Thursday, October 27, 2005

Pain and Praise and Party-On

When I began to write this post, I began describing the pain and discomfort I have been experiencing lately because of a bad back, knee, and ankle. My intent was to turn it all around and demonstrate the awesomeness of God in spite of the problems. However, when I looked over what I had typed, it seems like I was spending more time talking about my problems and less time talking about the Lord. Sooooo, through the magic of word processing technology, I decided to start over.
On Sunday Morning, a time when I am the busiest ministering to a group of children for over an hour (and a group of adults for another hour), I did not need to be slowly hobbling around. And for that morning, God granted me a measure of relief from the pain and stiffness. It's almost as if the Lord knew what I needed before I even asked (wow...God knows what I need before I do--what a neat concept!) Indeed, God is awesome!

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Moving Right Along

September is now tucked firmly away in the history books and our first month of preschool classes is done. As regular readers know, one of my "hats" that I wear is "preschool teacher" for a class of 4 year olds. As I recall in my previous post, I confessed to not feeling quite ready for the start of the new year. Well, I got In fact, I think I may have "over prepped" as I kept running out of time each class session. That's okay...the time was spent getting know each other...what an incredible age!
Not that the first month was without challenges. Mine came the second half of the first week. On Wednesday afternoon, I began feeling icky and achy and hot. By the time I got home, I had a 101 fever. As the evening wore on, I felt worse and worse. My temp hit 103 and my throat was practically swollen shut. It's been a long time since I've been hit this hard with a bug, but it flattened me for the rest of that first week. I did eventually see a doctor and got on antibiotics, but I felt bad that I "tripped" in that very crucial first week of school.
Well, now that the antibiotics have worn off, I think I caught a tiny cold. No fever--hallelujah!--and I don't feel so bad that I can't function. But my throat is again sore and swollen (though not like before). I share this because I ask for your prayers: if you are a Christian and you just happen to be reading this tonight (October 1), I would ask that you pray for me tomorrow morning, as I will be taking a break from my usual Children's Ministries duties to fill the pulpit for our vacationing pastor. I just need my throat and energy to hold out through the morning. If you are reading this after Sunday the 2nd, then join me in praising God for how He blessed!
In other news, I have set my heart toward attending the Anaheim Children's Pastors Conference in January. I have attended two other CPC's (but missed last year's!). I'm busy saving and raising money for the trip, so please pray that, if this is truly God's will, that I manage to gather the neccesary funds before the numerous deadlines.
Next Sunday, I will be teaching an additional adult class at the church. This one will be a 10 week series on cults and isms, to be held on Sunday night. So as long as I don't get my two adult classes mixed up with my children's programs, I'll be fine ("I don't care if you're 43 years old, you need to sit criss cross applesauce!").
That's all for now. Sorry for the delay in writing...I will try to do better.