Saturday, June 28, 2008

Do I Trust?????

Cypress just sent me a letter telling me they did not choose me. Sad times..I got the letter.

So the question remains.....do I trust God right now?

I'm working hard at it.

And I haven't cried yet, but I'm feeling the tears are not far away. :.[ God WILL take care of it......

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Shopping for Time

As summer vacation starts, I look at my To-Do list and I'm a bit overwhelmed. It looks something like this.

Quiet Time every day
Finish my quilt
Make Amy's quilt
Make 2 more lap quilts for Amy
Read 5 books for ASCI credential
Loose weight
VBS
Get ready for road trip
Keep room clean

And this is just what I can remember right now. Of course there are all the small things that have to happen every day too. So I was going to make a schedule for the summer, but I decided to take it one day at a time instead. I'll set goals for when each book has to be read and when my quilt has to be finished. The rest of it will get done in time as I make my list every day. Here is what my list for yesterday looked like.

Quiet Time
Laundry Clean bathroom and kitchen
VBS Music

Quilt
ACSI Reading
Exercise
Insurance
Clean room Fix flowers Blog
Schedule
Bank/Library/Contacts Car Payment
Navigators

The italicized items are what I got finished. I was pretty stoked that I got that much done. And here is my list for today.

Quiet Time
Quilt
ACSI Reading
Insurance
Exercise
Schedule
Blog
Navs
Dr. Russell
DMV
Leilani
Astrid

Today may actually be more of a person focused day though. I have a chiropractor appt. followed by lunch in LA with a friend and dinner in Harbor City with another friend and church tonight. I'll do my best to get stuff done in the mean time, so we'll see what happens. I was influenced in this area by the book Shopping for Time by the Mahaney women. It is a great practical look at how we as women, married or single, with or with out children, can use our time in the best way. Time is fleeting. We must use it in a way to glorify Christ. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has trouble in this area. And we shall see how it works this summer.

**EDIT** And I can now italicize Blogging for today. One thing down...many more to go......

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

School Is Over!!!!!!


My first year of teaching is over. I actually survived! Praise God! I learned so much from all that went on this year. I am thankful that the Lord put me where I was. I learned so much about integrating special ed students, and classroom management and all the other aspects of teaching. I learned how to balance everything that has to get done. I learned how to do grades and make lesson plans for every week. It's been a great experience. I'm very happy. And I'm also happy that I get to sleep in for a little while. haha It will be sooo nice!



On the job front, I have not heard back from Manhattan Beach yet. But I did hear from Cypress. I am going in for an interview on Thursday morning at 11:15am. I'll be teaching a 5th grade math class for 20 minutes on histograms. I'm so glad! I love teaching math!! Right after that, I have a 20 minute interview with a 3-person panel. Pray for me!! I would love to teach in Cypress.

I also applied for about 8 positions in Redondo Beach the other night. We'll see if anything comes of that also. God is good. I just need to continue waiting on Him.... :)







Well Resolved is over. So sad!!! I love that conference and spend all year looking forward to it only to be greatly rewarded. This year was no exception. It was on Heaven and Hell, which is a strange subject for a conference full of 20-somethings. But we were so blessed. I'll be posting my notes in the next few days so that I can share with you the great things that I learned. It was so good!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

It's Your Choice

I just received this in an e-mail. It rings so true. I have been hurt lately, it's my choice what to do with it. Read these wise words by Elisabeth Elliot.

Wounds Can Change Your Heart
By Elisabeth Elliot
Living in a world broken by sin, we suffer wounds of many kinds. Perhaps the most painful are not the physical ones but those of the heart. No one has power to hurt us more deeply than somebody we love, somebody we counted on to understand and support us. But there are two ways to receive wounds. One leads to larger life. The other leads straight to death, that is to destruction--of those we influence as well as of ourselves.

By grace we can receive the wounds of our friends as our Master received them--in the strength and for the glory of our heavenly Father. Being sinners ourselves, however, we need to be brought low at the cross. Nothing will do this better than some piercing heart-wound, provided we seek Christ because of it and pray Him to purify us.

There is another way--the world's way. It is anger, resentment, retaliation, retreat into pride and self-justification. These are quite natural, and quite lethal. The choice is ours. (italics mine)

"The wound which is borne in God's way brings a change of heart too salutary to regret, but the hurt which is borne in the world's way brings death" (2 Cor 7:10 NEB).
May we react to hurt in a way that honors our Lord.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Things are....good!

Thanks to all of you for praying for me the last few weeks. They've been crazy, and the coming weeks don't look much different. But it's good. God is good, so how can I complain?

The interview at Manhattan Beach went ok. There were a few glitches, but for the most part, things went well. They said that they would call me back for in interview if they liked me. I'm still waiting. In the mean time, a co-worker told me that Redondo Beach had a bunch of openings too. So I just applied for about 10 openings in Redondo, Malibu and some other cities too. We'll see what happens with that. It's good to keep the options open. I am confident that God will open a door. He has always taken care of me in the past, so I have no reason to doubt Him now.

And tomorrow is the day for which I've been waiting a whole school year....the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!!!!! Yeehaw!!!!! I should actually be getting ready for that right now, and yet I am not. Oh well. But I sure am excited!!

And then after graduation tomorrow night, it's off to Resolved in Palm Springs. It's gonna be a looooooooooong weekend. But I pray it will be a good one too. The Lord has used this conference to bring such change in my heart in the past years, so I'm looking forward to what He will do this year.

And last but not least...here's a picture of us all at the Wedding of the Century. Such fun!!The GAP Group
Left to Right: Heather, Grace, Amy, Me, Gabe, Leilani, Kyle, Erick, Julie, Chris, Astrid, Adam

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Update

The wedding went off beautifully. Thanks for all your prayers! God was good to me and I made it through ok. The bride was beautiful and everything was very nice. So thanks!! I'll post pics when someone sends some to me.

And my teaching demo is on Wednesday morning. Please pray!!! :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Inteview cont... Demo lesson date

Well, the interview went well...I think... It is a very nice school. Well, instead of retyping, here is the e-mail I just sent out to everyone...it's easier...and I'm really tired...


Hi everyone!

Hope I didn't keep you all in too much suspense. Things at the interview went well. It is an extremely nice school. The position is for a 5th grade science teacher. They start the 5th graders moving around to classes so they will be ready for junior high. Just the thought of only teaching one grade for one or two subjects blows my mind. It would be so great to be able to put more time into good teaching. The school is 5th in the state with a big background in science, so it would be a challenge to keep up with everything. But I really think that with the Lord's help, I can totally do it. It would be so fun! Please continue praying. The principal is supposed to get in contact with me to set up a teaching demo in the next few days. Pray that it goes well and I don't get too nervous. I'll actually be teaching a lesson in front of a classroom on kids, so it should be fine. Then the panel interview is after that. Thanks so much for your support and prayers!


Well, then the principal just e-mailed me today and my demo lesson is set for June 11 from 10-10:30 am. I'll be teaching a lesson that I come up with so I need to be very creative and really make them remember me. I keep thinking how big that is and how important it is, and I'm stressing. But I just was thinking...."Hey God got me here and He will definitely get me through." Right???? So I'm gonna stop worrying about it right now and start trusting Him.


On the other hand...if you want something extra to pray about for me. I'm playing the piano at "The Wedding of the Century" aka Ashely and Joel's wedding on Saturday. I'm playing allllll the music...prelude, candle lighting, mothers walking in, bridesmaids, wedding march, communion, happy couple leaving, the postlude...everything!!! So I could use the prayer then too. I should just turn this in to the prayer request blog. haha

Create in me a clean heart


Today, I was talking with a student about where she was reading in her Bible. She said she was at Psalm 55 and I got excited because that meant that she had just read one of my favorite parts of the Bible a few days ago. I love Psalm 51. Why? It is such a beautiful picture of God welcoming us back even after we run so far away from Him. His mercy and His grace are so undeserved yet so bountiful. My sin is so horrible and abundant, but He is always there, ready and waiting to give me a clean heart. Such a blessing. So wonderful. Awesome.....


Psalm 51

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

1Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!

3For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.