- December 1, 2013
- By George Henson / Staff Writer
TYLER—Linda Taylor didn’t know it at the time, but now she can see God traded her security for joy.
Taylor enjoys her job as director of development at Breckenridge Village in Tyler, a Baptist Child & Family Services ministry for intellectually disabled adults. But she admits God’s plan—not her own desires—brought her there.
“God put my life upside down to get me here,” she acknowledged.
Taylor owned her own hair salon and health food store, and her husband, Morris, had worked for the same company 33 years. They were comfortable—until her husband lost his job.
“He absolutely could not find a job” in Texas, Arkansas or Oklahoma in spite of an extensive search, Taylor said. After almost a year without his salary, the Taylors found themselves in tough financial straits.
She recalled telling her husband on their way to church one Sunday: “We’re not going to pray for a job anymore. That’s not working. We have to say, ‘God, what are you trying to show us?’”
Two women whose hair she cut worked at Breckenridge Village, and they kept inviting her to visit the facility. One day, the Taylors finally visited the campus, just as a new group home was about to open.
They immediately received an offer to become house parents. Taylor, thinking of the 25 years she had invested in her businesses, gave an unqualified “no.”
Two weeks later, she received a call from Breckenridge Village’s director. Another couple had resigned as house parents.
“He said, ‘I can’t get y’all off my mind. Would you just come back and talk to me about it?’” Taylor recalled.
After that meeting, Taylor talked to her husband. “I told him, ‘I don’t know what this is, but I do know we have only one door open to us, and we have to decide if we’re going to walk through it.’”
The couple walked through that door 14 years ago and spent 4? years as house parents. Taylor then worked a year in community relations before becoming director of development.
“It was the lowest part of our lives, but God had to do that to get us here, or we would have gone right on working our jobs,” she said.
Taylor’s mother died with she was 7 years old, and she always had wanted to do something with orphans.
“It’s ironic how God brought us here to work with his forever children. I am thankful every day that he got me here. I count it a privilege to be a part of their lives and to have them as a part of mine,” she said.
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