Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Written by Betty Streff

Written by Betty Streff

Every cloud has a silver lining”, my mother used to quip, followed by teenage eyes rolling.  I have found the truth in this more times than I can count and don’t we hate to admit mom was right?

Early this year my well-paid job became a budget cut. What?!! I’d worked hard with determination and focus and I tried in every way to live a WWJD life, to love and support my employees.  It took me weeks to remove the dagger from my wounded heart.  Once I accepted this reality, some “new doors opened” as we are often reminded during times like that in our life. So sweet, right?  Spare me.

I was hurting.  Little did I know this was to be my road to Damascus.

For years, my life had been on the fringe of out-of-control. I believed I had no discretionary time.  I longed to be part of a Bible Study group but circumstances kept me from carving out the time from my insane schedule.  Then with one painful conversation, my days became uncluttered as an empty warehouse.  I now begin to restock the shelves of my soul with what matters most and is central to true joy, fulfillment and the “abundant life” He has promised us.

One of these things is a Bible Study group that meets weekly at 6:30 AM, a time that is unlikely to create a conflict in whatever my new work calls me to do.  What a gift!  It has been a time of falling head over heels in love with the word of God. I burn with intensity, and I am hungry to learn all I can about Scripture and I try to apply its eternal wisdom to my every day life.  I love those women and adore Beth Moore, author of our current study, the book of James.

God, in all his infinite wisdom and mercy is calling me to go deeper in my faith.  Focus less on the external and more on the eternal.  “Stuff” never satisfies. Trust Him more.  Let Him show me what He has planned for me, let go of my ego.  It’s one of the hardest things I have ever done.  With each day I see how my loss is turning in to a win when I put God first.  Those doors? They are opening.  You  were right.  Wait, do you know my mother?

God created us in His own image and placed in our heart the hunger to know Him and spend time with him.  Don’t wait for a smack down like I did.

Make space in your messy and over committed life to connect with the One who made you. When your God-anchor is firmly in place, your life’s ship will be deeply moored in the safe harbor of His perfect love.


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About the author

Betty Streff

Betty Streff began her career as a customer service representative for a large corporation in Omaha. Four years later she found herself to be a farm wife in a small rural community with limited opportunities for women. After a humbling self assessment, she listed her assets as talents for sketching, sewing, and the natural ability to strike up conversations with complete strangers. Using these and her optimistic nature, she began stitching up some bibs and pillows for a craft show, who wouldn't?

Over the next 25 years she became a serial entrepreneur obsessed with studying faith, spirituality, leadership, motivation, and management as she developed her businesses. Betty has spent the last few years working in corporate America in the hospitality and manufacturing world and she continues to immerse herself in the study of what makes people tick.

The explosive growth in the relatively recent science of positive psychology fascinates her. Betty devours everything she can find on the subject and is especially intrigued with people who thrive no matter the circumstances and in discovering ways that happiness and optimism can be learned. She is currently exploring ways of sharing and cultivating the exciting possibilities with both individuals and businesses.

She and her husband Steve have been married 45 years and are blessed with 2 incredible daughters, 2 fantastic sons-in-law and 6 amazing grandchildren.

  • Traci

    Love you Betty and as ALWAYS I enjoy every word you write!!! Thank you for being such a blessing in my life and for always being there to share your wisdom and love! XOXO