Monday, June 7, 2010

Cheers to the Year!

I am sure you are confused by the title.... but I am talking about my school year and it is now over! Today I closed up shop in my classroom and started getting things ready for the second graders that I will be having in the fall. This year has been so rewarding. I have grown closer to God in the day to day struggles, worries, and nerves that I laid at his feet and He has been good! Maybe you remember MY plans for the 2009-2010 school year.... they did not involve working. I was ready to stay at home, have another baby, and care for my family full time. But my God, He had other plans for me. Maybe you remember my post on understanding Job 42:2 and on this day I learned to trust His plans and stop making plans of my own.
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Yes, His plans were hard to accept but every single day I woke up and asked him to give me joy before my feet hit the floor... and from that moment on I continued to talk to my God all day long. I prayed for my students as if they were my own children, I prayed for Ivy as she was at the sitters, I prayed for my marriage that we could make time for one another each evening, and I prayed that I could be all the things I am called to be without feeling overwhelmed. God gave me peace day after day. I found security in Him and I saw His blessings day in and day out as I did more than I thought I was capable of when He revealed His plans for my life.
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I was blessed with the best class that I have ever had! Seriously, I don't think there will ever be a class like them again... which is why I was so willing to move to second grade with them and keep them another year. They were sweet and maybe it's because I prayed over their little lives each day. I prayed that I would have patience with them and that they would be open to learn what I was teaching. I prayed that their families would support me in my decisions... and they are the greatest group of parents ever! I love those kids and their families and this time next year I will be posting the saddest goodbye ever :) But I hope to be prayerful of my students each year and know that God places them each in my care for a reason.
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I was blessed with being able to leave work and come home to my family without stress... on most days! I have to admit that there were times when report cards, conferences, and grad school assignments all came at once and I felt like I might bubble over. But I asked for help from my husband and I actively chose to use my time wisely.... and I did it all- without therapy!! :) Ivy would often ask about the kids at my school and I really believe that she sees the importance of what I do when I leave her each day. She is excited about the day when she gets to come to Mommy's school and I can't wait until she is there!
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I was blessed with getting pregnant... again.... and knowing that I am having a little princess... again! It was fun to share this news with my students and let them get excited each day that my belly grew :) I was once told that my belly grew from lunch to specials!! Hahaha it might have! I didn't have the perfect pregnancy at the beginning but through prayer I was able to survive- and only puke between the hours of 6:30-7:30 am and 5:00-9:00 pm! Too much information... I know but really do you see God working in that?
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Do you see how good God has been to me this year? I have accomplished so much more than I ever thought was possible because I trusted His plans for my life and I stopped trying to make my own plans. I am thankful for all that I learned about myself through accepting God's will for my life. I understand that it His plans for me to teach, so I don't feel like I am just going to do my job each day but it is His job! I loved going to work and felt what I was doing there was important. I loved coming home each day and felt what I did each evening was MORE important. I can do all the jobs Christ calls me to with His strength!
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Now summer is officially here and I get to relax and spend time with family and friends. But each day I am going to make it a point to start allowing God to shape my heart for next year. I know that I can't do anything without Him.

3 comments:

  1. I am proud of you! God is so good and cares about every little detail of our lives. Always give Him the glory and honor He deserves. God is able!

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  2. Very nice Sarah! Blessed little students to have a teacher that prays for them. God is good!

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  3. How awesome is that you get to keep your students another year!

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Thanks for your encouragement as I travel through this season of life called mommyhood!