Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 162...Grateful for the Inner Battle....

We read in the Bible about the battle between flesh and Spirit. Today I'm grateful for the battle. Lately, I have been so focused on getting things done, or enjoying time just sitting watching TV, or reading through Kindle books, or something like that. And unfortunately my time in the Word has diminished and become not-quite the same priority that it used to be. I hate it. I go to bed each night regretting that I didn't start my day in the Word and thinking that I'll start again tomorrow. Ugh....

I feel like Paul..."For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me." (Romans 7:15-20)

However, I'm grateful for that inner battle...with the struggle, I know that the Spirit in me in still struggling. As a pastor once said, "I only fear the day that the Lord removes His hand from me..." meaning...I want the Lord to continue to ask of me, no matter what it is and no matter how much I will screw it up, because I KNOW He hasn't given up on me!

I'm grateful for that battle today...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Grateful to be caught up!

I'm going to miss a few days...but I actually had some pictures to we'll match some of the blogging with some pictures.

Friday and Saturday (Day 156 and 157)...Grateful for my Family...
My parents came in on Friday. Always great to see them!
Here is dad playing golf at Top Golf...I kind of missed Father's Happy Father's Day dad!

And then we met up with my cousin and her family and some of my friends for a Rangers game. The Rangers were behind for most of the game...and then the bottom of the 9th inning, 2 outs, Josh Hamilton hit a 2 run home run to win the game! Such a great night!

Sunday (Day 158)...Grateful for a night with little Joseph Rayburn! Although he slept for most of the time Paul and Mary Grace were gone, we still got to play some. :) Cute little guy!

Monday (Day 159)...Grateful for a Random Dinner Night
I think I got out of the shower at about 6 Monday night...sat down with wet hair and no make-up...and started working on school work. I got a text and then a phone call...dried my hair...and headed out to dinner at 8. Mexican food...good talks...and closing down the restaurant.  That was a great night!

Tuesday (Day 160)...Grateful for Bible Study
I love our Tuesday night Bible Studies. Our group is very random, but very consistent...the same girls are there each week. The study itself has a lot of weird questions and are sometimes hard...but the talk and the discussion is usually really good. I'm really liking this new church!

Wednesday (Day 161)...that's today!...I think I just missed a few days!
Today I'm grateful for a productive day. I received an email on Monday night from a lady who went through the training that I'm going to start next week. I got pretty overwhelmed by the training itself, not to mention that I need to get ahead in school so I don't really have to worry about it. So...I started really working on school.

I have learned some really cool things to use in my classroom this year...
if you are teacher, or just like cool things online:

Other than that...I read what I needed to read while working out at the gym, completed two assignments, and emailed all my eSchool kids to let them know I would be out of town! LOVE being productive!

I'm behind...

I will do my best to catch up today!
Crazy summer...and little blogging!
I'll try to catch up!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Day 155...Grateful for Lists...

I LOVE lists! I will make a list of the most menial things that I need to get done just so I can mark it off of the list. I made a list yesterday...

As you can see I got all but one thing done...I was in the middle of working on that chapter and I couldn't keep my eyes open, so I just went to bed. I felt so accomplished!

Also...on my "list" of summer things to get finished...I have a LOT marked off! Today I was able to launch the bare minimum priority pages of our school's website (so one HUGE weight lifted) and I found a new apartment (and the rent was lower than I was quoted on Friday AND it is in the very back of the complex....I'm thinking QUIET!!!). Two huge things to mark off today! Aaahhh....I love lists....

Monday, July 4, 2011

Day 154...Grateful for the Fourth...

I'm grateful for all the Fourth of July means.
Grateful for freedom.
Grateful for all those who gave their lives for my freedom.
Grateful for the holiday itself.
Grateful for a friend living in we can go watch the Coppell parade each year.
Grateful for the Fourth!

Day 153...Grateful for a Pool Day...

I haven't had as many pool days this summer as I did last summer (which is probably great for my skin). Today (Sunday) I did! About 2 hours...sunscreen...stayed in the water the whole time...but it was great! Grateful for a pool day!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Grateful for Days 147-152...

Obviously I haven't been very good at blogging during the summer...Sorry!
Here is my attempt at summing up the week.

Day 147...Monday
~Grateful for my mornings...I wake up at about 8 or 8:30 (sometimes 9)...get dressed to work out (or really to make high school athletes work out)...make my coffee...and sit and read. I love it! Great time in the Word!

Day 148...Tuesday
~Grateful for my principal. I think I've used that one before...but I had a meeting with her on Tuesday about our schools' website. Since I'm now in charge of it, and it didn't look very good, she wanted me to update it. So...I met with her to get some ideas. In the meeting she talked about this past school year (well, the end of it) and was very complimentary and positive...and gave me even more respect for her than I already had. Grateful for Shauna.

Day 149...Wednesday
~Grateful for Katie. I met Katie, an old roommate of mine, for dinner. We sat at Panera for almost 2 hours. It was so good to catch up with her again. I'm grateful for her friendship.

Day 150...Thursday
~Grateful for fun times with fun friends. They have this new thing in Allen called Top Golf. Although I am terrible, it is still so fun to go. I met a few friends out there Thursday night and, although I didn't leave with any pride left, I sure did have fun. Golf is hard...but Top Golf makes is a lot more enjoyable!

Day 151...Friday
~Grateful for a fun, hot night at the ballpark. And...we got to see fireworks!

Day 152...Saturday
~Grateful for Jarrett. Although I have been going to a different church (which I mentioned last Sunday), I went to the Saturday night service at Prestonwood tonight. Jarrett spoke on Psalm 15..."Character Counts". Such a great reminder of how short I fall to the standards of holy living...and that it is only through salvation that I will one day reside with Christ on "the Holy hill." Thank you Jarrett.