I know, I know...I was doing so well with NaBloPoMo, and then I came to Mississippi. While my grandmother has a computer, it's still on dial-up, so needless to say, I have not been blogging...on dial-up!
I have so enjoyed my time with family and friends, and I can't wait to share my stories and pics with you when I have more time! I hope your Christmases were wonderful, and if you're anything like me...I hope you at all of the pecan pie you could swallow...smile!
I have been having such awesome fellowship with our Father. I can't wait to share more about that with you later too!!! Until I can catch up....~J
P.S. I'm definitely thankful for family, and the wonderful laughs and times I have spent with mine!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I know, I know...I was doing so well with NaBloPoMo, and then I came to Mississippi. While my grandmother has a computer, it's still on dial-up, so needless to say, I have not been blogging...on dial-up!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Today marks the first day of my Christmas vacation! I am so thankful and grateful that I made it to this point! It was an AWESOME semester. Really, I have the BEST job...besides working for myself that is! My kids are so great, but this could be because I won't see them for 2 weeks...HA!
You know, nothing warms my heart more than when I solicit prayers, and get responses from you...my friends. I'm humbled and blessed beyond belief. It has been so blatantly obvious to me that God is really up to something. I can't wait to see this through. Thanks for sticking around to see this through with me.
Tonight, I'm thankful for you...my own prayer warriors, for without you, where would I be. Thank you for always filling in the gap! I appreciate it more than you know!
P.S. Here is a song that I listened to a lot in college, and it has again become the theme song for my life in this season...it seems to say all that I can't for I too, am not that eloquent...remember, pause the music to the right!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is one of my most favorite songs from my early college days! Make sure you stop the music to the right before listening! Enjoy! (Out of Eden, Here's My Heart)
I know, I know...my Mom came last night, and I wasn't feeling well at all...the pleurisy is back..., so I hopped in the bed at 10:15 last night! It was a much needed rest. Therefore, I didn't get a chance to post last night!
Tonight, I want to solicit your prayers. I'm not totally ready to expose ALL of my business to who knows who on this blog, but the prayers of the righteous man availeth much. I would like for you all to stand in agreement with me as I continue to seek God's face for His timing, and my contentment with where I am right now. Don't get me wrong, I'm not being ungrateful, I just don't want to put my cart before the horse. God has certainly bestowed tons of blessings on me, and if He doesn't do another thing in my life, I'm still thankful...again, I just want to be totally in His will!
So tonight, and yesterday...smile, I'm thankful for those I can call on for prayer! Until tomorrow...~J
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So today, I have had this overwhelmingly awesome feeling. Don't know what it's about, but glad to be the one that gets to experience it. Don't worry though..it's a GREAT feeling, and one of expectancy. The possibilities with God are endless, and one thing I've learned hopefully for the last time is that God will not be put off by our desires. He gets His way, whether we go willingly or unwillingly...thank goodness God is a gracious God!
Monday, December 15, 2008
My heart is really full tonight. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'm pretty sure God is about to do something major and long awaited. Not necessarily for me, maybe for you....are you ready?
I'm thankful tonight that God answers prayers. I'm thankful that when you don't know what to say, He does. I'm thankful that God pursues us even when we are so undeserving. I'm really just thankful...for everything! Until tomorrow ~J
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Today marks one solid week that I have been journaling my thankfulness to Jesus. If I may take a moment to share just how awesome this has been in my life. I'm peaceful, joyful, content, and optimistic, all rolled into one. I've heard over and over again that you are one decision away from the life that you want, and that is so true.
I am thankful for a lot of things today, but the one that sticks out the most, is just to be happy where I am RIGHT now. I could be doing a million different things, living a totally different life, but right now, I'm here for a reason. Trust me, I didn't arrive here quickly. I did a lot of kicking and screaming, not trusting, being impatient, and just wanting what I wanted when I wanted it, but when you finally understand that God will not be rushed, and He is not moved by our timelines, life just seems to flow. So today, I'm thankful for the opportunity to 'Live out Loud' in the moment! Until tomorrow...~J
WOW! I know it is really late, later than I normally post but today was a full day! I don't know if I mentioned this earlier but I am a Co-Chair for our Provisional Project, and we had to do some housekeeping this morning.
THEN...this evening, I had a Christmas party at my house, so needless to say, things have been hectic today.
Today I am thankful for friends. I had a great time sharing Christmas memories with my friends today. Authentic friendships are things that every person needs in their lives. My friends are there for the good, the bad, and the ugly...and they still love me! So today, I am thankful for the circle of friends that God has given me...until tomorrow..~J
Friday, December 12, 2008
Today, aggravation is clouding my thankfulness, but only for a fleeting moment. This all stems from my need to control everything! Imagine that, I get agitated with people who don't perform to my expectations...trust me, God is SO dealing with me on this.
I have to be honest and say that at first, I wasn't going to blog about this part, but there's nothing like being real, and I do want to be real. It's funny how this is something that I asked God to bring under His control...TODAY, and here I am, faced with a test. Normally, I would write people off, and just do it myself. I understand that that's not the best way to handle things, but my Goliath...thanks Becca, is not your Goliath. I get annoyed with excuses. You should hear me in my classroom...I don't like them, and my kids know that. I get annoyed when people consider their life more important than yours, we've all got things that we think are important..I get annoyed when people committ to a project, and don't uphold their responsibilities. I get annoyed with people....easily...
Now, you may laugh, but at first, for years in fact, I didn't see a thing wrong with this. Excellence is the standard, and if you were not reaching for excellence, I felt it was my job to tell you. I laugh now, because obviously I've had it all wrong!
It's not my job to be the police of the world...it's not my job to get annoyed with those that God loves dearly...it's just not my job! Now don't get me wrong..I just realized that this was not a good idea, and that God doesn't like it...I JUST laid this down at His feet, so I'm not exactly where I need to be yet, but I promise I'm on my way.
So, alllll of this to say that today, I'm thankful for laying another yucky habit down at the feet of Jesus, so that He can prune and mold me into His likeness. Until tomorrow...~J
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Hello! Today, for some reason, I am SO tired! I really didn't do anything different, but I'm pooped. I will definitely hit the sack early tonight!
Today, I am thankful for rest. Not just any kind of rest though, that rest you get when you've done all you can do to change a situation, and you run to God defeated, asking Him to make it all better. Aren't you glad He's always right there, ready to pick you up, take you in His arms, and release the load you should not have been carrying around anyway...do you know what kind of rest that is?
God has been dealing with me on a subject that I will share more about later. Trust me when I tell you that I've been running HARD to NOT change, but when God is after you, there really is no place to hide! I promise to share more later as God pursues me in this, until tomorrow! ~J
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Hello! I don't even know if anyone is reading this, but it really feels good to intentionally look for things to be thankful for every day. I'm sure there are a lot of super spiritual people who reflect daily on the goodness of God, but this is definitely a first for me.
I mean sure, I love God, but I don't revel in each moment, and thank Him as I should. I'm so blessed already. I'm actually finding it REALLY hard to PICK what one thing to be thankful for each day. How awesome is that. OK--I can't believe I'm going to type this, but TODAY, I'm thankful for my students. They are all so different, so sweet in their own little ways, and really add a little something to my life. Today, I made a difference, and I got a chance to see it. It was an awesome experience, and if you're a teacher, or have ever worked with children, then you know that those moments are few and far between. (Side note: when I was in the process of helping her, I quoted Luke 12, "O ye of little faith..." and her reply was "Ms. D, I just read that last night, and it worked"...AHH!) Talk about a 'moment!' I just stood there smiling...God is so faithful!
So today, at this moment, I changed a life, gave a little hope, and did something nice for someone else...and it felt so RIGHT! Talk to you tomorrow! ~J
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Today was a busy day. Work was a whirlwind, and then I rushed home to get ready for my Junior League Provisional Christmas Party. It was a great day, just busy! I'm glad to be home, and in my PJ's!
Today, I am thankful for the power of prayer and friends who truly stick it out with you. Have you ever gone through a period where you felt like your prayers were hitting the roof, and bouncing right back down in your lap? It's not a fun place to be, but I guarantee you that if you are there, you are the agent of change. Don't spend a lot of time questioning God....it's not our place, instead, trust and listen. I'm really inadequate when it comes to this subject, God is not finished with me yet, but as I learn, I want to share...so today, I'm thankful for that little piece of light that I was shown today, and I am so encouraged! See you tomorrow!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Today started off a great day. When I walked outside this morning, the sky was a mixture of pink and purple, and streaks of gold. It was beautiful. Either I never take the time to look at the sky in my mad dash to get to work on time, or today was just extra special. Whatever the case, it made me pause, and thank God for a brand new morning. So, today I am thankful for that brief moment of peace...it was beautiful...
I've had a few questions about the bread, so here's the scoop. This Thanksgiving, my cousin gave me an ounce of her starter for sourdough bread. The process is really simple, you just have to feed the starter every 3-7 days. I'd love to multiply my starter, and share it with anyone who's interested. So far I already have 2 people, so I'm excited. Fresh bread is amazing! Well, that's all for today!Have a great evening!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I know you're wondering what in the heck that means, but, NaBloPoMo is acutally a site dedicated to blogs, and posting every single day for a month. Now, I must admit that it seems like a daunting task, and at first, I had no idea what I could actually talk about every single day..shocking I know, but I feel that in the midst of the holiday season, I'm to journal what I am thankful for for an entire month!
I'm so excited...I feel that lately, I've been really taking things for granted lately, and just not appreciating the small stuff. Today, or tonight rather, that all comes to an end.
Today, I'm thankful for church. I found a church that I am going to join today. It seems so perfect for me, it's a bible teaching church, full of life, growth, JESUS, and I just feel so at home there!! I know you guys in a good church can relate to my feelings of glee. Oh yeah, and I'm thankful for the yummy smell of fresh, made-from-scratch sourdough bread baking in my oven. Seriously, it is the most 'homey' smell EVER! Just makes me feel so warm and gooey inside!! So, here's to 29 more days of being thankful, and sharing it all with you!
Friday, December 5, 2008
I know I've been MIA lately, but I have a very valid reason. My cousin that you all read about this Summer thinks I'm the coolest...and I must admit, I like it, so he asked me for my laptop that I just got a little over a year ago. So, in the name of Thanksgiving, I gave him my laptop, and promptly ordered myself a new one from Dell.
I FINALLY received my new lappy Wednesday, and it didn't come a day too soon! I love it, it's purple, sleek, and oh so cool! So, thanks Jonathan, for making me pay my hard earned money for something I didn't need!!! You're a gem!
It's all good now, and we both have new lappies, so what more can you ask for. But enough of that, let's catch up...
My Thanksgiving was awesome! I went home, Tuesday night, and Wednesday, we were on the road. Dad and I stopped by Waco on our way to the farm, and picked up a honey baked ham, and the desserts. It was so good to see Waco, if only for an hour, and I even got to see one of my former students at IHOP. It was a great mini stop!
Thanksgivings at the farm is such a great time for my family. We JUST got cable out there, but we really don't watch much TV. Our hours are filled with walks along the property, dominoes, spades, cooking, cooking, football, baseball, and just enjoying one another. Recently this year, we added singing WITH the guitar that my cousin Anna now knows how to play. It was an awesome, awesome time. Oh-- and the game we played as an entire family this year was HILARIOUS...here's the skinny...each person wrote down 3 things about themselves. We put all of the slips into a bag, and each person had to pull a slip, and ACT out who we thought the person was. I laughed until I cried, and it was so funny when my Dad's younger sister pulled his slip, and impersonated him....FUN TIMES!
The rest of the week I spent hanging out with my Dad, and vegging out. I needed the rest as things have been non-stop lately.
Now on to Christmas...I can't wait. I love to celebrate Jesus' birthday with my family. We're going to Mississippi this year, so I'm really excited about that. My grandmother goes ALLLLL out with the Christmas decorations...We have so many traditions from my Mom's side of the family at Christmas time. Going to the Christmas Cantata at church...opening presents at midnight...my personal fave since childhood, cooking everyday, (better watch that diet), stories, reminiscing, hanging out with Danyelle, and now Karmen...I'm so excited! I can't wait. I hope each one of you has some special traditions that you will either start or continue this year. I'd love to hear about them. Until next time...
Friday, November 14, 2008
I can't believe it's the middle of November! I mean really, where did the entire first half of the month go? As I mentioned in my last post, the last couple of weeks were REALLY busy for me!
Baylor Homecoming was so much fun. I got to see some friends that I hadn't seen in a LONG time, some since we all graduated, and I laughed more than I have in a long time! I have to say that my two most favorite things was eating Bush's chicken...and getting to spend time with my sorority sisters. It was like old times, and just what I needed...I miss those girls!
After Homecoming, we went straight into Danni's birthday, and Election Night! I must admit that I was speechless with excitement. Danni had a B-Day/Election Watch Party at her house, and it was so much fun watching this historic event in the company of my extended family. Here are some pics:
While I'm on the topic of the Election...WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! What an amazing experience it is to live in the land of opportunity. I couldn't be happier that Barack Obama is our President-Elect of the United States of America. I have to say that I'm pretty much sick and tired of seeing those who are not happy about this sulk and moan. Bottom line, it's in the Plan...God's plan that is, and even though Barack has no Army experience, let's remember this; God called many men and women to do great and mighty things out of the fields, homes, water, etc...God equips those that He calls to do the work He requires, so let Him handle it...PLEASE!
Back to my whereabouts...after Danni's birthday was MY BIRTHDAY!!! That's right..I turned 28 last Friday, and it was a great day. My sweet students made me a yummy cake:
Later that night, I met some friends for dinner at an Italian restaurant called La Strada. I really felt so blessed to be surrounded by such great friends. It was such a great night. Here are some pics:
The very next day, Junior League held me captive. We ha d our Holiday Market, and it was SO much fun! I must admit that I worked a lot, and didn't get to shop a lot, but all of that will change this weekend. I'm sorry I don't have any pictures to post from JL...maybe next time!
Back to shopping...I have NO pants that fit, but in a good way. I'm continuing to lose weight, and my pants look like potato sacks on me...VERY unattractive. SO...I'm headed out with the girls this weekend for some much needed girl time. We'll swing by the Nutcracker Holiday Market, The Galleria, and of course to EAT! I'm so excited. I love spending time with my friends. They are such good company. I hope that all of you are enjoying the upcoming Holiday time. I'm going to put up the Christmas tree this weekend...love this time of year!!! Until next time...
Friday, October 24, 2008
I know, I know...where have I been? Getting into the groove of things of course! I have so much to catch my faithful readers up on, that I truly don't know where to start. I will try my best to remember everything since my last post, but I know I'll be unsuccessful.
So, I can finally call Houston home. I love my neighborhood...there's a Barnes and Noble right down the street, and all of these cute little shops and restaurants, I love all that the city has to offer, and I LOVE my new gig with Junior League! It's a blast! Our Holiday Market is coming up, and I couldn't be more excited! Holiday Market is where we have hundreds of vendors selling all kinds of gifts for the Holidays. It's my birthday weekend, and since I am a Provisional, I'm pretty much a slave to the market, and will be working 3 shifts in two days...I won't really get to celebrate, but I will definitely do something the next weekend..it's the BIG 2-8!!
Next on the agenda is the Janet Jackson concert I attended this week! AMAZING! I love concerts! I love the music resonating through your entire body, and the feeling you get when you belt out your fave tunes along with 1000s of others! OH! and what about the dances...you would have thought I was on stage with her...it was great! I'm so glad I got a chance to go FOR FREE...thanks Missy..what a treat!
OH!!! I almost forgot...HOMECOMING 2008!!! Seriously, I am SO SUPER excited, I don't know what to do with myself. OK OK--so what can I say...college was one of the best times of my life. I met some wonderful people, and with the good and the bad, grew into the woman that I am today. The bon fire, the parade, the game, and Sherman's Alumni gathering...I can't wait, did I already say that?! So many people I get to see that I haven't seen in YEARS! Woohoo! I'm sure I'll be sad when the weekend comes to a close, but can I just say that at least I will be one of the people LEAVING Waco, and not staying this year...thank goodness!
TODAY - I had dinner with two great friends from college! They live in Houston, and we all finally had a chance to catch up. I was so excited because these girls and I really had some good times together in college. They totally helped me grow and mature in Christ, and had NO PROBLEM yanking me back to reality, and helping me keep my priorities straight. Because of them, I never had to find my own way, because they were already there. The true picture of iron sharpening iron...I looked up to these girls, prayed with them, had discipleship with them, laughed, cried...you get the picture..we had a lot of fun! Trust me, they caused me to stretch in more ways than I ever thought I could, and taught me that instead of getting offended, dig deep to find the reason why you are offended...you might find some truth there!
Well, that's all for now, and next time, I'll have some pics to post from Homecoming, and Danni's birthday...it's election day this year...so don't forget to vote...!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Well, what can I say?! I survived my very first and hopefully last, hurricane! Here's a quick run-down. I rushed home Thursday after school to get a gameplan together. I was off Friday, so I got up, put gas in the car, bought a few staples, and opened a new checking account...I know, a hurricane was coming, and I did my banking, but I needed to get that taken care of, and Friday was a great time to do it.
Wal-Mart closed at 10 a.m. on Friday, so I knew the storm was supposed to be big. The rest of Friday was pretty relaxing. I watched movies, ate take-out, and just had a great time doing nothing.
I went to bed around 2 a.m., and we lost power around 3:30 a.m. I went home to Copperas Cove on Saturday, and stayed until Monday because I thought I had to go back to work on Wednesday.
Needless to say, I've been off the entire week, and will be off until next Monday! YIPPEEEE!!!! I'm so excited...I get to have Quiet Time at Starbucks tomorrow, one of my favorite things to do. This has been a great time of relaxation, getting NOTHING accomplished because NOTHING has been open until today, and just enjoying life and friends! I hate this was all at the expense of a horrible hurricane that caused so much damage. I'm sad for the millions of people still without power, food, shelter...etc. I ask that you continue to pray for them!
I also went to check on the house yesterday, and can I say not a piece of debris was in the yard! God is so good. Let's keep praying saints until we see this thing through!
I'll write more later, but I gotta go! Love you guys, and I'm so happy to be safe!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Yes folks...this morning I joined the hundreds, maybe even thousands of people in my neighborhood at our local Wal-Mart to purchase gas and a few non-perishables. I pray that Hurricane Ike will have mercy on the people of Houston and the surrounding cities, but I'd like to think that I am prepared as I can be.
I'm thinking that my area will get lots of high winds and rain...I'm hoping we don't lose power...
House News: Unfortunately, I can't really update you all right now, but just know that you really wouldn't BELIEVE that they tried to do if I told you, but God is still God, and He is in control, so things are under His reign...just keep praying, and when I close on this house, you guys will be the first to know!!
I'll write more later...pray for all of us!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Well hello blog friends! I can't believe it's been so long since my last post. It literally seems like yesterday that I was writing you all.
I have so much to tell you, I really don't know where to begin. My kids are great...they are so much fun to be around, and a joy to teach. To say it's a difference is an understatment, but I miss UHS SO MUCH! I loved those kids, but I'm sure I will love my FHS kids just as much. I had a meeting with the district GT coordinator, and it was so cathartic for me. I think she could tell that I was completely overwhelmed, so she just let me talk. It is no secret that this is my first year as an AP teacher, and that basically...a huge responsibility, BUT I will make it.
I am still adjusting to Houston. The commute, the commute, the commute, and the traffic. This is by far my biggest challenge. Since I spend a lot of time on the road, I spend so much time talking to God, and reflecting on life. When I originally moved to Houston, my goal was to grow closer to God, take a GOOD long look at my life, and totally re-vamp the things I needed to.
I've been working on this process for a while now, and thanks to one of my mentors, she gave me a Godly approach to help me out. I'd love to share if you're needing a little clarity. What I found is that the dreams that I have for myself have been put on the back burner for the "right now." Now, I'm not talking about the "dream" of paying the bills, or putting food on the table. I'm talking about the deep down little girl dreams that I think about in the quiet times of my days...SOOOO...I made a plan to get back to those dreams. That plan now exists in the form of 3 lists: a frustration list, goal life list, and action item list. These lists have helped me to not settle for the mediocrity of the moment, and rob myself of the greatness for tomorrow. This is the most exciting challenge...I'm determined to not give in to the comfortableness of the moment. I can easily say that I have very little debt, on the brink of owning a home, a great salary, great benefits, blah blah blah and get stuck in the fact that I am comfortable. BUT, while all of these facts are a part of my dream, my dream requires a little more than making a paycheck...do you feel me?! Enough about that...but on a serious note, if you want 'the plan' let me know and I will get it to you.
JUNIOR LEAGUE!!! We started a couple of weeks ago, and WHAT FUN!!! I think I'm one of 3 that don't have kids or a husband yet, but it's still a blast. Oh, and what more can I say, we get margaritas at the meetings! Our Holiday Market is coming up..can't wait to do some damage with the vendors!
THE HOUSE!!! 2 1/2 weeks and counting! Really, I can't wait for this to be over, and for me to sit in my backyard and have quiet time! What a blessing that will be. Oh yeah--shout out to my parents for raising me to not depend on a man to pay my bills, or give me money...thanks to my Daddy for showing me how a man should love and treat a woman, and thanks to my mom for being the example to me. Don't get me wrong, I welcome the day I have a special relationship, but until I say 'I do' he won't need to pay my bills...just my opinion...
I wish I had a pic of something to post...but I don't! Love you guys..thanks for all of your support!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I've missed you all. I know that I have been MIA, but I've been really busy! That seems to be the word of my life lately...BUSY!!!
I need your help! I am winding down on the house process, and Satan is extra busy. With me moving to a brand new city, starting a brand new job, teaching two new preps, driving almost an hour to work back and forth daily, going to Mississippi, and my Mommy coming to visit, then leaving...AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Seriously, I am at the end of my rapidly fraying rope!
I need your prayers; specifically for focus, strength, a positive attutide, the spirit of a finisher, for God to multiply my time, still for the blessing of the house, things are happening on the 25th, and just for my overall sanity!
There are times when I feel like I am on a rollercoaster, and just feel so defeated, but I know that is the enemy...so, I need your prayers! Here are some pics of the house for you guys! Thank you in advance for your prayers!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Well, I'm finally living in my Houston apartment, and my house will be completed Wednesday! My Dad and I went to see it Saturday after the big move, and needless to say, I think we were both overwhelmed! It is beautiful! I am so excited! The floors, the colors I chose, the backyard...everything about it was breathtaking!
I still solicit your prayers as the final inspection will be complete in the next couple of weeks, and I will begin the closing process. If you'd like to pray specifically, please pray for the Lord's blessing over the closing process, and that He would continued to be glorified in this process, and that I would not have to pay a down payment...hey...while I'm asking, I may as well be real!!
I'm a Houstonian now!!! AND, apparently, I brought the hurricane..yes, we have been under a Hurricane watch for a few days, and tomorrow, several companies will be closed! You know, it really brings clarity to things when you drive down the highway and see a sign that reads, "fill your gas tanks, the hurricane is coming." Yep...true story..lol!!!
Looking back over this summer, it was definitely busy, but I had a lot of fun and met a lot of cool people while developing some friendships!!
Last week I attending Mary Kay Seminar! It was AWESOME!!! I got so much, and I know that there may be people out there that really don't know what our company is all about, but trust me when I tell you that we are SOOOO much more than lipstick!
Say a prayer for the Houston area....ask for our protection through the storm! ~J
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
**DOUBLE POST DAY, SCROLL DOWN**
If you've been around me this summer, you will have heard my friends refer to me as a "Lady of Leisure." I chuckle everytime I hear this because I think it's hilarious...trust me...I've earned these weeks off.
I've been back and forth between Houston and Copperas Cove the last couple of days, I must admit that I am ready to be in one place...for a LOOOOOOONNNNNG time...smile!
My house won't be ready to move in until the end of August, and I should close in September. Not exactly the BEST scenario, but God is in control, and He totally provided with an AWESOME apartment for a short term lease.
I start work on the 13th of August, and it's a bittersweet feeling. I'm glad to have a job to start, but it sure has been nice hanging out with the family, and connecting with friends!
I also ordered my first toll tag yesterday! I felt so citified...lol! I'm soon to be a city girl...living in the burbs! Gotta love it!
Keep those prayers coming, and please, let me know what I can stand in agreement with you on. It's an honor to go to God on your behalf! Love you guys! ~J
Why is it that we pray long and hard for God to move on our behalf, only to respond in shock when our prayers are answered?
I've prayed over and over for the blessings of the house, and each time God comes through, I am astonished at His grace and favor. Is it because I don't think He can do it? NO..., it's because I'm amazed, that the God of all creation cares enough for me to still speak life into my dreams and situations. It's because I am so unworthy, but He does it anyway.
I was reminded of a scripture in Exodus 14:14, where the Israelites are complaining about their journey. Moses says to them, "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still..." I have to admit that when I read this scripture, a HUGE, goofy grin spread across my face. I was also somewhat relieved. God, is fighting my battles..even the ones that I'm unaware exist. What a comforting thought. GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!
I will never profess to be a master when it comes to bible study, but I do know that there are many of you that are looking for God in the midst of your pain, anxiety, disgust, and anguish...I just want to encourage you to be still, and let Him fight for you. It's really difficult to shield a moving target from the bullets of darkness. God is in the details, He is concerned with every facet of our lives...remember, He knows the number of hairs on our heads, and takes the time to rejoice over us with singing, (Zephaniah 3:17). Cling to the word, there lies life...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Well, I have a job! I don't have time to "talk" but God showed up in a way that only He can through my sweet friend Kendra, and Mr. Tomas....
Keep those prayers, coming, they are working!! Oh yeah, and we are #1, and #3 down (referring to my post 2 posts ago)!!! Let's CLOSE ON THIS HOUSE!! Bring the rain Lord! Keep praying friends....keep praying! Oh yeah, I meant to ask this last time..what would you like for me to add on my prayer list for you? Answer in the blog guestbook, or e-mail if it's personal!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Let me first say that God is SO FAITHFUL! These last couple of days have been nothing short of amazing, and just a true glimpse of what God can do for those who deligently seek Him, and are obedient.
A few weeks ago, I started Beth Moore's bible study called "90 Days with Jesus." I love Beth Moore, and really wanted to spend more time studying during my quiet times, and being on purpose. It has definitely been working...
If you remember my last post, it was filled with anxiety, frustrations, just lots going on, and I am so thankful to my sweet friends who identified themselves as prayer warriors on my behalf. THANK YOU! I truly believe that prayer is so powerful, and I was so comforted knowing that so many of you were praying for me. IT WORKED...
I left for Houston on Wednesday, and had an interview on Thursday. To make a long story short, I really didn't feel a peace about the offer. I knew I would get the job after my second interview on Monday, the money is MORE THAN ENOUGH, but I really didn't feel like God had brought me to that place. However, I still hate to admit that I still thought that that was all God had for me, His child...
So fast forward...this morning, I'm getting ready for the day, and I notice that I had missed a phone call. I think I actually said, "who's working on the 4th of July," because I recognized that it was a Houston number...I called the number back, and it was Mr. Tomas, from a school district outside of Houston. My good University friend Kendra hooked me up with a contact, and he called me today. Now, I haven't met this man, but he sounded so sweet, and totally like the type of person I'd like to work for. I love the campus I am leaving behind, and he sounds like it would be the same atmosphere, and that is very important to me...
So, on Monday, I will go for another interview, and I'm claiming I will have great news to share...
Now, let me tell you this awesome story...so after my interview, I went to U of H to have lunch with Malitta, and she says that Jill Scott is in town for a concert that night! So, on a whim, we decided to see if we could "somehow" secure tickets to a SOLD OUT show...read between the lines...
Well, we didn't have to buy scalped tickets, lol, there were 4 great seats left, and we bought them! That would have NEVER happened in Waco...it was such a, "I live in Houston" moment..LOL!!! So, I got to hear great music and I had an awesome time!
I'm headed back tomorrow and will be there for a couple of days. I saw the house...the brick is up, the tile is laid, I have cabinets, and the walls are painted...it looks AWESOME!!! I will post some pictures...keep praying, and God is amazing!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I've sat down to start this post on several occasions, but as you can see, I haven't been successful in finishing it. If I had to guess why, I'd guess it's because I have so much anxiety right now. Where am I going to work? What will having a mortgage look like? Will I complete the process of the house? It's all very overwhelming, and this is kind of a new thing for me.
I was talking to Malitta the other day, and we had to laugh at how God handles me. Her exact statement was, "it will work out, you will get a job, you know God just waits until the last minute with you. It's like you are on death row, and the first two switches have been pulled, and they're about to pull the third, then BAM, you got a job...just in the nick of time!" Well, thanks Mal...I appreciate the words of encouragement.
I wouldn't be this anxious if I didn't have a closing approaching in a very short time, but don't get me wrong. I KNOW whom I serve, and I know that God, in His infinite wisdom has everything all planned out, in the most beautiful, well thought out symphony. More beautiful than I could ever imagine. I just hate that my human flesh and tendency is to worry, and fret. It makes me sad that I struggle daily, sometimes minute-by-minute with putting it all in His hands. I so want to do better. One thing I've learned in this process is that if I weren't a Christian, if I didn't know Jesus as my personal Saviour, I'd have lost my mind about a month ago..FOR REAL!
So, if you're reading, and you'd like to pray, here's what you can pray for specifically.
1. My job situation. I need one...need I say more...smile!
2. That everything goes well with the house, and that God would be glorified in this process.
3. My anxiety level, and that I would trust Him more. It makes me sad to even have to type that...
So, thank you sweet friends, people I know, and people I don't...I appreciate it more than you know!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I know it's been a while since my last post, and that is SO unlike me, but life has been full of activities to keep me busy. I'll try to post as many pics as I can to tease you with.
First of all, two weeks ago I went to Mississippi to watch my cousin Jonathan deliver his Valedictorian speech. We were all so proud, and he spoke so well.
I got to love on my family and Karmen a lot while I was there. She really is the world's cutest baby...that is, until I have my own, but even then, she'll always be special.
I've been really busy looking for a job, and there is a teaching position in Spring Branch ISD that I really want. So, if you think of me, say a prayer...the principal will be back in her office on Monday, so I will call her first thing...I'm on a mission.
The house is coming along beautifully....check it out for yourselves...
I really am so blessed, and I am so excited about this move, and all of the NEW things...this weekend I'm off to my family reunion on my Dad's side. Good times with family, good food, and just hanging out in the country....nothing could be better!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Well, I am so sorry! Who knew that my last post was almost a MONTH ago. A lot has happened, I will try to catch everyone up.
First of all, to say that I am tired has to be the understatement of the year. It seems as though I have been moving for a year, and it has really only been a week. I've been back and forth between Waco and Copperas Cove, moving things back into my parent"s home, and into storage...commuting to work...I am literally going on fumes. My body is physically under attack again as my left lung that had pneumonia has finally started to drain. Therefore, I have a horrible cough, and drainage out of this world...sorry if that's TMI.
My students don't want to work. They assume that since all TAKS tests were completed, that their work here is finished. Needless to say, it has been a challenge to get them motivated to perform...10 more days! I am definitely ready for summer!
I go for a second interview tomorrow. I am very excited about the possibility of working with this company. I will let everyone know the outcome.
The foundation will be poured on Friday...couldn't be more excited!
I have so many wonderful pictures to share with you all, but my camera is at home I think...hey, I just found my watch and the rest of my jewelry....EVERYTHING seems to be in boxes or plastic bins these days. As soon as I get a free minute, I will post the pics.
On a more exciting note, I get to see my cousin graduate as Valecdictorian of his class next week. I'm flying to my grandmother's house in Mississippi, and will be with my Mom's side of the family! Until next time, pray for my strength and sanity in these hectic times!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Hello Blogging Friends!
It's MONDAY!!! Ok--so, I'm not that excited that it's a beautiful day and we're covering poetry, but I'm finding my own beauty right now!
I went home this weekend, our church had its 27th anniversary, and it was phenomenal! In all of my years of attending my church, I have never felt God so near in a service. The singing, the praise dancing, the worship, but most importantly, the WORD was just amazing. It was one of those services where you are near tears the entire time...can I get an Amen?! smile
I am still studying my notes, but I will have to share the highlights at a later date. The message was over "Discovering the Will of God." God has been doing so much to show me His face lately, and this word was a confirmation in my spirit of so many things. You know how you can ask for something, and 'think' you heard the answer? Anyone ever been there?! I've struggled with taking action after God has given me the direction to go. I've been so paralyzed that I have failed to exercise my faith, and go foward. Joyce Meyer said it best when she said that being afraid to miss God can be just as detrimental as not moving at all...isn't that the truth?!
I promise I will share more of the actual message later...it is worth the wait...I promise!
My pneumonia has finally given in to the antibiotics! It took a while (4 weeks), but the pleurisy has subsided...I wouldn't wish that on my WORST enemy...pain like no other...
Plans to move to Houston are still underway....keep praying...God is moving!
Monday, April 21, 2008
I haven't been following this season of American Idol closely, but I happened to catch this today. Most of the group songs they choose for the contestants are quite corny, however, this is awesome!!! I was so happy to see that they didn't edit this song! Enjoy!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Ask parents what they want their child to be, and the answers will run the gamut from A to Z.
Some may say they want a strong academic student, valedictorian even. Others may want a sports star. A few may aspire for their child to be student body president. Or maybe one with a heart for others and who is involved at church. Many will say they want a good kid who respects and is respected by others.
For the parents of Jonathan Lewis, a senior at Provine High, the answer's simple: all of the above.
"Jonathan's name means God-given, and he has truly been a blessing to his parents," said Jennifer Lewis, Jonathan's mother and a teacher at Provine.
They are not the only ones who have noticed. The June issue of Ebony magazine will feature its selected outstanding scholars, one of whom is Lewis.
"It's the top 10 scholars in the nation, which is featured in Ebony every year," Jonathan said. "I was (notified) about a month ago that I had been selected. They called and said it's primarily because of my grades and my volunteer work. I volunteer with the March of Dimes."
Lewis, who is on track to be valedictorian, said he is involved with March of Dimes because he wants to bring attention to Mississippi's premature birth rate, one of the highest in the nation.
Lashunna Blackmon, Lewis' advanced placement senior English teacher, noticed both his balance and dedication.
"Jonathan is probably the most well-rounded student I've ever had here. He plays ball, he's involved in other activities and he gets his work in on time, even the lengthy assignments."
"Obviously, he's an outstanding representative (for Provine), because he really does epitomize what we believe, that hard work and consistent effort are the keys to success," Provine Principal Tex Red Jr. said. "He's a very articulate young man. As president of the student body (he's called on) to do a great many presentations, speak to the school and represent the school quite a bit. I've had a great many people say to me how well he represents this school.
"Having a young man who's so academically inclined while at the same time being a part of athletics and other extra-curricular activities ... he's the total embodiment of the student-athlete. You knew (when he came in as a freshman) that he was going to do well. Plus, I know his mom and pop, and I knew they wouldn't accept anything less."
Education is a part of the Lewis family's foundation. His father, Danny Lewis, is assistant principal at Powell Middle School.
In addition to the educational background, Jonathan and his father also share a love of basketball, as well as a claim to hoops success. A point guard for the Rams varsity team, he helped his squad claim back-to-back Class 5A state titles as well as this season's overall state championship.
Danny said that success, combined with his efforts to help Florence High School win the overall state title when he was in school, makes them the only father-son duo to claim overall titles of which he is aware.
"Mixed in with all of that, he is also one of the secretaries of Sunday school at Pearl Street A.M.E. Church," said Benjamin F. Harper Jr., superintendent of Sunday school at the church. "He actually contacted me. Now think about all of the other things he's been doing, (and he still wants) to be secretary. One of the things that really impressed me was that, when he had to go off on a basketball trip, he would let me know in advance. That's the kind of fellow he is."
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” -Audrey Hepburn
"I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman...a woman who teaches by being."-Maya Angelou
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I felt like blogging today! Nothing really on my mind, just wanted to get in here and unload. You know, stress is such a BAD thing! I mean, it can cause you to not sleep at night, have mysterious aches and pains, and become irritable for no apparent reason!
The relief comes when you master the thing that is stressing you out, you can cross it off of your 'to-do' list. Those are the moments the release comes! I look forward to crossing some things off in the very near future. Nothing life threatening...I promise!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Old Navy Stylist...ha!
2. Scrapbook Specialist at Heart Tugs 'N Doodle Bugs
3. Mary Kay Consultant and lovin' it!
Four movies I've watched more than once:
2. The Color Purple
3. Kingdom Come...if you ever need a laugh...this is the one!
4. Shawshank Redemption...begrudgingly EVERY time!
Four Places I have lived:
1. Jackson, Mississippi
2. Frankfurt, Germany
3. Copperas Cove, Texas
4. Waco, Texas
5. COMING SOON--CYPRESS, TEXAS!
Four T.V. Shows that I watch:
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. Big Brother/America's Next Top Model
4. The Food Network--yep, the entire thing!
Four places I have been:
3. Czech Republic/Canada
4. New York and Vegas--I know that's 6...shoot me!
Four People who e-mail me (regularly):
4. My Vegas/Baylor friends/Mike! Hi Guys!
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chips and Salsa
2. Green Beans
4. Rice and Hotdogs...I could eat it daily!
Four Places I would like to visit:
Four Things I am looking forward to in the coming year:
2. My House
3. New Friends in a new city
4. Enjoying what's next!
Four Friends I'm tagging (you better do it!!! lol):
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I ran across this scripture earlier, and wanted to share it with you, my faithful readers. This weekend I FINALLY toured some homes. I have to admit that I found one that I truly love, I'm just waiting on the Lord's timing and favor, but I really do love it. I can't wait to have house parties with friends, slumber parties, and just real conversations with those I care about in my new home. God is so good, and His mercies really are new every morning...great is His faithfulness...
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will WAIT FOR HIM. The Lord is good to those who hope in Him, to the one who seeks Him, it is good for man to bear the yoke while he is young. LET HIM SIT ALONE IN SILENCE, FOR THE LORD HAS LAID IT ON HIM."Lamentations 3:22-28
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
How many times have you heard someone say, "I can forgive, but I can't forget?" How many times have you said those words yourself?!
This morning while brushing my teeth, God placed something on my heart. I don't really know what this stems from, but it was enlightening, and I'm sure God will reveal in due time.
So, I'm brushing my teeth, listening to Joyce Meyer, and Philippians 3:13-14 runs through my mind. My first thought, "OK God--I know that scripture, I've said it a MILLION times, but He said, "NO!" think about it. The scripture states, "Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
TO BE CONTINUED....
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Well, life around here as been pretty amazing, (that's my new word). First of all, the Jill Scott concert was more than I expected. She can SANG! I would even venture to say that she sounds better in person than on her CD. My favorite part of the evening was when the crowd was filing out of the theatre, and she came back to the mic. She began saying that God had given her a song to share with us, and she couldn't let us leave without sharing it. So she began singing the most beautiful acapella song, you could literally hear an ant crawl (except for the obnoxious woman behind us...another story, another day).
Friday, February 15, 2008
Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. And God's peace, which is so great we cannot understand it will keep your hearts and minds on Christ Jesus...I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens...I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.
Friday, February 8, 2008
TGIF!!! I am SO glad it's Friday! The kids are acting so weird right now. It's like they have forgotten all of the skills they were taught last semester. It can be very frustrating for a teacher. Well, just when I was thinking "Dear Lord, how much more can I take," one of my kids came to me and said, "Miss D, we shared our testimony today, and now this boy wants to go to church." I replied, "I beg your pardon?" And she continued to explain that she and a few other students were in gym class, and sharing their testimonies, and love for Jesus with a peer, and he wanted to attend church. She was SO excited, and I was too. You see, this student is pregnant, and she was sharing that even though she sinned, God still loved her, and that was something that she and God would have to work out. I was so proud!
It can be REALLY easy to slip into the thought that these kids don't care about anything but themselves, and that they are so narcissistic, but today totally reaffirmed that what I do matters, and that God is still God!
I was reading from Dr. Dollar's new book last night, and marked a couple of highlights to share. I love the realistic approach he takes with his readers. It's a GREAT read!
From 8 Steps to Creat the Life you Want:
The foundation scripture is: "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him," James 1:5 NIV
1. Surrender all of your plans to the Lord.
2. Surround yourself with godly men and women, and imitate their faith and good character.
3. Set aside time daily to pray and study God's Word.
4. Ask the Lord to reveal His will in every situation you encounter.
5. Use scriptures as the foundation for how you live.
6. Don't be swayed by your emotions or the pressures of life.
7. Be willing to learn from your mistakes.
I LOVE these little nuggets because it gives me something to "check" off, and remember to do daily. I know that my little blurb doesn't do the book justice, but I encourage everyone to go buy it. It really is a great book with a solid scriptural foundation. Have a great weekend, and look for some fun pics from this weekend! Oh yeah--shout out to Sandy on an awesome post!
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I, along with MILLIONS of fans witnessed the feat of the Giants over the Patriots. I LOVE THE STORY OF AN UNDERDOG!!!! I mean, the rush of the last few seconds of the game was incredible. This win incited many thoughts in me, and apparently others because it has been the talk of many a blog today! You know, the Giants were not slated to win. Their season was less than perfect, and they rarely received any airtime leading up to the game, but NONE of that matters now!
All in all, I loved the game. I love when an underdog comes from behind, and tears down belief barriers. Isn't that what life is all about? Such a David and Goliath moment!
Switching gears here: I have to give an update on the house hunt! I will travel to Houston later this month to view some of my favorite plans. I've decided on a two-story option, just finalizing the rest. I will be sure to post pictures, I think it's so fun to share the experience with you, my faithful readers. I'm still job hunting, but I am putting that all in God's hands. He knows my needs, and the perfect job for me, so I can't worry about it! I solicit your prayers....thanks in advance! Until next time.....
Monday, January 28, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I love my church! My home church is simply amazing...I miss it when I am in Waco, and really don't know what I am going to do when I leave the Central Texas area. (That's been on my prayer list...finding a church home) So, this weekend, I went to the 8 o'clock service with my Dad, and the sermon was RIGHT ON TIME....!!! Have you ever heard a word, and didn't even know it was what you needed at the time? That is how I feel each time I leave CHOP!!! I remember when I was younger, not having a clue what Bishop was talking about, but now that I'm older, I get it, and each sermon makes me grow....
If you know me at all, you know I LOVE to read. Being an English teacher, and a grad student, it's really hard to find the time to read for pleasure, but somehow I fit it in. I bought a couple of books this weekend that I can't wait to read. I thought I'd share them with you:
I love hearing from God. It affirms that my dreams and hopes are not something I want to do for myself, but things that He really wants me to do for His glory...
I love rainy days as long as I can sit on the couch and watch TV or read, and not have to go anywhere.
I love journaling, it's my main way of releasing.
I love Moscato wine....especially the kind in the black bottle...thanks Danni!!!
I LOVE my IPOD....I love that I can listen to my favorite songs, and that it is like a little extension of me. I especially love the new docking station I got for Christmas...thanks Mom!! You know what they say....music moves the souuuuuullllllllllllll!!!!
That's all for now! Thanks for reading!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Tonight, I will celebrate with some of my closest sisters, and we'll stop to reflect and remember all that our founders meant for us to accomplish in the name of AKA. We'll come together to encourage one another, support one another, and hold one another accountable for the charge we were given 100 years ago!
I will post pictures from tonight's festivities later! Until then.....
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
This entry will pretty much be all over the place. I started it a few days ago, and am just getting around to finishing it.
Most of you know that I am seriously considering buying my first home. I had been thinking about it before, but the moment of truth came when my Dad, said to me over Thanksgiving, "you know, if you're waiting to get married before you buy a home, you might want to go ahead and consider it..." THANKS DAD!! I mean, of course in the back of my mind I thought I would have a home, and a husband by now, but anywho....another day, another post...
So, back to the home issue--I've been working with a company, and prayerfully by the end of the summer, I will be a homeowner!!! I'm so excited...as you all know I love to decorate and have get togethers. The lesson in all of this is, don't stop living the life you have, because you're waiting for the life you want....
I also received my first grades on a paper, and a journal that was due this week, and I made 100's on both. Now, you have to understand that this teacher ripped my discussion post to shreds, so I was very apprehensive about completing these assignments. I literally prayed the entire way through it. God is faithful.....