Passing The Test

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Hello there!

Sorry I’ve been busy. A belated Happy Father’s Day to all of you who are responsible fathers and to all of you who like me, are mothers who have to be fathers too.  Hahaha!

But I have good news.  On a previous post I wrote that I had to take a test called the TeXes.  Well, the first time that I took the test, I was so distracted that when I took the test & the scores came, I was 6 points short of passing the test.  Instead of giving up because of my broken heart and my first failed intent of passing the TeXes I decided try it once more.

I scheduled a studying period in the mornings after my prayers & my Bible reading time.  (You know, God always has to come first).  Then I worked with Pearson after 11 AM during the rest of the day.  So I was literally working & studying, even though working with Pearson are temporary projects.  But I really needed the money.  It wasn’t easy to disconnect myself from my personal fears & feelings.  But studies and work can help you get distracted a lot from your burdened heart.  Of course, God helps too.  I guess that’s one reason we have sometimes to fight for the things we want.  Sometimes we think that we have to sit back and expect things to happen, because God has to tell us what to do.  But that’s not right.

“Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:6-7

This is what God told Joshua when he had to lead Israel into the promised land.  God tells us to work hard, be courageous and strong so that we can go to the promised land.  He won’t do the possible for us; He will do the impossible for us.  Working, being strong and being courageous are completely possible for us.  We have to work to achieve our goals.

So I worked, studied and I prayed to God during those weeks to at least pass the test with a score of 240 (which is the minimum score to pass).  When it was two days before the test; I risked not gaining more money from Pearson but I had to review my Math knowledge.  It was a risk but if I could pass the test, it would be worth it.

On Saturday morning, June 13, I took the TeXes for the second time.  It took me 4 hours to complete it. I felt accomplished and tired but somehow I knew I would be rewarded for my hard work.  I have to admit that I was nervous for the next days.

On Tuesday June 16 the test scores arrived to my email.  I called my daughter to be by my side because my heart was pounding so loud I could hear it in my ears.  These results would decide if we would start a new living or we would go to Florida and start from the beginning: trying to look for a job.  Texas is better because I already had a job offer starting with a great salary and doing what I like: teaching.

When I opened the PDF with the results, I saw it right there:  240 points….and below in green font the word: PASSED !!  My daughter and I hugged and screamed so loud.  God had answered my prayer with the exact points I had asked for.  He rewarded my faith, my hard work and my effort. My last paycheck from Pearson was deposited in my bank account with less money; but I don’t care. It was worth the risk.  I believe that my professional life is about to change for the better.

There are still some more challenges up ahead.  I have to pass the Bilingual Supplementary test too. But it’s not necessary to start teaching.  I can teach with what I have. Everything is running according to His plan.  I firmly believe that my God has everything under His control.  He will provide for all of our needs in His perfect time.

So if you have plans, put them in His hands; I will pray for you.  Believe that He wants you to follow the purpose He has for your life.  God is good all the time; all the time God is good.

(Drawing by Anna Lorraine)

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