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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
FROM GOD WHISPERS:
Sue and I have struggled with what to write about “us.” Like many of you, we wife, mom, friend and grandma to the best of our ability, sometimes getting it right, many times not. Sue faced the staggering task of raising two boys alone while continuing to teach in the Cleveland Public School System, after almost simultaneously finishing her doctorate in education and her husband just not coming home one day. Sue is retired now; she is an avid reader, loves nature and enjoys traveling. Sue continues to have a heart for the financially disadvantaged and she spends some time every year in East Africa visiting her older son and his family who live there. At home, she sells the items she’s brought across the ocean to undergird various ministries that support Ethiopia’s people. I was raised in a fairly rural setting, here in Northeast Ohio. I worked in a factory right out of high school, finishing my “career” as company librarian and training assistant eighteen years later when I had my third child, since three means that they outnumber and out-think you. I married my husband in 1986 and I still consider him my boyfriend. He travels the world keeping kith and kin together for us while I keep the home fires burning …. seems to work for us. I enjoy my friends; I too, am an huge fan of the great outdoors, and I spend time at our church helping with a women’s bible study and various other tasks. Like every one of His children, we are ordinary and unique and we lead ordinary, extraordinary lives. Like yours, our respective stories hold many occasions where the bottom could have, even should have, dropped out were it not for two words: “… but God …”
FROM STILL... GOD WHISPERS:
“About the authors” is such an interesting little phrase because it’s really asking that in a few short paragraphs one sums up his or her life and hands it to the world so they can say … “Oh, I ‘see’ you!” Having given you the facts regarding “about the authors” in our first devotional, God Whispers, I decided to tell you what I’d like to know about the authors if I were you. Sue and I are best friends, meeting four years ago at the women’s bible study at Faith Fellowship Church here in Macedonia, Ohio. Sue is a retired teacher from the Cleveland school system with two married sons, and I am a long-time homemaker with three engaging young women I call my daughters and a husband who through necessity is simply steeped in grace. As “besties,” Sue and I have spent a lot of time together in these few years, sharing life, sharpening one another, laughing, and crying with one another. We have a like-mindedness that is really fun at times - regarding the outdoors (we love it), food (we eat too much), clothes shopping (thrift stores). However, we can also be quite different. Sue’s an avid reader; the girl reads more than anyone I’ve ever met, while I am a lover of information and love watching TV documentaries on everything from accordions to zephyrs. We hardly ever discuss politics (nuff said) … and our working styles are completely different. Through it all, we’ve learned to appreciate our uniqueness as well as our similarities. We believe God creates many friendships that He wishes to use as tools to shelter and enrich others. Sue and I have been so blessed, first by our covenant friendship, but also because He’s used that friendship to be a blessing of His making for others.
FROM WHISPERED CALL:
There’s nothing of any real importance left to say about Sue and Sandy, not really. Our stories, in short version, are found at the end of our first two devotionals, God Whispers and Still… God Whispers.
The important story in all of this is God’s story, and that story is the same for all of us: His love redeems us; His love remakes us; His love uses us. He is a pursuing God who never gives up on His created ones.
This third book is a product of the patient, persistent, and compelling whispered call that the God of the universe showers on both of our lives. We are learning to step out of His way in order that His powerful love might speak through these words.
We pray that you would see and hear only Him as you meet him in these meditations. It is He who yearns to be heard; our pens are but a vehicle.
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