… a wonderful life

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You know what I love?

Finding encouragement in the word.

I read 2 Peter 1:3-12 today…. I love how it starts off reminding us that God has given us EVERYTHING we need to live a godly life and through his glory and goodness, he has given us exceedingly great and precious promises so that we could again, be “partakers of divine nature”.
(EVERYTHING as in encouragement and promises in the word… could everything include  other women and men who love our God and serve Him who pour into us as we pour into them?? What about online communities who spread truth?? Everything is generally a large amount of various things….. I love the variations of people, media, and books that provide us with and lead us to the truths of God!!)

I was challenged by a woman named Joanna who was healed by Jesus and provided for him as he ministered to the masses. She was with Mary Magdalene when the angels came to tell of Jesus’s resurrection at the tomb. She was one of the ones who spread that truth. But, she was also the wife of the man who had John the Baptist beheaded and whose father in law had all baby boys murdered after the birth of Jesus. Let that sink in. This woman, in spite of who her husband was and what his beliefs were, chose to obey the one she was committed to FIRST – not by date but by hierarchy. She was married before she met Christ but she understood that Christ comes before her husband.

I thought about how the Proverbs 31 woman was said to “laugh without fear of the future”…… I always thought it was because she was prepared, she was a hard worker, and had an amazing husband who provided for her and believed in her.
Now, I’m wondering if it had more to do with how she believed in the promises of God. Obviously, she was a woman of God but the scriptures about the virtuous woman never directly speak to her trusting Him – it, I think, gives us the real life outcomes of a woman who trusts in God and serves Him in her home. Her life I’m sure wasn’t perfect. I’m sure it was very hard – her husband was very busy… I mean he was well respected at the city gates – sounds like he was quite important. 🙂 And, important people tend to be pretty busy with doing their jobs. lol. Right? She had kids, her own businesses, and still took very good care of her home. While managing to look great while doing all of that! I can’t help but to wonder how exhausted she was.

Both of these women seem to understand that no matter what they were going through or what their circumstances were – they chose to boldly obey God. They trusted Him. They believed and put more effort into serving than they did focusing on their circumstances.
These two women lived in very different households…. had very different husbands. But, both chose to live counter-culturally. They both honored God and caused other women to believe in and honor Him, as well.

I wasn’t so much convicted about trusting the promises of God than I was encouraged to do it. Encouraged to live boldly for Christ. Inspired by these women’s commitment and courage. They could have easily saw their futures through the lenses of their workload and familial history but chose to see much more than what was right in front of them.

I wonder if the “time to come” they “rejoiced in” (King James version) wasn’t a physical year or month from now when maybe things slowed down at work and husbands would be home more or possibly the day a husband may come to know God or follow our Christ more boldly – but the time in which Jesus would return. The time in which they would be united with their Savior, when they would take their positions as heirs of the Kingdom of God in Heaven. Could that time to come be eternity with their Savior?

Joanna is amazing to me…. Completely amazing. She carried her own load – she didn’t allow her husband’s thoughts or desires or belief system to guide her own. And, as a wife, your husband is the leader, the head of your home and it can be difficult to fall under someone who is doing things you don’t agree with or isn’t doing things you feel in your very soul should be done. But, she trusted God anyway.

I doubt she was disrespectful. I would hope that she was quiet and chaste. That she honored God and won her husband without a word. I hope that she positioned him, with her grace and gentle spirit, to worship the mightiness of God when the news the revelations came after Jesus died and hung around a while after He was resurrected from the dead.

A wonderful life….. Wonderful is no doubt a subjective term but as Christians what does wonderful mean? What does it mean to have a “wonderful life”? As a woman, who has an incredible impact in your home/jobs/wherever, what does it mean to be “wonderful” to those around you?

These women, were no doubt wonderful and they led amazing and wonderful lives. They were beautiful, courageous, bold, hard working, and honorable women. They trusted God.

I’m hoping that we can encourage one another to be wonderful women who live wonderful lives … women who trust God and believe in His promises. Who look to Him for EVERYTHING we need to live lives that please Him versus looking at our circumstances and allowing them to dictate our life choices.

I could literally talk about this all day. But, I won’t!!

… here’s to being wonderful. Have a great day ladies!

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… fresh starts

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For years, I admired anyone who had a regular Bible reading regimen….. Especially those who read and studied in the wee hours of the mornings.

I never got into morning devotions because I struggle so much with getting up in the morning. Then, I never really knew how to go through the Bible effectively and finding a devotional that was “right” for me was even harder.

I most recently found a Devo that I completely adore that has a morning and evening reading and it is spectacular. Not only are the devotionals good but I’m more enjoying how my days unfold and my person is so much calmer than they were when I rushed through those amazing, quiet moments of the morning.

I crave them now.
And, I am working to be even more intent on grasping everything that I can from my readings.
So, I have a nice little assortment of colored pens, notebook paper, dividers, and even a pen pouch to keep organized and prepared! Lol.

I’ve also joined an online community of women who follow Bible reading plans called She Reads Truth. More amazingness read in the morning. More to understand, grasp, & deal with throughout my days.

**** read, more reasons to use all of my goodies! ****

And, I love it.

I’m so grateful for this lesson of spending quiet moments with God…. a lesson I wish I’d learned and worked that much harder to seek when I was younger.

One of my devotionals is Morning & Evening by Charles Spurgeon. And, you can join me in the She Reads Truth online-community when you click here.

I am lucky to be able to have mornings that are easy and as late as I want them. I’m worried that school will start and knock me completely off track. We’ll see. I still have about a month before everything begins so hopefully after a couple of weeks of adjusting to the time change, I’ll be solid.

Hopefully!

… here’s to growing in knowledge and being shaped in faith! No regrets.

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… pass it on

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We’re about halfway into the second week of school and so far, so good.
This year, I took special effort in teaching my students a little bit of our school’s history. I thought it would be fun for them to connect what they knew of the school and it’s owners with what they didn’t know. Kinda like filling in the blanks! I told (and, WE wrote) a very short story on how our school began.

I told them how my mother and late father in law began a school in 1966. The school is now called Beatrice Mayes Institute Charter School (BMI) though it began as Wonderland & is now the oldest consistently running private school in Houston. Wonderland began as a private school but in 2001 became a charter. I told my kids that my in-laws were very proud of their school and every child who attended was quite proud, too. It’s always CRAZY funny to me to see the reactions of people I meet or know people who find out I work at the school; their eyes light up and they literally almost start jumping up and down asking about random things that went on at the school when they were there. They’ll start talking about certain teachers (who are STILL at the school) and how they did devotion in the mornings (yes, the kids still stand in the hallway) and how they had to wear white dresses to Coronation Ball (yup… We still do that, too). Their stories are hilarious and it’s really neat to see how many people attended this school. To see how they are apart of my family’s legacy. How proud they are of their educational foundation.

I explained how much of our family work at the school- a teacher, a CFO, an admin assistant. My brother in law is Superintendent, my husband the Chief of Staff. I think it’s neat that after attending BMI, they’ve come back to sow into our kids’ lives. My sister in law joined the Mayes family & became the school’s nurse…. I came along and now I teach….. Before my brother left to coach college football in Colorado, he taught.
After I broke down how everyone is related and connected, I took them on a little mini field trip around the school to “meet” the nurse, Thomas, and Mrs. Mayes! Even though most of the students knew who everyone was, it was different in that they understood how everyone was related to each other and the history of the school. It was funny to hear them tell them about their history. For more reason than one! They enjoyed it!

My family is a family. The best part – we actually like each other. To be apart of a family that works together during the week and still doesn’t mind seeing each other on the weekend is pretty amazing to me. And, to see their children running around and being brought up in such an environment is quite nice, too. Not to mention the fact that they’re incredibly well behaved, polite, and quite sharp!! Lol

As promised, a little info on this….

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I was interviewed, along with another coworker and one of my cheerleaders, for our a piece in our Convocation event. We basically gave our different perspectives on our role at the school and how we push our mission – Expanding minds, building character, and inspiring community action. Convocation went incredibly well – our friends Benjamin and Tamara Floyd of Be Socially Savvy and James and Alysia Roberson of Greater Houston Media Group really helped us present our goals and standards for the new year in an exciting way! We were able to have Seven recite poems that spoke to each of the 3 parts of our mission and an amazing dancer from Urban Souls preformed 3 pieces, as well. After working on the project most of the summer and witnessing it evolve from ideas to paper to real life was incredible. Especially since everything went so well!!!

I am really looking forward to a great year… Excited about having a part in preparing and building children who are well rounded and productive….
Looking forward to continuing to build on this pretty steadfast foundation…

BMI is ranked as top 7% in Texas, we’ve been exemplary, and have such an incredible passing rate for all standardized tests. Proud of the legacy. Proud of my family.

Though we may not always agree on how things should function at the school, we are on always on one accord about prioritizing and serving our children and families.

… Here’s to all of us leaving legacies and making our mark in our little section of the world… To making a difference in the lives of our co-workers, families, and friends.
…. To mattering and making a difference in someone’s life beside our own.

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