Tuesday, April 13, 2010


You know those times when you feel really happy? Like when everything just feels right. You almost get tingly, and - if you're like me - you almost cry a little.

I had a lot of those moments today. Fourth grade went on a field trip to Turner Field and the Varsity today. I know - it was as awesome as you think it might be. We went on the field - at least the dirt - and into the dugout. We also saw the locker rooms and went behind the scenes where the radio announcers announce. It was AWESOME - even from the teacher's perspective.

But, before all this, I was really nervous. On our last field trip, I paired up with another teacher and we went everywhere together - we were with each other if there was a problem; we were there if we had a parent problem (you would be surprised!); we basically had "backup."

But this field trip was different. I was by myself. The way we split up the classes required me to be the only teacher with a group of 22 students - and their parents. This scared me. Really. What if something went wrong? What if someone was angry? I can't handle this?!

I prayed and prayed. But not for what I thought I would pray for - please let nothing go wrong, etc. No - I prayed that God would just be with me and provide the ingredients I needed to be successful and capable.

And you know what - I DID IT!

All day it felt like God was hugging me. It was like little moments where all I wanted to do was just lay down and cry because everything was so good. Instead of doing that, I just smiled the whole day and watched as God stood beside me.

I think He might have been smiling!

All of this made me want to drink from His word and find some encouragement:

Obvisously, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as though we ought, but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26

So...two things: God has my back. And He knows what I need.

He has given me the Holy Spirit to translate my thoughts and feelings into pleas and requests. How great is our God??!!

Another verse I thought about today: Do you not know that you are a temple of God...

We're supposed to fill our "temples" with good, right? Do Varsity onion rings count?

Wishing you many hugs from God,