Dawn Tolbert

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I Spent My Day in the 1800s #366Days Day 249

One of my tasks at work is compiling the application to list Thornwood on the National Register of Historic Places. I’m not gonna lie: it’s a lot of work. But it’s just fascinating, and once I stopped being intimidated by the vastness of the project, has gotten to be fun. 

Today I was reading the story of Rev. Gwaltney approaching Col. Shorter (who built Thornwood and lived there when he helped found what is today known as Shorter University) about investing in the school he was founding for young women. Col. Shorter didn’t answer right away, and Rev. Gwaltney grew more and more despondent. 

Thing is, though, Col. Shorter was already working on a plan to do just what Rev. Gwaltney had asked. 

It reminded me of how easily we can get discouraged when things don’t seem to be going our way or when we have to wait longer than we thought for something. 

Rev. Gwaltney had a dream, and it’s still going strong 143 years later. He just needed a little patience and faith. 

A dear friend gave me a mustard seed in a packet with a reminder that that tiny speck is all the faith we need for God to use us. Here’s to trusting Him when He says that He’s able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than all we can ask or even imagine. 

Patience and faith. Because God is good all the time. 

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