Monthly Archives: January 2013

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The end to a 3 day weekend is quickly coming to a close. It has been a great weekend full of time with family, friends, road trips, games, just dance, and lots of laughter. It was also bittersweet, as we sent Laura off to her two month training before she goes back overseas. It was a very full long weekend, and I am tired. 

I had something on my mind though, so I wanted to get out a few ramblings before going to bed. 

Last week at school, I was a little frazzled. It seemed like every time I turned around their was a behavior problem, or someone got upset, or something broke. I was getting stressed out and not finding a lot of joy in my job to be honest. 

I was eating lunch with one of my friends at school who is a janitor. She was having kind of a bad day too. She had been given a bad report from one of the people she works with. (Not from our building.:)) We were both kind of swapping stress stories,and talking about how we felt heavy with all the stress of the day. Then she said something that was a very simple statement, but still is with me 5 days later .

She said, “You know, I could get worked up and worried, but I just took that note and put it in my Bible and said, Jesus you know what is going to happen. I know you will work everything out for good.”

Later that day, she came back and told me He had. The situation had gotten better. It really stuck with me the rest of the day. I read my Bible and pray each day, but I started thinking…

How often do I stop and ask God to work through me in those mini-stress minutes? Those minutes when I am tempted to act in worry, anger, or frustration. I often don’t give things over to God and chose instead to carry my own heavy baggage.  I felt convicted. In those moments, was I really in the will of God? 

In 1st Thessalonians , it says, “Always be joyful.  Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (5:16-18)

I decided to help my days go smoother, and to be a better witness for Christ, I needed to refocus my attitude. 

Towards the latter part of last week, I began to remember to stop, thank, and pray. I chose to see the joy in situations, as opposed to the stresses. I am not saying that each moment has been perfect, and I certainly have moments where I lose my cool, but I can really tell a difference when I refocus.

I am so thankful for that story I heard about giving the situation to God right then. Often times, I think I am doing that, but realize at the end of the day I am still carrying it around. 

God doesn’t intend for us to carry all that baggage. Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. 

He wants us to check that heavy baggage at His feet. He wants us to continually seek Him.

As most of us start our 4 day week tomorrow, I challenge you to refocus your thinking and check your heavy baggage. 

Maybe you need to write down your fears, worries, and stresses. Maybe you need to take minutes in the day to stop and pray. Maybe you need to remember to thank God for His goodness. 

I pray for each one of you that as you start this week, you will release those stresses to God. He is is amazing and powerful and wants you to come to Him this week! May you all feel His strength as He empowers you through His Spirit.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your soul.” Matthew  11:28-29 (NLT)

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8(NLT)

 

With joy,

Miss Kim

Aside

It took 5 hours, 1 large Sonic DDP with cherry, 8 feet of yellow paper, 1 Happy New Year banner, 7 trips to the trash bin, 11 Clorox wipes, 175 copies, 15 minutes of vacuuming, and organizing 12 shelves and 5 centers, but I think I am ready!

3 more days of vacation, and then back to spending all day with 23 of the cutest 7 and 8 year olds anyone has ever seen.

I am excited to see what the new year holds for my students, and for me as I learn how to be the best educator I can be.

I don’t really have any words of wisdom today, but one of the blogs I LOVE to read(KellysKornerBlog.com), had some questions  to answer and reflect on. Why not?

1. What are you most thankful for?  I have so much to be thankful for! God has given me so many blessings. I am most thankful for the HOPE that I have in Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He has given me a passion for serving, an abundant life, and the BEST family and frie2. What were the highlights of 2012 for you?  Going overseas, starting a blog, starting to teach 2nd grade, going on random adventures, having 3 of my best friends get married, developing deep friendships, and having some FUN adventure

3. What are you hoping for in 2013? I am hoping to continue to grow in my relationship with Christ, to become more disciplined, to invest in my relationships with others, to grow as an educator and leader. I hope to live each day to the fullest and love without fear of the unknown. (It would also be cool if I met my future husband this year, but I know it will all happen when it’s supposed to.:) )


4. Who was God to you in 2012?
 My Hope, my comfort, my shelter, Emmanuel, and Peace. I think in 2012, I felt His Peace more than any other time in my life.

A Few of My Favorite Things:

Books: 

  1. “The Hunger Games”
  2. “Catching Fire”
  3. “Stuff Christians Like”
  4. “Mockingjay”
  5. “James: Beth Moore Study”

Fashion

  1. Boots
  2. Sparkles
  3. Infinity Scarves
  4. Button-downs and cardigans
  5. Denim shirts and dresses

Restaurants

  1. Cheesecake Factory (mostly because of all the memories)
  2. Chipotle
  3. Chik-fil-A
  4. La Huerta
  5. Cheddars
  6. Rib Crib
  7. Sonic

Favorite Songs(currently)

  1. “Home” Phillip Phillips
  2. ” Til My Last Day” Justin Moore
  3. “Ho Hey” Lumineers
  4. “White Fences” NeedToBreathe
  5. “All Over the Road” Easton Corbin
  6. “It Just Comes Natural” George Strait
  7. “Until You” Dave Barnes
  8. “How Country Feels” Randy Houser
  9. “The Beat” Ben Rector
  10. “Dead Flowers” Miranda Lambert

Movies in the Theater

  1. Pitch Perfect
  2. Lincoln
  3. Here Comes the Boom
  4. The Dark Night Rises
  5. The Hunger Games
  6. Silver Linings Playbook
  7. Brave
  8. The Trouble With The Curve
  9. Sherlock Holmes: Book of Shadows
  10. The Hobbit

TV Shows

  1. Hart of Dixie
  2. Duck Dynasty
  3. Bachelorette
  4. Nashville
  5. New Girl
  6. Parenthood
  7. Sister Wives
  8. My Fair Wedding with David Tutera
  9. Parks and Recreation
  10. The Mindy Project

 Things that make smile everyday

  1. Notes from my students
  2. Diet Cherry Pepsi
  3. TV Show marathons
  4. Things that sparkle
  5. Encouraging bible verses
  6. Time with Friends
  7. My jewelry organizers
  8. Hot Tamalese
  9. Office supplies
  10. Inside Jokes and catch phrases

Favorite Quotes (other than Scriptures or things my kids say)

1. ” Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be” -Abraham Lincoln

2. ” Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive more you’er than you.” -Dr. Suess

3. “People may forget what you do or say, but they will never forget how you make them feel.” -Maya Angelou

4. “The purpose exceeds the pain.” -Beth Moore

5. ” I got bronchitis. Ain’t nobody got time for that.”- Sweet Brown

 

Just questions, answers, and favorites. It will be fun to look back on in 20 years or so.

With Joy,

Miss Kim

A few of my favorite things

Aside

Once again, I have went way too long without blogging. As I start 2013, I think back on how awesome of a year 2012 was. God has given me so many great opportunities, and I am truly thankful!

In the past year, I have started this blog, accomplished about half of my “Maximizing Your Singleness” bucket list, and have been given many chances to share with others what God is doing in my life through this outlet. I left my job at Integrity Pathways, started teaching 5th grade, and moved to 2nd right after Thanksgiving. I made it through another year of VBS, camp, extended session, and teaching Wednesday nights. I went on my first overseas mission trip, and I have lived alone for 6 months now!

I have been there for 3 really great friends getting married, and was able to build deeper bonds with other friends. I have learned to more fully hand my life over to God each and every day and trust in His timing.

I have learned to be more brave, more bold, and how to live each day more fully! I have gained discipline, wisdom, and learned a few hard lessons.

As I look back, the theme of 2012 for me was Hope. Learning to put my HOPE in Jesus Christ alone, and not depending on other things to fulfill that sense of hope.

As I look forward to 2013, I have lots of anticipation. I am amazed at how good God is to me, and I feel the best is still coming. I feel a renewed sense of joy in carrying on the task set before me.

I am not really a resolution maker, but as I start this year, I have a few things I am going to resolve to do. I am going to have more adventures, and seek out ways to live life to the fullest. I am going to invest in those friendships and relationships that are important to me. I am going to take the risks I need to take. I am going to enjoy this season of life God has placed me in knowing that at any moment it will change.

I have decided on a theme verse for me, for 2013. I have picked Proverbs 31:25.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25(NLT)

To me this basically means, that each day I am going to clothe myself with the strength that comes from Christ, hold my head up through each situation, and enjoy life without worrying about what comes next.

Happy New Year, Y’all!:) I can’t wait to see what is in store!:)  (Other than that, maybe I would like to take more pictures! That is a good resolution)

 

With joy,

Miss Kim

the best is yet to come…