Thursday, August 6, 2009

And we're off to the races!

As most of you know this past year has been a series of trials beginning with Paul losing his job. Well, he was hired about a month ago to teach at Hays High School. He will be teaching Pre-engineering and Math as part of a program called Project Lead The Way. He is very excited!

Cynthia is going to be teaching 3rd grade at Williams Elementary School. Most of you may not know that Williams is a RECOGNIZED school based off this past years TAKS scores. Even though we have our opinions about standardized testing we are still very proud of our students who worked very hard this past year!

Anyway, New Teacher Academy begins Monday and we will both officially be working teachers! We are excited and nervous, but mostly excited. Please pray that we are just ready for the school year with our classrooms. This is a very exciting time in our lives and we are praising God for getting us through the past year or more!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Big News!

Paul got offered a job in Hays CISD as a pre-engineering/Math teacher! We are so excited. Please pray for God to get us through this summer so we can settle into the school year!

We love you guys!

Monday, April 27, 2009

A full time job!!!!

You will all be glad to know that I was offered a job teaching 3rd grade at Williams Elementary! I am so excited! It is for next school year, and I will have benefits, retirement, and a salary! I never thought this day would come! I am going tomorrow to sign all of the papers!

As for Paul...he is working part time at church during the day, part time at The Home Depot at night (and when I say night I mean 8pm-midnight). And the poor guy substitutes when he can on top of that!

Please say lots of prayers because Paul is going to the job fair for Austin ISD this weekend, and we would love for him to land a job while he is there. They have been known to hire on the spot in high needs areas, and well...he is certifying to teach math, so we are praying this works out.

I guess that is all going on. I'm tired, and Paul is getting ready to go to work soon! Lots of substituting this week!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

What has changed with those crazy Coppingers?

For those who are wondering what the answer to this question is this blog is for you!

To answer it simply not much..

Paul has been on several interviews for Math teaching positions but they have all chosen to go a different way. He is currently working part time a church, and finishing up his certification courses. We are praying that he will be able to get an internship this next school year.

Cynthia has been spending her days with 3rd graders at Williams Elementary. She is in a long term sub position for a teacher who had a baby in January. She will continue in this position through most of April.

You might be thinking that this school name sounds familiar to you, and it should. It is the same place where she did her student teaching. Needless to say she if forming deep relationships with the staff there so we are praying that she will be offered a full time position for the fall.

Other than that life is the same. God is at work in amazing ways, and we are still trying to figure out the next step on this path. However, we have come to realize that having Christ is a far greater treasure than anything this world has to offer. It is truly amazing for us to come to a point in our lives where we know God is taking care of us, and that He is going to provide for us.

Anyway, please leave a comment if you have any questions you would like for us to answer. Sometimes we just don't know what to tell y'all!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Spirtitual Warfare

So as most of you know we have been struggling with no jobs, working where we aren't appreciated, living off of the smallest amount we can make possible, and dealing with a miscarriage.

A couple of weeks ago I had an anxiety attack (which has happened before), and I realized that I just don't know how to deal with traumas from my childhood. I have been in counseling before and I talked about it, but I wasn't given tools to deal with things when they come up. I think I have been secretly hoping that counseling would make all of that go away and I wouldn't have to deal with it. So I think I was surprised when it all came up full force, and I was left standing there saying "Oh, no! What do I do?"

So this time around I am going to do Christian Counseling, and pray that through it I will learn tools from scripture that will help me deal with these things when they do come up. I have talked with some very wise people over the last week, and they have all said that counseling will help me learn how to deal with the situations from my past but it isn't going to take it away. Satan is going to always be there as the accuser reminding me of what has happened, how I have sinned, and telling me I am no good and worthless. I think I was a little shocked to hear that Satan was involved. I am always shocked when he attacks even though scripture tells me not to be. It tells us in 1 Peter that Satan is always looking for someone to devour so BE ALERT! I'm not sure if I am sleeping or what, but when Satan comes after me I am always wondering why me!

Our good friend John was telling us about a lecture series he has been listening to from Mark Driscoll on Spiritual Warfare. As I was listening to him talk about it I realized that all that has come up with my anxiety attack is not just in my head it is Satan in full force. John was telling us about one part of the series and he could have been telling me about how I feel, but from a different side. As I left I looked at Paul and I told him we have to be praying for protection, and we have to have our armor on at ALL TIMES! It was at that moment that I realized that some of the things that have happened to me were completely from Satan, and God has truly protected me. I have to say that when I accepted Christ at the age of 5 it was a vastly different experience than most I have heard, but Christ from that moment on was protecting me from satanic attack. It was not long after that when spiritual warfare began happening in my life. I didn't know it, but I know that Jesus was with me.

I just want to ask that you pray for Paul and I as Satan is coming at us like we never thought we would experience. We have been warned that Satan is going to try to come between us in our marriage, and he is already attacking me personally. Please pray that through counseling God will reveal to me how to forgive those who have been used by Satan to harm me, that I will learn how to deal with these attacks when they happen and not allow them to get to the point where I have anxiety attacks, and please pray for our marriage that God would be the center of it, we would come to Him at all times of day for wisdom, and that God will protect us as we go through this time.

Thank you for all you do for us, and especially for your prayers!