Transition has hit, a lot all at once, but it is exciting. I became a preschool teacher and moved basically all at once, and so my just started business, hasn’t gotten off the ground yet.
Most of my summer was spent babysitting, lots of playing princess, kitty, making lunch, filling water balloons and the occasional homemade water slide. My heart was quite happy to be spending my days with kiddos. About a month of my summer was spent working at a hospital, I was so bored and emotionally drained. I would cry as I was sorting silverware, my chest tightening, my breathing getting faster and shorter, almost gone… “God, if you are not the very breath I breathe, I have none!” But still I was feeling so hopeless. Time and time again I would be hearing 3 songs. Danny Gokey- Hope in Front of Me, Sidewalk Prophets- The Words I Would say chorus (bad day at work, i turn my car on and the chorus is the first thing I heard) “Be strong in the Lord, and never give up hope, you’re gonna do great things, I already know, God’s got his hand on you, so don’t live life in fear, forgive and forget, but don’t forget why you’re here.”, the other song is Casting Crowns-Thrive “It’s time for us do more than just survive, we were made to thrive!”
This school is in Lancaster City, It is called Way of Jesus Academy, I will be teaching preschool, mostly un-churched children from the city. While I do have to teach them, my primary job is to create an environment where they know they are loved, by God, and by me. hmmm, I like the sound of this Job, love kids… That’s what I do best, kind of like how bouncing is what tiggers do best… How I got this job, I actually kind of love telling this story! I was looking for a job, even before the hospital job, and I was talking with a friend after church, randomly she gasps and smiles, but refuses to tell me why, this happened again. So when I finally got a job at the hospital, there was excitement but also a little bit of an “awww, I know of a job you would be perfect for… Way of Jesus Academy is looking for a preschool teacher, that was what I wanted to tell you before but didn’t because they were interviewing someone else and I didn’t want to get your hopes up, but they didn’t hire her.” I was a little upset she didn’t tell me before… So, a week and a half goes by, I really do not like this hospital job, I am meeting with this friend in the city on my day off and casually ask if they found a preschool teacher yet. so she sends off a quick text asking, no they didn’t find anyone, but he asks if she had anyone in mind. Again, she shoots off a text, this time a longer one, telling him about me, and where we are. And so I had my first impromptu interview to be a teacher. well that was not expected on my day off… but he had a good feeling about it, and we set up a real interview for my day off the following week, so I had that interview. Then got a call back from someone on the board of directors, another meeting, but just a kind of get to know you, basically I had the job and was just waiting to get the official call. Those were 3 really long days til I got that call, but as soon as I got it, I immediately asked how I go about resigning, the next day I signed the papers, saw the school and got my list of must be completed by monday (a little over a week). about that same time I got the okay to move into the “Teacher house” so in a weeks time I was working full time at the hospital, lesson planning, packing and moving. Then this past week was more lesson planning and setting up my classroom. hehe that’s kind of fun to say, I guess the reality of it will hit me tomorrow when my students come. I left college and never thought I would be able to say that, but God has heard the desires of my heart and answered it where there was a deep need.
So, I am living and teaching in Lancaster City, New adventures have begun. My classroom theme is trees because the past several weeks the lord has really been speaking to me about hope, and I have had to trust him so much,there was many opportunities for Hope to be deferred, but who wants a sick heart? I mean a tree of life from a fulfilled desire sounds so much better! (proverbs 13:12). And today’s sermon was so good, God was really using it to speak to me, confirming so much, and giving me more of the picture for my tree themed classroom, and giving me an assignment. To be routed and grounded in love, from there, everything else I do will be out of Love and there will be so much growth from that place of being planted and firm in His love.
Adventure Begins! Time to show some preschoolers the love of Jesus. #bestjobever and I haven’t even started. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be so worth it.