God Given Daisies             — by Carole Devecka


Early one morning I called the pharmacy to re-order my Mother’s prescriptions. The pharmacy wasn’t opened yet, and there was a recording stating the days and the hours.  When the appropriate time came, I called again.

Answering the phone was a very cheerful person. I was taken by complete surprise, because there is often some grumpy employee answering the phone. 

I asked the pharmacy employee her name, and she responded, “Roseanne, but they call me Rosie.”  I laughed.

I remarked that they called her Rosie because of her sunny and rosy disposition, and that I thought it was great to hear her voice on the phone. 

The world needs more positive people like Rosie.

She told me she used to be very down and negative when her husband of 32 years left her.  She was very despondent until she found God, and read some books on finding joy, and happiness.

Now, she is one of the most positive people you ever want to know.

I told Rosie I write for SFPNN, a positive news network, and that I have been writing weekly articles for eight years.  She asked if she could read some of my stories and I let her know there were many great writers on the site.  I requested that after she read some of them she would tell people that we are on Facebook too. Perhaps they all would join our mailing lists.

Rosie asked me if I worked, and I told her I was in the midst of putting up a web-store for a group of women who have been victims of domestic violence who are now trying to earn money on their own, and get off of public assistance.   We teach these women how to make handmade jewelry, natural soaps, designer shirts, totes, woodworking items, floral arrangements, and Christmas ornaments.

Rosie asked if she could volunteer with the women; she’d like to help in any way she could.  I told her that years ago I formed a group called Angels Changing Lives of the Homeless and the Disabled and now I called these women our Angels Changing Lives at Ann Carole Designs.

These Angels and our other volunteers at Ann Carole Designs are changing lives of all who come in contact with them.

They are creating beauty and sharing their talents and their blessings with others. Like the story of the pearl and the oyster… It’s all about how God can use an irritant and an injury (like a grain of sand in the oyster) and turn it into something beautiful, like a pearl.

It reminds me of a song called “Something Beautiful” by Bill Gaither.  (You can find it on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar-sPqVmOSc .)


Something good
All my confusion
He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But, He made Something Beautiful of my life

— © Carole Devecka, God Given Daisies

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