My heart overflows with affirming grace from the response to last week’s “MeToo” post. A warm, heart-to-heart thank you to blogging buddies around the world and faithful Roses in the Rubble groupies for your encouragement and love – and to many friends on Facebook who surprised me with an outpouring of support.

It means a lot.  A whole lot of a lot.

Thank you from Virginia @ Roses in the Rubble!

As more and more speak out, as more and more listen, maybe we can change the culture of denigration that perpetuates inequality in minds bent with malicious intent — to unbend bent minds with understanding that we are ALL beloved of God.

We are all precious, each and every one us.

“The only thing is to accept and let the scar heal. Scar tissue is the strongest tissue in the body. I shouldn’t be surprised if it’s the strongest part of the soul.” Madeleine L’Engle

I recently found my journals from university & after. Reading through them reiterated healing is a journey that takes time. And, although I was grateful to God for saving my life, I was mad at God at the same time (for some time.)

Why me? Why this? Why now?

Questions we may all ask when challenges of all shapes and sizes loom large in our lives.

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many become strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway

There’s much more to say about those why questions (another post, maybe?) but for now it’s onto a thought for our minds (& hearts) to munch on.

“You give up too easily.”

Good advice for today, or any gray day when life seems dull, lapsed; when seemingly insurmountable obstacles bewilder us and our ‘try again’ muscles are worn out.

After grad school I once had an opportunity for a big job (with a big salary) in a U.S. city I liked, very much. I received “go for it” counsel from wise mentors I sought out.

All but one.

Susan, who, if my dress didn’t look good (when asked) said so.

As I enthusiastically told her about this job opportunity in the private sector, she called me on the carpet. “Virginia, you got your MBA to help others. What about XYZ organization?” (She is the one who introduced me to XYZ organization, for which I had previously worked some years overseas in the relief & development sector; worked very hard I might add.)

The floodgates opened. She didn’t understand the many opportunities that hadn’t panned out with them, their cumbersome HR department, and so on and so forth I bemoaned.

Her response?

“Virginia, you give up too easily.”

I shut up and listened. After her call I gave XYZ’s website one more look and saw a new posting for Tanzania. Interesting, uniquely interesting.

Taking a circuitous route through a friend in Eastern Europe (for a position in Africa?) I sent off my CV with an emailed, “last try before taking job offer in DC, can you assist?”

Experience married opportunity as six weeks later I moved to Tanzania working for XYZ-(TZ) helping women, children, communities and refugees.

Sometimes, it’s not about me, but God in me – what God wants.

The point is, not to give up too easily on our dreams, our hopes, our will to be and do – what we’re meant to be and do, or want to be and do.

Or, want to change – things like attitudes – (me first, my attitude!)

I would not trade those years working in Tanzania for anything – the incredible people, friendships, amazing opportunities and challenges overcome will inspire me the rest of my life.

Thank God I heeded Susan’s advice and didn’t give up (too easily.)



Sound familiar? Here it is from fun fav movie Galaxy Quest:

(For friends getting this in email, you have to click to the Roses in Rubble website to access the YouTube video. Don’t miss this 39 seconds of encouragement!)

“Never, never, never give up.”  Winston Churchill

grace, peace & Full Speed Ahead!

Virginia : )

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  1. Shere Perry says:

    This is really awesome Sis! Very inspired… LOVE the quotes and beautiful photos too! “Go girl”! I just love your writing style… hugs from your amazed Seester! 💜👩‍❤️‍👩💚

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks for your encouragement, Shere & your example of not giving up during tough times & your support of your sis to never give up! Much much love (& hugs!!) ✨💜😎🌹😎💜✨

  2. Carol-Jo Osinski says:

    Thank you for your encouragement today, I really needed those words..CJ

    • Virginia says:

      Carol-Jo, I needed them, too! Never give up! Never surrender! Last nite caught bits of Galaxy Quest on 📺. Such a hilarious favorite! Blessings & hugs! ✨🚀🤗🚀🤗🚀✨

  3. Cindy Kranich says:

    And here’s gratitude & awe from your other amazed “seester” 💞🤗 … luv, luv, LUV U❣️

  4. TMH says:

    My favorite line: “The point is, not to give up too easily on our dreams, our hopes, our will to be and do – what we’re meant to be and do, or want to be and do.” This one hits home with so many of your readers, I’m sure.

    • Virginia says:

      It hits home with ME, Tim! I’ve had so much fun since finding that YouTube playing it back -never give up, never surrender! A reminder not to give up too easily. Galaxy questing blessings! 🚀✨🌍✨🚀

  5. Very encouraging! Thank you for sharing this

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