Friday, May 20, 2011

For The Bummed Out...

Hi Friends,
Usually I do my "Fab Find" on Fridays.  Today I'm not feeling so fab.
We received news yesterday that the school where we send our kids is closing next week.  The economy among other factors has affected re-enrollment and they aren't able to continue next year.
We LOVE this school and the families and staff that are a part of it.  In fact, our family moved 2 summers ago to be closer to the school.  I took for granted the amazing gift HCA was in partnering with us as we raise our kids in the Lord. 
EJ's first day of 3yo preschool

Playing with Mrs. Z

E's first day of 3 yo preschool
Story time with Ms. J

Armor of God Preschool Family Night

Next week is the last week of school at HCA.

1.       I’m not sure what to do.
Thus says the Lord, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
“For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” Psalm 48:14
“The Lord will guide you continually …” Isaiah 58:11
Phew!  I am so thankful that I'm not in control and that GOD IS.
2.       I’m sad and disappointed.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.  Psalms 27:14
It's not wrong to feel sad or disappointed but as I dwell on His word and trust in Him, His strength pushes out these feelings and I have peace.
3.       I’m not quite sure what the future holds.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11.
So thankful He is in control.

4.  I prayed and prayed and prayed and I didn't get the answer I  had hoped for.
Prayer is not a way for us to just get what we want.  God knows the desires of my heart but guess what?  Whenever I want something that doesn't happen after much prayer, something BETTER happens down the road.  I look back and say, "Wow.  If I would have received the desires of my heart then, I would have missed out on THIS!"  God knows best.  When we're in the midst of it, it's hard to see but looking back always provides that perspective so I choose to trust Him since He hasn't failed me in my 25 years of knowing Him.

EJ's first day of Kindergarten

Christmas Show 2010

Mother's Day Event 2011
My Bible study this morning was on the attributes of God...  Graceful, merciful, just, good, holy, righteous, sovereign, all knowing, everywhere, unchanging, true, jealous, love, eternal, healer, provider.  What a timely study to be reminded of how little I am and how BIG God is.
His promises are ALWAYS true for those who are His children.  Could it be God has something BETTER for us?
Well, my Friday is looking a little more fab knowing that I'm not in control and that Almighty God is.  Thank you Lord.  You are so GOOD.  Every day is a gift and even though I can be sad and disappointed God is still God and He is always good.

As for the school, I am so THANKFUL for the three years we were able to be a part of it.  So many young lives where changed through it and I will forever remember it as a wonderful place filled with amazing and godly people who loved Him and loved His children.


  1. Thanks fr the post T! So true. What a peace knowing that God is in control. I never saw that picture of Ash and EJ on Miss J's lap praying. Precious!

  2. What a beautiful picture walk through our school! I have so many fond memories from the past six years that I will take with me. I only wish I could take all of the families and kids with me too!

  3. thank you for the encouragement, as we are wrestling with our own school decisions right now! And who knows, maybe the something better God has is store is a new "city" all together!! ")

  4. I'm so sorry Tina! I know how sad this is for everyone at the school. Thanks for the reminder of God's faithfulness, always. Praying for you!

  5. Praying for wisdom as the RM families seek what to do next. Love you and the rest of the HCA families.

  6. Amen, my friend. Amen. So glad we can trust Him to not give us second best for our kids, and can look forward to Him revealing His perfect plan for each one. <3

  7. Taryn Brianne JohnsonMay 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    Oh that prayer picture made me cry. I loved teaching your kids! HCA is an amazing place :)

  8. Omg! You are a true Women of Faith! and I love it. I love How you confronted all your fear and concerns with the word of God, which is the TRUTH! I know how you feel. My daughters school is going from a in class charter to a full time home school program. I'm so bummed no more holiday parties and a lot of her friends are leaving , but I am very happy to home school her. A new adventure that will require me to grow : ) Hope everything works out for your family

  9. HI Tina! I'm so encouraged by this post. Hope you find the perfect placement for your lovely children!

  10. such a shame about the school. Hope you find another that you are equally happy with

  11. I am so sorry to hear about your school closing. I felt the affects of the budget last year when I lost my teaching position too. All I can say is that the Lord really does have His hand in the situation. I lost my job and then I got pregnant. It was a miracle! I will pray that your family is able to find a great school and that you can find peace about it! Thanks for the encouraging words!

  12. You can be assured that God has His children in the palm of His hand. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. And His plan is ALWAYS better than ours. I say this as a woman who has prayed for years for healing from chronic pain in my hands that no one (not even the Mayo clinic) has been able to diagnose. I have medicine, but no healing as of yet from my Lord. I know that He is still there because I see him working in my friends' lives but for now I'm still hurting. I must be fulfilling another purpose right now for God.
    Back to your kids though - what do you feel that God is leading you to do at this point? Are most of the children from the school headed for public school? Homeschool? Another private school?
    I found you from Voice Boks, and I hope you'll visit me soon at Coupons Make Cents -


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