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Restored – A Teacher’s Summer Comes to an End

Today marks my first day back at school.

After vacating my classroom a little over two months ago, I am back at it, attending in-service meetings for two days before being released for official “pre-planning” the next three days.

I will welcome a new group of students on the 20th.

As the last few days of the break ebbed away, I began to reflect on the time I had spent within the confines of my home.

As you know, the last week of school had been traumatic for me due to circumstances outside of my control.

Although a workaholic by nature, I forced myself to stay away from my Smartboard software.

I did not lesson plan; I did not read professional journals.

I didn’t even visit links provided by my mentor when she sent them out periodically.

I completely shut down and allowed myself to live in my pajamas except for forays into the public realm to eat lunch with friends or get my nails done.

I read and knit to my heart’s content, and I played on Ravelry, a website community for fiber fanatics.

I discovered a love for baking, basking in the joy that emanated from my children’s eyes as they ate my butter cream-topped delicacies.

I prayed a lot and sought God’s healing and His guidance.

I reflected on who I was as a Christian and who I wanted to become.

I made no apologies and felt no guilt for my laze-ridden days.

For the first time in a long time, I put my needs first.

The end result is that I finally feel restored.

I finally feel refreshed.

I feel equipped emotionally, physically, and spiritually to tackle the challenges that will certainly come my way during the next ten months.

I can say, with all honesty, that I have a new perspective and do not resent having to end my summer of fun.

I know that God used the trials I went through to mold me…to carve out a few imperfections that were holding me back from being the woman of God I need to be.

This will go down in my personal record book as one of the best summers I have had in many years.

All praise to the Lord for His healing touch in my life.  It has been His hand that has restored me, and I can never thank Him enough.

Jeremy Camp

All this time I’ve wandered around
Searching for the things I’ll never know
I’ve been searching for this answer that
Only will be found in your love

And I feel it my heart is being mended by your touch
And I hear it your voice that’s shown my purpose in this world

You have restored me from my feeble and broken soul
You have restored me (2x)

I’ve only come to realize my strength will be made perfect at your throne
Laying all reflections down to see the precious beauty that you’ve shown

And I feel it my heart is being mended by your touch
And I hear it your voice that’s shown my purpose in this world

You have restored me from my feeble and broken soul
You have restored me (2x

Laying all these questions down
You’ve answered what I need
You’ve given more than I deserve
You’re making me complete

You’ve given all these open doors
I’m humbled at your feet
Because of what you’ve done for me

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