I really like this idea of a “Friday Favorites” post. I try to include myself and my voice in all the posts, but this just seems like an easy way to let you into my world. So, here’s take two of five things that stand out this week!
1. Jesus Calling. I have never found words that have spoken so directly to my heart than the ones that God writes through Sarah Young in this little devotional. I read it year after year, and rarely a day goes by that it doesn’t cling to me, or I to it. I think I have given it as a gift over five times to different people because I just want everyone I know to receive the same hope and peace that I have from it. I can go on and on, but I think I’ll let it speak for itself: [taken from today’s and tomorrow’s devotions]
“In closeness to Me, you are safe. In the intimacy of My Presence, you are energized. No matter where you are in the world, you know you belong when you sense My nearness.
“I am your best Friend, as well as your King. Walk hand in hand with Me through your life. Together we will face whatever each day brings: pleasures, hardships, adventures, disappointments. Nothing is wasted when it is shared with me.“
2. Perspective. I’ve mentioned I’m a teacher, but I don’t think I’ve discussed what I actually get to teach. My technical title is AIG Specialist, which means that I work with students performing above grade level [typically in the top 5-10% of their peers.] This job is challenging, but it’s awesome. The content and conversations I can have with them blow my mind. My 4th and 5th graders [I work with kindergarten through 8th grade] are beginning a unit on perspective, linked to the book Wonder. If you haven’t read it, go do that RIGHT NOW. It really challenges a person’s outlook on those around them for the better. Reading in general is good at doing just that, which is one of the many reasons I love it so much. I’ve been using this cute clip to help teach perspective:
3. My Husband. This one counts, right? [And that’s still weird to say!] I mean, I love him every week. But he deserves a shout out once in a while. He’s recently taken on real estate [shameless plug: check him out here!] as if being a full time teacher and coach isn’t enough work on its own. I’m just proud of him, you know? He puts up with my crazy long amounts of time spent on this blog, and constantly encourages this passion. He’s just pretty darn great. [That’s why I married him.]
5. Boone, North Carolina. Otherwise known to me as home. Y’all. This view is real. Now, I don’t quite get to see this exact scene every morning, but not a day goes by without my breath being taken away at least once. Even it it’s from my own front porch. They call this area God’s Country. I think I’d agree with that, wouldn’t you?