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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

did you miss me?

It's been a few days since I have had the time or the mental energy to blog. I wonder if any of you missed me, or if that's just me being narcissistic. These first few days and also the last few days of school are always the busiest for me. I am much farther along this year than usual. I finished setting up for meet the teacher night this afternoon, so I have most of the day available tomorrow to work on lesson plans. I am hoping to plan several weeks in advance to help me better manage my classroom and my time. Some of you are laughing and spewing your drinks out of your noses because you know me better than that. I also say every year that this is the year that teaching will not consume my life. Then reality sets in.

I am not a morning person. Getting up this week at 5:45 has been miserable, and next week when I have to get up at 5:00 it will be much worse. I keep hoping that God will turn me into a morning person, but I consistently get my heaviest and best sleep between 4 and 6, so that 5 a.m. wake-up time keeps me eternally exhausted. I am hoping that exercising will help with that to some degree.

This week is always a little rough for me emotionally. (Being in a building full of estrogen probably doesn't help - as our bodies all attempt to regulate with each other the pms is crazy in the building) I have to face reality that I did not win the lottery (maybe because I don't play), and I have to return to teaching. Although I am a fairly good teacher, I am not passionate about my profession and keep hoping that God will allow me someday to have a career that I am passionate about. However, I like my job okay. I absolutely love the women that I work with. They are amazing people, and it is rewarding to be able to change children's lives and minister to families. I see God's hand all over where I am at in my life, and I will do my best to be content to serve Him in the place where He has placed me.

Please pray for me tomorrow as I meet my students and their parents. Pray that God would help me to see those children and parents with His eyes. Pray that God would use me this year and that I would teach in such a way that I bring Him honor and glory.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Monday Morning Update 8.16.09

It was an exciting weekend. We had the opportunity to do a movie night in the trailer park in Anna. Because of the high Hispanic population in the park, we invited New Covenant Church to help us out since they offer bilingual services. I thought it was neat to see us working side by side to make a positive impact on the community. I love Maggie and Ezekiel's heart for God.

Today was my turn to work in Children's church again. I was so excited when I saw the lesson. I got to teach the children about Acts 1:8, the command to GO. Sharing about missions and the important of mission work is definitely one of my primary passions. I appreciate that God arranged the timing so that I was the one who got to share that lesson with the children. In discussing the Acts 1:8 model, we decided to focus on a local mission project today. The children created treats for the teachers to welcome them back to school this week.

I am assuming that the adult services went well. The day was crazy, and I have not even had the opportunity to talk to Shawn much about how it all came together. I think attendance was down some this week because it's everybody's last weekend to head out of town before school starts.

Remember to pray this week that God would grant us favor in using the schools. The school board is voting on our proposal Thursday night.

This has nothing to do with church at The Crossroads, but it was a cool moment that I wanted to share. Tonight in the car, Katie says, "Mommy do you have any paper?" Me, "No." Katie, "How about a napkin." Me, "No." Katie, "Can I type on your phone?" Me, "Why?" Katie, "Because there's this song in my head that I need to write down. It's being too loud for me to think." That's my girl right there!

Here's the lyrics she had time to type "Do you remember all the memories that are locked up in this house? Like the day I came run'n through that door." - not a bad start for my 9 year old.

Summer is over. I am back at work tomorrow morning. I'm not at all sure where my summer went. I still have so much left to do. I am praying that God will grant me wisdom and grace in my classroom this year. That He will help me to see my students with His eyes instead of my own.