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Dorothy Mays Clark - Actor/ Singer/ Director/ Playwright
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Keep Pushing Forward!

It’s amazing that February is the shortest month of the year, yet it’s packed with important events to educate us about our history, our health and our hearts! And, speaking of hearts, Yes, it’s time for  Valentine’s Day. On this one day, many people show their love              towards one another in the form of candy, flowers, cards, elaborate trips, etc. Some persons celebrate by proposing to their loved one. Others celebrate their wedding               anniversary. Then, also, somewhere is a group of people who are single who try to figure out how to celebrate this day.  And as a single woman, it is also a time to be reminded that...  I’m single. I have no problem with this fact through the year, but it’s                 something about the month of   February that reminds me of my_______(decision, circumstance, situation, etc.- you can fill this in as you choose).
Some singles become bitter and hate the idea of Valentine’s Day. Some feel that it is over   commercialized. Some decide to make the most of it and spend time with family and/ or friends. So,  I have experience in most of these categories, yet I wanted to share my testimony about how years ago I was led to “work” on Valentine’s Day. The idea was to produce the production of “I’m Weak, Lord!” at the State Theater in downtown Austin. I felt like there was no better way to not concentrate on the day than to concentrate on the day.
It was my belief that if I worked on Valentine’s Day I wouldn’t think about having no one to spend the special day with. In essence, I would spend it with several people. I guess, I didn’t think about the fact that to pull this off, I would be pulling some persons away from their own loved ones to help in the production. So, of course, I received a lot of negative feedback:
*           “Doesn’t she know that’s  Valentine’s  Day?”
*           “What is she thinking?”
*           “That’s not a good move!”
*           “You’re not going to get a good crowd on Valentine’s Day!”
And so on and so forth. It became very depressing to hear all of the unkind words and remarks. But, God always sends people your way to counter the “negatives” with “positives”. There was so much   encouragement and help to get that production done, I knew that it was from God!
Finally, on Valentine’s Day, several people gathered in the theater for both the 5:30 p.m. and the 8:30 p.m. show. The audience represented married couples, single persons and those who were getting to know each other through dating. The audience members laughed, they cried and rejoiced at the end. Overall, everyone had a good time!
Later, I thanked God as I heard several comments that it was such a good idea to have this play on Valentine’s Day. One young lady told me that she and her husband enjoyed it so much because there is not that much for Christian couples to do on Valentine’s Day. She went on to say that it offered them an option other than the traditional dinner and that’s it.
Hmmm! Who would have ever thought that through my singleness, others would be blessed? Who would have thought? It just goes to show that “…with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37, KJV)
So, whatever it is that you are thinking, whatever it is you are wishing, whatever it is that you are dreaming, give it over to God and watch Him work! By the way, several of those same naysayers had events on the next Valentine’s Day!
I’m sharing all of this in hopes of encouraging someone to hang in there, to stand and to trust God! Whatever He gives you to do, He will equip you to do! And don’t worry about what others may say or think! Keep pushing forward!


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