By Faith

It’s been a while since I posted. Too many things going on! I.e. getting used to a proper working life. The joys of the teaching profession! Ha!

Even now, I should be working. But I just want to encourage you to do one thing: read (or reread) Hebrews 11 to  Hebrews 12:2!

Honestly, rereading that passage about those people of great faith really encouraged me and inspired me! Go read about Abraham, Noah and Moses!

Now! Do it!

Oh okay, as you’re asking…here are a few snippets:

Hebrews 11:17-19

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

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Hebrews 11: 24-27

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:7

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.

Put yourself in the shoes of Moses, Abraham, or Noah. What would you have done? Would you have had that faith?

I guess our faith now has changed from what it was then. But they are for us a cloud of witnesses. Have faith, my friends:) Look ahead to the reward which Moses looked towards, fixing your eyes on Jesus, and long for that ‘better country – a heavenly one’ (11:16). God has prepared a city for you there.

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Lady Lugubrious

I feel like I’ve lost my laid-backness. I feel like this week yet again, I’m living and breathing teaching. And I don’t like it when I feel that way. I’m just not used to it. I’m not all that organised. And when I try to be more organised, I don’t get quick reactions. And then it’s all bad, cos whatever I’m doing whether I plan more in advance or whether I’m more last-min, it seems I just do things too late anyway.

These past two days I haven’t eaten that much. This probably doesn’t help my ill humour…

So what is the secret, of a teacher who can balance their work and their leisure time? Must we be super prepared and get everything done and organised over the holidays, or does it just all come with experience…!?

And now December looms,  which will be my final month in this accommodation (my colocation with two students). And here comes conundrum number two – January’s accommodation. Although, like my mum said, it’s a bit of a no-brainer. I should take the room that’s just been offered to me in this same block of flats.  It just confuses things, when I’ve just agreed to live in another place, and then I get this offer two days later.

I think I need a happy pill! Here I am complaining. When luckily I have: a great great supportive family, many many supportive friends, and supportive workmates too.

Well, that’s all for now. Brief update for you. Lucky you…

Brief update, and some: Last Tuesday I had a day when everything seemed to go wrong. I had an emotional outburst, made a wrong decision at work, I found out I had gone over my max. number of photocopies when I still had a lot to do, and then the photocopier jammed. However, on the weekend I made time for leisure activities! Friday was great as I went swimming, sauna ing and jacuzzi ing, and then Saturday I went to the cinema to see La Famille Belial. If you get the chance to see that film, I think it’s worth a watch!

On The Other Side

On the megabus travelling from Cardiff to London today, I had time to write a few words of reflection. Here they are.

The weather is a little horrific. Grey skies. Raindrops running down the glass windows of this megabus coach. Rain. Wind. Wet roads. Big puddles. Welcome to the UK. In November. Or rather, in my case, it’s see ya later alligator. I’ll be back in just under 2 months.

I’ve had a really lovely 10 days away from Franceland. One hard thing was not seeing everyone who is so special to me. But in Cardiff especially, there are many who are so special to me, and in just a few days I didn’t have time to see all of those whom I store loyally in my heart.

In any case, I spent a few lovely days with my dad, little brother and sister, as well as a night with my nan where I caught up with 2 sets of aunties and uncles too. Not forgetting my 5 days spent in Beds with my mum and sister, including a pleasant girly weekend with an aunty from North Wales.

Going back to France now, I don’t really know how to feel.

Firstly I hope I catch my eurostar in time. Still on my way to Llundain and it’s past 10am. My eurostar leaves at 12:58…it’s OK, we’re due into Victoria Coach Station for 10:30am. Praying!

So as I was saying, not really sure how to feel re.commencing Chapter 2 of my Lille life. Like a kid, I look forward to travelling on the eurostar again and get excited when I hear people chatting away in French.

Re.work though, I’m feeling a little more anxious about the whole thing. I’ve even had a nosy on job sites to see a bit what’s out there – if I don’t survive past January.

I would love to stay in Lille for the whole year as planned. I’m just not sure I can hack teaching for the whole time. Perhaps throwing myself in the deep end wasn’t such a good idea.

Anyway; amidst my many blessings I am in a certain way unafraid. I have many security blankets – them being my friends, family, in Wales, UK and even in France.

One little nugget of information for you: over my time away, I met a Christian. Apparently only a Christian for the past 2/3 years, he admitted to me something about God –  ‘I live because of Him, and I live for Him’. He said this to me, unafraid and self-assured. It was touching!

Challenges will arise in this life, wherever I am, wherever we are.  And God is there in every one. He knows about every one. It’s our attitude which we must adapt.

Although things may be grey. Rainy. Albeit, horrific. God sees the bigger picture. We will have trials on this earth – but remember- this earth isn’t our home! Our eternal home and treasures are with God in Heaven – there is another side.

She is fierce