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Life is filled with expectations! However, many times they go unmet and yet God continues to bless and provide. This Advent, some of our Messiah staff will share stories of times when their life expectations were not met and yet God worked through the situation anyway. We pray these stories will encourage you as we think about What to Expect...When You're Expecting! Let’s prepare our hearts and homes for Jesus, the best unexpected blessing we will ever receive!!

A Teacher? No Way!

Jackie Glines | 5th Grade Teacher

"When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?" This is a question I am often asked, and my answer is, "I don’t know." Growing up, I never imagined myself teaching. In 5th grade I remember all the girls wanting to be teachers, and I thought, “No way.” I can’t even pinpoint the time I decided to become a teacher; I never expected to be a teacher, but God led me there. I look back and wonder what God must have been thinking as I imagined my future. Probably something that he often thinks – we really have no idea what he has planned for us.

God knew where I would be 5, 10, and even 36 years later. Now, I can’t imagine being anything other than a teacher. The path God laid out before me led me to attend Concordia, where I met lifelong friends and my husband, which then led to the amazing family he has blessed me with. It led me to a job in Edwardsville, IL working with some wonderful families and then to more amazing families at Messiah. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

As you look back on your life and how you got to where you are today, reflect on your choices. I have never felt like I could, “Let go and let God,” but as I reflect on how I got where I am today, I realize that I am here because I allowed God to be present in my life and lead me. This Christmas season if you are fighting against what God wants in your life, let go, have faith, and trust that God sees the path ahead and his plans are, “to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Psalm 46:10
“Be still and know that I am God.”

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you Lord for leading us, for seeing the path you have laid out for us and helping us along. Give us the courage and the faith to see your will, even when we can’t imagine it. Bless our families and friends this Advent season. Thank you for your good a perfect will and for sending us your good and perfect son, Jesus Christ. Amen

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