Saturday, December 31, 2011

From Everlasting to Everlasting

313. a really great sermon tonight on Psalm 190
314. a new church where I can be a part of a community and grow and learn (and experience grace and learn to show grace and make mistakes and grow and be)
315. conversations with other women, young and old, who teach me and show me more about Christ
316. a very encouraging conversation with Nikki tonight...she is also teaching 3 different grades of literature at a classical school, and I could really identify with her struggles and joys (and she with mine). We have such similar personalities and similar jobs that it is very refreshing (and reassuring!) to hear her perspective.
317. a trip home for Christmas...to see my immediate family, my church family (Faith Bible Fellowship was like a big reunion--for me anyway--on Christmas day...Heather and Corey were there, Jessica, Laura, and so many other dear faces), some extended family, and just to take some "mandatory" time away from the routine of work.
318. a really good year...lots of lessons and mistakes, and a greater understanding of grace, and some really great times as well (moving up to teach in the Upper School, becoming a part of a new community, cultivating some new friendships, good times spent with old friends, a trip out west, finishing my MA--finally!, some more relaxed time this summer spent with my family, and overall a blessed and full year).
319. laughter...at myself and often with my students. (When I was in Richmond for Thanksgiving, Cristy and I were exchanging teaching stories. I told her that my students often make me laugh, and that I actually had to tell them that they could only make me laugh for the right reasons--it has to relate to the literature we are discussing--and she said, "Be thankful for any opportunity to laugh--it is a blessing!" I am very, very blessed indeed, for I frequently laugh with my students.
320. a new year and the promises and prayers in Psalm 90: "from everlasting to everlasting you are God"; "Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days"; "Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!"

Friday, December 23, 2011

"All times are his seasons"

"He brought light out of darkness, not out of a lesser light; he can bring thy summer out of winter, though thou have no spring, though in the ways of fortune, or understanding, or conscience, thou have been benighted till now, wintered and frozen, clouded and eclipsed, damped and benumbed, smothered and stupefied till now, now God comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day, not as in the bud of the spring, but as the sun at noon to illustrate all shadows, As the sheaves in harvest to fill all penuries, all occasions invite his mercies, And all times are his seasons."
--John Donne, Christmas day sermon, 1624

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Bone broth

301. a big pot of chicken and vegetable soup in the fridge (thankfully homemade stock is pretty much fool-proof and adds SO much!)
302. bone broth in the crock pot (so medicinal--and I am determined not to get sick again)
303. a long walk on a brisk Saturday afternoon when I needed a break from grading and prepping
304. reading Upper School senior theses and working so closely with students on their writing (and learning from their topics!) ;)
305. Christmas tinsel and white lights lining the stairway
306. conversations with roommates
307. Kaitlyn and Kory coming for a quick visit last weekend (saw "Romeo and Juliet" at LU with my students and me)--Kaitlyn can drive!!
308. a boss who is so thoughtful and caring when I am sick (even asked if I needed to take another sick day!) and other teachers who cover my classes for me (silly stomach bug)
309. new sweaters in the middle of December
310. Stacey's beautiful example of friendship to Laura during this time--I wish I could be there and had more time to give!
311. an honest and encouraging conversation with Marion over a glass of wine
312. bedtime and sleep--and the acceptance of its necessity, even when I don't feel as though I have accomplished enough (Psalm 127:2 anyone?)