Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thankful for This Season

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

This verse fits my life perfectly right now. The past several weeks have been a time of change; a transition from one season to another. I've gone from being a stay-at-home mom with little tots under foot and women's Bible studies in my home to a very different pace of life.

**Lord, thank you for this new season in my life. I'm so thankful that I had the past four years to be completely focused on my children, but I'm also grateful for the new adventures I'm facing right now.

**I'm thankful to be back in the "classroom" (virtual) as a high school math teacher with Insight schools. I love working with kids again and being able to help them succeed. It is an exhilarating feeling to potentially impact so many lives. Just talking with students on the phone I've sensed how vital my role is.

**I'm thankful for my coworkers and my principal, who team together with me as we face technological challenges and come alongside me as I navigate my way through uncharted waters.

**I'm thankful for the nip in the air, for the crisp feeling of fall on its way, for bike rides (on brand new red training wheel bikes), for tree forts (and little monkeys in them), for long walks in the warming sun.

**Thank You Lord for my lifelong lover - for a partner to encourage me along the way, a listening ear when I'm stressed and a helping hand in this life. I'm also thankful that we can minister together this year through our Sunday school class and small group. There's something very unifying about sharing Bible study time together instead of him doing men's ministry and me doing women's ministry. I'm excited to do this together again.

**Thank You Father for first days of school. Little Missy ran right onto the playground for her first day at Kindergarten following her sister with a big smile. Thank you for this new season in her life and thank You that I can have confidence that You are watching over her when I can't. She is so excited and I'm sure she'll do fine (don't ask me about the tears running down my face though, ok?)

**I'm thankful for the little man's first day at preschool too! He colored a "very colorful" backpack and had a great time with this new experience. I'm excited about their Bible based curriculum and the great teachers he'll have there.

**I'm thankful for my bloggy friends and for this past year of blogging, meeting so many like-minded women from across the nation (and the globe). I haven't had time to do much blogging lately and I know that will be the case for this season. I'll still be posting for the Internet Cafe and Laced with Grace and I'll still be around, but not as frequently. I'm on the computer so much for work already that I have to have some limits in order to still make family a priority. Thank you for understanding!

**I'm thankful for Iris, who reminds us each week to be refreshed by gratitude and rejuvenated with a thankful heart!


Denise said...

So happy that God is so greatly blessing you my friend.

The Olson's: said...

Congratulations on your new job! Very encouraging list; thanks for sharing.
~ Leanne

Debra said...

A beautiful thankful post! Thank you for sharing.

May the Lord bless you this day!

Melanie said...

So glad the new job is going well and the kids are adjusting good to school.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Miss Sandy said...

Thanks for the peek into your prayers as well as into your heart. Asking for showers of blessings on your new teaching position and the potential impact you will make on your students. Thank you for letting me sip from your full cup, it is sweet indeed!

Marsha said...

Hi Heather! I'm curious about the virtual school. I teach and mentor 3 at risk teens and I've been looking into some online schools for a couple of subjects. Would love some more info when you have time.

Have a blessed weekend.

Anonymous said...

God bless your thankful heart, heather. =)

Edie said...

God bless you in your new venture Heather! Change is refreshing isn't it. :)

sharon said...

Hi Heather, you have a great list. I don't even know which to comment on but I think I'll go with the crisp air cos that's what we're having right now. Must be wonderful. Remain blessed.

Kathy S. said...

Girl! You are busy!! But it sounds like life is rich with blessings! What are you and hubby teaching in Sunday School?

I'm glad transitions have gone well for the kiddos, and that your pressure relief valves are in good working order!!

Is your Bible Study publishing this month?


Amber said...

Heather - Thanks for linking to my blog - I miss you and pray for you WTP gals.


Tiffany Stuart said...

wow, sounds like you are entering into a wonderful new season. I pray God blesses you every step of the way.

Thanks for visiting. So understand the busyness of life and how it effects blogging.

Enjoy hearing from you.

Take care,