A New Beginning

 

Today is my last day of summer.  It seems as though it has gone by so fast and I am wondering how did that happen.  I am a teacher and tomorrow is our first day of school.  I have spent the last few weeks preparing my classroom and more importantly preparing my heart.  I am blessed to be able to share my love for Jesus with the little ones that walk through my classroom door.  As I was putting the finishing touches on my classroom, I was a reminded of new beginnings.  Tomorrow is a new beginning for the school year that is anticipated with all the wonders of what will we learn and how will we flourish and grow.  But if you think about it, each day is a new beginning.  Every day God’s mercies and love is new for us and we have the opportunity to grow and flourish in our hearts.  Will there be tough days?  Yes, just like at school!  Will there be days of adventure?  Yes, just like at school.  Will there be seasons of growing?  Yes, just as I want that for my students.  No matter what happens today, tomorrow is a new beginning and that is something I am going to share with my kiddos.  We all need new beginnings and there is nothing like right now to start.

Blessings,

Tammy

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Rest

I have been off the grid for a bit of rest.  I am teacher and while I love it, by May I am ready for downtime to refresh, reflect, and rest.  I am a Texas girl planted in Nebraska and this past week I went home to visit family, hear the beach, and just allow my soul to breathe.  I am one who needs to allow my soul to clear and just be.  I love the ocean.  I am amazed at how when I stand at the edge of the shore, I am reminded that God is so much bigger than I can imagine and I am small.  It is here that I hear His voice and my soul quiets and breathes in the quiet around me.  It is where I find true rest.  Rest for me is taking time to hear my own heartbeat and process what has gone through my heart and declutter it.  We are not meant to be so busy that we forget to allow our soul and hearts to have quiet.  I believe some are afraid of the quiet and what their hearts might reveal to them.  But we can not refocus and serve God without this time.  I don’t live near a beach, but I have never forgotten the sound of the ocean waves.  Each week I go off grid to allow my soul to rest for the upcoming week ahead.  It was hard at first to do this.  I found myself distracted, but over time God has led this time of rest and I find my focus is refreshed.  I am a better wife, mother, teacher, etc because I have spent time in the quiet.  Going home this past week just reminded me that rest and respite are good for us and while I was sad to leave, I felt good and ready to take on what God has in mind for me.  My sweet friends, take some for you.  Have a cup of sweet tea, watch that sunset, go off grid for a bit, I promise the world will not stop and you will be rested and refreshed.

Blessings,

Tammy

An Open Heart

I love taking walks away from the noise.  Somehow it makes me feel like it is just me and God strolling quietly.  Sometimes we come to a crossroad in our lives, or something throws us a curve and we allow fear to rule over our hearts. The fact is there will always be change in our lives, and we can choose  to let fear rule or lay the fear at God’s feet and allow Him to bring us through the change.  It is hard to lay our hearts open like that and be vulnerable to God.  But God wants us as we are and our whole hearts.  This week I have had to remind myself that God loves me and I can rely and trust Him with my heart even the stuff that brings me fear of change or getting out of my comfort zone.  It has meant time on my knees, and be transparent with my heart in my prayers to God.  I am a routine type of girl and change is not my cup of tea, but today I realized worrying about the road ahead doesn’t solve anything and brings only anxiety and fear.  Worry hasn’t added anything to my life and so I finally said it is yours Lord.  Give me peace in my heart so my joy is not stolen because I have allowed things of the world to capture me.  We have a God who pursues us and loves us.  He is walking with us daily and we only need be still to hear His whispers.  That is a comfort to me in those moments when I feel I can’t breathe.  Have an open heart and experience what only God can give us.

Blessings,

Tammy