Don’t ever say Never!!

Dear friends and family,

If you were to have asked me even a year ago where God would have me after I graduate, I would have never told you teaching in Indonesia with my soon-to-be husband.  In fact, I would have told you that I would not be teaching and would not be married.  I have definitely learned over the last five months that “to man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes a reply of the tongue.”  (Proverbs 16:1)  And sometimes that reply is not the plans we originally had though.

 It has been a journey, one day in November four years ago, if I had not felt God calling me into children’s ministry, I would not have switched from Music to Elementary Education.  I sat in the education classes enjoying every minute, but seeing how God was completely left out of science and in every aspect of curriculum.  How sad our world has come to, for it is not about us at all, it is all about God!!   God made everything and controls everything, how can any teacher leave Him out.  I mean without Him, we would have nothing.  “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?  Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hill in a balance?…Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:  Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them by name.”  (Isaiah 40:12, 26)  We would not know anything and would not be on this earth without Him.   

Due to this frustration, I was determined in my own mind that I could not bear to leave this truth out and had determined in my own mind that I would never teach in a school setting.  Again, God had His plans.  When my handsome fiancé asked me to marry him, my prayers of not knowing where God would lead were answered.  I did not feel called to further my education at this time and God already had a place for me doing what I never thought I would do—teach.  And, the amazing thing is, is that I could not be more excited about where God is taking me.  I get to teach third grade at Bandung Alliance International School (BAIS).  While teaching at BAIS, the biggest opportunity and blessing is that I get to be a vessel in teaching these kids what God says about what we are learning.  How exciting is that…they not only get to teach them about their circulatory system, but I get to point them to the one who made and designed everything about them. 

So, I just have to say that God plans are great and when you let His plans become your plans,  you will have no greater joy.  I cannot wait and look forward to teaching next year in Indonesia with my handsome and talented soon-to-be husband.  What you thought you would never do, God can transform your heart and give you the desire to do.  I cannot wait to see what God has in store as I teach in Indonesia next year.  Don’t ever say Never, because you never know that God has in His plans.

In Him,

Courtney