by Donna Rose Stewart
August 4, 2005, my mother fell, broke her tibia - and my life
changed! I became her caregiver as she healed and in the process
something very unexpected happened. I felt led to return to Spruce
Pine to teach, perform, and to continue my education at Appalachian
State University. My thoughts, feelings and emotions shifted,
and I decided to move back to my hometown.
would I have suspected that I'd feel the way I now do about Spruce
Pine, as I am loving being here with family, friends and people
that I grew up with. I have been gone for 33 years and it's like
starting a new life, but with people who love me.
find myself happy and peaceful, while at the same time confused,
overwhelmed, sure, unsure, anxious, etc., as I move away from
Asheville where I've lived since 1982 and back to a place that,
as a teen-ager, I couldn't wait to leave.
I am visiting churches in the area, looking for my new church
home where I may sing praises and teach voice for God's glory.
Of the churches I've visited so far, the one that has moved me
the most and which is very similar to Biltmore Baptist Church
(but on a much smaller scale, of course) is Abundant
as Mom continues to get better, I'm looking for a job to help
me get to know people here and to make money to get my new voice
continues to amaze me and I've stopped trying to figure out why
things happen the way they do. I try to simply take things as
they come, accepting that God knows what He is doing. It has never
worked when I have tried to take the lead, so I'm now content
to sit back and just follow God's (seemingly ever changing) direction
for my life.
God bless you with His peace and grace,
Donna Rose Stewart
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