Here's my little offering.
When I saw the prompt last night, I wasn't sure what I'd write about as so many things raced through my head. So I began my morning, the last day before our Spring Break, in my classroom. It's my first year as a full-time teacher. And, there have been many moments of surprise.
But, it is God who holds all the future in His hands and nothing is a surprise to Him.
My desk calendar is full of Thomas Kincade painting details and King James scriptures.
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
-2 Corinthians 12:9
But, when I'm unable, and ready (and humble), and I yield to Him, letting His strength take me through: then His power and glory are beyond measure and the world takes note of something extraordinary and supernatural, and I'm ready to direct all that glory up to the King of Kings who is the King of Glory. I don't need it for myself. I'm enough for God, and He's delighted in me, so I don't need all the earthly accolades. (It makes us immune to the criticism as well. We don't need to let it get us down.)
May the power of Christ rest upon you this week as we get into Easter week! Glory indeed! He is RISEN!!!!
Ha! Surprise, Satan!
"Oh death, where is your sting?!"
I'm linking the video again. So good. Kari Jobe. "Forever"
And a postscript. I ran out of time to say all I wanted to. :)
I have been so surprised by this FMF community. Little did I know when I began writing on five minute prompts, and then participating in a web interview with Asheritah, that I would begin to make lifetime friendships. And, because we share a love of the same amazing God, these friendships are eternal.
I was so excited to surprise our friend Andrew with cards. But, I couldn't. Because we had to ask permission and then if granted, give his address out. You can't always do those nice things as a surprise.
What I didn't know is that sometimes, anticipation brings hope and life and is even better a gift.
I wasn't even sure he would get to celebrate Christmas, or Valentine's Day, but there's a great chance he's going to celebrate Easter still here and still posting.
If you haven't found his blog yet, here's a direct link.
What I didn't know is that so many of the rest of you would also want to send cards. And money to help feed all those dogs that he and Barbara care for. Truly, I should not have been surprised, but it's amazing. God's love poured out is always amazing.
I love this community, and hope you do too!