Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rejoice in the Lord Always

My little class of artists gathered for a picture after our class. I love these girls. They are so enthusiastic, attentive, and kind. We drew a tree with a road. Note the smudges of pastel on one of my student's faces. They really get into their art...literally. The two hours always flies by, and I never fail to sit down afterwards and say out loud, "That was fun."



When someone is excited to learn and listens respectfully with a humble spirit, there is nothing like being a teacher. This is an unusual group of kids. Not a single one makes me lament my role as teacher. Every single one makes me feel that my instruction is valuable, even cherished. The end of our semester has been a little chaotic, since I had to try to schedule around doctor appointments, surgery for breast cancer, and now cancer treatment.

Yet rarely does anyone miss class. I am blessed beyond belief with this little group.

While I was teaching, my phone rang. I didn't answer but then it beeped with a text message. I glanced at the message. One of the mamas I work with had just finished her 3-D ultrasound, courtesy of a Cities4Life supporter and Sweet Pea 3-D Imaging.

She sent a picture along with this text: I OWE U SO MUCH MS VICKY.  I WANT TO THANK U FOR EVERYTHING U HAVE DONE FOR ME. I WAS GONNA MAKE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE!!! U SAVED ME FROM DOING IT. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. I AM HAVING A GIRL -WHAT I WANTED SO BAD!! THANK GOD!  I'M SO HAPPY AND EXCITED. NO WORDS CAN EXPLAIN MY HAPPINESS RIGHT NOW.


"Is the call important?" one of my students asked.
"It's a mama I work with," I told her, "I go to the sidewalks of abortion centers and try to talk the women into choosing life. She just found out what gender her baby is."
"Well???" asked the girls.
"It's a girl," I said.
"Hooray!!!!"

The Bible says, Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, Rejoice. 
In a world that frankly is so often filled with terrible things, we forget that there is cause for great rejoicing. God made us. God loves us. God will sustain us. God will reclaim us.

Rejoice!
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Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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