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By Camille McClanahan

After coming back to work in May, my “Hello, this is the Grant County News,” was often met with: “Is that you, Linda? Are you back?”

“Yes, it’s me,” I replied. “I’m back.”

And, yes, I finally met my goal to get a journalism degree from Northern Kentucky University, before I qualified for social security. It only took me seven years to get my four-year degree.

I came back to work at the receptionist desk on a temporary basis, just to help out.

I was happy to be back. The longer I was back working with my friends, the better I liked it, and I realized how much I missed this—being a part of the Grant County News family, and getting a paycheck.

I decided to apply for my old job as receptionist. First of all, it was—a job; it wasn’t what I went to school for, but I never expected to get a journalism job.

I was often asked, “What do you plan to do when you finish school?”

“Well,” I stammered; I stuttered. My face turned red with embarrassment. “Well, well, I think God has led me down this path, and I’m sure he’ll let me know what he wants me to do,” I said with all the dignity I could muster.

It was at those times that I tried to nudge God. “Lord, time is running out here. Why am I putting myself through this—all this time and all this money—what am I doing?

Silence.

Yet, I knew I had to accomplish this goal. I knew God had provided the opportunity and resources to enable me to pursue a college degree.

I’ve had many jobs. I’ve been a terrible waitress, a long-distance telephone operator (back when they had them), a salad-prep on a military base, a factory worker, an accounting clerk and a worker’s compensation claims adjuster. Oh, yes, I also cleaned newly built houses after the construction was done. I drove all over Columbus, Ohio with my sweeper cord hanging out of the car—people probably thought I was on the cutting edge, with one of the first electric cars, in reality, I hurriedly packed my sweeper and cleaning supplies and drove off dragging the cord on the pavement, until someone called it to my attention at a stop light.

In the past couple of years, I‘ve submitted freelance pieces to a Southern Baptist magazine, “Mature Living,” and they bought a couple of my stories. But there’s a reason they call it freelance—the emphasis is on the “free.” It is very competitive. So, you may pour your soul into your stories, and have your manuscripts end up in an editor’s trash can.

In order to get a few things published, I was willing to keep trying. However, God has given me an opportunity to work as an editorial assistant for Jamie Baker-Nantz and her editorial team. I’ll work wherever I’m needed, typing copy, snapping a photo, and even writing a few lines—an opportunity I thought I’d never have, to continue to learn about, and work in the field of journalism, right here in Grant County.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the LORD,’ “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God has plans for me—even at my mature age—isn’t that awesome!”

(Linda Lawrence is the editorial assistant for the Grant County News. She can be reached at 824-3343 or by e-mail at gcneditorial@grantky.com.)