Bats and Air Conditioning

It seems these days I do a lot of treading water. I move down my daily agenda staying just a step ahead of all there is to do. I’m teaching 362 students. I’m a Chaplain to over 800. I am a graduate school student. I am going through the process of ordination. I am a wife to a supportive teacher and coach. I am a mother to two energetic school-age (read, they have homework every night) boys. I organize the family finances, laundry, food, and cleaning. I am literally treading water every day.

To whom much is given much is required. ~Luke 12:48

I am so blessed to have a job working with children. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to go back to school and pursue my call to ministry. I am so blessed to be married to my amazing and devoted husband. I am so blessed to be a mother and have a family. I am so blessed to have enough money to have bills, to have more than one set of clothes, to have decisions about what food to buy and eat, and to have a beautiful home. I know all of this, but I’m still making it from day to day, trying to find joy in the small moments.

I have been praying for strength to do what is before me, for energy to finish my day as I began it, for perspective to live in the moment, and for wisdom to prioritize my tasks.

God answered with bats and air conditioning.

batThe Monday prior to Columbus Day, my school was closed due to a bat infestation. Today I had to leave work early to meet an AC technician. Who knew? It wasn’t until I was driving home today that I realized these odd occurrences have been a huge blessing to me. They allowed me time to reprioritize tasks, to gain extra moments with my boys, to energize my days with exercise, and to place others before myself.

My God can redeem me through bats and air conditioning. He is truly an amazing and loving God. He speaks in his own time and his own way. And He touches my life and soul!

Praise be to God!!!

Prayer Focus: Those who are overwhelmed.

Make Room

One of the perks of my job as a Chaplain is watching the kids during Chapel services. Eucharists are my favorite. I love to watch them come to the altar. I love to see the variety of expressions and reactions as they receive the body and blood.

Yesterday I was blessed with watching them come to the altar, not once, but twice, for ashes and Eucharist. And I did not offer the chalice; I just enjoyed the view.

Kneeling kids.JPGIt was a beautiful view!

One particular interaction spoke to me. There was a second grader at the end of the line who didn’t have a space to kneel. A fellow classmate, about four from the end, saw her standing behind him. He motioned to her and shifted to make room.

It was a simple action, one of common courtesy, but it made me think. How often do we shift to make room for someone else to get closer to Jesus?  Or rather, how often do we stay firmly planted and block someone else from seeing Jesus more clearly? How often do our actions prevent someone else from receiving the love of Christ?

May we make room for those who seek the love of God!

Prayer Focus: Those seeking a closer relationship with God this Lent.

 

 

Justified

I started reading Romans Chapter 3 this morning and I couldn’t get past the first clause.

Therefore being justified by faith.

I know what comes after it is important, but my heart stopped there.

How many things do I try to be justified by?

ChecklistI rate myself everyday on what I accomplish and what I don’t. Did I make sure my husband and children felt my love before we started our day? Did I get to work on time? Did I say the right things to my colleagues? Did I handle each child and their situation with dignity and respect? Did I use my office time wisely? Did I pray yet today? Did I read the scripture for me, not just for my job? Did I make healthy choices? Did I do everything I should have done before I left work? Did I greet my children and husband with love? Did I make a healthy dinner? Did I take care of the needs of my household, doing laundry, cleaning, budgeting? Did I spend quality time with my boys and husband? Did I? Did I? Did I?

I allow these answers to dictate how I feel about myself. Am I justified as a wife, mother, chaplain, teacher, colleague, daughter, friend? Am I worth anything to anyone?

And then these words, “justified by faith.”

It is a much needed reminder this morning. I am not what I do or don’t do. I am a child of faith. My value comes from my faith in Jesus Christ. And that is what is most important!

May we remember we are justified by our faith!

Prayer Request: Those struggling with self worth.

 

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