Monthly Archives: July 2012

answered prayers.

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Well, updating you with stories of the Middle East adventures isn’t going as well as I had planned.

Somewhere between recovering from the trip, working, bachelorette parties, visiting friends, and going to kid’s kamp, blogging got lost. 

We are becoming reacquainted, as I am with my house. I finally got it decorated just the way I want it, and now I get some time to spend in it. YAY!

I will continue you the Middle East Adventures very soon, but I must interrupt the scheduled programming to bring you a breaking news update.!

Somewhere in the midst of all my busy-ness (they really need to made that I word.), God moved in my life and rearranged some things. It’s a great story, so I hope you enjoy it. 

A few months ago, as I was working at the school, I started feeling the “itch” to go into the classroom. It makes sense right? That is what I went to college for 5 years(it took a while for me to make up my mind) for. I prayed about it and felt comfortable applying to work at the school that I was already housed in.

I sent in the application to the district with very specific parameters…I wanted to stay in my school. I had built relationships, and really loved being there. 

Well, May went by and nothing happened. For those of you who don’t know the logistics, I work in Muskogee, but live 25 ish minutes away in Tahlequah. I chose to stay because my church is here, as well as my friends and family. I live in an area that just got a new school that will open in August. I can literally look out the window and see my school. So naturally, people said I should apply there. It made sense. I could just put a ladder over the fence and hop over everyday. 

As I prayed about this, I didn’t feel peace. I felt like God was telling me to wait. He likes to do that to me a lot. So, I put the whole teaching idea on the back burner and focused on all the events on the summer. 

Then, the Monday I get back from the Middle East Adventures, I get a call from the principal that I had worked with at school. He moved schools in the district. He had a 5th grade (my favorite grade) opening and wanted to know if I would consider it, even though it would mean moving schools. 

I took two days to pray about it and consider it. At first, I was totally confused. (Partially because of jet lag.)  Along with a few of my friends, I prayed for clarity. It came. When, it came, I got to experience the peace that surpasses ALL understanding.

A few hours after I reached this peace, the principal called back and asked if I wanted to interview the next day. I went through the interview. I felt calm the whole time. I had a great conversation with the teachers who were on the panel. 

I left feeling confident, but still wasn’t sure of what was to happen. 

I left for kids kamp that next Monday, with 2nd interview clothes in hand just in case. I started to get nervous. I realized this was something that had really became a desire of my heart. The idea of having this responsibility got me really excited. There was a chance it might not happen.

I was told in the interview I may need another before I would be passed by the school board. I knew the school board meeting was Tuesday, so when Tuesday passed, I began to think that maybe it wasn’t me..

I prayed again that night to have joy, no matter what. I prayed that God would use me where he wanted me to be.

That next morning as I was walking to breakfast, I looked down and noticed a voice mail. I called it and the first words were ” Congratulations! You were approved last night.”

It all happened so fast. God had answered my prayers and showed me His desire for this next season of my life.

August 1996, was the first time I had a 1st day of 5th grade. August 2009, was the my 2nd first day of 5th grade( my full-internship). August 22,2012, will be my 3rd 1st day of 5th grade! 

I am so excited!!!!

I am excited because I know this all had to be God. He worked everything out so perfectly. The job opened up at the right time for me to know about it. The interview fell on a day I was in town. I was approved very quickly so that I could have enough time to get a room ready and work with the person who will replace me at my old job. God’s timing is perfect. 

For those of you wondering, yes I will still be really involved with children’s ministry at our church. I CANNOT wait for the day that I become a full-time Children’s minister, but I know that will all come about in God’s perfect timing. I was reminded in this process that two years ago, when I followed God into the call He had placed on my life in Children’s ministry, I committed to following Him, not a title. I have committed my life to serving and ministering to kids in whatever situation God decides to place me in.

I am sad to be leaving my 1st school and the Mental Health Clinic that I worked for. I made so many new friends, and I am thankful for each one of them. I will miss my first group of kiddos, but I am confident they will be placed with someone who will love and invest in them as much as I do. It is hard to let go of something I loved doing, but this is what helps me in the process. 

In one month, I will be entrusted to teach and invest in the lives of 25 5th graders. I will be the one teaching them about writing, math, reading, social studies, and science. I will also be the one they will be watching as a role model, whether I like it or not. My hope is that I can teach them to become people of character that will grow up and make a difference in this world. My hope is that they will be able to see that I love them, but that more importantly they are loved and valued by God. I know I can’t preach that, but I hope they can see it in my actions, and by the way I treat others.

I thought my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Kunsman was a rock star. I remember having so much fun in his class. We did the coolest Science projects.He made Shurley English like an Olympic event. He took us places when he read our classroom novels. He taught us to write essays and poems and developed in me my love for the written word. He even picked one of my poems and published it! The last day of 5th grade, he gave all of us presents. He gave me a journal to fill with my words that would make me famous one day. He encouraged me will all of the crazy dreams of being the President (it was an election year), an Optometrist(we went to the Optometry college), an Ecologist( rainforest science project), and a writer. He said he knew I was going places. I am so excited to be going back to the 5th grade, a place where you can be all these things!

This whole process reminded me of a passage in Daniel chapter 2. 

During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; 
    wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; 
    he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.  He reveals deep and hidden things; 
    he knows what lies in darkness,  and light dwells with him.
    I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,you have made known to us the dream of the king.” – Daniel 2:19-23 (NIV)

 

Amen. 

 

With Joy,

Miss Kim

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Middle East Adventures Part 1: Loving Him is FUN!

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Well, everyone. I did it! I marked travelling overseas off the bucket list!!

I am so glad I decided to embark on this journey. There are so many things I want to share with the blogging world.

I have decided to write a little bit each today to help collect my thoughts and reflect.

Just before we left for the M.E., I was at a stage in life were I had a lot of stressors, both positive and negative. I had gotten to a place in life where I forgot how much fun it is to love God and love people.

I was bogged down in all of the drama and yucky stuff.

When we arrived in the Middle East, my heart was renewed.

As we embraced the plans that God had laid before us, and embraced the people that He had given us, my heart began to feel lighter.

Life wasn’t as heavy as it had been. Having control wasn’t important. Being scheduled didn’t matter as much.

I got to focus on loving God and loving people.

We met some beautiful, loving people.

They embraced life. They ate. They worshiped God passionately. They were free with affections and encouragement. They prayed earnestly and invested whole-heartedly.

They were having SO much fun.

The more I experienced this culture, the more my heart was set free the bondage of getting bogged down in the day to day stress of life.

Then came the kids.

I LOVED getting to love on them. It was so so fun. Being a part of VBS, teaching recreation, playing games, and bible skills made my heart so happy each day.

Scenes of them reciting bible verses enthusiastically, singing at the top of their lungs, and playing games filled with laughter and joy quickly replaced the doubt and fear in my mind.

Being hugged on, fought over,  and followed after reminded me that letting people love you is such a blessing.

It reminded me of a country song,”Lovin’ You is Fun, ” by Easton Corbin. I could just use the whole song to relate to this principle, but I will just share the chorus. You can look the rest up.:)

“Love don’t have to be a bunch of drama
A bunch of knock down, drag-outs cryin’ in the rain
It’s alright to keep it light now mama, don’t you think
We’re having such a good time together, it’s only just begun
My heart’s never smiled so hard, baby, loving you is fun”

The 1st lesson I learned on my Middle East adventure is that Loving God is so so so FUN!

He reminded me of this verse. I hope that if you find yourself caught up in the day to day drudgery of life, you will remember this.

” Be Joyful Always. Pray Continually. Give Thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 thes 5:16-18.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s installment of Middle East Adventures as I tackle a new lesson learned.

With Joy ( and that fun kind of love),

Miss Kim