There are two ways of looking at the future. You can worry yourself silly, or you can place your future in the hands of God and walk forward with confidence and courage. It isn't that God wants you to be unconcerned about the future. Jesus urged His disciples to plan and prepare for what was ahead of them. But He also told them not to be consumed with worry.
God has a wonderful plan for your life~whether you are fifteen or fifty~five. He wants you to fearlessly face each day with you hand in His. Don't allow what might happen to rob you of your sense of excitement and anticipation. Go forward into the future with God.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
From one end of the Bible to the other, there is the record of men who turned the tide of history by prayer; men who fervently prayed, and God answered. The problems of the world will never be settled unless our national leaders go to God in prayer.
I attended Highland Elementary School during 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades. Kindergarten was not offered in public school in our town, so I started 1st grade when I was 5 years old, I turned 6 in October. My school was located 2 short blocks from our house. It was a large two story brick building. I walked home for lunch everyday because the school didn't have a cafeteria. The principal (I can't remember his name) taught 5th grade on the second floor. A few times I was asked to take a note to the principal. Those stairs seemed so steep to me. There was no school office with a secretary, just a phone on a little desk in an empty classroom that hardly ever rang. If it did ring the principal answered it. I have vivid memories of my years at Highland. I'd like to share a few of them with you!
This is how little girls dressed for school each day minus the gloves. If it was really cold I wore cordoury pants under my dress.
In 1st grade I learned to read from the Dick & Jane reading series. Mrs. Vaught was my teacher, she was a very calm lady. I remember doing phonics work pages & being a daffodil in our spring play.
Mrs. Aycock, my 2nd grade teacher, spoke with a thick southern accent, she was jolly & fun. She taught us to sing Silent Night for our Christmas play. She made sure we accented the 't' at end of the words that ended in 't'. I still have my phonics workbook with a swan on the cover.
Mrs. Young was a stern teacher with a twinkle in her eye. We walked to her house around the corner from the school to watch the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy on her black & white television.
4th grade was my last year at Highland School. The building was condemned because of its poor condition. My favorite teacher of all time was Mrs. Rose Jefferson. She had a beautiful smile. I think she was probably in her late 40s. She made sure we learned the books of the Bible. I had already memorized them in Sunday School so this was a breeze to me. We went down to the basement at least once a week to learn songs. I was amazed at how well Mrs. Jefferson played the piano. I think this is what influenced me to become an elementary music teacher. Mrs. Jefferson came to my wedding. She looked the same to me, smiling & beautiful!
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Tonitown, Ark., who have 18 children and one grandchild on the way, are expecting a new addition to their household – baby No. 19 will arrive in the spring. "We are so thrilled," says Michelle, 42. "We just couldn't believe it is happening." Jim Bob, 44, agrees: "This never gets old. We are so grateful for each child. We are looking forward to our first grand baby and our 19th child." Oldest son Joshua, 21 and his wife Anna, 21, are expecting daughterMackynzieRenée next month, so she will be older than her new aunt or uncle. "I think it is going to be awesome, it is going to be great," says Josh about the news that his parents are expecting. "We have been looking forward to the arrival of my little girl and to now get to celebrate for my parents, it's a wonderful thing."
I'm not sure what I think about this.
I can't even imagine having 19 children.
I guess if anyone can handle this it's the Duggars.