Thursday, August 30, 2007

Faithful, faithful, FAITHFUL!

God is so incredibly faithful.

You are looking at the new Art Teacher for Collegium Charter School!

I am so very excited, and nervous...anxious, etc....

But wow, wow, wow! God is amazing.

Grateful...Updates...Thoughts...oh my!

I’m grateful. With everything going on and the things in my life which seem so unsure right now…I am still so grateful. Although it hurts to think about not teaching…if I don’t, I am still blessed to have a job to fall back on. Many people don’t have that option, I do.

I had a job interview yesterday at the charter school. I want that job so bad…but the interview felt just mediocre to me. I think I have tricked myself into always thinking “no job is for me” just because of this past summer of disappointments. That’s so silly! The truth is, I have been asking for God’s best job for me for months and months and months on end. Those other jobs MUST not have been his best FOR ME. I just am silly the way I think. That’s all. I need to trust that when it looks like failure from the outside, really; truly it’s my Lord Jesus saying “Daughter, this just isn’t the one I have for you. Wait. Be patient”. Lately I have been taking it as, “I’m a loser and failure…I’ll never teach”.

I am having another job interview early next week for Ephrata, too, which is now Elementary. I *heart* elementary school kids! I just don’t know…which job is for me? Is either one for me? We’ll see!

So, my sister is heading out to Zambia, Africa this weekend. I am so excited for her because she is going to have such a fun and amazing time. I want to go to Africa someday, and now that my well traveled and well explored sister has been there, she’ll be able to take her little sister there with her! I just pray God’s protection and extra blessing upon the trip, all the people going, and all the people receiving from them. Her blog is:

Check her out, pray for her…

Anyway, life is good, and life is beautiful…but sometimes it’s really hard to see that because everyday “life” stuff stray our eyes. I’m finding that’s been happening to me lately. Recently I had a friend write this to me in an email…and it’s so true:

“It’s really been an encouragement to watch God working in your life. He just keeps plugging along, providing everything you need and really guiding your path. Sometimes I think we (definitely I) get blinded to God working in our lives, so when we see Him in others lives, it makes us re-evaluate our own. Watching God work in your life has a really make me sit back and see all the places where God has worked in mine and I think it really gave me a better appreciation for Him and also to realize that I really need to work on trusting Him more than I already do.”

I’ll leave you with that.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Mind Blown

Well, this is my first real “blog” other than livejournal something like that. I am excited to start blogging! I actually love to write down my thoughts, but doing it on paper just seems so archaic to me, and I’ve never been good at journals as a kid or teenager. So, here it goes.

Let me tell you a little story of a chaotic summer. Well, I graduated from Millersville University on May 12th this summer and felt like every other hopeful new teacher graduate…I was SO getting a job. I knew I was good at teaching, I had great recommendations, I was good in interviews…nothing was stopping me. So, the summer creeped by and I was still job-less. By job-less I mean, I was not hired by a public school to be their art teacher. Yes, I held a job all summer long making decent money at the family business, but, it is not my dream job by any stretch of the imagination. So, not many teaching opportunities came…and the ones that did either faded by or I was interviewed and they just liked someone else better. To much surprise, I was still jobless. Meanwhile, I’m engaged and about to embark on the most life transforming time come August 4th. So, my mind was scattered as you can imagine. Well, my timeline for getting my teaching job in my mind was “If I only have a teaching job by the time of the wedding”. The wedding came, and was AMAZING…but I was still not hired by a district.

Side note: My wedding was the most beautiful and perfect day of my life so far. I didn’t worry at all about a job, or anything. I just enjoyed it and my honeymoon so much. The moment I got home…job search time.

Now, with my field of being a specific ART teacher, it’s not the easiest thing to find a job. So, I decided if I couldn’t teach art, that I would teach anything. I got offered a job to teach pre-school, and I took it. This entire summer has been insane and stressful and my wonderful Godly mother always said to me, “Katie…God is a God of the last minute! Don’t fret…something will come.” She’s been saying this since MAY…no joke. I try to believe it, but most the time reality sets in and I just blow off her comments because I was so used to hearing the same thing over and over again.

So, I was not really content with the pre school job, but I was at least a little bit happy to be teaching SOMETHING, instead of nothing. I never was truly exactly thrilled about it.

I lost hope of teaching art this year K-12. But my mom’s saying kept ringing in my ear…”God’s a God of the last minute!”.

Last Friday I got a call from a school district I’ve been interested in for a while. “Hi Katie, We have a job opening in art and we’d love to talk to you about it”…and THEN today my mom got a call from a friend to tell me that their art teacher quite today and they need someone too. So, I called that school and got an interview there this week!

I have no “job” still other then the pre-school job because I haven’t even had the interviews yet, but God blows my mind! Literally it is the first week of school for BOTH of these districts and they both need teachers now. Talk about LAST MINUTE!

So, I’ll post about how things go and what happens..but two new potentials in one week when I lost all hope?

God rocks.