Summer Is Over

Summer is over…Those three words evoke more feeling in me than possibly ever before. What a summer it has been! What a spring and summer it has been really since I haven’t posted since February. These last two seasons have been some of the most crazy in my life. I had been teaching preschool, but am now looking forward to teaching kindergarten this fall. For me as a student and now, a teacher, I always have looked at fall as another opportunity to change, move on, and keep on. This fall is no different.

This fall I am looking forward with fear, anticipation, sadness, and hope. My summer was beautiful, but challenging. This summer I said good bye to friends as I left my job and moved (AGAIN!). I walked away from relationships that weren’t right and finally let go of some bitterness that threatened to steal my joy each day. I fought for the things I believed in and loved on those that were hurting. I have made mistakes but regret nothing. I have experienced life this summer, really this year, in a way that was more fulfilling than ever before.

And again, I turn to fall a changed person. I feel things and people that meant so much becoming less of a controlling factor in life. I feel God’s calling more and more each day simply asking for obedience. I feel God’s nudges toward open doors even though I can’t see past the threshold. I feel my faith growing stronger and my doubt shrinking each day. I am so excited for this new season of life just as much as I am thankful for the last. I pray for an amazing school year with my kindergartners and opportunities to bless so many through the doors that God has opened.

Enjoy the season God has blessed you with and make every moment count as that is all that is guaranteed.

Enough

Standing in front of a congregation full of people on Sunday morning, less than a week before Valentine’s Day, belting out “Enough” by Chris Tomlin, had  a powerful impact on my single heart.

For as long as I can remember, I have been looking, hoping, praying, and chasing after that special someone, never quite knowing who he is,  where he is, or when God will bring him into my life. During my adolescence, it was easy to shrug this off as being boy crazy to those around me. However, for whatever reason  sometime between 18 and 20, my singleness became noticeable to those around me. I have date a few guys, but nothing serious. Finally, as I graduated college last spring, everyone around me  began to feel bothered that I had not found anyone and assume that I chronically depressed by it.  

I want to say that I am not sad that I am single before I say anything more. With Valentine’s Day coming, this is a hot topic. Most people who are single take the stance of “I HATE THIS DAY!” or “Obviously, it was created to make single people even more sad.” But, for anyone that knows me, I don’t hate Valentine’s Day. I mean, it is a commercialized, made-up holiday, but there is nothing wrong with a day to remind people to say “I love you”. Plus, I love any excuse to eat copious amounts of candy! 🙂

Due to the season, more and more articles pop up on Facebook, my news homepage, and Twitter about being single, what to say to single people, what not to say to single people, and how to stop being single. Some are light-hearted, while others are meant to be taken seriously. I have read non-Christian and Christian takes on the topic as well. The one item above all else that always gets me in these articles and my every day life is what do you say to a single person?

For years, I have struggled with how I want people to respond when something is said about my singleness. I have never cared for the standard:

1. He’s out there somewhere.

2. It will happen for you someday.

3. You deserve someone great and they haven’t found you yet.

Anyway, back to Sunday morning… As I stood up on that stage, praising God, I realized, I finally knew what I want people to say whenever my being single, for whatever reason, comes up…I want people to remind me that GOD IS ENOUGH! That is a reminder that should never get old or cliche’. GOD IS ENOUGH! No imperfect human will make my life complete enough without God. No imperfect human will make me content enough without God. No imperfect human will make money, success, hopes, and dreams enough without God. GOD IS ENOUGH! God using imperfect people to make our lives feel complete and help us be content, but without God those people may not be in our lives. GOD IS ENOUGH! I still pray every day for that man that God has set aside for me. However, my prayers for him have gotten to that I want him to know that GOD IS ENOUGH! I have faith that he is out there, but until then GOD IS ENOUGH!

So to sum up all my ramblings, Single does not equal sad. Single does not equal alone. Single does not equal unloved. Valentine’s Day is good. Candy is good.  GOD IS ENOUGH!

25 Ways To Make Your Life Better Immediately

Thought Catalog

1. Listen to “The Circle Of Life.” Seriously, it’s like a musical version of caffeine. Once that naaaaaaaaaaaa sevenyaaa hits, you’re awake, you’re refreshed, you’re alive. This song makes a great alarm if you want to wake up feeling amazing every morning – just be prepared to have the “pink pajamas, penguins on the bottom” part stuck in your head all day.

2. Stop answering the calls you don’t want to answer, replying to texts you don’t want to reply to, and saying yes to the invites you don’t want to attend. It may be hard to say “no thanks” or ignore a person, but if you feel the urge to, there’s usually a reason for that… And even if you’re just being an antisocial homebody, that’s your prerogative!

3. If someone you hang out with is content going nowhere in life and doing the things you guys did five…

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This Is NOT Our Time

When you believe in a God that changes lives every day, it should be easier to see  that a simple weekend with your best friend could turn into a time that challenges you and gives you a new vision for the new year and your life.

I have sat down three or four times now trying to decide how to write down exactly what this weekend has brought about in my life. Never did I think a movie, a song, and a single 500 word devotional would make such an impact on my current view of my life and its’ purpose. It all began with the movie…

Stephanie, one of my best friend’s, and I attended the young adults Bible Study at her church yesterday afternoon. We showed up and discovered that a movie, “This Is Our Time” was going to be shown with a four week study to follow in the coming month. I knew I would only be there for the movie, but I was still pretty excited as I am always looking for a good Christian film. I quickly looked up the trailer (thank goodness for smartphones) and discovered this would be a tough movie to digest. I felt a sinking feeling (knowing that I was going to bawl my eyes out in front of strangers) and a tug at my heart (letting me know that this was going to change me). I was not wrong on either point, I cried and I walked out of that church changed. I began to see that no matter what station in life I am in, God is working. Even if I feel like I am on the sidelines of life while my friends are travelling the world, getting married, scoring their first dream job, or having babies, there is a purpose for me being right where I am. God has a plan for my time single, teaching preschool, without much of a plan of what or where next… I may never know what that grand plan is or what impact my time on the sidelines has on someone else, but I do know that my time, is first off, not mine after all. It’s God’s time, but also that it is my job to seek God’s will for what is next and simply obey. Obey Him through my actions, thoughts, words, and attitudes.

A song has also been coming up… “Waiting Room” by Jonny Diaz. Waiting…What a simple word, but so much laziness often times comes with it. God calls us to an active waiting where we continue to seek and obey Him. But even more than that. This song challenges me to continue to praise Him even when His answer for right now is No. Whether it’s graduate school, a relationship, or a new job, I have to praise Him for the no and continue waiting for Him to show me what’s next.

Finally, I am going through a devotional book written by Max Lucado this year. So funny how God works things out. The devotional today was simply called, “Don’t Miss God’s Answer”. It was a strong reminder that even when we feel sidelined for now or do receive the “NO” that we think should be something else, we still must continually seek God. If we quit, give up, stray from Him, or stop, we may miss His answer. God will do immeasurably more, EVERYTIME!

So now, I am looking at my days ahead of singleness, wiping kids noses in preschool, serving the people of my small church, living with my grandma, and searching for what God has next with excitement and joy instead of hesitation and disappoint. I know that my jobs are to seek, obey, and trust. This is God’s time and I don’t want to waste a minute of it!

Bubble 94: 23 things to consider before you’re 23, regardless of marital status.

Another great post! I think this is my favorite of all! Enjoy!! 🙂

The Floating Bubble

2 January, 2014

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23 things to consider before you’re 23, regardless of marital status. 

Sometimes poking fun is a good way to enlighten a situation. Earlier today I came across an explosive blog, in what seemed to be a retaliation of another, both written in the past day or two. First of all, I’d like to sincerely congratulate both bloggers on their blogging success! I am more than impressed! Secondly, I’d like to say I partially agree with both blogs, but I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to determine which one is more scandalous than the other!

Read for Yourself (Click):

First Blog : Wander Onwards

Second Blog : BEAUrocracy

Anyway, I couldn’t help myself but to get a bit tizzled at some of the “close minded” things being said from both sides, along with some HARSH comments coming from their readers; maybe yourself, included!

 To understand…

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