Crazy Summer!

Hello!!! I cannot believe summer is just flying by so fast. We have been having so much fun. We have been going to the park, the movies, the library, playing with friends, taking it easy, sleeping in, watching sunsets and loving the freedom we have with summer.

Tonight I reflect on the message of my Pastor last weekend. We have been studying the book of Joshua for about a month now. It is new material for me and I am really trying to find how the lessons that Joshua faced apply to my life now….thousands of years later. Sunday’s message really hit home and it was easy to see how God’s lessons transcend all time, places and people. His message applies to Moses, Joshua and Jen……

God laid something on my heart months and months ago. It is something BIG and scary and it seems like a totally crazy idea. But what I have realized over this Joshua Study is that sometimes God has BIG plans that make no sense but have a larger and greater plan. If we are willing to take the leap of faith and follow them, the reward will be so BIG we won’t even remember what the fear was!

If God is leading you in a direction that just feels crazy…I urge you to stop and LISTEN. God’s direction doesn’t always make sense to the Human mind but HE is so much bigger and more powerful than we can understand. He knows what is best for us….even when it makes no sense!

Summer Break!

We love being on Summer Vacation! It has only been a few days and yet we are fully adjusted and enjoying it to the fullest extent! We are staying up just a little bit later and sleeping in to make up for it. We all seem to be relaxed, most of the time, enjoying being together and creating memories .
So far, we have enjoyed the farmers market, movies in the park, extra swim time at the Y, bike rides, birthday parties, more movies, bowling, sprinkler parks and time at the Library.

This week we are working on a unit about the US Flag. We are learning the history of our flag, the origins of the flag and the meanings of the colors and symbols used. We are watching videos and will be creating our own flags, if we were in charge of a country. I don’t want our brains to turn to total mush over this long summer break so we are also working on our math skills, reading and hand writting.Tomorrow I plan on taking all of our school work to the library and park to work on to change it up and keep it fun for us all! 

I hope that your summer is off to a great start! May the sun brighten you day and God bless your path!

A 3rd grade memory

It was the last day of school my third grade year. I don’t remember all that much about that year or the kids that were in my class. What I do remember was sitting at my desk while I watched the teacher write everyone’s name on the board telling them which teacher they would have the next year. When she was done, I was crushed. My name was no where to be found. I think I even started to cry, thinking I was going to be held back. How could this be! I was smart! I got good grades! I was nice to everyone. I remember raising my hand, and she called on me. I asked her where was my name? Why wasn’t I on the board? She looked at me with a really puzzled look….”Didn’t your dad tell you?” she said to me. “No” I replied. “Jennifer, you are going to a new school next year.”

I don’t remember much after that, other than the part where my dad explained to me that I was going into the T.A.G program. It was for kids who needed more challenge at school. I can tell you that I remember not being that happy, or excited to be leaving my friends. When I found out the school was 2 bus rides away and I wasn’t going to know anyone, I was even more upset. The summer went by and soon it was time for a new year to begin.

The memories I have from the next 2 school years have followed me ever since. I had the BEST teacher ever. I was in a class of kids who understood me, they thought like me. They learned like me and they were soooooo nice to me. We had so much freedom and flexibility to each day. We knew what had to get done and as long as that happened, everyone was happy. The teacher was happy, the parents were happy and the students were happy. Some of my very best memories of being in school came those 2 years that I was in that program. I would have loved to continue with it, but it wasn’t offered past the 5th grade so in my 6th year, I was mainstreamed back into regular school with all of those kids I knew from before. It worked out fine, I guess. I always had that label attached to me after that but for the most part I was accepted back without issue.

I know that my dad made that choice for me because he was trying to get me the best education possible. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids? I know I do.

God Speaking or me wishing….

Some days it is so hard to know for sure. Is that feeling on my heart coming from God or coming for my selfish side. Does that conviction I feel really come from God or is the self-doubt I feel after the truth. Is Satan making me think that I don’t know for sure what I thought I knew?

Our family is in a great season. We are blessed in so many ways. I am so very thankful for that. But I sense that something big has been coming for a while now. I’ve talked to friends about it. And I think that maybe now I am seeing what God has in store next for us. But…then I second guess myself and wonder if that really isn’t it at all.

If you happen to read this, please pray for clarity for me and my family as we face this next season. Please pray that above all else we trust in God and His plan for our lives. Even if it isn’t quite what we thought was coming. Help to want to truly live for His glory everyday and everything we do and say. Make our faith active.