Friday, July 18, 2014

Fuel Your Faith for Teachers and Leaders

Howdy All!

Before I being, I have to say thanks to all my followers!  Compassionate Teacher now has...

254 Bloglovin Followers!!!

I was so excited when I got the e-mail the other day that I hit 250.  I appreciate everyone's interest in my escapades.  Though I will no longer be in the classroom, I hope that you will stick with me as I begin my full time work with World Orphans.  

I am still a ways away from starting my new job, but I am almost ready to begin the process of raising support.  I plan to really dive into that process after Mission2India is "over."

For those that don't know or know just  a little, Mission2India is a mission trip to India this August that I am helping lead.  The trip is sponsored and co-led by World Orphans and supported by my local church.  Most of the 14 team members go to my church and/or live near me in New Jersey.  

My amazing team and I have been fundraising and preparing for a few months now, but I have been living and breathing this trip for almost a year now.  In fact, by the time I go to India, I will have been planning this trip for exactly 1 year and 3 weeks.  That's insane to me.

 Now that it's July 18th, I am having a hard time believing that I will be back in India in less than a month!!!  I cannot wait to be back with the beautiful orphans of Hyderabad that I met last year and to share the experience with the team.
  
All of this being said, I want to share something that I have been trying to hold on throughout this whole process of leading a team to India:

It's not about me.

It's all about Him.

At times it's been hard to remember, but God nudged me this week as I read through Matthew. 


As you consider your leadership roles (teacher, parent, boss etc.), I hope that you will remember to keep your eyes fixed on the one who ultimately leads you and to humbly serve those who He has placed in your care.

Have a great weekend everyone!





Saturday, July 5, 2014

I'm Alive in July!!

Well, that was quite a long blogging hiatus.  I certainly did not intend to skip an entire month of blogging, but life left me with no choice.

This past month and 4 days since my last Currently has been one of the most insane times of my life.  Actually, I think it's safe to say that all of 2014 has been quite a roller coaster.

Since too much has happened to go into great detail, here are some highlights of what has been happening:

  • End of the year school stuff: assessments, field trips, celebrations, assemblies etc.
  • Packing up my entire classroom (8 crates full of books, plus tons of other stuff!)
  • Starting my summer camp job
  • Planning for and actually tutoring 3 clients
  • India trips fundraisers, meetings, and visa applications
  • Two doctor appointments
Plus, I found out last Saturday that my landlord found someone to lease my apartment cause I wanted to move out sooner.  That was great news as far as saving money goes, but crazy because I was told I had only one week to move out!!

Basically, this past week, I felt like/actually was working 3 jobs, plus working on India trip stuff, going to appointments, and preparing to move (packing, changing address info, recruiting help etc.)

I have rarely been so exhausted in my life!  When I finally had a chance to slow down briefly yesterday, I kept falling asleep.

Anyways, enough of that.  Life is crazy, but God is good.  I can see how all of this is in His plan and how He is providing for me.  I am very thankful for Him and the support system he has given me.

Now, let's get on to the Currently!  Better late than never!



Listening

To be honest, the show changed to Guy's Grocery Games.  I just didn't feel like changing the template.  :-)

Loving

I am so thankful to have just a few minutes to breathe and blog.  The big move is tomorrow, but I am mostly ready and I am temporarily putting other things on hold, so I can rest up.

Thinking

If any of you remember, my word for the year was "surrender."  If I had know that daily praying to surrender my life to God would have led to all of these major changes, I do not think I would have had the faith to do it.  I am so thankful that God gives us faith and strength as we need it and even when we feel weak and terrified, He is holding on to us.  Though I would not mind if life settled down a bit more, following the Lord down totally new paths has been such a blessing.  He is stretching me WAY out of my comfort zone and showing me more and more that I cannot do anything on my own.  My life is not about me, it is about Him.  He has the plan and deserves all the glory.  I'll keep on following Him, even if that means a lot more major changes.

Wanting

Full disclosure, there is never a time when I do not want ice cream.  It is my vice and I have no problem with that.  I might have to make a last walk to Carvel down the street tonight before I move away from it.  :-(

I could also use another nap, but will try to stay up, so I can sleep tonight.

Needing

My stuff is all packed and ready to move tomorrow.  However, I have not yet cleaned every surface.  My excuse is that it will be better to clean after everything is out.

4th Plans

Considering the 4th was yesterday, I guess I'll share what I actually did, regardless of what my plans were.  I actually enjoyed my first day "off" in a while.  I got to work on my support raising course for my new job, send some e-mails, pack the rest of my stuff etc.  Then, in the evening I enjoyed watching fireworks and playing cards with some friends.  I love playing cards, but not many people I know do, so it was a treat to discover some fellow card sharks.  We enjoyed Nerts, Spades, and Scum.  Next time, I am determined to teach them euchre!  It's about time it spread to New Jersey!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!