Happy Tuesday

I love the Daily Prompt today!

However, I’m finding it kind of difficult to write a poem like that.  Hard as it may be, I will try.  Humbly, I present you with my almost-masterpiece:

Hello friends, enemies, and strangers
How nice of you to read about my day.
Honestly, I spent a class on Facebook
Hearing what my friend’s poetry would say.

Haha! I laughed, but of course I meant,
How very true are your words said.
How pitiful they sound out loud; sadly,
Hopeless is my heart but led.

Hand? Mine? I’ll gladly share it
Hear my words though they feel small —
Hindered by fear I will not be;
Happy Tuesday, friends, I’m going to play basketball.

Junk.

I want to throw out the junk in my life.  I want a clean house, a fresh start, a new beginning.  But I can’t do that.  The junk in my life is what’s made me who I am, and I praise God for every single bit of it, no matter how dirty it gets.

Some junk is hard to get over, but I know that with some help I can climb to the top and conquer any obstacle.  Not a literal pile of junk, of course, because I learned from that one episode of Arthur that climbing in a junkyard only leads to a doctor’s visit and a shot in the butt.  But in all seriousness, God definitely gives me what I need to get over the junk in my life.  There are so many windows in my life to see how God has provided a way out of the junk:  I needed scholarships, and He provided in a way only He can.  I needed love, and I found love in His arms.  I continually long for peace, and I have felt peace in everything I have asked for peace in.  I carried sin around for so long, but God has a way of knowing how far you have to go before you turn back and see His glory, feel His grace, and start to seek His will.  He knows.

Maybe now that God’s helping me clean house, maybe my clothes will all be hung up, there won’t be any garbage to take out, and the dishes will do themselves.  Or maybe they won’t, because God never promised an easy, junk-free life.  He promised to help, and that’s good enough for me.

Psalm 23:4   Even though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil for You are with me, Your rod and Your staff.

Exodus 14:14   The Lord will fight for you; you have only to be silent.

James 1:2   Count it all joy, brothers, when you meet any trial for you know that testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Phillipians 4:7   And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

3 years from today…

Honestly, God has blessed me with so much.  His plans for me have been so much more than I ever could have expected.  I’ve been in Beijing for 4 months now, and I’m being amazed daily how sovereign my God is!  I never saw myself as an elementary school teacher in the US, but especially not in China.  God’s plans really do trump ours!  I can’t believe I graduated in May.  And I still get butterflies thinking about the day he asked be to marry him!!  What Auburn woman doesn’t want to share that special moment with the rest of Jordan-Hare?  I can’t wait to be married to my soulmate, the one God chose for me.  Some people think, “Oh, she just wants to get married,” and to them it’s a bad thing, but I can’t wait to serve my husband.  Not in the slavery-way, but in a way that magnifies God’s glory.  I’m thankful for such a God-fearing fiance.  We have both been praying that he gets an opportunity to come to China and serve here as well.

As TIgger would say, TTFN!