2.16.2010

The Kichen

I haven't blogged in quite a few weeks...we've been up to a new project around the Keith house. We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. We've been painting cabinets for the past two weeks and are about halfway done. It takes a lot more than we thought it would to make them look nice. We're painting them "antique white," a cream color. We are going to use our tax refund to get new countertops, oven, dishwasher, and a smaller kitchen table. We're going for the "cafe" look, modern but not way out there. I'll post pictures soon of the progress of the cabinets, for now here's a few pictures of what our kitchen looked like before.

2.03.2010

Snow Days are OVER!

Well it's been nice to blog two days in a row, but it looks like I'm heading back to work tomorrow. We are on a 1 hour delay and I have a game tomorrow night...well WMS does. Matt's meeting with a client and I'll be getting home late. Back to the real world...it sure has been fun to get up when I want, drink coffee in my pjs, spend extra time with God, do some blogging, and do a little creative planning for our kitchen remodel. Speaking of....stay tuned, we are using our tax refund to remodel our kitchen. I am super excited and will definitely post pictures. We are beginning this weekend. Hooray!

2.02.2010

Thought for Today...

"When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!"
~ Psalm 8:3-9

So powerful! He created us a little lower than himself, and crowned us with glory & honor. How humbling! The God of the universe created us and made us right below himself, we should worship him and our lives should reflect this daily. Definitely something to think about today!

Hope you're enjoying your day, whether your snowed in like me or working. The roads around here are looking a little better. Guess we'll see what Wake County decides to do about school tomorrow. If we're off, I'm going to have to get out of this house. I did at least get out of my pjs today! :)

2.01.2010

JUMP!

Wow! It's been a while since I blogged. Life, like always, has just been busy. I'll just warn you before you start reading...this blog post was a way for me to get my thoughts out on what the Lord is teaching me and I wrote a lot!

Right now our current series at Journey is called "Jump." We are learning about faith and Pastor Jimmy is challenging us to "jump" and take a leap of faith to the next step in our journey with Christ. I've blogged before about the fact that Matt and I feel called to working in full time ministry together somewhere in the future. Who knows what that looks like, or when it will be. God has taught me recently that I don't know when that "future" is going to be. He's taught me to be content where he has placed me in life and to seek him as I daily try to make an impact at Wendell. It's so easy to get caught up in the negative, frustrating aspects of my job....the kids don't listen, they are disrespectful, some of my colleagues complain, and I'm always being asked to do more. He's showed me that I must seek to live in him daily, to take it day by day and to let him move as he has planned...even if that means I teach for the next 5 years and Matt continues at his job.

Part of my "jump" (being content where God has placed me and allowing him to use me at Wendell) has been to really seek the Lord on a daily basis in reading my bible & praying. I've always had a hard time with finding quiet moments to seek God on a daily basis. Mainly because I always claim that I am "too busy," which is true...I am busy, but I can make time for God. I mean, after all he certainly makes time for me. I've really tried to do this recently. I've started reading in Psalms. In the past I've always read in the New Testament...people say it's easier for us to relate to. I was inspired by a friend to read through Psalms. I've never read through it completely and I really felt called to start reading there. I have been so blessed to see David and other Psalmist cry out to God in happiness and despair. They are real, they share their true thoughts there. Today I was reminded that God knows our hearts & our minds, even when we don't speak it. Because of this, I am challenged to glorify God in all that I do, speak, and THINK. Even when a student drives me absolutely crazy and I want to kill them...I must learn to think about them the way God would. What would he say to them? What would he think about them?

No matter where I am in my life, I must learn to live in the moment. To let the God of the universe, the one who created me work in me the way HE wants to. Not the way Matt & Magan want. If it was up to us, we'd be packing up to move somewhere where we could work full time in ministry together. We may be in the house another 5 years doing the same jobs at Wendell Middle School and S&A Cherokee, but whatever God's plan is we have to enjoy where he has us and allow him to work in and through us. My prayer as I finish this blog post is that I am allowing God to work through me everyday, whether I'm at school or home on a weekend. I have so much I need to grow and to learn. I pray that he continues to teach me and that I never go back to being frustrated at where I am in life, but that I continue to allow him to use me where I am!