given birth to two more sons. I knew God created me to teach so after prayer I sensed either my timing or title of being a college instructor was wrong. It may be meant for me to teach at a college, but six years ago was, even now is, not the Rhonda J. Smith is a wife, mother, time. Now is the time for minister, teacher, writer, speaker and friend who is dedicated to me to teach my children marriage, motherhood and ministry. throughout the day, aca- Read her blog at: www.musingsofastrongblackwoman.com demically and spiritually and in character development and home management. Now I write plans, articles and blog posts and join committees to teach my sons and my mother colleagues. God calls each of us to “teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children….” God just called me to do so without working outside of my home. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). I don’t believe every woman is called to be at home full time, but every woman is called to something specific that burdens you if you don’t do it and won’t burden you when you do it. We have to get in position to hear what God—not ourselves, our friends and other societal advisers, including the media—is telling us to do (James 4:8). We must abandon our or others’ expectations that don’t come from God (Galatians 1:10). Thinking I had to follow my own notion of success, couldn’t live on one income or would be insignificant without either of the first two kept me bound. But even my bondage was not a waste. With it I eventually was able to clearly recognize my need for freedom and accept that the only one who could give that to me was Jesus. Beyond saying yes to Him as my personal savior, I was able to say yes to freedom, embracing Jesus’ upside down will for me that turned me right side up and on the path He had set for me.
Rhonda J. Smith and her sons sell popcorn and drinks outside of their Detroit home to help raise money for the city of Detroit. Rhonda Smith’s 9-year-old son Joshua has received international media attention this summer for his lemonade stand. When Joshua heard the city of Detroit was in financial turmoil he asked a simple question: “What can we do?” Read an excerpt from Rhonda’s blog below about what the media didn’t report and what can happen when a child prays.
God’s Idea Impacts the World
n the Google search my Joshua comes in just behind Cleveland Orchestra flutist Joshua Smith and NBA player Joshua Smith. He’s right there at the top with folks who have spent a lifetime crafting their careers. He’s there from a single idea that came to him a few months ago. One reporter asked, “So it was just a spark of an idea?” I responded, “Some people call it a spark. I call it inspiration from the Holy Spirit that he got as a result of prayer.” The true genesis of his idea has gotten little, if any, press at all, but I share with you how it happened and what God wants to happen to all of us when we commit our ways to Him. You may have heard that Joshua was “troubled” when he heard on the radio that there was a crisis in our beloved Detroit. He thought the city would no longer exist “like Pluto” is no longer a planet. He asked me “What can we do?” I instructed him to pray... Read the whole story at Rhonda’s blog, Musings of a (Recovering) Strong Black woman at www.musingsofastrongblackwoman.com 23 Summer 2012 / The Well Magazine