Monthly Archives: February 2013

It’s your choice…

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“It’s your choice.”

In second grade, we say that a lot.  Like, “It’s your choice. Stop talking or turn your card.”  “If you can’t get along, don’t play together, it’s your choice.” “We can line up quietly, or we can wait, it’s your choice.”

Life is full of choices. Sometimes we make good choices, and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we think before we act and make a calculated decisions, and sometimes we act before we think.

Each day is full of these kind of split second choices

. I have to be real honest with you all. I don’t always make the best choices. Some days, I choose 30 minutes more sleep and sacrifice prep time for the day. Some days, I choose dessert and don’t work out. Some days, I act out of emotion before thinking. Some days, I say hurtful things when  know I should be kind.

To be more honest, I have to tell you something I do know about these bad choices. As believers, each time we know the right choice and disobey it, it’s sin. Yuck! I don’t like sinning. I don’t like indulging those selfish ways. I am sure most of you don’t either.

We all have some better choices to make. I don’t know about you, but I need some help it making the right choices. Thankfully, that is where Jesus comes in.

When we are offended, we can choose to hold a grudge, or choose to forgive like Jesus forgave us. (Colossians 3:13)

When circumstances have us feeling down, we can choose to be bitter, or we can be in God’s will and choose joy, (1 Thes. 5:16-18)

When someone attacks us, we can fight back, or we can choose to be still and let God fight for us. ( Exodus 14:14)

When we are lonely, we can choose to be all depressed about it, or we can choose to find comfort in the One that sticks closer to us than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

We can choose to fit in with the world, or we can choose to be transformed by our relationship with God ( Romans 12:1-2)

We can choose words that hurt, or we can use our words to love and build one another up. (Ephesians 4:29)

 

I know there are SO many choices out there in the world, but my hope and prayer is that you choose to live a life that honors God and other people. I know this world is a tough places, and sometimes it can knock you to your knees. The thing about it though, is that is also full of beautiful and wonderful things. The key is to look for those things and focus on those, as we make some of the tougher choices in this life. 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” -Phil. 4:8

With Joy,

Miss Kim

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Can you believe it!?

Today my blog is a year old! I am so excited. Probably almost as excited as a parent when their child reaches this milestone.

I know the past few months, poor old blog has been neglected(mostly because of the other baby I have called 2nd grade class.), but I am glad to be going a year strong!

A couple nights ago, I read through some of my archives and took a little trip down memory lane. Something unexpected happened. As I was reading, I found myself getting teary-eyed. It was SO awesome to see the past year of my life in the rear view. I saw the thread of God’s amazing love and faithfulness sewn through out each page.

When I started this blog a year ago, I wanted to give a voice to other young adults in my season of life. To encourage other and help them learn to live life to the fullest. When I started, I can tell you,I wasn’t living life to the fullest.

Now, I can say, most days I am. I am so humbled that God is speaking through me and revealing these awesome truths. I never imagined how much of an impact my writing project would make on my own life and walk with God.  Looking back, it is so cool to see how God was working and preparing me for ” such a time as this.”

I thought I would share 5 things I will take away from my first year of blogging. (They are in no order of importance.)

1. God works in and through EVERYTHING: Let me tell ya, until I started writing, I had no idea of how many things God used to teach truth in my life. Among other things He used a lady named Joy, a piano recital, a kickball game, a boy who wanted some boots, and most famously a boy who thought he was a cat. Through each of these stories and more, God taught me some precious Truths. I will probably be telling my Grandchildren about taking off my necklace to get a boy out of a classroom walking like a cat.

2. Each day is crammed with Joy. Is every day great? Goodness no! Are there great things in each day? Absolutely yes. Writing and logging the KQOTD’s have helped me to remember that even when I am at my wit’s end working with kids, they are still precious a lovable. My darkest days have been made a lot brighter by remembering to look for the joy.

3. God is NEVER silent. Even when we may think He is, he is always in relationship with us, and working in us in ways we can’t even imagine.

4. I am a lot braver than I ever thought I was. Putting my failures in print. Hard. Admitting I don’t have it all together. Going to the movies alone. Hardest. Writing and working to meet my bucket list goals has made me more brave! I love taking risks now.

5. Everyone has a voice and a story. I am a 27 year old teacher that learns more about God through daily experience. I am awkward and get in some interesting situations. God uses the story of my life to reveal Himself. If he can use me, He can use you too!

I could go on and on,  I gotta save something for the 2nd year anniversary!:)

I do have a surprise though! It has to do with the bucket list!

I have accomplished 8 things on the list this year! Only 13 more to go….or how about 16. I have decided to add 3 things to the list. They are…

22.  Ride the world’s most daring wooden roller coaster!

23. Submit a column or essay to a magazine.

24. Teach someone to read.

I am so excited about all of the people that have read, commented, and shared this blog. You have let me bear my heart and soul to you and I am thankful for each one of you.

Phil 1:3-9 is my prayer for you all!:)

Here’s to another year!! May it be the best yet!:)

With Joy,

Miss Kim

happy blog-aversary!

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Did y’all know this is almost my ONE year anniversary of writing this blog! I can’t believe it!:) Time flies by faster and faster it seems.

I haven’t written a lot lately because honestly, I haven’t felt a lot of inspiration. It seemed like there were months in this journey where God was revealing all kinds of new things. Looking back on that time is really special, and I am so glad I have those memories.

Lately, I have felt like things are just kind of sitting still. It’s like Monday-Friday, I go to work, come home, workout, Tuesdays/Wednesdays head up to the church, then go home. Saturday and Sunday happen, and then BAM! the week starts again.

I was talking to a friend earlier today ( well, more like venting. yes, there was a lot of venting.), and she asked me if I had been writing lately. I told her that I just haven’t felt that inspired, that God wasn’t speaking as loudly and clearly into my heart lately.

Wouldn’t you know, right then and there He spoke.

I was reminded of earlier this week when my kids were taking these Math mid-year benchmarks on the computer. It was all stuff we had gone over a lot, some of it they practiced everyday. They were used to counting change, knowing days on the calendar, adding two-digits, and measuring inches/centimeters. They had practiced this all mostly on paper, and now that it was on the computer, it was a little strange looking to them.

As I went by to those with hands raised, I saw that they were getting stuck on questions they know. They were getting hung up on the circumstances of the test looking different on the computer.

I re-read some of the questions for clarification, but I was not allowed to answer the problem or help find the solution. I taught the lessons. Now I just had to trust that what they were taught became what they know and that what they know can overcome the circumstance (of the way the test looked.)

I started thinking about how that testing situation related to my own life. Lately, there has been all kinds of stuff coming up to the surface. Questions and decisions that have come up. I keep waiting for this awesome audible voice of God saying, “Kim do this, go this way,” but instead I hear silence.

Is it really silence though? Throughout my relationship with God He has taught me many lessons, He has walked with me and soared with me at my highest of highs and carried me through my lowest of lows. I wonder this. Maybe His silence (well my perception of his silence), is just His way of working through me to see if I can apply those lessons I learned to new and unpredictable circumstances. Could I still trust and obey, even in the quiet times when it felt that God was just quietly waiting for me to finish the test?

Once I thought about this ( well, recognized that God was revealing this truth to me), I was able to think about some of the things going on in my life and remember how God had already worked through those situations and how I can set my hope for the future in His promises.

Even when I feel He is silent, He is still right there working things together for the good. What’s even better is that, even if I can’t feel/hear His voice, I will ALWAYS have an open book option ( you know, with the bible).

God is so good, and His promises are TRUE!

I noticed that after my children finished their benchmarks and saw their awesome (yes I have smart kids, and yes you may be jealous.) scores, their confidence soared. This also made my heart soar knowing that those lessons I taught were not in vain.

When we trust in God, even in those silent, quiet times, we WILL see His will prevail and His promises come to fruition. That trust builds confidence that is built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ.

I am not sure if this will even resonate with you all tonight, but I want you to know something.

The teacher is always the most quiet during the test. Maybe you feel like God is silent right now, but know this. God may seem quiet during these tests in our lives, but testing and trials produce faith and faith perseverance and perseverance makes us more mature and complete.

Who doesn’t want to be mature and complete, lacking nothing?

God is always working my friends. Even when we can’t see. I needed to be reminded of that. Thank you God for that You allow these trials and tests to grow us into the servants You desire us to be.

“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Phil. 1:6 (MSG)

With Joy,

Miss Kim

quiet please?