June 30, 2009

As I am working and moving toward Scotland, I’m finding that God loves surprises.

Yesterday, I got asked to take some kids to Costa Rica on a mission trip. I know these kids from my home church. They are AWESOME, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store. Please pray for the trip: it’s July 11-18th.

Psalm 84:6 (Amplified): “Passing through the Valley of Weeping (Baca), they make it a place of springs; the early rain also fills [the pools] with blessings.”

This is one of my favorite verses about rain. It shows that no suffering in our lives is purposeless. I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve shed on this journey, but now that I’ve said yes, I delight to know that those tears created pools of blessing. I cried some tears of joy yesterday – that God has chosen me and has confirmed it so many times. I rejoice that He chose me in the first place, brought my family to Him, and brings me more clearly into His purposes each day.

In the meantime, I am also progressing with guitar and mandolin. One of my friends gave me Eddie Vedder’s soundtrack for the film Into the Wild. I really want to learn the song “Rise” on mandolin. It’s SO beautiful.

No Longer a Teacher

June 15, 2009

Last Wednesday, I resigned my job.

Believe me, there was a solid year and some months of deliberation going into this decision.

Philippians 3:7-9

 7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.

I left a Masters Degree, National Board Certification, and five years of experience for the mission field. I left for the opportunity to speak freely about the Lord and His great power. I left honorably, face to face with my principal. Teachers and Administration are excited about the opportunities that await me.

It’s not that I was completely dissatisfied with teaching. It’s not that I wasn’t a good teacher. It’s not because I got intimidated and left in fear. The Lord called me and I went. I have been filled with incredible peace and joy. I KNOW that this is God’s will for my life. Pastors, other Christians, and several of my dearest friends have all encouraged me. More than that, the Lord Himself has confirmed for me at every turn that this is His will. 

Teaching was a great pleasure and a wonderful calling for its season in my life. I am surrounded by so many friends who have gone and continue to go from faith to faith in decisions like these, in their careers, in relationships (oh, the faith required to get married and have children!), and in living life more fully. It’s an honor to watch these journeys and to experience the growing pangs alongside others. 

Thank God. The prize of His righteousness for our faith!