It’s Summer…Time to catch up and reflect
To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul
Make me know Your ways, O Lord
Teach me Your paths
Lead me to Your truth, and teach me
I hate that I am never able to buckle down during the school year and continue blogging. Many of you who read are friends and family who are are separated from me by distance, and some of us are just separated by life itself. But I always want to take opportunities to share what is happening in my life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually since I do not get to share with many of you on a regular basis. So, my hope is to give you some insight into what is happening in my personal and professional life (some of these posts will be at JJ&A Simonds’s Blog) and my spiritual journey from the past year will show up here. I have many different areas to reflect on as God has used numerous people, places, and events to bring growth in my life. IT IS COMPLETELY OVERWHELMING AND EXCITING!!!!!
One of the strongest lessons I have learned over the past year as I was loaded down with college work, teaching preparation, role as wife and mother, and just plain getting up each day, was truth found in Psalm 5:11. “But let everyone who trusts you be happy; let them sing glad songs forever. Protect those that love you and who are happy because of you.” I struggled with this often, allowing my joy and peace and song to be determined by the number of circumstances that overwhelmed me on any given day – the weather, my job, the amount of sleep I had, or the deadlines in front of me. My joy and peace must START with a growing, constant relationship with Christ. Romans 15:4 “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures WE MIGHT HAVE HOPE”
This has been most evident in the past month as I took on a summer school teaching position in a public school in Norco. Each day brought a variety of challenges as I faced 55 students who had little to no desire to learn and every desire to participate in “anti-learning.” I committed each day to the Lord during this month, setting aside extra time, on purpose, to seek God early and constantly throughout the day; and, although, I am not eager to experience this last 4 weeks ever again in my life, I grew in a constant growing relationship with my heavenly Father. I learned humility and complete dependence, on sometimes a second-by-second basis.
THAT WAS UTTERLY AMAZING!
STOP. BREATHE. PRAY. Pour it out to the Lord
Hope that the truth of Scripture can encourage you in whatever overwhelms you today