Sunday, November 20, 2011

God does funny things.

He can take those things that make us the most uncomfortable and those things that make us shake our head and say "no way, uh uh, that is not going to be me" and He can plunk us right down in the middle of it.

I disliked high school.  When one mentions high school I get sweaty palms and my breathing speeds up and scary images of awkwardness come to mind.  Don't get me wrong, there were high points.

I did marry my high school sweetheart after all.

But there were enough of those scary awkward moments that when I finally got out of high school I told myself I am not going back, no way, no how.  I told myself that I cannot be around teenagers.  Because they kinda freak me out.  I always felt like I needed to impress them.  Even when I was years out of high school, I still felt the pull to impress the present day teenagers.  those 'cool' people.  Always hoping that they thought I was 'cool' too.

But then God said, 'not only are you going to be around 'those' people, you are going to live with them.  and you will no longer worry about impressing them.'

well, except to impress them with the right stuff.

I had to smile today as I looked at what God has put me in the middle of.  I spent the weekend hanging out with 3 high school boys (as well as my own family, of course).  And not once did I have the thought that I needed to impress them.

Well, except to impress them with the right stuff.

We hung out, we played ping pong, we did normal family type stuff (i.e. chores, dishes, dinner).  And I had the opportunity to discuss many parts of scripture with these young minds.  They came with questions, and were genuinely interested in the answers.  Right now, in this time, God is calling me to live life with a bunch of teenagers and impress on them the joy that comes with living for Jesus.  These kids have been impressed by a lot in their short lives.  And now I have a chance to impress them with something lasting.

Jesus saves.  Jesus forgives.  Jesus was willing to die for YOU.  And even now God is ready and willing to forgive you of all your past and your mistakes if you will just accept that as the truth and desire to follow Jesus as your Savior.

Now, isn't that impressive?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Whoo Hoo!

Paul.  I really caught myself quite the catch when I married him.  Paul is selfless and humble in every sense of the word.

And for the last year has been working like crazy to complete his Masters Degree.

And I bet some of you didn’t even know that, and if you did, it’s only because I was the one who told you.

Let me paint the picture for you:  Last November Paul enrolled in a Graduate’s Program to obtain his Master’s in Education.  This has been something that he has wanted to do for the last 10 years and he finally was able to make it reality.  So, for the last year, with a fulltime job, demanding wife, and 3 children under 4, Paul worked away at achieving that degree.
There were many late nights and hundreds of sighs but the last long haul came in mid-August when school started. 

Paul started his student teaching.  Which means he:
Got up every morning at 5 AM to do lesson plans and get to school early
Taught 6 high school math classes to 9th -12th  graders (which means he came up with the lesson plans for each, created all the tests and quizzes, and did all the grading himself)

Returned to the house at 4PM where he stepped into the role of husband, dad, and houseparent

9:30-11:30 PM Worked on lesson plans, and grading papers, and making up tests/quizzes, and completing his college classes

And, oh, yeah, and he was training to run a half-marathon so he had to fit running somewhere in there….like 11:30 at night.

So, yeah, for the last 12 weeks Paul has led a crazy, stressed out life with a very full plate and he never took it out on any of us.



And seriously, for a human being, that is quite impressive.
So, I just wanted to put the holler out to my husband.  Paul, I know you don’t think much of yourself, but I sure do!  I love you and I am so very proud of you for how you have a goal and you go at it and work at it until you accomplish it.

Now he just needs to pass his portfolio defense and he has his Master's Degree!  Whoo hoo!