Thursday, April 16, 2009

Psalm 142:5b

so it's been forever (and i apologize for the few of you who actually read this) and i feel it's time to catch up.

job: still teaching 4th grade and loving it all the more with each new day. i'm finally on Easter vacation for this week, which i was initally all excited for, but now that it's here i'm missing my students and want to just get back to my daily routine. i realized i do extremely well when i have a routine. as for teaching next year, i'm still hoping the school i'm at reaches enough enrollment for me to have a job there next year, but if not, then my summer will be spent looking along with everyone else in california for a teaching job. so pray for me!

ministry: over the past few months i've realized that as much as i desire a relationship, it seems God may have other plans for me. if i were in a relationship, much of my time would be devoted to that ministry. but since i'm not, God has given me a new desire to switch focuses of what i should be devoting my time too. let me explain: in the beginning of january i started to read the Bible all the way 365 days I'll have read the Bible in chronological order. so far i've read for everyday. so, we get to a point in the reading where moses has died and joshua has died too. it says that the future generations forget all they have learned and started the rebellion against God. how retarded right? i mean, here they have all the commands God has already given them, 2 amazing leaders who've taught them everything God has spoken to them and yet the generation forgets? so my mission, excuse me, my ministry is to focus on the generation(s)after me. what am i doing to prepare the next generation to become future youth group worship leaders, the next spiritual cheerleaders for their friends and so forth? sure i serve every sunday and wednesday at church, i teach at a christian school...but what am i really doing? so i've been praying about it and thinking it's time to start investing myself in those who understand what ministry is. so i've found 7 key 5th-6th graders at church that i'm going to start investing in. we're gonna do life together, have fun together and just allow God to grow us up into who He wants us to be. i'm so excited for this new journey and our first outing is this sunday after i'll be sure to update you with how this new ministry is going for me! :)

life in general: other than that, things seem to be ok. not horrible and not super fantastic, but ok. oh, another exciting thing, i get the privilege of coaching soccer thru Immanuel Baptist Church. teaching kids to appreciate hard work, teamwork and learn self-esteem is the emphasis of this league. i get to coach 7th-8th graders (not my typical choice of age group...but i'm working with it) and i'm actually realizing what a blessing it is to serve kids through sports. and the only other update in life is my Greece trip quickly approaching. i leave in exactly 62 days!! i have a majority of my supoort raised and i'm starting to recognize how much of a blessing this is and how much God is going to use me.

i guess that's my life these days. i'm still learning, still growing, still struggling, still striving to be radically obedient. i love my life and all that God has given me...and a verse that i'm holding close to my heart is Psalm 142:5b and it says "you (God) are all i really want in life."

1 comment:

Michelle Moras said...

Shmanda you are so awesome! You are such a blessing and an inspiration! Love you so much!