Sometimes We Need To Pay Attention...

Real Estate Agent with Trademark Real Estate, Inc.- e-Pro

This morning started off with hitting the snooze alarm 3 different times, and not even realizing it had been going off until my husband comes in and says "It is 8:20, are you going to get up?" Considering that I am usually at the office by 8:30, I started to just roll over and pull the covers back over my head and call in sick.... BUT WAIT....I am in real estate- there are no sick days allowed! So I drag myself out of bed and do the morning ritual- and then jump in the car to head to the office.

On my way to the office, I turn on the radio to KLOVE and start to enjoy my quiet time...then for some odd reason I started to think about the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11. Hummm, that's odd, is what I was thinking- because I had no idea what it even said. Thought again... I'll look that up later!

As I get into work, and start going through the daily ritual of processing commission checks, sorting and signing off on files, and just answering questions. I had one of my agents come into my office and ask me a question about Facebook. I know this agent has a Facebook page, but he is one that never gets on and probably has not been on in months. Anyway to entertain him and show him how to do what he was asking, I logged onto Facebook. As my account pulled up, the first thing I see on a "friends" status in the newsfeed is "Jeremiah 29:11"- that is all it says....Hummmmm, that is odd, again I told my myself "I'll look it up later!"

Finished up the Facebook lesson--got busy--talked to my sister. She had called because she needed some help with an event that she was hosting at her house this afternoon. The people that were suppose to help her cancelled, and she had the Disney Channel Movie Star, Tiffany Thornton, coming to her house to sign autographs for my nieces friends. So she was expecting about 200 kids at her house, not to mention she has 4 kids of her own, and two of them with a stomach bug and throwing up everywhere. So needless to say, I drop what I was doing and head over to help her setup the house and help direct traffic.

As I introduced myself to the Disney Star, Tiffany, I find that she is a sweet, pure hearted young lady. She has a very soothing spirit around her, and a very humble person. The autograph party was not suppose to start until 4:00pm, but a gentleman and his two children showed up about 10 minutes early. This allowed for some "quality" time for the young girl and the Disney Star. So what was really amazing is that I was sitting right beside Tiffany, and the little girl comes up to her and the first thing the little girl says to Tiffany is "What church do you go to?" Tiffany being gracious and carrying on conversation proceed to tell the little girl about her church and why she liked going there.

Then out of no where Tiffany looks at the little girl and says "Do you mind if I write you down my favorite Bible verse?" The little girl was thrilled and said "Please do!" As Tiffany pulled out her pen- she wrote down...(you guessed it).... Jeremiah 29:11! She looked at the little girl and then looked over at me and said- "Will you please read it?" The little girl was excited and of course replied "YES"! I on the other hand thought...Hummmm, that is odd, I'll look it up later.

So as the autograph party came to an end and everyone was on the way out, I headed to the house. My hubby took me to dinner, and I came home and plopped on couch and onto my computer. This is when I really decided that I would look up the verse that kept appearing to me today in odd places. The verse says:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

This is a very interesting verse that kept appearing to me, because I had just in the last few days begin to doubt some of the goals that I had set for myself. I had repeatly said to myself that maybe I was not good enough to do the things that I had set for myself, maybe this was not what I was suppose to be doing with my life, maybe the goals were too high- and totally out of reach for me.

I have been attacked the last few weeks for having the goals that I have. Some people have told me that my motivational and positive attitude was really annoying and that my passion for the real estate industry and leadership was just down right ridiculous. A few have told me to "give it up"- "stop wasting your time"- "there is no reward". It has really been a downer.....:(

BUT- I believe that God was reasuring me today that this is not only my plan for my life, but his plan as well. There is a reason that I have a passion for leadership and our industry....There is a reason that he has allowed me to be involved with the programs that he has so stratigically put in front of me. There is a reason that he is put that verse in front of me 3 times today!

I am glad I paid attention today.........

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Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Laurie ~ great story and message to us all.  it's funny how some things continue to repeat until we pay attention to them!  May you meet all your goals.

Sep 01, 2010 04:36 PM #1
Amanda Nicodemus
Spring Texas Keller Williams Professionals - Cypresswood - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate

God works in mysterious ways.  He was trying to give you the same message 3 times!  I'm glad you listened & looked up the verse, Jeremiah 29:11

God is always in our midst if we just listen.

Sep 01, 2010 04:37 PM #2
Leigh Ann Holman
Leigh Ann Holman - Century 21 Glover Town & Country - Clarksville, AR
REALTOR - Century 21, River Valley, Arkansas (479)774-5166

This is very touching and I'm so glad you've shared it.  I sometimes wonder what I miss when I'm not paying close enough attention.  Occasionally, God will give me a swift kick in the rear to remind me to look around :)

Oct 19, 2010 07:09 AM #3
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