In the Eye of the Storm

Hello Friends,

We are continuing our blog post series entitled “In the Eye of the Storm”. If you remember from our previous post, Charlotte had mentioned the three types of personalities that were aboard the ship in the storm with the Apostle Paul. The three personalities were the roper, thrower, and no hoper.

Today we will be discussing about the the “thrower“.

In Acts 27:18-20, in order to prevent the ship from sinking, the crew threw the cargo overboard. The next day they threw the ship’s equipment away and any other things they could think of, that wasn’t necessary for their survival.

“We can disregard things in the panic!” Charlotte Gambill

She points out that the enemy will try to give us suggestions of things or people to throw away during our moment of weakness.

  • Relationships
  • Commitments
  • Confidence
  • Faith

As I was pondering and reflecting on these particular scripture verses, I was led to the Book of Exodus. Before Moses went up to the mountain where God resided, the people exclaimed, “We will do everything the Lord has told us to do.”

Moses stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Moses was getting ready to bring down the Ten Commandments, and God commanded him to quickly go down the mountain because the Israelites were worshiping an idol. The people had lost faith in Moses and in God. They didn’t know what happened to Moses. They panicked and were in fear.

And Arron took the gold, melted it down, and molded and tooled it into the shape of a calf.

The people threw away not a “thing”, but their faith (belief, obedience, and trust) in God!

Have you ever been in a situation that troubled you so much, that you didn’t turned to God and pray? Do you react or respond to difficulties in your life? If you react, you may not be listening to your Spirit. When you respond, you think things out rationally and in a calm manner.

Offense is the tool the enemy will use often to cause chaos, hate, indifference, and division between people. Has a church member or employee ever offended you? Has your spouse or sibling ever offended you?

Do you agree, that your faith might have been shaken? Did you ever make a foolish decision or decisions in the mist of your worry and panic or grief?

Prayer

Father God help us to have humble hearts and always seek you first when trouble storms come in our lives. Give us your strength to carry on. Give us ears to hear, discernment to understand, and wisdom to know and apply your will. May we walk in the Light and not listen to the lies of Satan or fall into any of his devious traps. In Jesus name Amen.

Perfect Time

Welcome Friends to my brand “new ” blog!

Have you ever wanted to do something, but became frustrated or even lost hope, because that certain something, “never” happened?

Do you still have certain goals or dreams you like to accomplish? Or have you let go of them?

“Well, friends I have been there more than once! I can’t begin to tell you how many teacher’s assistants jobs I have had, that never worked out.”

In the summer of 2015, after completing my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, I submitted my FAFSA application to Mont Clair, the college of my choice. I wanted to continue my quest to achieve my Masters in Special Ed. Unfortunately, I didn’t qualify for financial aid. I was crushed! I even researched colleges online, but , I just couldn’t afford the tuition.

Fortunately, I was able to apply for a teacher’s assistant position with a temp agency. This opportunity kept me busy and allowed me to gain more valuable experience working with preschool and elementary students. I also had the opportunity often to work with special needs children. My favorite position was when I worked as a one on one aid.

In the winter of 2016, my husband’s dad passed away. We packed up all of our belongings and moved in with his handicapped mom. We had to stay there and get his mom settled. During that time, I couldn’t temp; so I had to stop working.

We finally moved out in the summer of 2017. Even though I didn’t have the responsibility of caring for his mom, I still couldn’t go back to work. I had to stay home until my daughter got her own car.

During the summer of 2017 I had informed the Scholastic temp agency that I was still interested in participating with their company. I was hoping I could finally be placed in a long- term or permanent position with an elementary school. I wanted a place to belong and have the opportunity to really make a difference in children’s lives.

To my surprise, I received several job offers through the temp staffing agency in the middle of August! I decided to apply for the position closest to me. Before the interview, I assembled all my important papers. I even rehearsed questions that the interviewer may ask me during the interview.

When I arrived at the Special Education supervisor’s office, I sat down expecting to be asked a series of questions. This did not happen. The supervisor looked perplexed when I came in her office. She didn’t even know what position I was applying for. I told her I was applying for the short-term teacher’s assistant position. She informed me, that she just had finished talking to the girl I was to replace. She told me the girl decided to resign, and take care of her ill mother. She asked me if I would be interested in a permanent position at their school. Although, I was in a bit of shock, I told Joyce that I would definitely be interested in the position. She asked for my resume and my test scores. We talked briefly about my experience and she was very pleased I had taken educational exams. She began to discuss my salary. I was thrilled, I was going to make $16.00 an hour. I only had to work five hours. God knew I wanted a permanent position.

Finally, in September of 2018, a dream came true for me. I was so thankful that God had orchestrate every detail up to this point. I worked in a self-contained classroom for a few months with ten third grade students. The class was challenging. I was so glad, when our elementary school switched some of the paraprofessionals around. Now I work primarily in the reading and math resource room. I assist the lead teacher and also I get the opportunity to work one on one with the students.

If you carefully, follow my story, you can see that God was working behind the scenes. He had this perfect position already planned for me. Sometimes we may not see anything going on and you may even be hit with a road block or a delay. I want to encourage you to keep on pursuing your goals and fulfilling your dreams. Ask God to ordain your steps daily. God can open up doors for you, that you might have thought would be very difficult or impossible. God can provide funds for you even if your bank account is low.

Keep believing and be in expectation, you never know when God will move in a mighty way!