Over the 3 1/2 years I have worked in the public school system. Prior to that I had worked with an oilfield company for several years, until I was laid off from the job. I then felt led to go into the public schools to become a teacher. I started out as a substitute teacher and end the last year as a theatre teacher.
This school year has been very rough and was not working out as I expected. I felt as though I was being forced out of the position, due to various events happening in the workplace. At first it was difficult to accept, but then I felt God lead me to stepping out of the public schools.
As of the end of January I had resigned from the position. When I resigned, I did not have a clue as to what I would do next. The only thing I knew for sure was that God would provide the right job, at the right pay, at the right time and that He would provide for all of my needs through it all. I had to trust God for my provision not my job.
My last day working as a public school teacher was on Jan 31. At that point I did not have any job lined up. I did have a couple of job offers, one of which both I and the employer decided it would not be a good match.
On Feb 1st, I had chose to look into the other offer, but when I was driving to the business to go fill out an application, I felt God’s Spirit tell me not to go. It did not make any sense to me, since I was in need of a job, but I knew what God was telling me. As I turned away from that job, I felt God’s peace.
God is leading me to take on a few part-time, flexible jobs, rather than one full time job. I want to work in jobs that directly help people in various ways and will allow me to be a witness to many people. I also want to work a job or jobs that will allow me time to be with my family and raise my children in a Godly way.
Later that same day I received a call from a friend asking if I may be interested in substitute teaching for a teacher in a private Christian school on Friday. I was excited at that potential. My wife and I felt that somehow I need to get into a private Christian school, so I may guide children in learning while growing in Christ Jesus. I told the person I would take it for Friday.
The amazing thing was that the position was as a theatre teacher in an elementary private school. The other amazing thing was that what the previous teacher was teaching the students was exactly the same thing I was teaching in the public school during the months of January and February. I was ready for it. The only difference was that this was in a Christian school, so bringing up the Bible and Bible stories is encouraged and wanted.
At the end of that class day, which ends at noon, the director of the school came to me. She wanted to know if I would be interested in the position for the rest of the semester. They only meet a few more times for this semester, and when they do, it is only one day a week. I knew this was God’s open door for me and I accepted it.
Now I know that this job is not enough in itself to pay my bills for even one month, with all that I will work this semester, but it is where God wants me. It gives me a chance to encourage young children to believe in God and use their talents in theatre for God. It is also the beginning of God providing for all the needs of my family.
One thing that I am learning is that if I am finding my delight in Jesus and desire to follow Him, He will guide my steps. He will help me along the way, even over the rough paths that occur in life.
God can and will supply every need that I and my family may ever have. I may not know how He will supply, but it will be in His way and in His time. I have to remember that He owns it all.
I have to remember that He owns it all. He created this world and everything in it. Everything belongs to Him and He can do with it what He wants, when He wants and how He wants.
God only gives good and perfect gifts. I just need to trust Him.
As I am working on trusting Him with my job situation and provision for my family, I want to encourage you to step out and trust Him also. As you can see by my small testimony, God is providing in miraculous ways. Read through the Bible and see the many times, in many different ways God provided for people. It was not just for priests or kings, but everyday people like you and me.
I hope that this encourages you and builds your faith in God. My God is faithful and will not fail me nor you!
I work as a public school teacher in two different middle schools in our town. At times it can be a lot of fun working with the children and teaching them. However, it can also be extremely challenging when some of those children do not really want to be there and learn.
This school year has proved to be more challenging than last year and has not been going so well for me. My position as a teacher is currently in jeopardy and the district may not renew my contract because of some of the challenges that I have been unable to overcome.
Since this has started to occur, it has been very challenging for me to stay focused correctly. I am praying constantly that God will guide my every step and show me the path I am supposed to take.
This last Thursday was an especially challenging day at my workplace. After work was over, I had went to an awards ceremony for my daughter. During the ceremony my mind kept going back to work and the challenges I was facing. It was overwhelming me and I did not seem able to let it go.
After that ceremony I had to stop at a store to pick up a few things my wife needed. As I was headed to the store I was doing a lot of praying. I was asking God for direction in my situation. As I was praying I felt God say to me, “I’ve got this.” This was not me getting it, but that God has it. He was saying that He has it in control.
God did not tell me what was going to happen, or what to do, just that He has it. I asked God what this means for me, but all He would say was “I’ve got this.” I accepted what He said, then went into the store to get what I needed.
I had picked up the few things that I needed and began to check out. As I finished checking out and paying for the items, a friend of mine came up and tapped me on the shoulder.
He knew about my situation that I was going through and asked me how things were going. Naturally I proceeded to tell him how things were going and that I was really praying for God’s strength, guidance and wisdom in it.
Immediately he said that he is going to pray for me. This was not he was going to pray for me later, it was he wanted to pray right then and there in the store. One of his sons was with him and he told his son right away that they need to pray for me. I am never one to stop someone from praying for me, even in public. I know that God can work through the prayers of others. And God said that were two or three are gathered in His name, He is right there.
He started praying for me. It was not a very long or eloquent prayer, but it was an effective prayer. The one thing that amazed me (though it should not have) was that in his prayer one of the things he said multiple times was that “God, You have got this.” He said that God You have got this no matter what happens, whether I keep my job or lose it. I had not told my friend what God had just told me.
Immediately the peace of God came upon me. God had confirmed His word to me through my friend. It was not just me thinking I heard something, but God revealing that He did tell me that He has this.
Having been a believer most of my life, this is not something that I should need to be told, but I did. I needed to be reminded that God has my life in His hands and will take care of me. God never says it will be easy or fun, or rough and difficult, but that He will be with me through it all.
In your life, you may be going through some situation that is difficult. You may be crying out to God for some relief or answers and God is not saying or seeming to do anything about it. Know that God has it. He knows exactly what is going on. No matter what is happening or is going to happen, it is in God’s control. You have nothing to fear.
I do not know how my situation will end up in the end, but I know that no matter what happens God’s got this.
Rest in His perfect love with me knowing that God’s got this!
This was originally posted on the Sped Homeschool website. My wife, Cammie, wrote this and has been homeschooling for over 20 years and is still homeschooling several children. If you homeschool and have special children in your home, please go to their website. The group has been started to help homeschool parents with children who have special needs at a national level. The organization was originally started in Texas and has now been able to go national.
Have you ever wondered just why spaghetti sauce tastes best when simmered for hours over low heat verses just mixing all the ingredients up as fast as you can? Or why a roast is more tender and juicy when it’s slow cooked on a lower temperature than cooked on high for a shorter time? It has to do with being patient for everything to break down and come together in its own time.
Complex Parts Come Together with Time
It’s the same with homeschooling. We all have different ingredients in the form of employment, family size, level of special needs, appointments, therapies and curriculum. So why do we compare our family with that of another and try to recreate their recipe for success in our own homeschool?
Slow Cooker, Not Instapot
We are in a slow-cooker mama. Homeschooling and parenting go hand in hand and neither are recipes to be put into an Instapot to rush to the end. It’s a long slow journey with amazing rewards, but we need to recognize we are on our own journey and it isn’t going to “taste” like anyone else’s recipe or have the same ingredients.
Differences in Ingredients, Measurements, and Cooking Time
So as you daily add your “ingredients”, carefully measuring and selecting each one, be sure to add a measure of grace and a double portion of love. These two additional ingredients always make the recipe work out better.
Don’t rush, instead savor the smell of the beautiful unique recipe coming together in your homeschool today. You will be glad you did.
Back in 2014, I was laid off from a very well paying job that I had been at for several years. It was devastating to lose the job and was unsure of what to do next. I had lots of experience in many different areas, but was not great at any of them.
Several other challenges were also present in the process of searching for a new job. One was my age, I am not exactly a young person any more. Another was that I have a large family. At the time I had seven children, since then I have been blessed to have eight total…so far.
With the large family and not great skills, it made it very challenging to find a job that would provide for my family. My wife is unable to work, since we homeschool our children. I knocked on many doors, had several interviews, but will still coming up with no job at all. No one was willing to hire me for various reasons, some of which I knew, many of which I had no clue as to why they would not hire me.
Prior to all of this happening, I have worked with children at various levels and was told that I was good with them. I have also been told that I should be a teacher multiple times. I do love to work with children and I also love to teach people.
Around 2003 I did look into becoming a teacher, but did not have the required degree at the time. That option was not open to me at that time. Since then I did finish out my schooling and received a bachelor’s degree.
A couple of months after being laid off, a friend of mine called me up saying he heard I was searching for a job. He worked at the district level of a local school district. He told me he wanted me to be a teacher in his school district. He told me to get hired as a substitute and then how to proceed to get my alternate certification as a teacher.
After praying about it, I felt that was what God wanted me to do. I was immediately hired as a substitute teacher for the district. Each day I would sub in different schools for different teachers of all grades. The more I did it, the more I enjoyed working with the children. The challenge was that the pay was still very low, making it difficult to support my family’s needs. God was faithful during this time to meet all of those needs in His way.
About 5 months later, one of the schools (which by God’s favor was my favorite), asked me to become their permanent substitute teacher. It did raise the pay some and provided very secure paychecks. The biggest challenge was that when there was no school, there was no pay either.
Last year, I was able to take the certification tests for core subjects and pass them. This was after a lot of studying and tears, remember I am no longer a young man.
Once I passed those tests, I started to apply for a teaching job. I had several interviews, but nothing would open up. I was not really positive that I wanted to teach any of these subjects, especially with the pressure on teachers to get the children to succeed. Yet, that was all I could see open before me and God had not pointed me in any other direction.
My wife and I often prayed if maybe I was supposed to go down another road, but God kept all other doors closed. I did not have a peace about anything else. And nothing else really presented itself. During this time, I often questioned myself as to whether I had heard from God clearly or not, but I know that I did and was unable to turn to a different path.
This school year presented a new path for me in the school I was at. About three weeks into the school year, I was placed in a Theatre classroom and told I would do all the teaching. I was given the lesson plans on what to teach and how to teach it.
I was game to do it, because I am willing to try anything. But I had no real clue as to how to teach theater. I had been in many plays (years ago), but had never taken or given a drama class at all. I questioned on what and how to do it.
Two weeks into it, the principle asked me if I was certified to teach theater. I told her I was not. She said I needed to be, because several parent’s liked what I was doing and wanted me as the permanent teacher. The other teacher was being removed. She then told me I was to do all the grading, lesson planning, parent-teacher conferences and anything else needed.
I was actually having fun working with the students. It was scary to start lesson planning because I still did not really know what I was doing. Over the time I have learned a lot about lesson planning and teaching theater. I am still learning, but I have having fun at it.
I am also able to be a witness for God to the students in the school. One of the things that I really enjoy being able to do is control what plays are being done. I can have them do plays that are in line with the ways of God.
I began to work on getting certified in theater. It was a very tough test. There were a lot of things I had to know that I had never even heard of before. I took the test in December, 2016 and failed by several points. I retook the test in Feb of this year and was able to pass it.
Almost immediately after passing the Theatre Teacher Certification Test I was hired as the full teacher for the class. I am still learning a lot in how to teach the students, but I am enjoying it.
One of the things that I realized in teaching theater is that I do not have to be concerned about the students having to pass the STAAR test. That is a Texas test to determine if the students are learning or not. It is a rigorous test that challenges every teacher with students who have to take it. This test is only for the core subjects classes.
Even though it took several years to get to where I now am, I am very glad that I trusted God. I had originally thought I would be teaching a core subject. God had other plans. He gave me something that was better.
Not only do I love acting, I have a son who is very active in acting, even as an adult. It made a great connection with my son in doing this.
God has blessed my family and myself in this field.
I want to encourage everyone to trust God’s plan for your life. Wait on Him for His blessing and walk the path He has for you. It will be worth it.
There were times I was scared and questioned God, but in the end it was worth it. God provided all along the way in miraculous ways. It will be worth it for you also.
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9
Finding guidance in just about anything is easy to find. A person can go through a bookstore and see how many self-help books there are to guide him on how to do nearly anything. Searching on U-Tube will even find more guidance on how to do many things, from how to draw a simple picture, to how to rebuild an engine on a vehicle and more.
Getting guidance on the ways of God is not so easy to find. People will search out other people to find out how God does things or how to live for God better. Christian bookstores are filled with books on how to live a Christian life and how to live for God.
All of these ways of getting guidance on the ways of God is fair, but the best source is from God Himself.
There is a method though to getting God’s guidance in His ways–a person must be humble. People like to think of themselves and being in control of their lives and always knowing what is best. It is not just the teenagers who think they know what is the best way to do something, many adults do so also.
Being humble means that you realize you cannot do it and need help. You know that you are not capable of living life correctly for God in yourself. You cannot find the self-help on your own. You need God.
Letting go of your own life and allowing God to guide you will allow God to teach you His ways. If you think and act like you know everything, God will let you go your own way. If you humble yourself and let God have control, He will guide you and teach you His ways.
God can open up your spiritual eyes as you read the Bible to see and understand how you are to live for God, but you must be willing to be taught. Do not be a know-it-all. Only God knows everything.
Allow God to teach you His ways and see what He can do in and through you.
I pray today that God will give you a hunger for His word; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will humble yourself before God; and that you will hear God’s instructions on how to live for Him.
Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? Job 28:20
The author of Job starts out this chapter talking about how man can dig down into the earth and discover many different things that animals will never find. Two things cannot be found by looking for them: wisdom and understanding. Neither of these can be bought, so the question is where do they dwell? How can a person find these things?
It has been said that understanding is knowing about something, and wisdom is knowing the best way to use that understanding or knowledge that one has.
In most places in the world, people look for understanding through schooling. They go to others for information to have a better understanding on some subject. Teachers can give a lot of information about a subject, but at times that information will just go over the head of the student. Understanding the subject comes from somewhere else, besides just words from a teacher or a textbook.
Thousands of people go to college, get their degree, but cannot properly utilize what they have learned in the real world. Their information is just book knowledge. They still do not have wisdom.
In other parts of the world, people look into self-meditation to find wisdom. It is believed to be void of all feelings and study the teachings of others will bring about great wisdom.
While these things can give some insight into various subjects, there is a level of understanding and wisdom that is missed. Everything being learned is what is coming from another person. Every person is limited in his knowledge and wisdom.
People are finite. They are confined to one place, at one time, in a extremely brief period in history. In light of the entire history of the world, even someone who lives to be one hundred years old, has only been around for a short amount of time.
With this in mind, man’s information is very limited. His wisdom and understanding is very faulty at best.
True understanding and wisdom must come from somewhere else. It has to come from God. He is the only one who has been around for all eternity and knows everything perfectly.
Seek understanding and wisdom from God. Go to God to get what you need and are searching for. It will not be faulty.
I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will seek wisdom and understanding from God; and that you will not allow yourself to be led astray with faulty wisdom of this world.