On to the good stuff...and let me just say that this entire blog entry is for God's glory. If you were led here by my facebook status, I simply want you to know of God's goodness. I'm not looking for more blog followers. I want all of you to know that the one and only God is faithful, shows favor to His children, and gives us the desires of our hearts. I don't want you to miss the details of God's plan. I hope you find this worth your time.
I believe I was made for this. I was brought to where I am for such a time as this. Knowing what I know now and reflecting on the past 2 years, God has been at work in every single second of my life, preparing me for what I will be doing starting on August 10, 2009---teaching at my church's new Christian Academy. And it's no ordinary job. It's a mission field where I will get to disciple students everyday of my life, while I use the gifts and talents God has given me as an educator. I can't tell you how much joy that gives me. My heart's desire since high school has been to minister to young people. I've been doing that for nearly 2 years with my wonderful girls in SS and bible study. He has already granted me that desire and now He is broadening my mission field to disciple my students as well. I want to give you a chronological list of events that have led me to this place, because I feel that every situation I have been in prepared me for the next step in God's plan.
July 2007--Brent and I leave Fort Myers, FL to unexpectedly move to Alabama.
August 2007--I begin a temporary position at a public elementary school teaching 5th grade. For 3 months, Brent and I are looking for a church to serve in.
October 2007-During a carpool duty conversation with a kindergarten teacher, I am invited to visit her church. We went the following Sunday and joined the Sunday after that. I quickly learn and become interested in the pastor's vision for a Christian Academy in the near future. I can't express how grateful I am for this lady and her obedience to God to invite me to her church. None of this would have ever happened. She was a vital part of God's plan.
November-December 2007--I become disgusted with my work situation and look for any and every opportunity to get out! A receptionist position opens up at my church. I apply, interview, get the job and turn it down. I knew God wasn't ready for me to quit the teaching profession.
February 2008--Taught the high school girls at a disciple now at my church. Our host home was one of the pastors at my church, who was also the church representative on the school board for the Academy. I was given the opportunity to make my interest known.
January-May 2008--My job at the first school ended and, thanks to my asst. principal, I was given another job teaching 5th grade at a different school. I was sure to get a permanent position at either school I had worked at and didn't.
May-July 2008--After lots of time spent in the Word and in prayer, I realized that it wasn't in God's plan to teach at the previous public schools, no matter how much it didn't make sense in my finite mind. I felt God calling me to just wait one more year and He would bless me with a job at the Christian Academy. So I began looking for something to get me through the next school year, while I prayed to trust God and His promise of something amazing down the road.
July 2008--Offered a job to teach Kindergarten at a preschool THE SAME DAY that I was contacted to serve as a volunteer on the Curriculum and Education team with the Academy. Coincidently (even though it's not a coincidence at all, it's the work of an Almighty God), I would be teaching Saxon Math and A Beka Reading which were 2 of the curricula I would be researching and reviewing for the Academy.
August 2008-May 2009--worked with 24 incredible Kindergarten students that challenged me and gave me such joy at the same time.
April 29, 2009--My first interview with the Academy.
May 11, 2009--This day is very important. I forgot to tell you that in the midst of all this job stuff, Brent and I began praying for a baby in January 2009. On this day, I signed the offer letter for a teaching position at the Academy AND found out I was pregnant!
Today--got back from one amazing conference on Kingdom Education and how to become a Kindgom educator. I had the privilege of getting to know the wonderful principal and teachers I will be working with.
I never dreamed He would say yes. I prayed for this. At times, many times, I doubted Him. But He said, "Yes, Brittany." And not only did he say yes, He said, "I have fully equipped you to do what I have called you to do . You have no reason to doubt or fear, for I am working in you, I am the one teaching and discipling these students. I just need to use your physical body to allow Me to manifest Myself in you to accomplish My will." He said yes to both of my desires. Why? Why did He choose me to show favor upon? Who am I that He would want to love me enough to actually give me what I asked for? I am nothing, but He wants to use me for His glory. Wow...just utterly humbled and in awe of Him. I have learned that I can't put God in a box. I can't pray for something and then think He's not big enough to make it happen. From now on when I pray, I will dream that He will say yes. And if His answer is not yes, I will dream that His plan is greater than mine. I hope that I will always reflect on the past 2 years and know that He is always faithful. He might not say yes immediately and He may never say yes. But I know that if He doesn't say yes immediately, He will give me the patience and trust to wait on Him and His timing. And if He never says yes, He will make me satisfied with a "no" and offer something better. He always desires the best for me, and for you.
As a little side note, my new favorite song is "What Do I Know of Holy" by Addison Road. You need to download it now :)