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Education is not the filling of pail, but the lighting of a fire. – William Butler Yeats

Hello all,

I have to admit that I am not much of a concert-goer and I can probably count the number of concerts I have gone to on my hand. However, here are the ones I can think of:

1. Winterjam–when Newsboys performed

2. Rock and Worship Roadshow–when Fireflight performed, they should be always be the headliner for any show if you ask me.

3. Les Miserables (does Broadway count?)

4. Mercyme concert at the Rangers ballpark

5. Celtic Woman Concert (Though I did not like this concert, Supernerd is making me put it because listing 5 concerts will make a “complete post.”) LOL.

I am going to be an ambitious blogger and blog outside of our 30 day challenge.

In my training as a pre-service special education teacher, I’m being stretched more than I have ever been in my entire life. I have to admit that I have been struggling this semester. I am taking a lot of hours and have been surprised at my professor’s high expectations. I have completed many assignments or tests that I thought would be easy A’s which have turned out to be B’s or lower. My math class is teaching me how to think in a brand new way about mathematics. This is a good thing but it is a challenge. I have been spending six hours in FWISD schools every week and have taught four lessons in these classrooms. In teaching these lessons, I have realized how hard it is to meet the needs of many students at a time. I taught a math lesson at a third grade level for third grade students and it still was too easy for many students. I taught a science lesson where students started throwing water everywhere. I have tutored students at my alma mater and found myself at a loss for words whilst trying to explain a math concept. I have gotten just a taste of my future responsibilities as a teacher and quite frankly, I am a bit overwhelmed.

However, in my adult years, I have learned that the only person being hard on me…is me. Just in the last few weeks, I am coming to terms with the fact that my past “best” in school at TCC is no longer good enough at TCU. I have to rise to the occasion and perform at a higher level than I ever could have expected for myself. All of this pressure has affected me spiritually and some days, my faith is not as strong as it should be. However, I know that I am human and the amazing thing is that I have a Savior that loves me and take me back always. I heard a song called, “Let the Waters Rise” by Mikeschair last night and it’s lyrics truly express my life this semester:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2RP6DRVWpU

I am learning that the waters are rising are in my life right now and I feel like I have many challenges to overcome to graduate and move on in the path that God has in store for me. In the past few days, the Lord has been laying it upon my heart to be joyful and content in Him even as the waters rise and things get harder for me. It is the hard things in life that bring us closer to Him and I am amazed at how easily I forget that. I need to remember that when the waters rise, I must follow Him.

I have much more things to share but alas, I am tired and must get back to homework.

Good night!

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