Teacher Life: Finding My Way Back

Teaching has always had its challenging moments. Amidst wanting the best for my students, there have been moments during the past five years when I’ve gotten frustrated, lost my temper, yelled, even belittled. Kids can be tough. And every teacher has their bad days. I’m sure every teacher and parent can empathize.

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The Tale of a Good Girl Seeking Escape from the Trap of Obligation

The Life of a Good Girl As a “good girl,” I have always known there were certain things I should do. Certain things I should be. I should be kind and considerate. I should be respectful and obedient. I should complete the tasks assigned to me with excellence. I should avoid laziness, tardiness, dishonesty, or anything that would […]

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Where He Is

This morning I told God I simply wanted to be where He was. “If you’re in the storm, then I want to be there too,” I told Him earnestly. I’ve been in a bit of a storm lately, but it occurred to me this morning that just because life is rough doesn’t mean that isn’t exactly where God is. God can be […]

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Making His Praise Glorious

When I was a little girl dreaming about singing on stage as part of a worship team, I had very little understanding of what that role required. Now that I have the privilege of not only singing with a praise team, but being a praise leader, I know that it’s about much more than singing a few songs or saying a […]

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Going Deeper: What Happens When I Worship

Sometimes to go farther, you have to go back. Just for a moment. You have to go back to that place of greatest fear, that space of rawest vulnerability, that area of deep disappointment. You have to re-enter that place for just a moment in order to overcome it. That’s what often happens to me […]

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When I Need Reminding

God is always ready. Even before I realize I need it, He is ready to tell me how He loves me. How fully, how tenderly, how deeply. His love is the kind that lasts a lifetime and even beyond. I get down on myself sometimes. I get discouraged. I lose sight of what’s ahead and get […]

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More Than Good Enough: Overcoming the Pressure to Perform

There was a time when practicing the piano was a part of my daily life. Actually that “time” was quite long, it spanned most of my life. I forget that sometimes in my life now. But when I randomly decide to sit down at my keyboard and play some Chopin, it all comes rushing back. […]

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Uncontainable Joy: Learning to Let Him Take Care of Me

I have been feeling an outrageous amount of joy this week. It’s been a little overwhelming. It’s not just because I’m not working anymore and can enjoy this awesome, unexpected VACATION (hehe), it’s obviously and directly straight from God. The thing is, just a few days ago, I was not in such a great place. […]

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