Monday, October 1, 2007

A little journaling and more pictures

I have the privilege of directing our 4th grade children's choir at church. Children's choir is very special to our family and I'm so glad God saw fit to allow me to serve this year. That being said, Sunday's rehearsal was....challenging to say the least. I walked out feeling pretty defeated, honestly I felt like I just wanted to crawl up in the fetal position and cry. Don't get me wrong, I love these kids. They are sharp and catch on so quickly, but yesterday they were wound up and not at all interested in focusing on the task at hand. You would have thought it was the week before Christmas break!! By the end of rehearsal, I felt so beat up and as if the whole hour had been wasted. Who knows if they will retain anything we learned!!

When I see these children, I see future worship leaders, orchestra members, teachers..... the time we have each week with these kids is an investment in their spiritual life. Maybe I'm just all sentimental because I've been writing to the people who impacted my life, but I want to pour into these children the way a precious few poured into me.

I started this Monday morning feeling exhausted, and a little defeated. This afternoon a good friend e-mailed some much needed encouragement. Obviously they had been nudged by the Lord because it was just what this weary heart needed.

I love it when God does things like that!

Okay here are a few more photos.

These pictures were taken at the Pumpkin Patch playground on Signal Mountain. This is my Dad and I playing on the zip line. We had as much fun on this as the kids did.


jenmom said...

Hey Steph! It's Jennifer. Hope your week with family was great. I can't wait to go back home and see my family in December.
Just remember when we are working with children and youth, they are retaining more than we think they are at times.
I ended the day Monday feeling a little weary and worn out! On the phone all day with people not doing their jobs! I just prayed on the way to pick Cecily up from school asking God to move some mountains for me!
I also discovered some treasures in Isaish chapter 54 yesterday! I studied a little further using Matthew Henry's commentary to make sure these were promises all believers can claim or if they were meant just for the nation of Israel. From what I studied we can claim them as well!!!
Have a great week.....

Leigh Gray said...

i love your dad and have never met him!! just precious!!


The Small Scribbler said...

The Pumpkin Patch! I don't know if I can show this to the kids. They will want to hop in the car and drive through the night to get there. How fun!

How well I know the feeling of teaching to a squirmy group of children! I'm sure somebody learned something. Maybe God's lesson plan was different than your own. There's always next week.