Thursday, July 31, 2008

Why I love my job.....

There are just so many reasons but I was reminded of this sweet story the other day......

During one of the Sunday night programing here at church one of our sweet Mom's came up to me and told me this precious story.

"When Taylor got up from her rest time today she had layed out some of her clothes. Well, she picked out a pair of blue knee length cotton shorts just like Miss Joy's. She brougth them to her Mommy and said, "Mommy, these shorts are the same as Miss Joy's. They are blue like Miss Joy's, they have a line down them like Miss Joy's, and they don't have pockets like Miss Joy's. Oh, and I know Miss Joy's name....not everyone does!"

OK-seriously, how precious is that! It was such a sweet reminder to me of how much preschoolers watch and observe what is going on. I mean, she knew that I don't have pockets on the shorts I wear every Sunday! I am so thankful to be in a postiton where these kids are looking to me as a roll model. I want to show them the love of Jesus in everything that I do! Thank you, thank you, for letting your child be apart of my life-they are the biggest "little blessings" I have from this job!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Beauty from Ashes

You know when you can't escape what The Lord is trying to teach you? Well, I am totaly there right now. Everything I read, listen to, conversations with friends, I tell you EVERYTHING has to do with our sweet Jesus and how He uses our past and the broken pieces to create something beautful.

Anyway.....I was surfing the blog world when I stumbled upon one named Bring the rain. The Lord used that days entry titled Blink to meet me right where I am so I just had to forward it on to my friends that are so precious to me! Well, as it turns out one of them had read her blog before and passed along one entry titled "The past and the present." I knew I was in trouble when she added....get your kleenex! As I lay in bed about to fall asleep I started reading what Angie had to say. Let me tell you-this woman has been blessed to write. To make a long story short during the morning of her child she broke a pitcher and then put it back together again. Hereare the words The Lord used to minister to me.

"I began to realize that this pitcher was my life, and every piece was part of story that He had chosen to put together. I started crying, and remembering things I thought I had forgotten. It took a long time to finish, but it was time well spent. Every nook and cranny whispered to me, until at last it stood in all its imperfection."

Let me explain....In my last post I wrote about how I feel like The Lord is trying to break me of my people pleasing tendencies, I try so hard to be that "perfect person" on the outside when in reality inside I am crying out, "please help me!" When I read the line "I began to realize tha this picture was my life, and every piece was part of the story that He had choosen to put together." I began to thank Him-Yes, thank Him for my imperfections! Without them I would not be me, the person that my precious savior has so softly and tenderly put back together time and time again from the brokeness that has only caused me to need Him more. For that I am so thankful!

Just when I thought The Lord was done dealing with me He wasn't. As I continued to read her words He used another line to speak to me.......

"He loves the gaps because there is the potential for more of Himself revealed in you. Let him help you smash and rebuild his most coveted"

After reading this I hit my knees and my prayer went something like this:
"Lord Jesus, thank you for the gaps and the broken pieces in my life. I pray that you will use them for Your glory-that despite of whatever circumstance I may face that your love and faithfulness would shine through the gaps. Thank you for revealing yourself to me through those gaps. I praise you for my imperfections and where I may fall short for they force me to depend on you more. Thank you for catching me everytime I fall. I pray that you will continue to mold me into a woman who is seeking hard and fast after your own heart."

The Lord is clearly teaching me a precious lesson right nowduring this season of life. I can't wait to see the beauty that comes out of the cracks!

"Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


WOW! That is the first word that comes to my mind as I sit here and reflect on the week of VBS I have been having....and it's only Wednesday! It has been such a blessing to take part in this amazing week! We have around 700 preschoolers here this week so it has been crazy/busy! My favorite part of the day this week would have to be when I get my hugs! Oh how I LOVE the hugs I get from these precious kids! I am in charge of the master teaching room that they come to each day! This room includes: singing, dancing, the memory verse, and of course the most important part: the Bible story for that day!

For me, Vacation Bible school has been an amazing journey for me with LOTS of lessons learned! Today for example, I was reminded of WHY I do my job and WHO I do it for! You see, by nature I am a people pleaser and I truly believe The Lord is trying to break me of this one! If one thing doesn't go my way I go straight into "criticism mode" and pick apart what I did for the day. Was the show perfect, did the kids listen, did they get anything out of it, did the GIGL team remember all of the moves they were supposed to do? When really I should have walked away asking myself: Did I show these kids the Love of Christ today? That is what I am called to do as the GIGL director! Yes, there are more things that are in my job description but that is the most important one! Well friends I was reminded by my sweet supervisor of this verse in Galations today: "For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond servent of Christ." Gal 1:10 This verse is now on my desk where I can view it as a reminder everyday while I work at my desk! My goal in life is not to please man but my precious Savior who has created me to live my life for Him! I was also reminded of something Christy Nockles spoke of when she visited Second Baptist a while ago. She said, "Be open to receive validation ONLY from HIM." Psalm 139 "God may be withholding validation that you seek from someone, because if we received that then it would be enough. We would stop going to The Lord for that validation when in reality He is the only one who can give it to us!" Such a sweet reminder!

Praise The Lord for what He is doing in the lives of these kids this week during Vacation Bible School! He is an amazing God that is faithful in every situation! Please keep the last two days in your thoughts and prayers!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

First Blog!

Hello everyone! This blog was created to keep you the parents up to date with what we are doing in GIGL and the preschool ministry at Second Baptist Church-West Campus! I hope you will use this page as a resource to find out what your preschooler is learning about each week and to get to know me a little better as well!

We will not be having GIGL this weekend because of the holiday, but I'll look forward to seeing everyone the next week! We are having some fun themes this summer every week so don't forget to come dressed as your favorite super hero in honor of VBS starting up!

Spekaing of VBS.....don't forget that Vacation Bible School is coming up soon! July 14-18th! It is going to be an amazing week that you will not want your child to miss out on!

I hope everyone has a Happy 4th of July!
"Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:19

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