Three times was a charm for God and me

Published 1:35 pm Friday, March 22, 2024

I do not doubt God hears my prayers and responds to my needs. Now, that doesn’t mean everything I have prayed for turned out as I had hoped. Indeed, there were times when it seemed as if there were only crickets chirping.

Ultimately, I would come to understand the silence and like the Garth Brooks tune goes, I thanked God for unanswered prayers.

While answered and unanswered prayers certainly serve as a means of communication between God and me, I also think he reaches out to me by way of signs — be it through a person, place or even a thing.

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I don’t always notice these signs or messages right away, leaving God to have to work extra hard to get my attention. I also feel confident there have been times when a message he was trying to convey wasn’t even realized.

That was not the case this week. After several attempts, God finally rallied a result and I recognized he was trying to convey to me that I needed to make a couple of adjustments as to how I was living my life.

Not that I was doing anything terrible or horrible, it was mostly about pointing me in the direction of taking advantage of each day.

I feel like God’s initial nudging started with the death of Alderman Mayfield.

I didn’t personally know the alderman, but obviously by working at the paper our paths had crossed.

Mayfield was practically my age — young — when he died, and this got my brain churning and for the next few days, I began asking myself what I would do if I thought I had only one more day to live.

This cerebral exercise eventually quieted down, only to be replaced with a thought-provoking message on an Instagram post. I was watching a video of a woman styling her home with moody colors and daring décor. The video also had the woman’s voice in the background talking about how people had warned her about being so bold with her design and how it would affect the resale value of her home. The woman concluded that this was her home, at least for the time being, and she wanted to enjoy living in it, surrounded by the things she liked, not what others might like if she were to ever sell.

It takes Miss Conservative here months, and in some cases years, to even decide about a paint color for the wall for fear of choosing something others would think unappealing. So, yep, this was definitely an attention-grabbing concept for me.

But, still: Like God’s first attempt, I was still not grasping his message.

It only came after the birth of a child.

Are you seeing the pattern yet?

This week a friend of mine had her baby.

When I looked upon that sweet little face, I finally saw the light.

Life is fluid, nothing stays the same therefore, I need to start living my life in a way that embraces change, adaptability, and flexibility. God’s message was telling me to approach life in a way to enjoy it fully each day.

So what if I pick the wrong paint color. I can paint over it with another shade the next day if I decide “I” don’t like it.

Three times was the charm for God. But he finally got me to hear him. And I am so grateful I was finally able to pick up on this important message — this message that he has had to nudge me about before. But, hey, a little reminder never hurts anybody.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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