Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Confidence to Endure

Good Morning, sweet blogging friends!

Oh, this is the day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I'm so thankful for the morning. I have wrestled all night long. I think I was up walking nearly every hour. This is my last week of classes, with next week being finals, and then graduation on Saturday, May 9th. I have taken both teacher Excet tests and now I just have one MAJOR hurdle to go. After everything, I still need to pass the biology CLEP test. Oiy!

I have studied and studied and studied. I didn't see a lot of my family this weekend because I was locked in my office studying my heart out! And then came the knocking of the evil one...who convinced me that I would fail...and I'm ashamed to write this...I began to be convinced that this hurdle was impossible.

I know it was the evil one, because I have been stressed to the MAX. Can anyone relate? My mind was reeling: I have to give the TAKS test 3 out of 4 days this week, I still have my night classes, assignments that are due, papers to grade, and Friday's CLEP appointment is fast approaching; how am I going to do this?

Oh, the Faithful One let me wrestle all night long. I pleaded and prayed, and cried, and cried some more. This is too difficult I said over and over! Shame on me!!!! He patiently reminded me that nothing is too difficult for Him. He is the Creator of biology and He will be with me every step.

He called me to be a teacher and He will help me finish this race for His honor and His glory. Oh, His words to me in scripture just leapt off the page! His Word reminded me: "Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." I have goose bumps typing those words.

Oh, yes my confidence is in Him and with Him I can endure to the end and receive His great reward. I have a fresh outlook today and confidence in the One who says that Nothing is impossible with Him! Glory!



Karen M said...

I do know how easy it is for the evil one to discourage us. I also know how important each and every test is in this process. I'll pray for you this week. I do know how it feels when you think the mountain is just too great. BUT I also know that all we are called to do is OUR best. You've studied and now take it all one task at a time. Trust that God will put all the pieces together and give you clarity of mind during the test.

Melanie said...

Good Morning, Kristi! So glad Satan didn't get the best of you and the Lord has brought you new comfort and joy in it all today.

I've felt a bit like this lately myself (feeling overwhelmed just by all that needed to be done) and had a similar time of prayer and fighting off Satan over the weekend. How thankful I am that God is ALWAYS there when we call out to him.

Have a great week! You'll do just great on Friday!

bp said...

Hold tight to Him this week! He is with you every step of the way. You're right, it was the enemy speaking those lies to your heart. God is on your side!

sister sheri said...

Encouraging word... goes right along with my Bible Study today! Imagine the lives of those you influence seeing your authenticity and yet obedience to trust God at His Word!

ps your blog is sort of off center to me... wonder why it looks different?

Amanda said...

Good luck and prayers for you!!!

I am here because someone has nominated you foran Awesome Blog 2009 Award! Stop by and see what category someone thought you rocked!


God bless-

Debra said...

I'm praying for you Kristi...Phil 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". Not some things ... all things.

You got this....Oy Vay! lol

Love ya!

PS...when it's over and you have 10 minutes ... or if you never wanna do it...I totally get it because I'll be on vacation and will never get caught up when I get back...but I tagged ya. (you're rolling your eyes aren't ya?) (now you are laughing right?) I'm a great stress reliever! lol

Again ... love ya!

Erica said...

What an encouragement you brought to me this afternoon as well. I am so proud of you...for the endurance you have shown us all. I have been meditating on 2 Corinthians 10:5 for some of the very same reasons.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ!
Funny thing...
my word verification is "pullin"
Girl, I'm pullin' for you!

Brenda said...

You are going to do great Kristi! I will add you to my daily prayers!