When I read a blog, genuineness is appreciated. It doesn't have to be too personal, but sincerity is a must, don't you think? Well, this week was a little tougher than the last few, as I still look for peace in "singleness." It's definitely not always easy. That seems to be my biggest hurdle to peace, but I know there will be changes in me. And blessings from God.
Do we all go through times of "aloneness" where we feel like we are just on our own? Times where we become very humbled and realize just how many friends we have and how much love is really all around us? Probably.
There weren't huge blessings this week, but that doesn't mean there weren't a lot. I'm realizing that they are all around us, and that I want to acknowledge them more and more.
Really, we all have things going on in our lives that no one really knows about: doubts, hurts, joys, relief and longings. But that's why all blessings are so meaningful. I am blessed in many ways: students giving me laughs, plus their enthusiasm for life and learning, hugs and gifts from parents, and talks with coworkers. This week I also heard from two Wisconsin teachers who saw my box project workshop and are now doing the project in their classrooms (how cool is that?!). A new friend is thinking about becoming a teacher, and she will be visiting my classroom this coming Tuesday. I will also be able to ask some of my former students to help with the box project as I run it for UWM's College for Kids this summer.
And one more, with a prayer request: I will be running the box project this Monday night, in Racine, for Youth for Christ's young men's group. This is a group of middle and high schoolers who could use some guidance and inspiration. I'm hoping to take my heart for teaching & connecting with kids, and for this crazy cool box project, to help these young men see that they have potential and can have success, by starting with a cube and then reaching to make a basketball court box (since they all love hoops). See the photo below for the inspiration for that - a box made from one long piece of paper by my current student Alaina.
As you can probably tell, talking with and listening to God this week has been a challenge. My faith has been tested, but it is being refined and made deeper. And I am still very grateful for God working in my life and in me. I hope you can feel His presence, and I hope my words can be of some comfort wherever you may be. Blessings to you all.