Holy Moly. I've never appreciated a 3 day weekend quite like this one. My life has been pure craziness for the past 3 weeks or so and it feels so good to just BE for a day or two. I really am loving 3rd grade and I feel like God is using me there but I'm starting ALL OVER AGAIN. Tough stuff. I'm not complaining, just saying. =)
Wednesday night our church had a Back to School prayer night. We typically do not have church on Wednesday since the focus is more on small groups but they wanted to kick off the school year with some worship and prayer. It was so amazing. It was so good to take a time out from the craziness (although both Chris and I were TOTALLY drained) and spend some time with God. He really put some new things in my heart. I've been so stressed out with all the change that I haven't really been focusing on praying for each of the kids. So on Thursday and Friday morning, I prayed over my class. Not necessarily for their education (although I think that's incredibly important) but over their character. Over situations that I know are struggles for them. For example, a child in my class lost his father last year to cancer. I can't even imagine how devastating and life changing that would be. So I prayed over that situation. I prayed that God would give me the words to say to help his heart heal. That he would feel comfortable enough to open up to me if he's hurting. That God would do a work in him that would be nothing short of a miracle. When I got to school in morning, I did my regular routine-check the folders. I opened up his and saw that he joined the UIL group that I'm leading. Tears immediately filled my eyes. I know that God is putting him there to use me. EXACTLY what I prayed for. I love a good God story! He is so faithful.