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What Do You Do When Life Fails To Meet Your Expectations

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman

By Lou Coleman

When life fails to meet your expectations, you should expect God to do the unexpected. We become discouraged when life, people and God don’t meet our expectations. We believe that we live in a cause-and-effect world. We believe things are supposed to turn out a certain way. We believe that if we continue to do “A”, eventually it will result in “B” but life doesn’t work that way.

It is in these times that we need to expect God to do the unexpected. We have nothing to lose by expecting God to do the unexpected in our lives. God is always ready to do his greatest work at precisely the moment we begin to think things are hopeless. The moment Moses reached the end of his rope, God stepped in and said, “Don’t worry, I have everything under control. I am going to let Aaron be your spokesman and when I get through, Pharaoh will think you are God.” God’s power is far beyond anything we can comprehend, so why shouldn’t we expect God to do the unimaginable?

God wants your faith to grow through experience. Experience comes in following God one day at a time. We walk by faith and not by sight. God seldom gave extensive details on the front end. When God calls us He doesn’t give us all the details up front. God told Abraham to get out of his country. God’s call wasn’t that specific. Abraham didn’t know where he was going. God simply called him out of his country into a land that God would later show him. He didn’t know the details up front. Initially, the important thing was just to get out. The important thing was to take that first step. Without that step things remain the same. Actually it is much easier to just take one step at a time than it is to know everything beforehand. How many of us would have taken the road to where we are now if we had known about the obstacles in our path beforehand? I don’t think I would have been doing what I do for 15 years if I had known the hardships beforehand.

When you step out one step at a time it allows God to fill your life with His presence. It allows God to work through you to the accomplishing of His will. It will be God at work in you. Moses finally realized God was all he needed. God is all you need. When you follow one step at a time you will find yourself in the center of God’s will for your life. When you follow one step at a time into the will of God you will become more confident with each step.

We Must Believe in God’s Wisdom. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how young you are, there is one lesson we all must learn in life. God can’t do the unexpected with our lives until we do what He says. Even if doing what He says doesn’t make things work as we expect them to. Even if doing what He says doesn’t seem to make sense. Moses realized that when he did what God told him to do things worked “just as the Lord had said.” If we do exactly what the Lord says, things will always work out just as the Lord has said. This is the first great step we all must take in faith. Yes, it is scary to stop trusting in yourself and start believing and following God’s will. However, it is the only way to live beyond what is expected. (Scripture Ref: Exodus 6:28-7:5; James 5:13-18; 1 Corinthians 1:24-29; Ephesians 3:20-21)

San Bernardino City Board Of Education President Michael Gallo To Be Awarded The Humanitarian Award

Michael Gallo

Michael Gallo

Michael Gallo provides leadership to the commercial, civil, and military space community as a founding member and past chairman of the California Space Education and Workforce Institute, the California Space Authority and as section chairman of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  He is a past chairman and current board member of the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County.  Michael serves as advisory board chairman of the Lewis Center for Educational Research, a k-12 charter school.

He founded Technical Employment Training, Inc., a non-profit established as a partnership between education and industry, to prepare a skilled and highly-qualified workforce for the manufacturing sector and place students into careers.

As the past chairman of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, board member of several California State University initiatives and regional education collaboratives, he is focused on the implementation of key strategic education, workforce, and economic development objectives to enable our region to compete within targeted high-growth industry clusters and provide technology sectors with qualified workers.

Time for Change Foundation’s Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Orange Show Events Center, located at 690 S. Arrowhead Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92408.  “Celebrating Life’s Precious Jewels” is this year’s theme.  The event will celebrate the life successes of Time for Change Foundation while awarding the members of the community who contribute to the success of those in need.

Other awardees at this year’s event include:  Dan and Melissa Carlone for the Community Champion Award; Penny Lilburn for the Community Pioneer Award; the Safety Employees’ Benefit Association for the Ramos Family Spirit of Compassion Award; Brenda Dowdy and Vicki Lee-Nichols for the Community Service Award; and Ron Cochran for the Public Safety Award.

The mission of Time for Change Foundation is to empower disenfranchised low income individuals and families by building leadership through evidenced-based programs and housing to create self-sufficiency and thriving communities.  Event sponsorship opportunities and seats are available.  Please call (909) 886-2994 or visit www.timeforchangefoundation.org for more information or to make a donation.

HIRING: Care Manager, Inland Empire

Position: Care Manager, Inland Empire
Provide consultation on dementia-related care management to families, staff and volunteers who work
with families. Provide individual and family consultation on clinical/family issues related to dementia.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conduct care consultations and home visits with families with dementia in the Inland Empire area.
  • Develop care plans, provide referrals and follow up with caregivers according to approved policies and procedures.
  • Educate caregivers on aging-related issues individually and at community events.
  • Collect and monitor collection of statistical data for program evaluation
  • Conduct a minimum of three community education presentations or outreach events per year
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience Required:

  • M.A. in psychology, social work, gerontology, nursing, or related field
  • In pursuit of professional licensure appropriate to graduate degree
  • Three years of experience working in the dementia care field
  • Dementia care, case management, assessment, counseling and support group experience
  • One or more years supervisory and program management experience
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to train, supervise, recruit and organize staff, interns and volunteers.
  • California driver license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation
  • Successful background screening

Send cover letter Alzheimer’s Association and resume to:

Attn: Human Resources – CM/IE
4221 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90010
E-mail: alzlajob@gmail.com (Word attachments only)
Fax: 323-938-1036
No telephone inquiries