Saturday, March 28, 2009

WHAT A RELIEF: A Change of Pace, A Smile on My Face, A Song in My Heart!!

It started this last Thusday at about noon...I was actually breathing again!!!

I'm talking about the deep kind of breathing you do when you are relaxed and content. Praise the Lord, my grades were in! What a marathon of all-nighters, grading 93 take home finals and then calculating their actual grades! You have to be a teacher to "get" how hard this is. But the good news is...IT'S OVER ...for this quarter!!! I found myself feeling lighter...and I don't mean because of the 4.2 pounds I've lost at Weight Watchers over the last three weeeks. My spirit was soaring, and I started to smile again!

Not only that, I went to one of my favorite stores...JOANN's...and bought ALL of the supplies for the Spring Communication Conference at SCC, which I am in charge of again! Another great relief! I knew the theme for the conference and would have that ready for the first day of school!
More smiling!

Yesterday, Friday, I spent most of the morning at SCC getting my classes ready for spring quarter. A long ways to go, since I'm teaching a new course on Gender Communication, but I am encouraged! :) Just having some time to breathe put a song in my heart! I even cranked up Aretha Franklin on my car's cd player, got out of the car, and danced with Boppa before heading down the road to SCC!

I'm even in the process of getting ready for Easter and I can hardly wait to pour my creativity into designing Easter baskets for family and friends!

I've desperately needed a change of pace, and I've been praying non-stop that God would give me "new eyes to see" and a "new heart" to feel His presence.

As it says in Ephesians 3:20...

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory!"

So today I'm up early, having coffee, getting ready to clean my house, reading The Message, and being reminded that He is able! No matter how hard it gets... I'll keep breathing, keep smiling and remembering that God loves me!

I'm sending smiles, hugs, and prayers YOUR way!
God Bless! Love Linda


Tiffany said...

Woo hoo! Congrats on getting all of your finals graded and grades turned in! I'm thrilled for you that you are able to celebrate that weight being lifted off your shoulders! Hugs to you!

Our Family said...

It's always a pleasure to see you after a quarter is completed...for selfish reasons... I get to see more of you! I love you! Thanks for taking Bitsy today.

jessithompson said...

Yeah! Loves to you momma... so glad you get a bit of a break!

Kim said...

Ah yes, I remember the feeling well. Yahoo for you girl! Hugs right back at ya.


Kayla Jode said...

It's so great that you got the finals done! I can't imagine how good it felt to just be done with it!! I love you, Nana!!!!

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