give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

I am employed! I am having a hard time actually believing it; after a year of uncertainty and financial strain, we are out of that valley! Everything for this job came together so quickly and effortlessly, it was clear to me that God orchestrated it. I'll be teaching middle school language arts at Lynden Christian, the place where I did part of my student teaching. My dear friend, Shelly, who teaches at LC, let me know of the opening last Thursday as soon as the staff received the email. I immediately contacted the principal, who attends our church and was my supervisor for my student teaching assignment.

To make a long story short, I had a good interview today and was offered the job an hour later! The principal said the decision was unanimous (I had been interviewed by 5 people) and they were ecstatic (yes, he used that word) to welcome me on staff.

How unexpected. And full of grace. When I look back over this past year, I see that God has challenged me and grown me in ways that would not have happened had I been fully employed. I (we!) have had to rely fully on Him for provision and strength, and He gave it to us abundantly.

I know this year of teaching will bring many challenges and obstacles, and I'm looking forward to all of them. Most of all, I'm looking forward to belonging somewhere again. I've belonged in our small group and in our church, but the I've felt detached in the employment sector. I can't wait to be part of a staff again.

Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. We really appreciate it...and I won't turn them down even though I'm not unemployed anymore. :)

Praise the Lord!


Keith and Margaret said...

Congratulations! This is probably a job that was worth waiting a year for. It Will be nice for you to know what you will be doing each day, instead of last minute uncertainty. I am sure last year was a good challenge, but I am glad you are moving on to a more predictable challenge.

Amber Nicole said...

Congratulations Andrea! We know what a relief that is to finally have a job after a long stretch like that. God bless you, and I hope you love it!

shellbell936 said...

Yay! Yay! YAY!!!

I am SOO excited and overjoyed for you, Andrea!


Can't wait to give you a huge hug. :)

carolyn sue said...

Congrats!!!! (And I love the way your blog looks! So cool!!!)

De Jongs said...

Amen to all you said -- and I especially like your title! Hugs!

Allison said...

I think you need to post again. It's been, like, a month and a half. WAY too long.

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thedoz said...

congratulations on the job. I taught high school all last year -CNA students and Health Science. However that panned out quickly as my prinicipal was being forced ny the district to not re-hire teachers with less than two yers experienced due to lack of state funds. I have been praying and having my friends pray and have an interview this afternoon to teach nursing again finally. Hope your job is everything you would like it to be and more. Thanks be to God.

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