Thursday, February 4, 2016

He's Good!

Hi friends,

I just have to share with you that our God is so good! He has amazed me in ways I never dreamed the past few weeks.  He can bring things to fruition that we never dreamed or imagined.  Recently, I was nominated and selected to receive a very prestigious award that I had no idea about.  I am so blessed to also share that the same day I received news of the award, I was notified I passed my certification test! Talk about a whirlwind of events and overwhelming feeling of grace! I felt like I was living in a was a very joyful day! I tell you all this so I can express to you how great our God is.  As I've said in previous blog posts, when I began college, we were not sure I would be able to finish because of how sick I was with Dysautonomia.  My freshmen year of college, I really began to live a more normal life with symptoms becoming less and less frequent. Over the course of the four years, God has allowed me to live in almost remission! I can now praise Him and cannot believe how far He has brought me.  I am amazed by a loving Father. 
Please don't ever forget what God can do for you.  He is the God of the impossible, and I'm so thankful I can tell you that from experience.  Our God works in ways that we would never be able to imagine.  He's good.  I've been studying through my favorite book of the Bible lately, Psalm.  I write characteristics of God that I find in each chapter.  One I find in many chapters is that He is good.  He's good.  He's worthy; He's faithful.  I love learning about who God is although I know I will never be able to truly comprehend all that He is.  Keep trusting the One who is faithful, loving, good, true, holy, just, and an innumerable amount of other wonderful things to His children.  No matter what uncertainties you're facing today, God's got a plan.  No matter how scary or hard what you are going through looks, He's in control.  No matter how many sleepless nights you've spent thinking, He's got it all in His hands.  He has you, my friend, in His hands.  Every dream, every day, every plan.  He's able to work in ways you would never understand, so stop trying to figure God out! You never will! He's far greater than our mind could ever process. Just trust Him and get to know Him the very best you can.  Spend time in His word and as you study His word, note His characteristics. It will draw you closer to the heart of your Father, and help you understand that He's good all of the time! I've recently been reminded that God calls us to waters deep so no matter what waters you are facing, He is good, and He wants you to trust Him. 

Ephesians 3:20- "Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us"

Romans 8:38-39-"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, not any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Friday, December 4, 2015

Pray, Watch, & Praise

Hello friends,

Hope this post finds you warm and enjoying the start to the Christmas season! I just love Christmas time! Let me update you on life. I'll be taking my certification test this month and need prayers that I pass at the professional level! I'll be covered up studying and completing a huge portfolio project for the next few weeks trying to get everything ready for my official teaching certificate!! I absolutely cannot believe how good God has been to me over the past few years.  It is incredible to think about where I was with my health when I began college and where I am right now.  I was just thinking the other day about how much the Lord has healed me and how powerful He is! When I first began college, an advisor I met with advised me to think about choosing a different major because of my health.  I am SO glad I listened to God and stayed on the path He called me to no matter what others said.  When He calls you to it, He will bring you through it.  Although I wasn't sure at the time how He was going to bring me through, He did and in His goodness, He has allowed me to stay in "almost remission" throughout my college years! I'm so excited to continue following this journey He's called me to!

Here's a quick insight into what I read this morning during my devotion time that really encouraged me and I hope will encourage you as well! It's a verse that is oh so familiar, yet it hit me in a different way this morning.  Don't you love how the Holy Spirit shows you different things through His Word at different times? It was Colossians 4:2.  Here's what it says: "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;" We all too often pray for something, then just keep praying for it and praying for it and praying for it which is not a bad thing; however, how often are we looking, watching, and waiting for what we are praying for? For me, it's not as often as it should be.  I believe this verse tells us to pray for something and then watch for it to happen. We should begin praising God for the thing we are praying for.  Start thanking Him for the things in which you have not even received yet.  Have faith and watch for it!  When God tells us to continue in prayer, I know He wants us to make our requests known unto Him.  However in order to continue in a constant state of prayer, I believe thanksgiving and a thankful attitude is the most effective way to accomplish that continuance.  We also must remember that His ways are not our ways; therefore, sometimes the answer we think we want is not what is best.  He is trustworthy though! Keep praising Him for the outcome He knows is best!  So whatever may be on your heart today, pray and release it to our Father in Heaven.  While you continue to pray for that request, watch for it to happen and begin thanking Him for providing what is best even before He does!

Merry Christmas!!

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!