[Jesus said] “If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” Matthew 10:38

Graduation picture -- June 1964

Graduation picture — June 1964

When I went to California at age of eighteen (3 weeks after graduating from high school), it didn’t take me long to realize I’d left my lifeline back in Iowa with my parents and friends and family in my small Iowa town. I remember sitting in a YWCA in a room (approximately 8 feet by 14 feet with a twin bed, four-drawer dresser, and one window with a view of another building) feeling all alone. I had to buy my own food, cook it in a common kitchen, and eat alone.

The only person I knew was my future Navy husband Glen. He’d come by as many evenings as he could get off base, and we’d go for a walk and grab a soda or twenty-cent burger. I worked a few blocks down the street and met a few ladies to hang out with when Glen had weekend duty.

For four months, my first concern was survival, but I had left home with my Father, who looked after me. Together, we made it through my first attempt at independence.

Lord, thank you for helping me become independent of my earthly parents. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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