Monday, October 5, 2015

Notice the Small Things

Hi friends,
I am so sorry it's been so long since I've posted! Life has been so busy! For years, I've always claimed to want to be busy all the time.  The Lord definitely believed me and gave me so much to keep me going all the time! The Lord probably smiles when I'm so busy because He knows that's just how I always thought I wanted life to be like! I used to really dislike the days at home with little to go and do...I appreciate them so much more now as they are so far and few between. I finally have a few days off from teaching because it's fall break! So thankful for the rest. I've caught just about every germ that my students have brought to school.  I've been sick with four different things since August! Hoping and praying my immunity builds quickly.  Let me just update you on a few things the Lord has been doing in my life lately. 
I'm teaching in a kindergarten classroom right now and it's just a great blessing to be with the sweet babies that are just beginning school.  They have grown so much already intellectually and one of my fondest memories so far is when they were picking up books for the very first time and "reading".  They read the pictures right now (a few are starting to read words). I have to tell you, it is so fun seeing them look so closely at the pictures and telling a story based on what they see.  Most of the time, what they say goes right along with the words because the pictures give so many details.  I was amazed at how well they could "read" the pictures.  They were noticing things in the picture that I would've looked right over because I know the words.  It's caused me to think about looking closely for all of the details and minor things God is doing in life.  He brings SO many blessings that we probably just look right over.  Notice the details; thank Him for the little things.  I've been seeing a quote recently that I've come to cherish! It says, "Enjoy the little things in life because one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things." I'm not sure who said that quote first, but it has such truth! I know I am always looking for the next big thing, but God wants me to enjoy right now because maybe it is my big thing for life right now. 
Reading pictures also made me think of us as Christians, can someone read you and tell right away that you are God's child? I hope they can.
As these sweet students continue to grow in their learning, they will soon find that some of the words they are saying to interpret the pictures do not go with the words on the page. They will begin reading the words and making sense of letter-sound correspondence.  How has your letter-sound correspondence been lately, or maybe I should say your Savior-child correspondence? Don't forget to thank Him for the little things and big things and be sure when people read you, they see Jesus!

Matthew 25:23- "His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."

Hope you all continue to have a wonderful fall season!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

My God is Healer

Six years ago today on June 2nd, 2009, I was rushed to the hospital with symptoms that would completely change my life forever.  I had no idea what was going on with my body and had no idea that my symptoms would turn into a chronic health condition.  A few months later I was given the diagnosis of Dysautonomia.  I wasn't sure what all that entailed but we knew it was a life changer.  I didn't know how many nights I would spend in a hospital bed or how many fluid infusions I would have to get at IV therapy.  I didn't know the faces of the people I would meet while struggling with a rare illness.  I didn't know how many events I would miss or how many days I would just feel sick.  God did know how much of a life changer I was encountering, and He has been by my side every single day.  I remember laying in a hospital bed reading my devotion book and being encouraged by a God who I knew cared about me.  I remember literally feeling His peace all around me after doctor appointments that I left with unanswered questions. I remember knowing that He was holding my hand.  I remember the day and the room I was in when my cardiologist told me that I would most likely have this condition for the rest of my life.  Then a few months later I slowly began having more good days than bad days.  You see my God is Healer, and He is stronger than any doctor could ever be.  After three very hard years of being very weak with Dysautonomia, God chose to begin healing my body.  After about four years, my body was close to remission from the condition.  Now six years later, I am still in almost remission and my doctor is planning to start taking me off of my medications in January! God is greater! I wasn't sure that I would ever see the day when I would live an almost normal life again, but because we serve an awesome God, I am able to live a normal life again right now! I am so thankful for my Healer!

Psalm 73:23- "Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand."

Psalm 30:2- "O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me."

Philippians 4:7-"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Lesson Plan Life

Hi friends,
As many of you know, I am in school right now studying to become a teacher.  I have college classes three days a week and I student teach in an elementary school 2.5 days a week.  We write many, many lesson plans.  Our plans actually have to be scripted which means that we think through our entire lesson and write out everything we plan to say.  As I teach the plans I write, I find that I'm always changing something in my plans when I actually teach the lesson.  You just cannot completely prepare for everything that will happen during the lesson.  Sometimes students may not have the prior knowledge they need, sometimes they need extra practice in one area, sometimes we run out of time, occasionally we have extra time, things just don't always go as planned.  No matter how great my lesson plan is, I'm not being a good teacher unless I can adjust to all the variations created during our lesson. 
This reminded me of our lives as Christians.  We often think we can plan everything out.  We need to plan, don't get me wrong.  Planning and organization is a great quality to exhibit! However, life is a constant change.  We have good times and bad times, things we understand and things we do not understand.  Life throws us for unexpected changes sometimes.  We have to lean on God and learn to adjust.  I have a plan all scripted up for my lessons that I teach.  God has His plan for our lives all written as well.  Sometimes our plans may not match up completely.  God's plan will always win, and let me remind you His plan is always best.  It may not be what we are expecting or hoping to experience; however, it is best.  As I watch my lesson plans change throughout the course of the 70 minute lesson I'm teaching, I'm reminded to be open to the things God is doing in my life.  When I do redirect my lesson or make changes while teaching, I do it to benefit my students and our time together.  When God makes changes in our life, He does it for our good.  We cannot always have everything planned to perfection.  We must remember to live flexibly while God is in the Pilot's seat of our life.  We can relax and know that with Him guiding us, we will be perfectly safe and secure although it may not feel safe and secure at the time.  He is always with us.  Always directing us in the best direction.  So friends, keep living the lesson plan life.  You can plan, but you must realize that God is the ultimate Author of your life. 

 Proverbs 19:21 - "There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand."

Romans 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose."

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."