Saturday, August 19, 2006

How Great is Our God!?!?

My God is pretty sweet.

Let me tell you.

I was worried about what to do with my life.
I have been praying for God to do His Perfect and Pleasing Will in my life.

He has tested me and broken me.

I asked him to blind me, so that I could walk by faith, not by sight.

I have learned how much Grace He can show me:

This is my final semester at the college of Agriculture and Mechanics in College Station, TX.

According to my major, I need to complete a semester of Student Teaching.

I have been stressing over this for a while now.
Super nervous.

I do not like school.
I am bad at math, maybe 'not gifted' sounds a little better.
I am 'not gifted' at homework or studying either.

Student teaching has none of these things.
It is pretty sweet.

I don't know why I was so stressed.

I am working at Bryan High School in the Life Skills Classroom.
I have 8 17-year-old-ish boys, and 2 18-ish girls.

Praise the Good Lord that they are not like regular high-schoolers.

They are better.
My kids are funny.
My kids can't count.
My kids love Wal-mart.
My kids love Uno.
My kids beat me at Uno everytime.

So, this is how my day goes:

1 period-
Sonia talks loudly enough for the entire cafeteria to hear us, we read the newspaper.

2 period-
We talk about the day of the week and read sentences about hamburgers.
We go make copies of a crossword puzzle and then class is over.

Frank is so cute.

Me: What do you like to do?
Frank: Go shopping at Wal-mart.
Frank: We have two Wal-marts. One in Bryan, and one is College Station.
Me: Sweet, thats a lot of shopping.

-----------Later that day------

Me: I am from Boerne, TX near San Antonio.
Frank: Do you have a Wal-mart?

3rd period-
Kids go to PE, I have this off.

4th period-We eat lunch in the cafeteria.
Sonia wants to buy a Soda.

Me: What kind of Soda would you like?
Sonia: Sprite
Me: How much do you think a Sprite costs?
Sonia: $10
Me: I think it costs less. Do you think a Soda is $1 or $100??
Sonia: $100
Me: hmm. A soda is $1.

5th period-
come back to classroom. We play Money board games and Uno. Life is good.

6th period-
Kids go to career training class, I hvae this period off!!

Students come back to class. We get to dance party on Fridays!!
I take some students to the bus and leave

So my teacher is going to retire and wants me to replace her next school year.

How great is our God?!?!!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

What do we really need? A myth revealed

Going into this upcoming school semester of student teaching, I thought to myself that I would plan and organize and map-out my life.

I would put all of my ducks in one row:

One duck, two duck, red duck, blue duck.


It was all ready; I would make lists, I would organize my time efficiently and effectively and life would be perfect.

Huge surprise: I was wrong!!

I just moved into a new house. I was thinking that my perfection would begin here.
The Lord showed me two important Truths:

Be a good steward of ALL He gives.

Our citizenship is in heaven.

What do we really need???

I will tell you a few things that I actually do NOT need (although I thought I did)

You do not need walls that bar you from everything outdoors…
The Lord gives and he takes away, and he can take away the bugs, I don’t know how, but His grace IS enough to keep the bugs out!!

You do not need counter space or a working kitchen!!
The Lord provides people and opportunities so that we can fellowship and eat with others.

You do not need a cookie-cutter, pink-with-white-trim, urban home.
The Lord provides shelter, rest and fellowship even when you live way out in the boonies, with holes in your walls, a kitchen with no floor, and other people’s stuff scattered everywhere.

My heart’s desire is not a kitchen with a floor, a new-oven, or even pristine shelter.
The Lord implanted in me the desire to fellowship, have slumber parties, serve others, and have dance parties.

Oh yes, I said dance parties!! Holla.

And he so graciously provides the things I DO in fact need!

My roommate had 5 of her Impact Camp girls over for a slumber-party the first 3 nights of our life here.

I was able to make food for these girls in our kitchen!!

I am still able to wake up on time to go babysit.

I got to go to a Pakistani Henna Bridal Shower and Dance Party it up with a bunch of other ladies!!

The Lord provides.
He always gives us what we need.

I’m so glad he reminded me that I do not need things, but only His Grace.