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Jail Term Shame Didn’t Defeat The New Miss America

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

23-year-old Laura Kaeppeler – Miss Wisconsin – was crowned the 2012 Miss America. As a daughter of a convicted felon Laura had many challenges in her personal life.

When she was eighteen years old and graduating from high school her father started an 18-month jail sentence in federal prison for mail fraud.

Don’t Put Limits On Your Dreams

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” Robert Fritz

I imagine Laura Kaeppeler, like most every young woman I know has both dreams and doubts about her beauty and her value.

On the other hand, Laura Kaeppeler didn’t let
– doubts defeat her
– disappointment is her dad distract her
– shame others — undoubtedly — threw her way deny her
– questions about whether she could win dissuade her

Don’t Put Limits on God

Her father, Jeff Kaeppeler, CBS News reported, “said when his daughter approached the family about making the personal topic her chosen platform, they supported it even though they knew it would be discussed publicly.”

“It taught us that God can turn anything into good if you let him,” he said. 1

“Every providence tends to the spiritual good of those that love God; in breaking them off from sin, bringing them nearer to God, weaning them from the world, and fitting them for heaven.” 2

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” 3

Don’t let your dreams die.

1 – CBS News

2 – Matthew Henry Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible

3 – Romans 8:28, MSG

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