I have been reminiscing the last few days.
It is almost impossible for me to believe, but this is the beginning of the 5th school year since I turned in my gradebook and keys and quit writing lesson plans for 8th graders.
Five years since I laughed with my students.
Five years since I read their sometimes heartbreaking/sometimes heartwarming essays and graded spelling tests for hours. (Don’t miss those spelling tests a bit!)
Five years since I was shocked by their language and the words of some of their music, and fell for their traps to get me off topic by veering our discussions in another direction than I planned. These discussions were often more fruitful than what I had planned anyway.
Being a classroom teacher was something I loved! Granted, it could be VERY FRUSTRATING and STRESSFUL, but the energy of kids and the creativity of their ideas brought me great JOY.
I loved seeing the back-to-school pictures of all the kids on Facebook, and I know many momma- hearts ached as they prayed for a good school year for their precious children. Everyone wants their son or daughter to have a teacher who cares.
And I know there are GOBS of teachers who do!
When I decided to quit teaching, I hoped God would show me what HE wanted me to do next.
Surprise! He has been faithful to do just that.
While cleaning, I came across these 2 pieces that I wrote years ago.
I sit on our back porch swing
I have learned so much, gone places I never imagined, and witnessed God at work. I’m reconnecting with former students and their moms and meeting new folks. It’s FUN!
I’m not sharing this because I am anything special, because I am NOT. I’m sharing because the same God who has shown me his FAITHFULNESS and LOVE will do the same for YOU and I’m sure he has been.
Sharing with others gives God glory and is an encouragement during times when we may need building up.
So, how is God showing his faithfulness to YOU? Tell us. Please!