I follow her on Facebook and her blog. This morning I saw that she is going to put together a Wednesday Bible Study that focuses on the 20 Verses you Love Most.
After everyone comments - she will tally them and then focus on a verse a week each Wednesday. I am so excited. So I thought I would share it with you. Here is the Link to Liz's Blog:
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I made the following comments on her page sharing ONE of my favorites - but definitely my 'GO TO' verse each morning as I wake:
I have been going thru some very trying times since the clock struck 12:01am on January 1st of this year. A big reason why I haven't had my camera out in a while - and haven't been posting.
One of the major issues (there really are too many) is the looming threat of losing my job. My principal came and spoke with me in February to let me know that it looks like one music position will be cut this year (that makes 6 plus the marching band position in the last 3 years), along with 28 other teachers in the district. (That is also a total of 100 positions cut in our district the last 3 years) Even though they didn't know how they were going to cut the music program yet (Middle School or High School) since I am the low person on the seniority list - I will be let go.
In 2005, after staying home with my 3 sons for 13 years (during which I created a prayer network for my local congregation, led the children's choir and vacation bible school, and led worship) my husband was laid off with no prospects of a job. God blessed me with an awesome mother - who had told me, back in the day, to get my degree in case I ever needed something to fall back on. Well that was the time. I was (am) dual certified in Music Education (K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music) and General Elementary Education (N-6) with my Bachelors Degree in Music Education and my Masters Degree in Elementary Education.
I walked up to my sons school and got myself put on the substitute teachers list. In April of that year I was hired as a long term sub for a first grade teachers maternity leave. The following year a position opened for a part time music teacher in the district. I was hired. That led to a full time position, and 5 years ago I transferred back to the school I started at and have been there ever since.
After a full year without work, my husband was able to find employment, but I needed to continue to work as well to help support our family. And I love my job and the kids that I work with. I always say, "There is no happier place in the world than the elementary school I work in when the halls are filled with the smiling precious faces of children."
But we are at a crossroad again - and Proverbs 3:5-6 are my rock these days.
I will find out for sure if my position is definitely cut on April 8. If it will be saved - there is the other hurdle of getting the budget passed in May. They are asking for a huge tax increase. If they don't get it - they are saying that the entire music department as well as 60 more teachers will be let go.
And so (I normally don't post so much here - but as I come back to blogging it felt right to share what's been going on these past few months).
So finally here is my verse for today: