Category Archives: Faith

To My Prior Students

Today, I sit at the bus stop wondering about my prior students.  I wonder how they are doing today.  Are they married?  Do they have children?  Are they working?  Are they happy?  Were they able to reach their dreams?  Are they believers?  As I ponder these questions, flashes of my students faces I see.  I see those students I taught during student teaching in Mrs. Sandra White’s class at Moscow Elementary School in Moscow, PA, the 5th grade students at Coolbaugh Elementary in Tobyhanna, PA, my third grade students at McDonald Elementary in Seffner Florida, the 7th grade learning support students I taught at Northern Lehigh in Slatington, PA, the 4th grade learning support students I taught at DeFranco Elementary school in Bangor, PA, and the 7th grade learning support students I taught at North Middle School in Bethlehem, PA.

I can only hope that I left a positive impact on these wonderful students.   Despite a select few giving me a run for my money, overall I was blessed with wonderful students at each of the schools I taught.  The challenging ones were God’s way to make me grow and stretch.  Though at the time, I did not understand that.  Thank you to those that helped me grow as a person.

I had the support of wonderful aides at the schools that I taught special education.  They were amazing ladies who loved the students as their own.  Most, had absolutely positive attitudes daily.  I did not truly understand being a teacher until I became a parent.   At times, I wish that I had seen my students the way God saw them.  I wish I had seen them through a parent’s eyes.  When you are in your early twenties and not have experienced motherhood that can be a difficult task.  I did my best to show kindness to you all especially the ones who seemed pushed aside like an outcast.  My students,  I wish I had the opportunity to talk to you about God.  That was not permitted in the public schools.

My prayer for my prior students is this:  Dear Lord, watch over those that you have blessed and allowed me to teach.  Keep them same from harm.  Help keep them strong and healthy.  Bless them with healthy, offspring.  Draw them closer to you God if they stray.  Help them become the men and women you have meant for them to be.  Jesus, let them be a blessing to others.  Most importantly, let them know you are always with them and you give them unconditional love!  In Jesus name I pray! Amen!

I have faith in God that he is taking good care of my prior students and holding them when they need assistance.  We serve an awesome God!

We are Worthy

Too often as Moms we forget who we are. Yes I said it we forget who we really are.  The real Sarah has gotten lost in between changing diapers, night wakings, grocery shopping, making meals, cleanup, laundry, bills, being a taxi, homework tutor, and the list goes on and on.  At times, I am unsure who the real Sarah is anymore.  I catch a glimpse of her when I sneak out with a girlfriend kid free.  During these times, I forget how to act.

I forgot that it is perfectly fine to still have dreams of my own.  It is fine to actually pursue some of those dreams while raising a family.  My quest is to manage my time wisely so I can complete everything that is required of me and make time to follow my dreams of owning my own business.  Yes, my husband and I have a successful business but he runs that business.  It was a business that we ran together in the beginning and then I handed it over to him while I was pregnant with our second daughter.  I am in charge of paying the bills and taxes.  Selling other companies products on Ebay and Amazon is his passion.  I am talking about my own business(es) that I will run.  I am working on private labeling products to sell on Amazon and then eventually selling them on my own website.  Also, I am working on selling essential oils since I love using them in my life.  I am trying to build a team to work with me sharing and teaching about the benefits of essential oils.

Like any good student, I have been going through a program to learn what I need to do.  My biggest challenges are the confidence in myself and the networking.  If you really know me you would know that I struggle with phone conversations.  If I know you, I can talk to you for along time.  Making those calls to people I have not talked to in a long time or barely know, may be a challenge.  Striking up a conversation with a total stranger for me, can be extremely difficult.

I have always struggled with my self esteem since I was a child.  To this day, I still struggle with it.  I am unsure why I have these silly feelings.  Truly it is I letting the devil in.  If I remember who I am, a daughter of God, then I will know who I am.  I am loved, valuable, and I have a purpose on this Earth.  At times, it is easy to let doubt sneak in.  I need to literally look myself in the mirror and say, “You are worthy! You are loved, and needed!  You can accomplish your goals and dreams.  God is standing next to you cheering you on!  You can do this!”  I pray about it several times a day as doubt creeps in.

I can do anything if I put my mind to it!  I will put my doubts to the side!  I have the creator on my side.  Honestly, if I doubt myself than I am doubting God since He created me.  I must stop slapping God in the face like that.  With God’s help, I will succeed! It is time to focus on the gift(s) He gave me.  I will refer and reread the following verses:

Phillipians 4:13 (ESV) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. 

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Isaiah 49:10 (ESV) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Deuteronomy 8:18 (ESV) You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

John 16:33 (ESV) I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Jeremiah 17:7 (ESV) “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.

James 1:17 (ESV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

 

Keeping the Faith

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Sometimes it is hard to keep the faith with the terrible stories in this world.  I struggle when a nonbeliever or partial believer asks me questions like: Why does God allow bad things to happen?  Where was God in this situation?  Why did everyone praying not make a difference in this particular situation?  I was asked all these questions this past weekend because a 5 year old child who has Autism and is nonverbal left his great-Aunt’s house and ended up drowning in the canal.  This whole situation is absolutely heartbreaking to me.  My heart breaks for the family, friends, and the community.  Unfortunately, roaming is a common thing that some people who have autism and are nonverbal do.  Some things I said about this situation was:  “God has a purpose and some good will come from this.”  “This child will be singing and praising God in Heaven.”  “This is the beginning of eternal peace in Heaven with God.”  “God needed this child now – his purpose was complete.”  “The community really rallied together to find the little boy and that is what community is about.”  “Sometimes God answers our prayers but just not in the way he had hoped for.”  Yet all these comments do not seem enough to help explain why something like this is allowed to happen.  I cannot begin to explain why God allows tragedies to happen and it is hard to explain to others.

Thank You Veterans

Dear Veterans and their Families,

Thank you for everything that you do.  I thank you for the sacrifices that your families and you have made and continue to make for us!  Without our brave veterans and those still serving, we would not live in this wonderful free country.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

God is always Near —— Never Once by Matt Redman

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Sometimes, life is hard.  I do not know what battle you face today – health issues, loss of loved one, struggling marriage, childless, struggling with family members or your children etc., God is ALWAYS with us!  God never lets us walk alone.  He is always there for us and his strength can get us through ANYTHING that we face.   He is faithful and He delivers what he promises in the Bible.  God can be trusted and relied upon.  If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!  Be blessed by these words today my dear siblings through Christ!

In Your Hands – Unspoken

Yes there is nothing that we cannot leave in the hands of our Almighty Father!   We can trust God with everything.  He is always there for us. Always! Always! Always!  This is a beautiful song that reminds us that He is a caring God.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/unspoken/inyourhands.html

“In Your Hands”

The dawn is breaking and I can hear Your whisper in the breeze
The world is waking and I am here to meet You on my knees
When I’m with You my soul finds rest
Cause I can leave it in Your hands

The day keeps coming pulling me a different million ways
I’m always running but never seem to catch the things I chase
When I’m with You my soul finds rest
Cause I can leave it in Your hands

Every sorrow, I leave it in Your hands
Every sickness, I leave it in Your hands
All my failures, I leave them in Your hands
Amen, I leave it in Your hands

So I am laying the weight of all these burdens at Your feet
No more waiting, cause You’ve already won my victories
In Jesus my soul finds rest
Cause I can leave it in Your hands

Every promise, I leave it in Your hands
Every healing, I leave it in Your hands
And my future, I leave it in Your hands
Amen, I can leave it in Your hands

It’s Your hands that form the mountains
Your hands set boundaries for the seas
And in Your hands You hold tomorrow
The same hands that took the nails for me

Every sorrow, I leave it in Your hands
Every sickness, I leave it in Your hands
All my failures, I leave them in Your hands
Amen, I can leave it in Your hands

Every promise, I leave it in Your hands
Every healing, I leave it in Your hands
And my future, I leave it in Your hands
Amen, I can leave it in Your hands
I can leave it in Your hands

Pray Like No One is Watching

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On If Equip, they have started talking about Hannah today.  She has dealt with years of being barren.  What makes this even harder for her is that Penninah’s fertility is flaunted in front of her over and over.  This deepens Hannah’s sadness about her wanting her own children.  Hannah prays vigorously in the temple.  I imagine her on her knees, possibly crying, arms outwardly reaching up towards God, and she is saying her prayer with no words coming out of her mouth.  Hannah is praying for a son.  Her prayer is, Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”   Eli, the priest thinks she is drunk.  As he gets closer he realizes this is not the case.   Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”  God blesses Hannah with a son who she names Samuel.  Once he is weaned, Hannah brought Samuel back to Eli and gave him to the Lord as she has promised.

After reading this, I was pondering about praying like no one is watching.  Prayer when it is just a person pouring their thoughts to God can be individually.  However, there are times when people prayer in groups together.  I have been on my knees, tears rolling down my face, hands raised to God, asking for assistance or thanking Him for his help.  But what would that look like if I did this in public not just in my war room/ prayer room?  What if I began to pray like this on my front porch, at church, at a MOPS meeting, what affect might it have on someone else?  I should not let other people’s opinions about me praying get in the way of me praying to my God.  This is just something to think about.  What are your thoughts?

“Cinderella”

I hear this song all the time on 99.1 FM.  I thought it was so beautiful.  I never knew the story behind it.  On May 21, 2008, Stephen Curtis Chapman along with his wife Mary Beth lost their five year old daughter Maria Sue.  She had been hit and run over by a car.  Shortly, after the accident he released this song, a tribute to Maria Sue.

Here are the lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/cinderella-lyrics-steven-curtis-chapman.html

She spins and she sways to whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And he’s sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on his shoulders

It’s been a long day and there’s still work to do
She’s pulling at him saying, “Dad, I need you
There’s a ball at the castle and I’ve been invited
And I need to practice my dancing, oh please, daddy, please”

So he’ll dance with Cinderella while she is here in his arms
‘Cause he know something the prince never knew
Oh, he’ll dance with Cinderella, he don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight and she’ll be gone

She says he’s a nice guy and he’ll be impressed
She wants to know if he’ll approve of the dress
She says, “Dad the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing, oh please, daddy, please”

So he’ll dance with Cinderella while she is here in his arms
‘Cause he know something the prince never knew
Oh, he’ll dance with Cinderella, he don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight and she’ll be gone
She will be gone

But she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
And I need to practice my dancing, oh please, daddy, please”

So he’ll dance with Cinderella while she is here in his arms
‘Cause he know something the prince never knew
Oh, he’ll dance with Cinderella, he don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight and she’ll be gone

Purity Ball

I am reading and thoroughly enjoying Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson. In Chapter 11 Cinderella at the Ball, he discusses a Purity Ball. This is totally foreign to me as I have never heard of it. Randy Wilson is the founder of the concept of the Purity Ball. “The Father Daughter Purity Ball is a memorable ceremony for fathers to sign commitments to be responsible men of integrity in all areas of purity. The commitment also includes their vow to protect their daughters in their choices for purity. The daughters silently commit to live pure lives before God through the symbol of laying down a white rose at the cross. Because we cherish our daughters as regal princesses – for 1 Peter 3:4 says they are “precious in the sight of God” – we want to treat them as royalty.”

At a Purity Ball, a young lady can have her father, grandfather, uncle, step-father, neighbor or any other man in her life who will commit to taking on the responsibility of helping her stay pure. Participants partake in dancing with their escorts. The males read a covenant over their daughters. “I choose before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the areas of purity. I will be pure in my own life as a man, husband, and father. I will be a man of integrity and accountability as I lead, guide, and pray over my daughter and family as the high priest of the home. And this covering will be used by God to influence generations to come.” The fathers sign the covenant and the daughters sign it as witnesses. The fathers present swords at the cross to show the determination to protect their daughters. Then both daughters and fathers kneel, and the girls lay a white rose under the cross symbolizing their commitment to stay pure before God. Microphones are setup so that fathers can bless their daughters and daughters can bless their fathers.

This night, is a way to reestablish the father-daughter relationship. He discussed how a woman in her forties who had a broken relationship with her father asked him to escort her. Her father asked for her forgiveness and they have since reestablished a relationship as daughter and father. This to me is so beautiful and it must be so powerful to witness. It really is never too late to have a broken relationship healed.

I do not know any girl/woman who would not desire their fathers to make them feel special, loved, cherished, and worthy. This event gives men an opportunity to achieve that. If fathers treat their girls as young ladies / princesses, then the girls have a better chance of growing up acting like young ladies. They might be apt to make decisions in their future to protect their purity.

Sometimes you just have to ask

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Sometimes you just have to ask people the hard questions.  I just found out today that a distant relative had been assuming about feelings I had toward the individual.  The individual had thought that I looked down on him.  He thought I was upset about something he did to another family member.  I had not known what he did and I do not judge him for it.  No one is perfect and we all make poor decisions sometimes.  Luckily we have an Almighty Father that gives us grace and loves us unconditional.  On the contrary, I recognize his sweet, compassionate spirit.  Does he have issues with some things?  Maybe but who does not have some kind of issue? I am hoping that he realizes that he is accepted and loved not only by me but by Jesus. Praying he can see himself as God sees him.