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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

During the month of July I’ve had the pleasure of joining a few women to read and discuss Elizabeth George’s book, Loving God with All Your Mind.  It’s a decent book that discusses training your thoughts, dealing with worry, trusting God, and living out his plan even in the darkness. I’ve enjoyed the fellowship with other woman and the discussion about these topics but have you ever had the thought, “God why am I reading this right now? Is something about to happen to me?” No sooner had I allowed these thoughts to cross my mind then this week unfolded. Curious?

At this moment my count down is 5 days, 5 hours and 9 minutes until my plane takes off.  It hit me this week that in 2 short weeks I will be a 5th grade teacher, actually teaching students. No more theory, no more practice, no more opportunities to hand a classroom back over to a more experienced teacher. 20 young minds will be placed in my care to be nurtured, loved, challenged, and on an on; talk about pressure on one person! Then I was reminded of a section in the book that focused 4 chapters on Matthew 6:34. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Alright God.  I choose to focus on today and not what next week or even tomorrow holds.  I will live in this moment, with these people, appreciating what a blessing each minute is.  What a continual prayer this has been since Tuesday. Then Wednesday night happened.

As some of you may know, I worked a few weeks for a woman watching her two boys.  From the beginning I had a bad gut feeling about her (a discerning Spirit?), but she was was fine with me only being around for two months and no other employer was. By the end of my time with her I was given two checks only a week and a half apart. Following her instructions as to when the money would be in the account I cashed the checks only for both of them to come back this week stamped with NSF and two $5 bank fees. This news came only hours before I was to embark on my family vacation and 6 days before I leave the country. Sadly, I wish I could say Wednesday night I committed this issue to God and trusted him fully………. I failed.  After a fitful night dreaming of terrible conversations and things that could happen I awoke not ready to handle this situation. How 10 minutes with God in the morning can change so much, is a mystery. I was reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 and the themes of Bible Study and my foreshadowing questions a few days before. This situation did not come to me without going through God first, even more true is that God’s plans for me are good and meant to prosper me!  With this in mind I calmly did what I could, only to find a further web of lies and reach the conclusion she knowingly and willingly wrote me bad checks and I doubt she has any intention of ever paying me. Now it’s 10am Thursday morning and I’m leaving with my family for some precious together time before I leave. What are my options? Dwell on this hurtful, stressful situation? Complain about how unfair I’m being treated? Ask God to make this makes sense to me? No, each day has enough trouble of it’s own right, so why worry about what I can’t change?  Why let it ruin my very little time with family? It wasn’t easy, and I probably quoted Jeremiah 29:11 a hundred times yesterday as thoughts about “what now?” crept into my mind, but what a peace my Savior gives! These last 48 hours have been better than I could have expected and I’m so full of peace about whatever will happen tomorrow as I meet her face to face. I know the truth that my God is good, he is my provider, he is my safety, he is comfort, he is my strength, he is my purpose and I trust Him.

I ask you to pray with me that this will be a continual attitude in all I face in Guadalajara, after all we’re only 5 days and counting!

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Mail Call!

For any of you are interested the following addresses are where I can be reached for the next two year!

The address for letters is:

My name

Lincoln School

5802 Bob Bullock Loop

C1-MX070-329

Laredo, TX 78041-8807

Packages may be sent directly to the street address here in Guadalajara to avoid high import taxes. (Also, for those of you who know the terrible luck I had last fall, if you attempt to send a package just send it through the regular US postal service and it should work.)

The address for packages is:

My name

Lincoln School

Circunvalacion Sur 62

Las Fuentes Zapopan

Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 45070

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So how does this work?

Ok, so I’ve never been one to write blogs, post notes, or participate in anything that publicly announces my thoughts or emotions to the world; so please bare with me as I get comfortable with this site. : )

The purpose of starting this blog is to capture some of my thoughts and emotions while stepping boldly into whatever these next few years hold for me. I also hope family and friends will use this as a tool to stay connected although we are many miles apart.

That is it for now, except to say there are 17 days and counting!

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