It's especially hard starting up work after taking a year off! Yep, I started the school year with Kent teaching at Briarcrest again. This time I'm not doing Bible like I did 2 years ago. I'm teaching High School Health and PE in the mornings and middle school PE in the afternoon. The 7th grade kids I taught two years ago are now in high school, so it's really fun to have them as students again! I like being in Kent's world too, and I even get to see some of my track girls every day, which is awesome.
Everything about this opportunity is really God-ordained! As sad as I am to leave Kennedy each day, listen to how perfect this job is. 1) I had been praying for awhile that God would give me girls to pour into (having youth ministry withdrawals). The Health and High School PE classes I teach are girls only! How perfect! 2) I would have been even more sad for Kent to go off to work again if I was staying home. I had been a little lonely and restless at home with KJ last year, especially when Kent would work late, so I wasn't excited to go back to that. Now I'm starting up with him! 3)Kent is starting seminary classes this fall and we wouldn't have had the extra money to pay for them without this job. 4) I get to play games like kickball, which were my absolute favorite growing up, and also make kids workout, which you know I love to do, haha! I have no work to take home with me and I get to be outside when the weather is nice! Woo Hoo! And 5) it is only until October! I'm just taking over for a teacher on maternity leave, so it makes it much easier to leave KJ every day knowing it's for a short time. And since it's only temporary, my awesome mother-in-law volunteered to watch Kennedy, which is sooooo perfect and allows them special time together that they would never have otherwise.
GOD IS GOOD! He knows what we need even before we ask Him. And as perfect as I can see now that this job is, He really had to push me into doing it. I would have taken the easy way out and just said no if it were up to me, but now that I'm in it, I can really see his hand. Anyway, I made it through the first week, am tired and missing my baby but feeling satisfied. I do love getting to socialize with other teachers/adults and interacting with these kids every day. I love (and also hate) being pushed out of my comfort zone, being forced to depend on God and trust in Him. Then, I can boast of his faithfulness and really see his hand in my life! Pray with me that God will use me at that school, even in this short time. Just wanted to share what's going on with us and remind ya'll how God leads and guides us where we are supposed to go!
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you." Psalm 32:8
"The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. " Psalm 138:8
Hope the summer has been good for ya'll and that you are forced to depend on Him too!