This school year would have marked my ninth year as a French teacher. Some of you may be wondering if I’m doing a happy dance or if I’m sad. The truth is, although I will miss my beloved children (they were always more than just students to me), I am trusting God with this new course in my life.
Being a stay at home mom definitely has its perks, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was initially in panic mode when I realized I wouldn’t be able to find a French teaching job (or anything with a comparable salary and hours). Yet, I had to ask myself if worrying and stressing were going to help my situation. Obviously, the answer was no. I had to make a choice. Would I choose to focus on the positive or the negative in my circumstances?
It is so easy to embrace the negative mindset. We easily have 100 excuses for why something can’t or won’t work. Why won’t we invest the same energy into finding ways to make our circumstances work in our favor?
So, if you asked me if I see life or death in my new chapter, I would say life. The Bible teaches us that there is life and death in the tongue. Although it seems harder some days than others to speak life into any situation, I refuse to speak death over my family and myself. I refuse to embrace the negative. I refuse to lose hope. Each and every day, I will choose life.