By Dawn Teer / Contributing Writer
Standing in Faith
For the last eight months, I have done very little writing. My heart wasn’t in it.
Lately, though, I began to feel my heart restored and the need to write has begun to beat inside.
Encouraged by comments on my Facebook page, here I am again.
Interestingly enough, today is three years from when I began a new challenge in my life. You see, three years ago I moved to Heber Springs and became Editor of The Sun Times.
While there I was challenged as a writer, a journalist and as a person. Writing is a gift. I know, anyone can “write”, but to tell a story in such a way where you are not part of the story or where you
don’t “spin” it, is a gift.
In college, I was told that the genre was Creative Nonfiction. That is my
genre. Journalism is supposed to be reporting facts. Without “spin”.
If you follow the news media today, you know that isn’t always the case. A reporter can report the truth, without always stating all
the facts and vice versa.
I felt I reported both truth and facts. Not everyone likes that. But, I am
okay with that.
The paper sold in June and I began to feel differently about my job. I was miserable but wasn’t sure what I needed to do. I was very conflicted. Then in September last year, after much wondering what God was trying to tell me to do, I prayed.
I told Him, “You know me. It has to be clear.”
That was a Tuesday night. The next day my boss called me and asked me to meet him at my office around 1:00 p.m.
When I arrived we went into my office and he informed me they were closing my office, as well as several others, and I was being let go.
Talk about clear! I was given a severance package for
my years of service. I stepped out in faith knowing if God brought me to it, He would see me through it.
Now, I have been a Christian for many years and have seen God do some pretty awesome things. I have great faith, but many times I try to go through closed doors.
This time I told Him don’t let me do that. Guide my steps. He took me at my word and I took Him at His.
Faith is the assurance of the things we hope for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1.
For the last two months (six really), I have had the absolute pleasure to live this scripture.
Watching God provide for me in every way and blessing me more than I deserve. But then, we are all unworthy. It has, at times, been tense. Faith is what I had to cling to when things looked bleak.
He always honors faithfulness, in His timing, which is always perfect. You see, had I not lost my job, moved home to Stuttgart, then been available, thanks to the COVID 19 pandemic which kept me from starting a job with the census, things would have been different.
But He knew how it would play out. I was steadfast in my faith and trusted that He was in control.
For the last two months, I have had the joy of being with my grandchildren, Holden and Hattie Jo, pretty much on a daily basis, five or six days a week.
I assure you, there is nothing greater.
One thing I decided to do was rename this column.
My grands call my Yeah Yeah and these writings are from Yeah Yeahs heart. I hope you like them and that they make you smile.
Until next time…