Living in California certainly was an education in many ways. I was forced to be in an environment far from home and I was stretched in every possible way.
California taught me the value of becoming a different person. Now granted, some of us are very slow learners. I would hope it never takes anyone who may read this as long as it took me to learn the lessons of life. I learned that there was a huge world beyond the world surrounding the "Little Country Girl" from Bay City, Texas. I learned there was a place where people didn't judge by their color and you were accepted for who you were. At least it appeared to be such. My mind was opened and the world was mine. I just didn't have the ability to reach for the stars. I didn't have the "tools of the trade." God was continually working on me.
I have struggled and continue to struggle with my plot in life of being where I am at the age I am. I am always reminded of the scripture in Joel 2:25 "Then He will make up to me for the years that theswarming locust has eaten, The creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust....And I shall have plenty to eat and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord my God, who has dealt wondrously with me; Then I will never be put to shame. Thus I will know that You are The Lord my God and there is no other." I have inserted the first person to make it personal to me. This scripture is totally about restoration and God is continually restoring me.
The title that has been captioned above my picture "The Mother", seems totally inappropriate as I have never given birth to a biological child. But, just a little over two years ago as I was feeling so totally devastated after a Wednesday night Bible study on "The Root of Bitterness", I was made aware I needed to forgive God for not giving me the opportunity to birth a child in the natural. As a very good friend of mine led me into a time of inner-healing, my FATHER spoke to me and told me he had reserved me to be a "mother to many." What did that mean? You may ask how? At the time I wasn't sure I could "Find the Value" in those words.
Now looking back over the last four years of my life, in many ways I have become! I find it very interesting how just about everyone in my church and even as far away as Zimbabwe calls me Aunt Betty. Just recently I had a newcomer to our congregation tell me "I am going to call you Aunt Betty" and another one "You are my only Aunt Betty." I have one very dear man who calls me "Mama Betty." A couple of years ago as I was abou to leave Zimbabwe, several young girls told me "you have grandchildren in Africa." How awesome is that? As I reach out to my world here in my geographical area to be a mentor, aunt or mom, and me being a part of "Ladies by Design", I do pray you will feel my love and prayers reaching your heart as you read our ministry to quite literally the world. My prayer has been for years, "God I want to make a difference." I choose to believe I will be making a difference in your life as God moves my pen with inspiration as I write from my heart. Stay tuned there are VOLUMES to come.