Hello girls… It’s me.
I’m going to be 22 this year. Isn’t that insane? I can’t believe it.
I hope you had a good holiday season. Got to spend it with those you love and remember our Savior.
I’m teaching 4th grade now. I have 13 students, a mix of every type of kiddo you can think of. We have so much fun every day learning near things and getting better at being friends. I could not have picked out a job that would have been better for me.
Over the summer I spent a lot of time at kids camps and VBS and family camp, and if I had had a job before that, I would have missed all the amazing opportunity and learning experiences I got from those camps. But even as I prayed “God what am I doing with my life? I’m wasting time!” He was teaching me things I needed to know. And then right after the last camp for the summer, my sister went to get an application at a school as a teachers aid. Well, that same private Christian school, based in a building on my home church property (the church I’ve been going to since I was one), needed a forth grade teacher. My sister is much more comfortable as an assistance, but she knew that I love leading, so she brought the application for the teacher position to me. And guess what, the day I came in to submit my application, just for the fun of it, I was given all the curriculum. I was hired.
God literally handed me this job and said, “Ok, now this is what you’re doing.”
On top of getting to hang out and teach a bunch of nine-year-olds every day, I have summers off (LETS GO SUMMER CAMPS), weekends off, holidays off, and evenings off. This was EVERYTHING I was looking for. The atmosphere is very Christian, following most all the guidelines and convictions of my own church! The people are encouraging and wholesome, and I don’t have to wear a mask. God has taken everything I ever needed in a job and handed it to me. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!
Deep inside, just like when my family was looking for a home to buy, I knew that God would bless me out of my socks beyond what I could even think of. But even knowing that, it’s kind of hard to know, you know? XD
Still, He has more than blessed me. I’m able to provide theses kiddos with a wholesome place to grow and learn (and play, don’t tell the principal. [I’m kidding she loves me.]).
To put the cherry on top of this blessing, God has opened a door for me for something I’ve wanted to do since I was a very young girl.
I’m going to be hosting a girl’s group Bible study.
I know this isn’t that big of a deal to some of you. Maybe you’re like yeah. That’s cool. Moving on.
But to me? This is… unbelievable. I’ve wanted my own girls group for YEARS. Years and years. And I’ve tried to put initiative into getting one started. But nothing ever came of it.
In school, we have chapel every Wednesday morning. After chapel, our 7-8 graders have a group that they lead in discussing our Bible lesson in chapel that week.
I have two girls that lead the small group I oversee. A mishmash of 3-8 (including the leaders.) And after a couple weeks of this, I realized that these leaders need to be taught how to lead. How to disciple others. They do not have this knowledge, and they are not being taught.
So I hesitated for a while, told some friends (who where majorly ecstatic and encouraging) until I finally approached the principal and asked her if she would be ok if I started a small girls bible study from 6-8th grade. A time to chat, to laugh, have snacks, and most importantly learn about our Savior, where our worth is, and how to disciple others.
She said yes without hesitation!
At this point, I’m closer to that small goal, that little yearning I’ve had forever, then ever before.
My first Bible study is on the 18th, and I could not be more excited and excited and excited to get together with these girls and start making friends.
Prayers are HUGELY appreciated for this as I know that the devil makes a habit of attacking people and places that are making a difference for the kingdom of God. But I’m ready and willing. And God has provided a place for me to nurture and disciple girls. Pray for me!
Oh, one more thing…
I’m starting my third book.
Middle of last month I finally began the writing process for my third book. This plot has been stewing in my mind for almost two years now, growing and waiting and getting richer. I knew that one day I would pick up my pen again, but I waited for God to give me the go ahead… And He has!
This third book is called Roadtrips and Sunrises.
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Other than that, life has been pretty chill. I’m still reading a lot, been drawing digitally quite a bit. Since my Florida trip where I *accidentally* bought an iPad (which has now doubled as my work laptop, God knew what He was doing…) I’ve been learning the anatomy and… well, mostly trying to make people look like people.
That’s all for now! Remember, you girls are treasured and wanted. Till next time!