Wednesday Witness - Laura Holleman

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There are many times in life when circumstances cause me to question God’s care and provision. I am, in fact, in the midst of one of those times at the moment. But I can always look back at where I was and where I am now and I will remember that God does indeed care for me tenderly.

Several years ago I was a single mom of two barely teenaged children. My son is mentally disabled and we had been living with my parents for a while. That eventually proved to be too much of a burden for everyone involved and I felt that the time had come for me to move out to make life easier for my parents as they were nearing their late 60s. At that time, I had no car and very little income – I had about 10 paying music students (and several non-paying!)

Even though I couldn’t see how this move could possibly work, I felt that it was the right thing to do and did all that I could to trust God. I found a very inexpensive but decent place to live that would be available within a few weeks. I paid the deposit and rent, waited, and trusted. Before it was time to move, I was offered a part time position at a church preschool, where I taught for five years. A couple at my church desperately needed to sell their car. Someone – I will never know who – bought the car and gave it to me. They blessed two families with one car purchase! It was a small Chevrolet, standard shift, and it saw us through many trips to work, out of town doctor visits, and even a small vacation. My daughter learned to drive in that tiny car that had been such a blessing to us.

By the time school began, my music studio had picked up. I soon had forty paying students! When my income dropped in the summer, God provided extra money working in community theatre productions.

I was eventually hired as church organist and promoted to music director. I decided to go back to grad school and God provided a series of scholarships and fellowships to help make that possible. I finished school and had the opportunity to teach part time at a community college.

I’m now in a different music position, and changes in the economy have made life challenging for me. I sometimes wonder if I made the right decision to take this new position. Yet I feel that I was following God’s call and know that in due season God’s blessings will rain down on me. 

- Laura Holleman

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