Saturday, November 30, 2013

Life These Days!

It's been so long since I updated with what's going on in our lives! I am so sorry!  Many great things have happened in the past months! Here are just a few updates! More posts to come... :) 

Last January before my Student Teaching semester I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Passion 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia! Here are some pictures.

The sweet ladies and I waiting for Passion to start! 

                                                                  Passion 2013

                                                Matt Redman singing his new song!
                                             It was so cool to worship with so many people
David Crowder!

                                                          A little taste of Heaven ^

 The group! 

Here are some pictures from Student Teaching ...
                                                   100th day of School- we are old ladies!

                                   Dr. Suess day! My mentor Teacher and I had too much fun together...

                     I had a great experience Student Teaching with my mentor teacher Dani DePinto!

I graduated from Sam Houston May 2013! Woohoo!
           I literally couldn't have gotten through college without my wonderful parents!

My wonderful Hubby and I....He helped me persevere in all the times I didn't think I could get through.

 Jonah and I! My sweet nephew! It was his first graduation!

                         My parent's threw a wonderful grad party for me! It was very memorable.
   My family <3>
               This is Bethany. We met the last semester of college, she loves Jesus too. It was so sweet to go through the last semester with this precious lady.

Before I even graduated, The Lord opened a door for me to be a teacher at Christ Community School teaching 5th and 6th grade Language Arts and History!

I've been teaching at Christ Community School for about 4 months now and can say truthfully it is my DREAM job. God is so gracious and kind... here are some pictures of my room and students! 
 Here is my 6th grade class. I am officially the 6th grade HOMEROOM teacher, even though I teach both 5th and 6th grade Language Arts and History (I know- IT'S CONFUSING) For 6th grade, I also teach Bible to them in the mornings. This is a GREAT blessing. I feel honored and privileged to disciple these kids everyday to know and love the Lord.

For the 5th graders in the afternoon, I only teach Language Arts and History; here they are:
It's amazing to me how much you can fall in love with your students! We just hit Thanksgiving Break and I'm already missing these kiddos! I have 11 students all together.

Here is me and the 5th grade homeroom teacher who teaches Math & Science to both 5th & 6th grade (We're both first year teachers - Such a sweet blessing to teach our first year together! )

Here are some pictures from my classroom: 
View from walking in the front door

Behind my desk

 From the front of the classroom looking back ^

Writing Center ^
 ^Reading Nook

 Kalen, my sweet precious husband, came up one Sunday to help me do some work. I left the room for a few minutes and came back to this HANDSOME man and that SWEET message on the board.
 I just love this guy.

 I am thankful to the Good Lord for giving me an opportunity to work in an environment where I can freely lift His name on High and disciple His precious ones! 

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever." Psalm 118: 1

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Are You Happy All The Time...?"

       A sweet woman asked me that about a month ago. She said she noticed that I was never in a "bad mood". I was really struck by her question and answered in a vunerable fashion by saying, "actually, I struggle with frustrations and selfishness inside. I have to pray all the time and ask the Lord for strength to honor him and do the next right thing." She shook her head like she understood. After that short conversation, I couldn't get that question off my mind...

The truth is... 

It's not as easy or as "happy" as it may look on the outside.

Sure, there are seasons when God grants me sweet joy and bliss, which I am so grateful for. There are also moments and seasons of struggle and trial, which I am also so grateful for.

I struggle with anxiety and fears. I struggle with not feeling "good enough" and feeling not worthy to be called a daughter of the Most High God. I struggle with sins daily that I have to fight against. I fight these worries with the Word of God. I fight these struggles with the God of Heaven's armies strength. He helps me!

My Hope - Christ

My Strength- Christ

My Joy- Christ

My Anchor- Christ

What I've realized through that question is; The goal in life is not to be happy all the time, it's to be content and faithful in the season God has us in. Contentment and godliness is great gain and brings much joy!

I know happiness is all something we want to attain, but utter - constant happiness in itself is not real, not on this earth. No matter what a persons life looks like on the outside (through social networking especially), the truth is... we ALL struggle. We are all broken human beings in need of a Savior; a good Shepherd to carry, heal, restore, and anchor us.

I want to end with this song...

My Anchor Holds

By: Leon Young 


"Though the angry surges roll on my tempest driven soul
I am peaceful for I know, wildly though the winds may blow
I've an anchor safe and sure that can evermore endure"

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day

How fun to cut open a fresh heart-shaped strawberry for Valentines day! 
Happy love day.
May you celebrate God's love and share it everyday with those around you. 

& remember...

We love because He first loved us.
(1 John 4:19)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Discernment in the Church

Good afternoon! I'll just cut right to chase...
This issue of "Discernment" in the Church (Body of Christ) has been on my heart for awhile now. When I first got saved, I was not discipled, so I found myself searching around aimlessly going to every church that spoke the name "Jesus". I thought, as a new believer, that if the church spoke about Jesus... all was good! Scary huh? A lot of cults use the name of Jesus... little did I know.

Well, not until a couple years later did I learn (by the grace of God), that not all men and women that speak the name Jesus are actually disciples of Christ. A true disciple of Christ will love the Word of God (The Bible) and live within the guidelines the Lord has set out for us in the Bible. A true disciple of Christ exudes love and acknowledges that he/she struggles with sin. A true disciple of Christ doesn't seek experience after experience, but seeks God's face to please Him and yearns for holiness.  I could go through my story and tell you everything, but I don't think I have time for that. The most important thing that I want to talk about today is a certain stream of "manifestations" being promoted by the Charismatic Church.

Before I begin, You must know that I am a BIBLE believing Christian. I love the Word of God and want to see the power of the Holy Spirit manifest itself as it did in the Bible. I love the gifts of the Spirit and I believe in the gifts of the Spirit.

What I don't believe are THESE (seen in video below) so called manifestations deemed to be given by the Holy Spirit, but they are not from the Holy Spirit of Christ. Let me tell you something, I was apart of these church meetings (that you'll watch below). I used to do all that you're going to see in these videos. And what I experienced was NOT the peace of Christ, but a false reality, a fleeting sense of emotions. I actually encountered many demonic attacks and was under severe oppression while apart of this movement. If any of this perks your attention, or you have been apart of any movement that prays for holy laughter, promotes drunkeness in the spirit, and weird manifestations... than watch this.

The Lord has saved me from this movement, my job now is to help anyone who is apart of this!!!
You must watch ALL three videos to get a complete understanding.

Jesus Christ be exalted! May your holiness fill the Church. Give us eyes to see You! Give us ears to understand. Give us discernment. Help us oh Lord. We are lost sheep without the guidance of our Shepherd.