Our Weekly Message for May 15, 2002

Greetings, friends,

I hope your day has been as lucky as mine. Talking about "when God closes a door and opens a window" ..... First, a zip disk stuck in my hard drive. I rushed it up to the computer store and the tech was able to retrieve it and repair my hard drive in 10 minutes (thank you God!). Next, our (new) refrigerator has not worked for a week....the repairman came today and fixed it. We can now have real groceries! It is amazing how much we take for granted. I am rejoicing today.

Here are some thoughts for the day:

"Things may come to those who wait, but only what's left from those who hustle." author unknown

"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?" Fanny Brice

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."  Eleanor Roosevelt

School is quickly drawing to a close and time is running short to make summer camp arrangements. If you are considering a private camp and having an instructor come to your school, keep in mind that we offer a Visual Notes Video of over 40 fantastic routines of all styles and levels that you can preview and select to be taught at your camp. You keep the video with not only performances but walk-throughs of each routine so that you can review or learn other routines not taught at camp. If you would like to receive a bid for a private camp for your team (at no obligation to you), utilize the online Private Camp Bid form.

Thinking back to the phrase, "When God closes a door, He opens a window," we sometimes forget that closed doors are not all bad. Just as the two small incidences today seemed monumental, it made me appreciate the two repair technicians for their knowledge and care for their work. It made me more aware and appreciative of the small things. The article below further explains why sometimes a closed door can bring to light important insights into our lives. 

I hope you have a wonderful week. In two more weeks, the weekly messages will take the summer off as we travel around the country. We will resume in August. Don't forget to keep in touch!

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


Closed Doors

We need to learn to praise the Lord as much for a closed door as we do an open door. The reason God closes doors is because He has not prepared anything over there for us. If he didn't close the wrong door, we would never find the right door. God directs our path through the closing and opening of doors. Once a door closes, it forces you to change your course. Another door closes, it forces you to change your course again. Then, finally, you find the open door and you walk right into your blessing.

The Lord directs our paths through the opening and closing of doors, but instead of praising him for the closed door (which keeps us out of trouble); we get upset because we "judge by the appearances." You have an ever-present help in the time of trouble that is always standing guard. Because He walks ahead of you, He can spot trouble down the road and set up a roadblock or detour accordingly. But through our lack of wisdom, we try to tear down the roadblocks or push aside the detour sign. Then the minute we get into trouble, we start crying, "Lord, how could You have done this to me?"

We have got to realize that the closed door can be a blessing. Didn't He say that no good thing would He withhold from them that love Him?  If you get terminated from your job, praise God for the new opportunities that will manifest themselves: it might be another job, it might be school. If that man or woman won't return your call, it might not be them, it might be the Lord setting up a roadblock (just let it go).

One time, a person had a bank they had been in business with for many years tell them "No!" to a $10,000 loan. The Lord put in their spirit to call another bank. That bank gave them $40,000 at a lower interest rate than the first bank was offering.

We can sometimes trap ourselves in doubt and discouragement through judging by appearances. Be grateful for the many times our Father has closed doors to us just to open them in the most unexpected places.

The Lord won't always say in spoken words: "Go to the left, now to the right" ...sometimes He will just close the doors that are wrong for you.

God Bless You Always!

A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of "Camp Complaining"
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o "thank" is a command
U ntil we see Him coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there'll be good times and yes some will be bad,but...
Z ion waits in glory...where none are ever sad!

"I am too blessed to be stressed!" 

The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.


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