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I am shamefaced.

I would never have imagined that I would drop off the face of blogging world for this long. Teaching? Yes. That took so much out of me. Here, let me tell the story.

 

When I walked into my classroom the Thursday before Halloween, I had no idea what I was getting into. I mean yeah, I knew I was going to be teaching 3rd grade Math, Science, and Social Studies. But other than that, there was no way I could have foresaw  what would transpire or be prepared for the rest of the year.

By Christmas, I was extremely depressed. The students were wonderful, but it honestly felt like that was the only good in this situation. I had been thrown in my first day with no preparation. I didn’t even know where the teachers’ bathroom was. The kids were bulldozing me over even though I was trying my best to be an authority figure. I felt extremely alone and was usually staying at the school until 8 or even 9 a few nights a week to try and get a handle on everything.

Obviously, it got better.

By the end of the school year, I felt about 4 million bajillion times better and finally started feeling like I wasn’t drowning. It was especially awesome when I went in to sign my contract for next year! Yay!

On a completely lighter and more awesome note, I cannot believe how much I have come to love and care about my Sunday School girls this year. They are such a wonderful, warm, amazing part of my life and I can’t imagine life without them now.

I also became OBSESSED with the Hunger Games. I finished the entire series in 11 hours. Ridiculous. Then I heard about the movie and lost my mind. I finally FINALLY got into Pottermore, so there went more of my life. I just finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in about 2 hours, so it’s nice to know my superpower is still intact.

We still love our little house. We have a fire pit and a hammock in the backyard, with a cornhole set. Probably one of my favorite things so far this summer has been sitting around the campfire planning stuff with our friends.

So now that I’m out for summer, maybe I’ll be better at blogging again!

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They Will Know We Are Christians…

“Abortions will not be federally funded. Senior citizens will benefit, children will be covered. Christians should welcome this. They call themselves Christians, but shreek (sp) homophobic, racial slurs and spit on people. LOL”

I saw this today on as a reply to someone’s Facebook status about how they honestly appreciated the healthcare bill. The status was very neutral and explained why they supported the bill (single mom of two kids, one partially deaf and autistic. She is also a college student). Then an older woman wrote the above statement as a reply. It made me really sad and mortified, and not just because of the grammar/spelling mistakes.

This is how the world is seeing us right now. Shrieking, homophobic, racist, spitters. So not what Galations 5:22-26 says we should be putting out. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

Anyone who shrieks racial slurs, is homophobic, and spits on people cannot be a true believer who is whole-heartedly seeking Christ. Jesus was radical, yes, but he loved people sensationally and deeply. He certainly didn’t throw around racial slurs. Remember the Samaritan woman at the well?

I will freely admit that I am an absolute lover of my country and government. We might be jacked up, but we’re still the greatest, most free nation in the world. I am beyond grateful for a president who is also a husband and father and makes decisions based on those gifts. I have a lot of respect for a man who (even though I don’t agree with the majority of his agendas) wants to make our nation an even better place for his own daughters. My daddy would want the same thing. I love teaching elementary kids about how awesome our government is. We should really be proud of what we have, even if we don’t agree with things that go on every now and then.

As Christians especially, we should be watching how we react to political stuff. The world is obviously watching us, and expecting the worst. They want to see the Pharisees come out of all of us and belittle people for every little thing. But we can get above that, and show Galatians 5:22-26 in real life. It’s hard–I struggle with it everyday in just regular things. But I need to be doing it on Facebook and Twitter when I talk about politics or my reaction to government decisions. Will you do it? Can you? You never know until you try. Prove this lady wrong.

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So here’s a situation I found myself in tonight. I found out that a new church plant back home has decided to let someone I know be their interim worship and creative arts leader.

What this church doesn’t know is that this particular person is basically a viper and has caused major staff and layperson problems in multiple churches, in addition to abandoning ministries and his own family to further his own musical career. The church “advertises” him as one of the best worship leaders in the area, but I know from several personal encounters with this person that he has no right to be called a worship leader. In fact, I’m positive he knows nothing about leading God’s people in any kind of worship except the worship of him, his band, and his own music.

This bothers me not only because I have a feeling that this pastor has no idea about this man’s past (mostly because he is a complete snake in the grass), but that he has been put in charge of leading God’s people into His presence. I believe that it is a sin to lead worship with an unclean heart and motive and doing so will seriously hinder the congregation’s worship. Even more, I have dear friends at this church, specifically one of the great boys that I student taught last year along with his brother and parents.

What should I do? Should I let my friends know or should I keep my mouth shut? There’s no way I would go to the pastor… it would only make me look like a Pharisee. 😦

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