Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Water from rocks...

The nation of Israel was led into the wilderness...

Complaining, they asked, "Why have you brought us to this wretched place?....where there is no food to eat nor water to drink... simply to die?"

Then the glory of the Lord appeared.... and the Lord spoke to Moses, guided him on what to do...

So Moses did just as He commanded. With his rod he struck the rock twice, and water came forth abundantly.

....a shorthand version of Numbers 20:1-11

It's easy to see this passage and say "Wow. God is good."
God is good.

He warrants respect and asks obedience.
He leads and He provides... always.

You could easily read this passage and stop there,
but that's not the end of the story.

 12 But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you have not believed Me, to treat Me as holy in the sight of the sons of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” 

Sometimes we don't know where we are going, how we will get there, or what the journey will be like, but we are called to faith and obedience.

I came here on that faith and obedience - not knowing what I was getting myself into nor how I would survive. No doubt my mind, my heart, and my being had fears.

Every step of the way My God has provided for my heart.... my safety... my loneliness... my comfort.... my everything.

And my journey is not over, but surely He is delivering me to this promised land every day
the land of peace... of grace... of joy... the place of rest.

If I don't suffer, if I don't hurt, if I don't need...
God is limited in His ability to show His mightiness and power.
He is almighty.
But if I don't enter the wilderness, I may never see the glory of God.

Praise the Lord for my every lacking, for my every desire, want, and need.
Praise the Lord for who He is, and where He leads.
Praise the Lord, forever is the song I sing.



Celebrating life

"Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I have learned...

As I sit here and think about words to put down as emotion that's flooding my heart,

I cry.

I Have Learned.

I have learned to live without.
I have learned to crave.
I have learned to hunger.
And I have learned to be satisfied.

I have learned vulnerable.
I have learned fear.
I have learned weak.
And I have learned grace.

I have learned family.
I have learned friends.
I have learned to be a part of and to miss.
And I have learned relative.

I have learned silence.
I have learned to listen.
I have learned to speak.
And I have learned peace.

I have learned truth.
I have learned forgiveness.
I have learned raw.
And I have learned love.

I am beyond blessed by all of the hard and challenging lessons I have learned. I am forever thankful for all of the gifts and blessings God has simply poured into my life. Every moment, every day, through the hardness and pain, through the blessings of the rain, forever I am thankful for the day.

"Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples."
-Psalm 96: 1-3

Friday, January 17, 2014

And the beat goes on...

It's been a while.... This has been life...

Our school's main fundraiser for the year is Fall Festival. Students and teachers set up festival booths... There's an international food fair... Music... Dancing... Prizes... Good times....

Some of my students from this year and last year...

y mi comida arabe... mmmm

I was chosen for "The Big Toe Award"... which signifies someone who plays a small, important role in the functioning of the body.  

In November, I had to make a very hard decision about next year. I came here on a two year contract, and this is currently my second year. Therefore, I had to decide whether or not to renew my contract. Over two months and through a lot of prayer, advice, discussion, more prayer, more advice, more prayer.... I decided that I will not be renewing my contract for next year.

I love this country. I love my job. I love my family and friends here.
I've been starting to take pictures of the places where I live and work when I simply say to myself, "Wow... This place is so beautiful...I'm going to miss this..."

The school gate hill...

Bus stop at the bottom of "The Death Hill"

Quarter of the way up "The Death Hill"

The walk up "The Death Hill" to my house...

Top of "The Death Hill" aka my street

The view from my bed...

Cards on the patio...

A fun rainbow run in the concha (shorts and tank tops ALL YEAR LONG!)

Christmas in Caracas...

Christmas in Atlanta...

Family Night at the Nutcracker!

Night of Lights date night with Michelle & Rob at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Old college friends reunion

Trip to Nashville

Venezuelan Arepa Night!

And now.... TODAY!

I got to see another city in Venezuela, Valencia, as we went to VANAS which is an international English schools' teacher conference. I love the opportunity to get new ideas, insight, and inspiration into the profession I love.

A view on the drive...

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens..."
-Ecclesiastes 3:1