MAY YOUR HEARTS BE BLESSED!
“Is it worth it?” With the price of gas these days, who isn’t asking this question? Yet, seriously we ask it about so much more. With another entire school year conquered, we assess if it was worth the cost? What were the benefits? Judah’s heart beats to see God’s children blessed. Did you see those moments this year that blessings were poured out from the throne? So many moments…
God’s Holy Spirit softly whispered a blessing of awe with music of the band that stopped my breathing and refreshed my heart with tears. Did you hear those moments of true splendor and ecstasy in His creation?
God gave a blessing in teaching gratitude for a small group of 7th grade children. Just like the loaves and the fishes, blessings bestowed from Him are not found in the abundance of children. Rather, the blessings are found in my expressed gratitude, for He magnifies what He gives and makes whatever He has given more than enough for the needs of all. Did you see moments this group shared their multitude of talent?
As Mr. Hubbard spoke God’s words at the 8th grade retreat, God revived hearts. God’s pursuit of their hearts was like as a gentle, firm caress on the shoulder, reassuring and bolstering them to be stronger and more courageous on their journey with Him. Did you realize this was an altar making moment?
|Enjoying the bus ride to Great Oaks Camp with Kayla Hubbard, Eliza Kramer, |
Allison Conway, Kylie Hettmansberger, and Austin Childers
God blessed rugged hearts as seniors purposed to share Christ and serve others on their senior trip to Puerto Rico only to realize that God was reminding their hearts that that they are richly blessed in their everyday lives. Did you hear the proclamation of those moments?
Our hearts were jolted as we wrestled to find the blessings within the news of a sick parent or struggling students. Who said God’s blessings always come neatly wrapped? Watching students struggle with health issues beyond their control, I was blessed to hear Daniel Shoemaker proclaim the victory of miraculous peace and humbled by the strength of a wounded warrior as Zach Berg professed God’s goodness in His life. I listened to the aching hearts of students who walked the halls this year with smiles but bore bruised and wounded hearts. He opened my eyes to see that the blessing He bestowed was my ability to trust their lives to Him. When I expressed gratitude for their lives as I remembered them in prayer, He offered the right words to point them back to His faithful, enduring love. Can we consecrate these moments?
There were so many moments this year when God knocked softly on our souls to open the eyes of our hearts to see His blessings. My heart’s rushed rhythm never failed to find gratitude for the students and families that journeyed this year with me. No one will ever really know what it costs to bless another, but Judah will never stop proclaiming His majesty’s blessings among us. Christ even asked after simply washing his disciples’ feet if they understand what He had done for them (John 13: 12) God has clearly shown his mercy and grace at Judah this year with many moments of blessing. Did you see those moments when you were served by others?
As you muse the question “Is it worth it?” remember His blessings. I am most thankful that your child was offered the opportunity to see and hear God’s voice each day. None should have gone away hungry. One child--your child-- in one moment with one blessing for this one lifetime was touched by God for eternity. Your children are the witnesses of God’s Holy blessings surrounding us daily this year. For as Mathew 13: 16-17 offers, if we have eyes to see, we will never be the same: “But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance.” (The Message)
May your heart beat of blessings.