"The sooner we give up the illusion that a church must be perfect in order to love it, the sooner we quit pretending and start admitting we’re all imperfect and need grace. This is the beginning of real community." – Rick Warren
*I have too much to say about many things, but no real time to say anything…But, yes, I’m still alive;)
Some thoughts for today (although technically it’s Wednesday morning, it’s still Tuesday night to me):
- I’m really blessed. My friend Joi came and worked in my room for HOURS today, doing stuff that needed to be done. She didn’t quite get the appreciation of how much she’d helped until I said, you just saved me 5 hours of work…Amazing, huh? Plus, our maintenance guy, Alan, put up all my stuff today! He didn’t have to do that. He’s got teachers giving him orders all over the place, but for some reason he made me a priority today. That was incredible.
- I found some tables for my room-the right size too! It’s been so stressful to think about doing all these centers for this new way of teaching without actually having centers to send the kids. Now I have 2 of them (yay!), plus a stand for my overhead (double yay!).
- The staff is really connecting with the things that we’ve been learning, and that truly blesses me as a teacher here at Hanley. If only a few of us change our practices with teaching, it will benefit kids, but it won’t impact them quite like having all the teachers on board. I’m not sure if we’re at 100% necessarily, but the people that have shared were kind of like "miracle teachers"…if they realize their need to change and are willing to follow through with it, then many of the other staff members will join suite…very cool.
- God gives me peace. I really believe that! Isaiah 26.3-4 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.
God is so faithful. He just kept bringing Scripture to my heart this morning, as I was frustrated by several little things that kept happening to push me behind my schedule. I had my worship music on, and I just couldn’t help but praise Him. I believe I said something like, "God, You’re still God no matter what happens today! You’re still sitting on Your throne, and You still hold this world in Your hands. You may not choose to change my situation, and that’s okay. But I need You to change my heart and my attitude right now. Please help me." And He did. I can’t "will" myself to do that. I can choose my attitude, but only God can truly change it…
Oh my, I’m sleepy. Wednesday morning will come early…oh wait, it already is Wednesday morning…:)
18 …‘You disciplined me severely,
like a calf that needs training for the yoke.
Turn me again to you and restore me,
for you alone are the Lord my God.
19 I turned away from God,
but then I was sorry.
I kicked myself for my stupidity!
I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.’
…or of all I did yesterday…that works too.
Really appreciating God’s grace, once again, today…
Not to mention, this verse keeps popping out to me. I read it a couple weeks ago…
12 “I will search with lanterns in Jerusalem’s darkest corners
to punish those who sit complacent in their sins.
They think the Lord will do nothing to them,
either good or bad.
In context, or out, the bolded portion describes my human nature sometimes…complacency sucks. So I go back to the first verse and say, "Turn me again to you and restore me, for you alone are the LORD my God."