So, though my word began in 2016, I will carry it as best I can through 2017 as well.
This year I am a full-time teacher, and last year was my first year as a staff member instead of a substitute teacher. It was a humbling experience to be sure. And to be teaching full-time is a balancing act that requires a lot of strength. If my strength is not in the Lord (as I'm often reminded), my strength is quickly sapped and I'm left with a lot of opportunities to fail and learn.
This summer I painted Courage. He is a lion and the main character in the chapel stories I am teaching to my students on Wednesday mornings.
|Our old logo|
|new gray background|
|projection for tracing|
|the paper is 8.5 x 11 (to give perspective)|
|all traced and with part of the painting begun|
|most of the painting filled in-first coat|
|My blessed teacher friend, Jessica, who helped me finish the second coat in every place that needed it|
|Our God is the Lion, the Lion of Judah.|
As you enter 2017, perhaps you are feeling lowly or lacking in fervor. Let me share with you the first verse of courage he shared with me yesterday.
"But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten." (NIV)
As I walk this year in courage, I also feel the word strength flowing through it. Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord! (https://youtu.be/yubLGTOcm8c)
His humble servant,