Started out the day with two Desiring God articles: Lift the Heavy Burden of Shame–How to Care for Parents of Prodigals and Pray Them Home–Three Prayers for Prodigal Children.
When I added things up, I drove for about three hours today… but it was okay, because I had the Amelie and Great Comet soundtracks! I had a counseling appointment, and then I went to our youth pastor’s house and visited with Erin (his wife) for a while and ate lunch.
I stopped by home for a snack and to try to figure out some PDF forms with my dad. Then I headed to work. I did some social media and advertising before the kids got there; the kids dragged in slowly, so we all just sat around and told funny stories about them. I worked with two second-grade girls today when they finally arrived, and besides a lengthy meltdown involving one of them lying on the floor under a table sobbing… it was a good day. We saved the last thirty minutes for our Christmas party–JR, a high school tutor, brought supplies for the kids to decorate cookies and play a game. Want to see some adorable pictures of my amazing kids? Of course you do! Click here to see the Facebook album I created, and drop our page a like while you’re there.
My caption today on my personal social media (Instagram @haileyh412):
Eight months ago, I began looking for a job at a local nonprofit that works with kids. When I looked at the pictures of the kids on the Next Generation Focus Facebook page, I knew it was the one. Not only do I get to tutor amazing and hilarious kids on a daily basis, but I also do grant writing, advertising, marketing, and social media (now I’m the one posting cute pictures of the kids). Besides writing, my future plan is to start a nonprofit where kids can play softball and baseball at a high level for a low cost + hear about Jesus, and my job at NGF makes me feel like I’m taking huge strides towards that dream. Ending my first full semester here with a grateful heart.
A concept that has been on my mind lately is being “for” someone. There’s a church near me whose motto is #ForGwinnett, and I just LOVE that. There is so much power in telling someone that you are for them. God is for us, so why shouldn’t we be for others? I am for my friends. I am for these beautiful kids I work with. I am for my city, my nation, and my world.
Here’s what I did last year on December 19th. What did you today?