With Every God Wink…You are Right on Top!

Dear Reader:

When Tommy and Kaitlyn arrived at Lachlan’s birthday party last Friday Tommy told me they had found a book that they thought I would enjoy and had left it in my car for me.

It was Squire Rushnell’s  When God Winks at You. (I had not read that one in the series…just his original book, When God Winks.)

The original book, in the series of “God Wink” books,  started this much-used expression in my blog (“God Wink“) and has been one of its permanent benchmarks throughout seven years of blogging.

(Now that gift in itself was a “God Wink.”)

 

Many of you are familiar with Squire Rushnell through his books, as a popular speaker, and former ABC television CEO who led Good Morning America to number one. (He is also the “Father of School House Rocks”– one of my favorite series as a parent and teacher.)

If you happen to watch “Kathie Lee & Hoda” on NBC TODAY…Squire is seen monthly on their show bringing true stories of every day God Winks.

I am going to start doing the same thing…occasionally bringing in a story from my “gift” book When God Winks at You and  also incorporate your stories…because everyone’s “God Wink” is fascinating and it helps us learn how to look for and identify our own God Winks when they happen…and let me reassure you they are happening all the time… around each of you.

For many of our readers… who weren’t here for the original explanation seven years ago…let me fill you in now with what a “God Wink” is…as explained by Rushnell, himself.

*To paraphrase one of his simplest explanations…He asks us to go back in time and think about sitting around a family dinner table, either with just our parents, siblings, and/or even extended family…aunts, uncle, grandparents, etc. Suddenly you feel someone staring at you and when you look up there is your grandfather or uncle or aunt and he/she is nodding and gives you a quick wink. Nothing more…just a smile, nod, and a quick wink.

But suddenly everything feels different…someone across the table is letting us know that we are special in their eyes, that they are watching over us, and everything is going to be okay. That incident, according to Rushnell, is a metaphor for a God Wink. 

“Hey kid…I’m thinking about you right this moment. I’m proud of you. Everything is going to be all right.” This is similar, only on a smaller scale of receiving a “God Wink” from God that translates.”Hey kid! I’m thinking of you…right now!”

…”It’s a clear message of reassurance-that no matter how uncertain our life seems to be at the moment, He will help move us towards certainty. 

And it is a sign that we’re never alone. In fact, we’re always on His GPS- a global positioning system I like to call “God’s Positioning System.”

(Rushnell starts his book by saying:)

…”I aim to show that every “God Wink” that happens in our life is a personal experience. I’ve collected one compelling story after another to convince you that we will never again have to wonder where we rank among those six billion others in the world. Like those in the stories that follow, the instant we receive a “God Wink” we’ll know it. We are right there at the top.”

…………………………..

So until tomorrow…“The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be…His treasured possession. – Deuteronomy 7:6.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*I had so much fun making arrangements in my new “Honey” vases. When I fixed the one on an end table by one of the front windows…I opened up the window. Since my den is a sunken den…it stays pretty cool all the time…but as soon as I raised that window it felt like someone had turned a heater on outside directed straight through the window. I was almost knocked over by the heat that came rushing through the windows as I went around opening more and more. My Iphone weather app said 90 degrees around mid-afternoon…that must have broken some record. Crazy weather!

…But beautiful natural flowers from the yard and garden!

 

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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