God always provides, even when it doesn’t feel like He is near.  As a reminder of his loving-kindness and abounding grace, the following is a list of remarkable things happening in and around my life which actuate me to praise and thanksgiving.  Here they are as the list continues to grow…

  • 3/31/13 – Very moving illustration of redemption, A Story of Life & Death, at MCC Easter services this weekend.
  • 3/27/13 – Met a young man after school, a former student at MCS who screwed his life up and returned to share how he is now turning it all around.  In awe of his testimony that shows how God is ever faithful and how He is using our ministry to transform lives.
  • 3/15/13 – What a week as I have been surprised by joy!  HONORED that so many wonderful people have been introduced into my life, HUMBLED by all the kind words, ENCOURAGED to see how far I have come in the past three years, AMAZED by the epic story that is being written.  (Psalm 118:23-24)
  • 3/11/13 – Thankfully another successful observation.
  • 2/13/13 – Thankful for God’s perfect balance of justice and mercy, for never giving up on me, and for using events in the last week to revive my relationship with Him.  Today He gave me such incredible clarity and peace!
  • 12/30/12 – Grateful for time with extended family in North Carolina over the holidays.
  • 12/13/12 – 8th grade class was exceptionally well behaved at the Holocaust museum.  Good discussions to follow.
  • 12/12/12 – Completed the 6-week 33 Series curriculum with my small group.  Provided opportunities for us to become stronger and more mature men.  Personally, this concluded a season of leadership; I disbanded the group but this humbling decision positions me for the next good work.
  • 11/12/12 – Fell in love with Costa Rica and returned home safely from this once-in-a-lifetime experience with Discovery Student Adventures.  They only got me on the plane kicking and screaming…
  • 11/1/12 – Protected during Hurricane Sandy and able to take three days off from school to rest.  Very timely given three non-stop, challenging weeks that led up to this point.
  • 10/24/12 – My small group began a journey toward authentic manhood by participating in the “33 Series” alongside over 200 men.  A blessed night of transparent conversations and heartfelt challenges.
  • 10/10/12 – God introduced a new man to the small group, one with boldness and a yearning to grow in spiritual maturity.
  • 10/10/12 – Received strong reviews from a formal observation and positive feedback from student government inductions which were put together at the last minute.
  • 9/12/12 – One of the smoothest Back-to-School night’s we’ve had and a very positive experience for me as I met with parents.
  • 8/31/12 – Great first week back at school.  Encouraged by the vision cast by the Head of School and excited to meet some new faces.
  • 7/31/12 – Blessed by Ingrid Michaelson’s awe-inspiring concert featuring her new album Human Again, in Lancaster PA, with Jada Vance.
  • 7/21/12 – Chris Vazquez wins Abby Gerwin over for life at a very fun wedding in Wheaton, IL.
  • 6/29/12 – Completed a grueling week-long course for professional development.  3 credits down.
  • 6/25/12 – Had an amazing vacation in New Jersey visiting college roommates David Frick and Bobby Blanton.
  • 5/10/12 – Clarity in a series of trials, conflicts, and emotional pains.  Why thanks-giving?  Because God is surely doing or about to do a great work!  Satan wants to suppress God’s people from faithfully carrying out His work. (1 Peter 5:6-11)
  • 5/9/12 – Chiropractor gave me a clean bill of health after two weeks of unusual back pains.
  • 4/14/12 – Completed college course on the 8th Century Prophets through Milligan College, part of my continuing education.
  • 2/10/12 – Email and phone call announced that I was the grand prize winner of Discovery Education‘s “New Teacher Survival” contest.  Prize for my school includes 10 Nook color tablets, STEM resources, and a day of professional development.  Personal prize is a 5-day all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica!
  • 1/23/12 – Unexpected but much needed 2-hour delay.  Helped me to catch up on grading and prepare for the day.  This is what you call a “God-send.”
  • 12/16/11 – Friend Steve accepted job offer at Johns Hopkins
  • 12/11/11 – Witnessed Daniel, a student in my homeroom, get baptized at Community Christian Church in White Marsh, MD
  • 11/17/11 – 8th graders survived Washington, D.C. with a sobering trip to the Holocaust museum.  Praise that they are questioning and maturing in their worldview following this experience.
  • 11/9/11 – Started up new men’s small group with Steve Peck
  • 9/30/11 – Traded in my old Impala and got a new car, the 2012 Chevy Cruze
  • 8/15/11 – Philosophy of education is finished!  Two months of reading books and writing a paper that just never seemed to end.
  • 7/31/11 – I learned through failure and ultimately completed all requirements for my motorcycle license!
  • 7/19/11 – My car is towed back to Havre de Grace from Sparrowbush NY and repaired…at least temporarily anyway!
  • 7/16/11 – Matt Ulrich marries Kate Suffern in Argyle, NY.
  • 7/2/11 – College friend Abby Huffman changes her name to Abigail Devries.
  • 6/4/11 – Small group member Steve Peck weds Ashley Moyer at Mountain Christian Church.
  • 6/3/11 – 8th graders at Mountain Christian School are honored at their graduation.
  • 5/10/11 – Regained hearing after having abnormal pressure in my left ear for about two weeks.
  • 3/14/11 – Excellent field trip to Gettysburg and strongest test scores from 7th graders yet!  Confirmation that they are learning and I am communicating the information effectively.
  • 3/13/11 – After a rough winter of repeated illnesses, breathing clearly for the first time in months.
  • 12/7/10 – Mountain Christian School officially receives accreditation from ACSI and Middle States.
  • 11/25/10 – Friends Matt Ulrich and Kate Suffern get engaged in Prague.

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