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Time to tell a story…

Today my heart is rested.  Two to three weeks ago when I attempted to start this blog, the word after ‘today my heart is’, would have been heavy.  Now that I am removed from that two to three week period, I can truly say my heart is at rest.

The last time I finished a blog I was embarking on a new adventure.  A journey God brought me to after preparing me for a very long time.  At that time, I thought I had an idea of what I was in for…but I had NO idea. The principalship is a job like NO other.

264 days ago my life changed(and Mike’s.)  Changed for the better.  It has been easy at times and hard at times.  The biggest challenge for me is to find rest and recovery in the midst of chaos.  I guess it is a good thing that my nickname has always been ‘queen of chaos’…that must mean I have this. 😉  Most days I do feel like it but there are others I don’t.

Why am I writing this? Well, God wants us to tell our stories.  I was reminded again today in my devotional of this very fact.  We need to share the ups, the downs, and the got me arounds.  God has definitely pulled me up the mountains, pulled me through the downs, and led me around the chaos with awesomeness being on the other side.

God reminded me when I first started the actual school year, when teachers, students, and parents were finally in the building, that He had me. Citizen Way’s song Bulletproof was playing on my way to school and I knew that would be my song for the year.

Some words from Bulletproof:
No fear no doubt can shoot me down
I got my armor now
No fear no doubt gonna shoot me down
Down, down, down, down
Down, down, down, down

Now I’m bulletproof because of You 
Because of You
And now I’m bulletproof because of You 
Because of You

Your Love made a way
Now I’m not afraid
No matter what the world may say or what they do
I am bulletproof because of You, 
Because of You

 I know You got this whole thing under control
My soul is untouchable because
You’ve already won me
My victory is not in this flesh and bone
It’s in the cross and I know
Nobody’s taking it from me

 I don’t have to fear no more, worry no more
I don’t have to fear no more, worry no more
I don’t have to fear no more, worry no more
I don’t have to fear no more, worry no more

He spoke to me with these words.  He led the way to this job and He would get me through AND He has.  264 days have gone by and I can honestly say, I LOVE my job.  It is the hardest thing I have ever done – but I LOVE my job.

He has been there every step of the way.  He has been by our side as we are still creating a new normal.  One where we falter at times and one where we rejoice at times.  The hours are long but the reward is great.

God always knows how to lift us up when we need it most.  The day two to three weeks ago that I started this blog entry was probably one of the toughest I had had.  I got in my car and drove home as usual.  As I drove home there was a message lingering on my car for me…but I didn’t see it.  It wasn’t until the next day that I noticed it after going for a jog. (Something I am trying so desperately to get back at…the new normal caused me to let it slip away.)

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As I read it, tears came to my eyes.  I had an angel blessing me.  Someone took the time to leave me a message I so needed to read.  God used this person in a mighty way that weekend.  Thank you to whoever you are…I hope you are reading this. 🙂

Rest and recovery – I know the importance of it in my running life…we can keep pushing and pushing but we will never be on our best game unless we REST and recover.  God is showing me a mighty work.  He is allowing others to speak to me.  He is allowing me to fall and learn from those lessons as well as succeed and be pleased with the decisions.  God is so good.

This year is only 8 weeks from being over! Wow! I have survived thus far and will continue to survive…there is a finish line ahead.  This year is all about slow and steady wins the race.  I want to thank everyone for their prayers and their encouragement.  The prayers have been felt daily.  God has shown up every day in a miraculous way.  He has provided God winks to show me He is there and He is still leading.

Where He leads I will follow…

God will show me the path of life. (Psalm 16:11)

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack. (Psalm 23:1)

God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go. He will guide me with His eye. (Psalm 32:8)

My steps are ordered by the Lord. (Psalm 37:23)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I shall hear a word behind me, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever I turn to the right or the left. (Isaiah 30:21)

Thus says the Lord, my Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

The Lord will guide me continually. (Isaiah 58:11)

I desire to do God’s will so I shall know whether it is from God. (John 7:17)

I follow Jesus so I shall not walk in darkness, but I have the light of life. (John 8:12)

I hear Jesus’ voice and He calls me by name and leads me out. Jesus goes before me and I follow him, for I know his voice. I will by no means follow a stranger. (John 10:3-5)

The Spirit of truth has come and He is guiding me into all truth. He will tell me things to come. (John 16:13)

I am led by the Spirit of God for I am a son of God. (Romans 8:14)

It is God Who works in me both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

I let the peace of God rule in my heart. (Colossians 3:15)

I will stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12)

The God of peace will make me complete in every good work to do His will, working in me what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 13:21)

 

Rest and Recovery are great things when God provides Heaven on earth for a home:

 

Grateful and humbled He loves me enough to provide in ALL ways and in ALL circumstances.  God is good all the time!

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Conversations around the dinner table…

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

Forty years ago God planted a seed around the dinner table when I was eight years old.  This was when my mom was appointed as the principal of a K-3 school in my hometown of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and the dinner table conversations started.  During mom’s principalship, my dad started his doctorate in education as well.  He was working on the collegiate level but wanted to move to the K-12 ranks.  After he completed his doctorate we had two principals in the family.

Throughout my elementary, middle, and high school days I had a front row seat to the the highs and lows of an elementary school, a junior high, a high school, and an alternative high school.  I remember asking my parents repeatedly to not talk shop at the dinner table.  But, these conversations prepped my heart and brain so long ago.  At this time a seed was planted, unbeknownst to me.

This is where my training began so very long ago…Training for what? — to be a school teacher, a school counselor, and now a school principal!

As of June 26, 2017 the seed God planted forty years ago is now going to have the chance to bloom. He has been feeding and fertilizing it for a very long time.  I have tried to kill it more than once.  I am a runner…literally…but figuratively I have tried to run from the principalship for many years.  It finally caught up with me and I am so glad it did!

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22.6

Mom and dad led by example all of those years.  I followed their footsteps into education as a teacher.  Once I received my masters in school counseling I decided to keep going and get my administrative certification.  Then I remembered all of those conversations…and I said never mind.  That was over 15 years ago.

Fast forward to the 2007-2008 school year and my move to Dayton, Tennessee.  For those of you who do not know — I moved to Tennessee without a job.  I had NO doubt that God was leading me here to be closer to Mike.  (This is another God story….)  But God had a job waiting on me at Dayton City School.  He literally put it in my lap at a luncheon a month after I moved to Tennessee.  (I can see I will have to write a prequel to finish this story.)  The 2016-2017 school year completed my tenth year at Dayton City School — the job He had waiting on me.

Throughout my tenure are Dayton City School God has been preparing me for this new position. Over the last ten years I have been able to work as the school counselor and physical education teacher. Each of these roles has allowed me to get to know the entire faculty and staff.  What a blessing this journey has turned out to be…

Over the last couple of years I have had a couple of angels. Friends who saw the potential God put in me to be a leader.  They continue to urge me to pursue my administration certificate. Remember — I am a runner. At first I said NO! 🙂  Then I thought more about it and with a little more prompting decided to go for it.  At this point I interviewed with a graduate program in a different county.  Needless to say, it was not the right one. I left the interview feeling very discouraged.  This is when my running instincts kicked in and I said to myself — “I told you so! I am not going to be a principal.”  God had other plans.

The next school year God really started to nudge me again.  The tapping was harder this time.  The godincidences continued to pop up when people would say things to me at different times without knowing others had said it.  Then the tapping became a knock I could not ignore.

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Luke 11.28

This time I had to listen and I should have listened before but it was not the right time — God’s time.  My next step was to contact the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Fall of 2015.  The interview was a breath of fresh air and I knew that UTC was where I need to be and where God wanted me. I started school in January 2016.  The seed was growing.

In April 2016 our school was looking for a new principal due to the fact our current one was retiring.  I interviewed hoping to take the assistant job if it came open. This did not happen.  It was not time. Our school hired two great principals and we started the 2016-2017 school year with new leadership.  During this time, I worked hard and earned my post masters certificate in school leadership in May of 2017.  My schooling provided me with some amazing opportunities to feel God’s hand and know I was on the right track — His track for my life.

Not knowing what God had in store I chose to be still and wait.  During this time I had a conversation with a colleague that I will never forget. This colleague approached me and asked me to make sure I stayed at Dayton City School once I finished my certificate.  I responded with “I don’t want to go anywhere and I know God is the god of the impossible but I don’t see either principal leaving — this is both of their first years.”  Little did I know that our PreK-3rd grade principal would resign on June 5.  (Though she wasn’t with us long — she will be missed.  She decided she wanted to teach again.)  The door that had been closed was now reopening.  God’s perfect timing!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8.28 

To sum it all up — the seed God planted forty years ago is now about to bloom.  I interviewed and accepted the job on Monday.  I started working immediately.  God is so very good.  He knew I need extra time and extra work to be ready for this position to which He has called me.  All of the pruning along the way will make me a better leader. There is NO doubt in my mind that God orchestrated this long ago.  He was waiting on His timing….perfect timing to bring this journey, traced by His mighty hand into bloom.

I am beyond excited to continue what He has started and let Him be my strength.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.  He gave me the best mentors a principal could have in the form of my mom and dad forty-eight years ago.  The training they started in the form of dinner table conversations will now take root in a different form — I will put it into action with God’s power and strength.

And how could I fail to mention the amazing support of my amazing husband who is the main reason I moved here??? Tomorrow we will have been married nine years and he has been right next to me through the home stretch. He supported me through the hard days/nights of graduate school. I am blessed beyond measure to have him support all I do 100%.  We are a great team!

“The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will extol Him.”

Exodus 15.2

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