It has been a long five months since I have written any new posts on my humble little blog. I guess I just haven't been "inspired". Or maybe I was just lazy, whatever the reason, I have decided to break the silence.
Since my last post we have entered into a new year. I can honestly say that I have never been so happy to see a year gone as I was when 2010 was over. It was a year filled with struggles for me, not only in the physical world but in the spiritual as well. But as He always does, God has taught me to be patient and trust in Him to provide for me. It's a shame that we have to go through such struggles to learn things like this. Wouldn't it be easier if our stubborn minds could just read what God's word says about his faithfulness and just believe it? I don't mean believe it in the sense that you believe it to be true. I mean to really believe it...to have it effect the way you live and the decisions you make. To really believe would be to not worry, about anything. Isaiah 41:10 says "fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
I praise God that He has shown me once again how faithful He is. My prayer is that I will be more faithful to trust in Him when it really counts. As I am writing this I am reminded of a song that a good friend and Sister in Christ sings sometimes. "He's always been faithful to me" is the chorus, I'm not sure who the original artist is but it is a beautiful song and I am always encouraged when she sings it.
Despite the struggles I have had personally, our school year has been going really well. I think this is the best year we have had yet. The kids have adjusted to the increased work load. We still have some issues, usually centered around writing assignments, but for the most part they are doing extremely well. The only thing I wish I would have been more consistent with is teaching Wyatt. I have spent very little time really trying to teach him. I just wasn't sure what to do with him. Everything I tried seemed like it was too much or not enough, I felt like I was just wasting my time. I don't do well trying to come up with lesson plans on my own and we lacked the money to buy one of those nice preschool curriculum kits. But this week I found a really good preschool program online. And the best thing about it is it's FREE! You can find it at www.letteroftheweek.com. As the name suggests, it teaches one letter per week but it also teaches number recognition, shapes and colors, and a weekly theme with a vocabulary word and nursery rhyme based on the theme for the week. So far Wyatt has really enjoyed it, and so have I. It only takes about 30 minutes a day and not much prep work beforehand for the teacher.
So all in all the new year has started off pretty great. As everyone in the south knows, we even had an uncommon 5" of snowfall a couple of weeks ago, and as I am writing this it is snowing again. They are expecting another 1 to 3 inches throughout the day today. I know for some areas of the country that doesn't sound like alot, but for us West Tennessee residents it was like Snowmagedon. The kids had a blast building snowmen and forts for snowball fights. We all had snowcream for the first time, and I was surprised how good it was and how easy it was to make.
That reminds me, I should go set a bowl outside now so we can make some more! I will post some pictures of the great snow event soon. Until then I pray that you will all be blessed with the perfect peace that comes only from knowing Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3, "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you."