Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Happy Birthday to my little Nathaniel!

It is hard to believe that two years ago I was in the room when Nathaniel entered the world. That was a privilege beyond measure. And, tonight, one of the most precious sounds in the whole world ...... "Hey, Nana!" was my greeting before the cake ceremony. I am indeed a blessed woman. Happy Birthday, Nathaniel ....... Proverbs 3.

Monday, March 23, 2009

My New Book Title

I have decided to write a book entitled, Help! They've Switched my Role and Forgot to Give Me the Script! Subtitled: Life as an Empty Nester.

THE moment

This is a gem of a quote that came from my calendar (given to me by my precious mother-in-law). It is by Stormie Omartian: "You never know when you will step into the moment for which God has been preparing you. And it is not just one moment; it's many successive ones. It doesn't matter whether you are a single career woman or a married lady with nine children under the age of ten; it doesn't matter whether you are nineteen or ninety, God is preparing you daily for something great." This spoke so profoundly to me today in my classroom..... only the LORD know the moments for which I was created .... was it a moment of encouragement to a student? was it a moment of love to my own children? or was it a moment of ministry to my husband? I do know that when my faith becomes sight, He will reveal the moments and I will marvel at His infinite grace and wisdom. What a day that will be !!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I Love My Job

Honestly, seriously I love my job. I am so grateful to have it and I am so grateful to have a job I like. One of the best parts of my job is the free entertainment it provides on a daily basis. I never knew that a young lady could toss her head in so many different directions while saying "Oh My God!" at the same time. I never knew that young men could walk, text, and put their arm around a girl while holding up their pants at the same time. (Now, Jonathan, that is true multi-tasking.) I never knew that people could love you and hate you all at the same time. I do think that I make a difference .... especially when some little blonde says to me, "Ms. Erdman, why do songwriters and everybody else make so much money when the teachers are the ones that got them to where they are today? After all, without teachers, where would anybody be?" I could not have said it better.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Evening Prayer

You love us, this we know, because Your Word tells us so. I know that Jane and her family belong to You because You are their Savior. No matter how weak we are, You will always be our strength. Stay close to us all the way. Because of everything You have done, help us to live for You. Stay close to us through this night. Relieve us of our self-inflicted stress and confusion - we know this is not of You, but of the master of confusion. In Jesus' name and His holy blood, we claim our households for Him. This is a battle, dear God, but the battle belongs to You.

Sometimes You calm the storm, and other times You hold Your child.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

My Sistah

A girl can never have too many sistahs! I am blessed with three of the best big sistahs in the world ! My sister, Jane, is going through a rough time right now. She is possibly at the lowest point she has ever been at. I wish so badly I was near her and that, if nothing else, I could just drink coffee with her every morning. But I am so far away and somedays I feel a world away, but tonight I realized that the LORD is near to all who call upon Him. And that makes the distance between Atlanta and Chapel Hill seem closer.
I am also committing to pray daily for her and ask that you would join me. Today, I want to pray a song over her. It is one of our favorite worship songs at church...... God is bigger than the air I breathe, the world we'll leave, He will save the day and all will say, "My Glorious!"

So here we go .....

Heavenly Father, When we see our picture, we get discouraged and our vision is limited. But Your picture is huge. You know this very moment in Jane's life, you knew it would happen before it happened, and You see her future. You have never let go of her. Tonight, Lord Jesus, touch her mind and give her clarity. Touch her heart and calm her spirit. Touch her body and give her rest. Place your warring angels about her house to guard her family tonight. Help us to realize that You are bigger than the air we breathe, You are bigger than the economy, You are bigger than illness both physical and mental. But, most of all, God, help us to remember that NOTHING separates us from Your love - neither height, nor depth, and wherever we go, You are there. For that, we praise Your Holy name. And we pray this in the name of our Savior, Jesus.

Amen, so be it, amen