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Archive for May, 2008

A Tribute To My Mother

Last week my mother celebrated thirty years of teaching at Raleigh Christian Academy. It is an accomplishment that she has been in the same profession for thirty years but an even bigger accomplishment that she did it at the same school. I know that it hasn’t always been easy for her. I am sure there are times when the easy thing to do would have been to leave but she knew it was not the right thing. That is one lesson that I have learned from mother after all these years. The right thing is not always the easy thing.

When she took that job thirty years ago, she never dreamed that she would have such a great influence in so many different kids lives. Many of the students that she has taught over the years have gone on to be doctors, lawyers, businessmen/women, police officers, teachers, preachers, missionaries, youth pastors, musicians,and the list could go on and on. She started out teaching elementary and now teaches Honors and AP English. She even did  a few years as an elementary principal, but realized that her place was in the classroom. She has been involved in the music program at the school and has spent many years as the pianist for the choir at school. She is a very gifted musician playing the piano, the organ, and the violin. She made sure that my brother and I were given opportunities to be involved in music. To this day, my brother and I both sing on Praise Teams at our different churches. While watching sports is not necessarily her cup of tea, she was at most of my basketball and softball games. Even when they were out of town. She may not have necessarily enjoyed them, but her kids were out there and so there she sat.

As a teenager, I always thought that my mother and I had nothing in common. Our personalities are very different, but the older I get, the more I realize how much like my mother I am. My love for books and music comes from my mother. My desire to not just have a job but have a career in which I can make an impact comes from mother. My mother instilled in me a job worth doing, is worth doing right. I can’t tell you how many times she made me do things over and over until it was right. I didn’t like it at the time, but as an adult, I am glad she did. She taught me to take responsibility for my actions, and not make excuses. Although she swore I was going to write a book on excuses some day. I could come up with them. I am sure there have been many days when she wondered what in the world she was going to do with me. I know I was not the easiest child in the world to deal with, and there were days when it seemed that all we did was butt heads. Believe it or not, I have a stubborn streak. I was more quiet about it than my brother though. He would just flat out dig his heels in about something, whereas I would say okay, and then go do what I wanted to do. I think we finally made a break through in our relationship when I became an adult and we were  finally able to  admit that we just didn’t understand each other. Since then, I have made more effort to understand her, and I know she has made more effort to understand me.

I think the most important thing that my mother has taught me is commitment. She has modeled this by her commitment to Raleigh Christian Academy for 30 years and this September, she will have been married to my father for 40 years. In this day and age, this is quite an accomplishment. I know it hasn’t always been easy for her and I am sure there were days she wanted to throw in the towel. The most important commitment that she has role modeled to me is her commitment to doing God’s will no matter what the costs may be. It is her commitment to God  that has enabled her to be successful in the other areas of her life. Sometimes being a teacher can be a thankless job, but I am thankful for my mother and the influence that she has had on my life. I am confident that when she stands before the Lord at the end of her life she will hear “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

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Wedding Bells and Baby Bottles

Tonight, I got a phone call from one of my good friends. She was excitedly talking about her wedding that is planned for December 30, and she wanted to make sure that I knew this when making my holiday plans so I would be in town for her wedding. I told her I would be here and I wouldn’t miss it  for the world. I am excited for her. Then she hits me up for the REAL reason for the phone call. She needs my help next weekend to do a babyshower for another friend of ours. Again, I am glad to be able to do this, although party planning is not usually my cup of tea. Especially decorating. I totally suck at decorating. But I do have fun wherever I go.

Anyway, the point of this post. While I am totally happy for my my friend’s upcoming wedding and baby, it leaves me a little confused. There is this  part of me that is going “hello, God, its me, Angela, have you forgotten about me down here in south Georgia?” I know that God has  a plan for me and maybe it is not getting married and having a family, although it is something that I would like to have someday. Lately, I have tried not to focus on what I don’t have but on the opportunities that I am given to live each day to its fullest. I guess it is times like this that hit me kind of hard. It is difficult in today’s society to be single. There is such a stigma if you are not married. It seems to be worse where I live now. It really isn’t about getting married. if that were my goal, I am sure I could have been married by now, but that is not the goal. I want to marry the one that God has for me. It is not always easy but I know that God will give me the desires of my heart. Right now my desire is to live for God and be what He wants me to be.


The Heart of Worship

Tonight while we were singing the song”Heart of Worship”, my friend’s four year old walked to the front with her Precious Memories Bible in one hand and her teddy bear in the other. She opened her Bible and placed it on the platform. She just stood there for a minute. Her grandaddy, who is also the pastor of our church, walked over to her and talked to her for a minute and then she picked up her Bible and went and sat down. I realized that this display by a four year old, was really the heart of worship. It wasn’t our singing or praying or anything else, it was a child. That is why Jesus had a special place in His heart for children. There was something so innocent and pure about this simple display of worship. That is what God desires from us. He desires that we come to Him with the heart of a child.


Racoon Bite Causes School to Lock down……

I came across this today and thought it was absolutely hilarious. I could so see this happening in South Georgia!

Raccoon bite causes school to lock down in Swampscott

SWAMPSCOTT – Officials decided to lock down the Clarke School Tuesday after a raccoon bit a school crossing guard minutes before school was released for the day.

According to Detective Sgt. Tim Cassidy, Judith Hapgood was stationed at the Clarke School on Norfolk Avenue just after 2 p.m. when she felt something rub against her leg and was then bitten by a raccoon.

School Resource Officer Rose Cheever was contacted and she immediately contacted officials at Clarke School and administrative offices.

Cassidy said the school was placed in lockdown until the raccoon was disposed of. He said the animal was located behind a house across from the school and Sgt. Richard McCarriston euthanized the raccoon.

Calls to Principal Lois Longin were not immediately returned on Tuesday but Superintendent Matthew Malone said students were inside the school when the incident occurred.

“It was at the conclusion of the school day just prior to dismissal,” he said. “A raccoon attacked and bit one of our highly valued employees. We wish her the best in her recovery.”

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Cassidy said Hapgood was taken to North Shore Medical Center to receive treatment for the animal bite.

Malone said school and public safety officials worked together to ensure the safety of the students.

“Everyone did a phenomenal job today,” he said. “School and public safety officials did an outstanding job. We used an alternate door for dismissal and the students were dismissed in an orderly manner.”

According to Cassidy, Marblehead Animal Control Officer Betsy Tufts took the dead animal to be tested for rabies.

Malone said parents of Clarke School students were notified about the incident using the Connect-Ed telephone system.


Never Let Go

Sunday night I had a rare night home from church and decided to watch a movie. I watched The Guardian with Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Costner. It was a really good movie. I do not want to give away the plot of the movie but at the end, the Senior Chief dies and they never found his body. The very end of this movie really caught my attention. Here is what is said, “There is a legend of a man who lives beneath the sea. He is a fisher of men. The last hope for all those who have been left behind.” I sat there stunned for a moment. Would somebody say that about us? Are we as focused on saving those who are drowning in the sea of sin and despair, like those Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers are about saving those who are drowning. They may not save them all and we may save all those we come in contact with, but have we tried? Have we given it our best try? I was challenged to focus more on being a witness to those around me. The closing song of this movie was “Never Let Go” by Bryan Adams

Can you lay your life down, so a stranger can live?
Can you take what you need, but take less than you give?
Could you close every day, without the glory and fame?
Could you hold your head high, when no one knows your name?
That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Can you lose everything, you ever had planned?
Can you sit down again, and play another hand?
Could you risk everything, for the chance of being alone?
Under pressure find the grace, or would you come undone?
That’s how legends are made, at least that’s what they say?

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, cause you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go

Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

We say goodbye, but never let go.
We live, we die, ‘but you can’t save every soul.
Gotta take every chance to, show that you’re the kinda man who;
Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Will never look back, never look down,
and never let go.

Never let go, Never let go, Never let go


You Know You Are In A Pentecostal Church when…..

So, yesterday morning I was awakened to the rumble of thunder. It was one of those mornings that I could have slept forever, but had to get up and get to church. I got there for choir practice and it had really started storming. Everytime, the lightning flashed, you could hear it snap, crackle, and pop through the sound system. Our worship leader then hands me a microphone. I wasn’t too sure about this, so I turned to one of my friends and said, “If I start jerking and foaming at the mouth, it is not the Holy Spirit, I am being electrocuted!”Everybody laughed and told me I was not right, but as a converted Baptist, I felt I needed to clarify being that this is a Pentecostal church and all. Luckily, though, by the time the service started, the thunder and lightening had stopped and I did not get electrocuted!


Mothers Day

I found this great video today on phrases mother’s sayings put to music. Thought it was worth sharing.

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