Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Eye Black Challenger - Fran

One of the most pleasant surprises in doing this blog is getting to know a bit about the readers and Gator fans out there. Three of the most common themes in the stories we hear is having a dream, starting small, and overcoming adversity. Whether in sports, or becoming a hair stylist in Fran's case, the basic story is the same.

Whatever dream you have, go for it! It won't be easy, but it'll be worth it. And nothing ever happens until you start, and once you do step out there, it's amazing how things begin to fall into place. And when you do run into an obstacle, don't give up, keep on trying.

Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart."
That verse was given to me many years ago and is framed on my wall in my home. He will even SHOW us our desires, when we don't even know them.

About ten years ago "coincidences" of needing to leave a full time nursing position, and having lunch with my hairdresser of four years, afforded me the situation of working during the Christmas holidays to help her out in her salon by answering the phone and being a receptionist. I would have never even imagined, that I would again work as an RN. As my husband said, "it will be no stress, a short break from nursing, and you can just earn some Christmas money."

Little did I know, that as I would be there answering the phone, making appointments, etc, that there would be this STRONG desire to get my hands into the color products, the styling, and the HAIR...... I started with my own daughters hair, and WITHIN SIX MONTHS was doing 80% of the color application in this small upscale salon. It was a JOY to have this new passion in my life.

My heart was so happy, I was being paid hourly to match my nursing income, and my plan was to retire in that position, working as an apprentice under an incredible artist. After two and a half years, much to my dismay, I came home from a vacation and found a note attached to my house door, asking me not to come back to work! FIRED! No notice, nothing.

All I had was a nursing license. I was heart broken, and felt betrayed. My small group at church prayed with us for weeks, for God to make it obvious what I should do. I LOVED cosmetology, but could make a fair income as a nurse right away. With two children in college, we could not figure out how to send me to school, too.

On a spur of the moment thought, I got in my car and drove to the closest small cosmetology school in a neighboring community. A day I will never forget. First of all, you need to know, I did not tell a soul that I was going there.

Sitting in this small school, I told the teacher, "This is what I want to do (as I pointed to all the precious young girls out on the floor cutting hair), and I will be back. After I get my girls out of college, I want to come to school." The owner looked at me and said, "Strange thing happened last week. A lady in our community, came in here and sat right in the chair you are in. She said that the Lord told her in a dream, that if anyone came in here and wanted this real bad, but didn't have the money for it, that she wanted to pay the tuition anonymously."

Four days later, I started forty hours a week, for thirty weeks, going back to school, and I am in my forties! It was NOT easy, but worth EVERY MINUTE. I never knew who donated the money, but I do know that she responded to what she heard the Lord tell her, and has given me one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

Today, after working many years with very talented artists, I have my own small studio. The blessings that this has allowed me have been beyond measure. So when I am blessed to have a client choose to "sit in my chair", I am wondering if this person is the real reason why the Lord wants me to be doing hair........ Because we all know, that it is not just about hair...

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He WILL give you the desires of your heart........"

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