Saturday, November 28, 2009


Oseola McCarty
Our Pastors have been preaching all month about being a GIVER. It made me think about “Being a Difference Maker”.

The word says: That each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. NIV 1Peter 4:10
Each of you has been blessed with one of God's many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. 1 Peter 4:10 (Contemporary English Version)

What is a Difference Maker?
1. Known for their deep commitments.
2. Deeply desires to be a responsible decision maker.
3. Want their lifestyle to match their rhetoric.
4. Someone who treats people with dignity, and respect.
5. Leaves a Legacy.
6. Inspires others to be a Difference Maker.
Difference makers are missed when they aren’t involved. There’s a hole that needs to be filled. Without them there’s often a vacuum of trust and heartfelt service.
One of my favorite Difference Maker is: Oseola McCarty - She makes me know that I can do more and give more.
Oseola McCarty
Born Oseola McCarty, March 7, 1908, in Wayne County, MS; daughter of Lucy McCart.Education: Eureka Elementary, Hattiesburg, MS, sixth grade.Religion: Baptist.
Career:Washed and ironed clothes, 1918-94. Donated $150,000 to the Univ. of Southern Mississippi, 1995.
Life's Work
Oseola McCarty, a quiet, thoughtful woman from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, dropped out of school in the sixth grade to care for her sick aunt and grandmother. From that point on and for the next 78 years, she spent her life doing other people's laundry using only a large pot and a scrub board and never revealing a secret. She never left the home she was raised in, never married and had children, and never learned to drive because she was content with what she had and she was. In July of 1995 McCarty, then 87 years old, rose from obscurity and sparked national attention because her generosity touched the hearts of so many people.
What Are You Doing To Be A Difference Maker?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Girl That Will Not Be Forgotten

Emure Ekiti Nigeria

As I ponder over my trip in January 2009 to Africa I am reminded about the young lady that asked me not to forget her. I don’t even know her name. She put my hands on her face and said “Please don’t forget me”. Every time I think about that statement my eyes tear up. One thing I do know is that she made a big impression on me. Sometimes when we come back from a mission trip we can tend to get back into our old routines’ and forget about the promises we made too many that really are depending on us to make a difference. Even with all of the many obstacles that we have faced with getting things completed in preparation of our next trip it reminds me that it is not about me/us.

The mission that is bigger than us and cannot be accomplished without the power and wisdom of God reminds us that He’s in the plans. Not everyone will believe in the work that you are doing or will think it is as important as the next cause. God calls certain people to certain missions and remember yours will be different than the next persons. Continue to stand strong in what He has called you to do no matter the obstacles. Remember someone is depending on you to be the one to keep your promise.

This for all that God has called to Africa or the inner city communities in your city. I continue to pray for those that God has called to make a difference in the lives of those living in extreme poverty in 3rd world countries or inner city communities of your city. Stand strong and don’t give up. Many are depending on you.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Yolanda Conley Shields, October 2009-

Sunday, November 8, 2009


We find ourselves daily waiting on things. We spend a lot of time wondering when will my healing, husband, wife, children, financial breakthrough, next big deal, next approved proposal come. We could list many other things. During my devotional time I began to meditate on what we should be doing during the waiting period. We know what the word says, but we still try to rush the process or bypass some of the steps. When we interrupt the process it slows us down and delays it even more. The devotional below gives a great perspective on the waiting period.
Waiting on Tenterhooks

Elisabeth Elliot

"Be still and know that I am God." "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10).

Now why does God keep us so often it seems on tenterhooks. I had to confess I had to look up what tenterhooks means. I've used it all my life, but I discovered that it is a sharp-hooked nail used for fastening clothe on a tenter. Well of course, I had to find out what a tenter is. A machine or frame for stretching clothe. So it's just as if God puts us on some kind of a stretcher at times when we are very uncertain as to what's going to happen next or what God might want us to do next. And so it is an unavoidable uncertainty.
And of course God's purpose always is to teach us to trust Him and obey Him. You know the old Gospel song, "Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."

"Nothing is more educating to our souls. It's a special exercise in faith, patience, conformity to God's will when we are kept in the balance of yes and no--an exercise in complete detachment." And the constant check of unavoidable uncertainty shows that it is one of God's special lessons.
So we will be glad God unfolds His plan to us only a day's journey at a time because it keeps us in closer touch and closer dependence on Him. Are you glad that God unfolds His plan only a day's journey at a time? Why does He do it? He does it because it keeps us in closer touch and closer dependence on Him. That ought to be a good enough answer to our question as to why God keeps us on tenterhooks.

What situation do you find yourself in today? Is it one of unavoidable uncertainty? Of course the Israelites were in a panic, and yet when they could look back and tell their children about that amazing and wonderful experience, how marvelously it proves the faithfulness of God. He's never late. He knows exactly what He's doing. And He has promised to fight for us. Don't worry just because your uncertainty is unavoidable.
"Be still and know that I am God" (
Ps. 46:10).

Yolanda Conley Shields November 2009