Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Others
















It’s been one month into my Word for the year and I am amazed at how much God is moving. I wasn’t real sure exactly how I was going to tackle praying for others daily, but He has shown up clearly. One morning in January I sat down and listed 1-365 and as He spoke a name I wrote it down. I got to 97 before I didn’t hear anymore names, so that is where I have started. Every morning, I look at my list and have that name on my heart. As I do my quiet time, as I listen to my worship music, as I go about my day my heart is turned towards that person. In some cases I get a word or a vision that I share with them, sometimes I’m told to just pray in person over them, sometimes I don’t get anything to share with them and I just pray what He lays on my heart for them all day. It has been crazy to hear and see how the Lord is speaking! And talk about forming a habit of listening!! After only a month I feel I am hearing God in so many different ways. And I am learning real quick that the random numbered day that each person fell on when I was jotting names down 30 days ago is no coincidence at all! Almost without fail I get a response back confirming the God ordained that day of prayer just for them. Crazy!!

On top of my daily prayers, in the last month I have also been asked to pray over people more than ever before. In prayer groups, over youth, in random situations...and every time I just smile and think that God knew this was going to be my word and has scheduled every single one of these situations. I have had confirmation after confirmation that this is the right word for me this year,  but this Sunday I received another. The pastor of our church said that a sign a spiritual maturity is when we begin to fight for others in our prayer life. This month has been crazy exciting and I can’t wait to continue on this journey and see what else God shows me!

Monday, January 08, 2018

5 years!

Today was our first day back and it was a work day.  The entire district met at the high school for a welcome back pep talk, breakfast and service awards.  This year marks the 5th year that I have been teaching, so I was awarded a shirt and during the breakfast they get a picture of all the employees at that level.





















As I think back over the last 5-8 years and how I got into this profession, I have to give God all the glory!  My degree is not in teaching, but rather Exercise and Sport Science.  Once I became a single mom I wanted a career that would keep me with the boys as much as possible and teaching was one of those careers.  Luckily, with a bachelors degree I could apply for an emergency teacher's certification and complete all the schooling here in Waco.  I was blessed with the money and time to do it, so I decided to go for it!  As I finished my schooling I sent out my resume to all the schools within a 30 mile radius and just hoped for the best.  I had no experience in an ISD, as I had only taught at Head Start, so I knew someone was going to have to take a chance on me.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would have ended up at such a wonderful district.  I have enjoyed all 5 of my years here and am so thankful of how the Lord paved the way before me long before I knew I was going to be here.  I feel so blessed and am looking forward to many more years to come!


Monday, January 01, 2018

2018 Word

My 2018 word is Others.  The Lord gave me this concept back in October when I was praying for a friend and over the last few months it has been confirmed.  The word is not glamorous and it’s going to be difficult to sustain for 365 days, but I’m willing to try.

I find I can easily become self involved in what I want the Lord to do in my life and with my family and I quickly turn inward and miss a lot of what is going on around me.  In Matthew 22:37, He gives the two commandments we are supposed to follow: love the Lord with everything and love your neighbor as yourself.  My goal is to do the second part of the commandment better in hopes that my focus will shift from inward to outward, the way it is supposed to be.  

So for the next 365 day, He is asking me to pray for a different person everyday.  I have started a running list with those that came to mind first and I will also be adding to the list as the year continues as He brings others to mind.  I am looking forward to the praying part of this task, but I am more excited about the listening part of this task.  To form a habit of listening on behalf of others...maybe to share a word of encouragement or help out financially or give a hug or reach out as a friend or maybe do nothing and let the prayer in itself be enough.  All of this can frequently be out of my comfort zone, and I know the Lord has more than I can imagine in store for this year, but I know it will be worth it so I am accepting the challenge.
 
If you have something you need prayer for and would like to be added to the list, message me and I would be honored to pray for you; no specifics needed, just your name!  Jesus was the perfect example of one who lived for others, and I pray this year I will make it my habit to do the same.  Let’s do this 2k18!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

NYE

Year #6 at the fireworks store. Troy and Teague were the only kids with us and they did well with helping and working and stocking for the long hours. The weather ended up keeping people at home so we had a lot of time to play and hang out.




   

























By midnight it was just us and Ryan ringing in the New Year! Happy 2k18! Closing out one and looking forward to another! Praying the Lord seals all the eternal work we did this year and prepares us for what He has next!





















Saturday, December 30, 2017

Extraordinary

It’s that time again to recap on my 2017 word of the year...








I enjoyed this year’s word so much. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and grew my faith more than any other year, I think.  As I read back over my journal and see all the crazy things I’ve witnessed this year two things come to mind: intentionality and habit.

This year I was intentional; in every circumstance or situation, I had a sense of the bigger picture and made myself listen to what God wanted for that moment.  That intentionality led me to pray some crazy prayers, send some out of the blue texts, speak when I didn’t have all the answers, give when I questioned the amount...it was all amazing and so rewarding and because I lived in this way I saw physical healings, spiritual healings, strengthened faith, answered prayers! Looking back it almost seems unreal! The verse that keeps coming up over and over for me is James 5:16 - “Therefore, confess your sins one to another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”  That last part...wow!! Every time  I moved when He said move something happened and that last part of the verse would cross my mind. When I stay surrendered and attentive, my prayer is His prayer and it accomplishes much! I also find so much hope in the fact that in the areas where patience is needed in a situation and the outcome may not be seen for years to come, this verse still holds true! Something is always being accomplished, whether seen or unseen!

The second word, habit, also comes into play this year. This year was my second year to complete the One Year Bible. It’s a plan to read the entire Bible in a year. The first year was such a struggle; not so much the meeting with Jesus part, but more of the reading and understanding what I was reading. I pressed through and just kept on with it this year for round 2 and there was a shift. The reading was no longer a struggle. I didn’t understand everything, but I felt like I understood more than the year before! He highlighted Proverbs 1:23 - “Turn to my reproof, behold I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.”  And all of Proverbs 2!! So encouraging!! If I seek wisdom I find it...I just needed to form a habit of seeking it. In our instant gratification world we want immediate results and 2 years is a long time to see results, but if you keep at it, He is faithful! As I start in on year 3 of the One Year Bible I can’t help but think of all the new revelations! Like watching a movie over and over, I know the lines and the songs and even see scenes differently or more in-depth because I’ve seen it so many times, I think the same holds true for reading the Bible repeatedly. Think of all the scripture inside my heart and head, and every time I read it, it just goes deeper and I see things differently and God reveals more. I don’t think I would have encountered all I have encountered this year without the consistent intake of His word.

I pray I will continue to operate out of my comfort zone as the years go by. I really want to keep this word another year, but He has something different for me already, so I will take what I’ve learned this year and continue to apply it in all the tasks He asks of me in 2018!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas

For the last few years we have hosted Christmas at our house and it is so much fun. My parents and family and always willing to drive up for the day and help with food if needed, so it makes it all simple and easy and enjoyable for everyone!

The kids opened their stockings and Santa gift early. They all got suitcases, but were curious as to why. We told them that Santa must have known we needed them because we have been saving up for a trip and in their presents were clues to where we were going.




















Once everyone arrived we opened gifts. They put all the clues together and found out we are taking them on a Spring Break cruise to Cozumel, Caymen Islands and Jamaica. This is the same cruise Richard and I did in the fall and we loved it so much we decided to book it again! I know the kids are going to love it! 






















After presents, we ate and played and finished the night with some Bingo! Christmas Daynis always packed so full and I always wish it were longer! 


























I’m am grateful for my family who makes the drive and brings food and gifts and games and never complains. They make each event special in so many little ways and I am thankful for them as my family but also thankful for them for the kids’ sake, as well. Not until they are adults will they realize how blessed we are with all the family the Lord has given us and how He weaved and blended so many into one. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Eve at the Hollingsworth’s

The start of Christmas Eve was spent at church. We had a candlelight ceremony that was a great way to start the day and remind us of the true meaning of this season.



Koby and Richard wore their new sweaters to church. 























Christmas Eve night was spent at Richard’s parents’  home. We wore our matching pajamas and ate way too much Mexican food!

























After dinner, Baylee and the girls read the Christmas story to us.























Then it was gifts and games! Richard and I got an amazing all in one music station; vinyls, cassettes, cds, the radio or Bluetooth...it does it all!


 We also played another switch and steal game but this time with lottery tickets!! 


 It was a full and busy day! Thank you, Roy and Lynette, for hosting a cozy party. You guys are so generous and thoughtful and make your home a place of laughter and fun for all who come over. We appreciate how special you make every Christmas Eve for us and for all the kids!