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Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

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Recently, I have been meditating on Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem found in Matthew 21. The part I have been thinking about is the crowd. How easy it is jump on ship with God and His plan when times are easy or look good! The crowd, in the excitement of the moment, worshipped and praised Jesus as he entered Jerusalem on a small donkey, fulfilling prophecy. Yet that same crowd would turn on Jesus not that long later and tell Pilate to free Barabbas and crucify Jesus. What happened from chapter 21 to chapter 27? The crowd seemed to be missing the big picture of God’s plan, as they were trying to force Him to fit their own plan.
Most of that crowd praised Jesus because of what He could potentially do for them: free them from Rome, heal their sick, or put the corrupt Pharisees in their place. Most of them were not praising Jesus for who He was or for His power to connect them to God the Father. If they had truly understood why Jesus deserved their praise, they most likely would no…

Wrapping up for Christmas

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It is so hard to believe that Christmas break is coming up so fast! Just one more week before break begins, and I get to see my family again. I’m so excited to go home, yet I consistently find myself getting emotional about leaving my students. This small break makes me look towards the end of the year. I’ve never been that good at saying goodbye no matter where I’m leaving, and I’m already preparing myself.

I have my class filling out a “shopping list” for me to get over break. One of the things I have on the list is high heels. I’ve pretty successfully been able to wear flats up till a few weeks ago and still be taller than my students, but I’m starting to notice about half of them are going to be taller than me very shortly! I get so excited to see them growing: physically, emotionally, spiritually, academically.
Here are some quotes from my students. I asked them a few days ago what they felt has been the most valuable thing that they have learned since the beginning of this schoo…

Pretend Plans

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Cooking a Cake

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It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since my last post! I feel like time has been dragging the past few weeks for a few different reasons. One, I have not been feeling that great and battling some type of cold/bug. Two, I am getting very homesick as the holidays approach. Two reasons why my main concern has just been to keep up with my students!
One thing that has been heavy on my heart the past few weeks is my students’ relationships with the Lord, and I guess my relationship with the Lord too. In Bible we are learning about obedience and outward behavior. In different areas in the classroom, I’m always thinking up new ideas and rules to help keep things running smoothly. In our relationships together, I am always trying to make sure everyone is getting along in a healthy way and not hurting one another. But, true to the philosopher I am, I always end up asking myself “WHY?” or “WHAT’S THE POINT?”
I’ve been challenging my students with this recently, and I just pray that so…

Into the Mountains

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This past week has been a vacation week from school, so my roommate and I were excited for the opportunity to explore Mexico a little further, strengthen some friendships, and learn more about the culture.
On Monday, a small group from the school went up to Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua, a small town west of the school. Really, the most exciting part about the short trip was the drive! The drivers took the back roads up through some mountains, and I cannot describe how beautiful! I never get tired of seeing mountains. Further past the mountains, we entered Mennonite country. The diversity of the landscape is amazing. After crossing some mountains and desert, we entered into a valley that felt like farm country in Pennsylvania. The entire day was so much fun, and I learned a lot more about the Mennonite migration into Mexico and how that has affected Mexican culture.

Wednesday was the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. For at least here in Chihuahua, the holiday felt very similar to the America…