This is the day that the Lord has made

Each day is a new gift from God in his wonderful grace and love to provide our needs and desires as we live for him.

Just this week I was reminded of how I fail in trusting the Lord, and need to be seeking him more. Some other young people in my church and I had a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship. I’m very thankful for some good friends to keep each other accountable and remind us to keep our hearts revived for the Lord.

I was reminded of this passage.

Psalm 139: 1-10 and 23-24

O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. … Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

It has been too long since my last post, I’m sorry. The Lord has brought me through a good first term here in Australia. I’ve really enjoyed this new experience in teaching overseas. I’m teaching 15 students in a combined class of 5th and 6th graders.

“I’m so big, I need another one!” This is what my shortest year five student told me a few weeks ago. He wanted to buy a second chicken burger from our fundraising lunch special. I couldn’t keep a straight face after I heard this. I thought it was hilarious.

I’ve enjoyed learning different spellings, and new terms/names of things. It’s been fun, and a challenge to make sure I can help my students learn Australian grammar, not American or Canadian.

Some closing events from this term, we had a music concert with the effort of several music teachers and many of our students. It was considered a success as all the pieces sounded good. I was very proud of my students.

My class and I ventured into the city the last Monday of the term and visited a fascinating museum of machinery, transportation exhibits, and hand-on activities. The Powerhouse Museum was very fun. We did have a full-on day (busy) and many returned to school with head-aches. Spirits were revived by the next day, and we have been able to finish up some projects in the last few days of our term.

The last day of school we invited several schools to join us for a day of track and field events. Sun screen, hats, water and comfortable shoes were quite necessary. It was a safe, fun-filled and effective day. We were concerned about finishing in time, but were successful.

That same evening I met a friend and we took the train to the city for a concert in the Sydney Opera House. That was fun.

The school seniors performed “The Importance of Being Earnest” the next Saturday night. That was another evening of fun and enjoyment. The kids did a great job, and the props and costumes were amazingly realistic for Victorian Era.

I’ve learned so much since arriving in Australia on June 30th. Term three began the end of July, and we completed the term about two weeks ago. We’ve had two weeks of holidays. We start again on October 10th for the final term of our school year.

Earlier this week, another teacher and I ventured out into a region called the Southern Highlands, visiting some beautiful high country a few hours south of Sydney. We went to Fitzroy Falls, the trendy tourist town of Berry, and coastal town of Kiama. In Kiama, there is a lighthouse, and a very neat natural blowhole of waves bursting through a rock in  cliff. Other days have been spent visiting with various folks in the church, and working on preparation for the term.

Spring is in the air, and the weather has been warming up. I’m not sure how I’ll do in the summer, with the high humidity and heat. I’ll just take things easy and one day at a time I guess.

Please pray for grace and patience as we start the new term on Monday. Please let me know how I can pray for you.

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