Lord, Help Us To Get Our Hands Dirty! 1st Corinthians 15:58

Hello to all you awesome teachers out there!

I’m thinking many of you are snow bound like I am and are enjoying a couple, or maybe more, of unexpected days off.  Isn’t it wonderful?!  It’s great to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the winter wonderland God is creating for us in the South as I’m writing this post.  It is certainly one of the perks of being a teacher for sure! :)

So instead of doing the usual video blog, I thought I would share a couple of thoughts with you about our calling.

I was watching Christine Caine speak at Passion 2015 in Atlanta on YouTube today, and I want to share a couple of very important points she made that are applicable and encouraging to all of us Christian teachers in the public school classroom.  Of course, she wasn’t speaking directly about or to teachers, but I always seem to interpret everything through the lens of my teacher colored glasses!  I’ve incorporated a couple of my own thoughts as well after reflecting upon her message…

#1 – Teaching is a calling, not a career.  We are called by God to be in our classrooms.  Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

#2 – Therefore, we are to be workers for Him.  1st Corinthians 3:9  For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

#3 – Since the work we do is for Him, it’s for His glory and not ours.  Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

#4 – God wants the souls of our students, but so does the Devil. Luke 10:2  And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Think. About. It.  Especially #4.

You and I know, without a doubt, the enemy has his laborers working overtime for the souls of our students.  Therefore, we have to work harder and harvest more!  

Our Christian presence in the classroom is a must, but not just our presence, but our presents - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  We can, and must, win them for Christ!

Let’s pray for and encourage our fellow Christian teachers who work alongside us each and every day. Also, let’s be mindful to ask the Lord to call more Christian teachers into the public school classroom.  May our prayer together be, Lord, help us to get our hands dirty!

God bless you!

We Were Made To Be Courageous! 1st Timothy 6:12

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6

If you follow Devotions for Teachers, then you know I open the video portion of each blog post with a snippet of the song Courageous, by Casting Crowns. Teachers, now more than ever, need to be courageous!  There’s a war going on for the souls of our students, our schools, our families, and our nation for that matter. It is daunting to say the least. Therefore, we need courage, not fear, to drive us on toward victory!

Teachers, what you do is so importantyou and I are the foot soldiers in this war!  In order to cheer you on in battle, I’m posting the lyrics to the song – but tweaking them just a bit in order to speak to your teacher’s soul.  Then, I’m posting the video of the song for you to watch and sing along with, using the teachers’ lyrics of course!

My fellow teachers, fight the good fight of faith!  We were made to be courageous!

God Bless

“Courageous”

We were made to be courageous
We were made to lead the way
We could be the generation
That finally breaks the chains
We were made to be courageous
We were made to be courageousWe were warriors on the front lines
Standing, unafraid
But now we’re watchers on the sidelines
While our students slip awayWhere are you, teachers of courage?
You were made for so much more
Let the pounding of our hearts cry
We will serve the Lord

We were made to be courageous
And we’re taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we’ll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

This is our resolution
Our answer to the call
We will love Christ and our students
We refuse to let them fall

We will reignite the passion
That we buried deep inside
May the watchers become warriors
Let the teachers of God arise

We were made to be courageous
And we’re taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we’ll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk humbly with your God

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

We were made to be courageous
And we’re taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we’ll ever stand
Is on our knees with lifted hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

We were made to be courageous
Lord, make us courageous

A Basket, A Ball, and A Bummed Believer…Part 2! Psalm 34:18

The story continues to unfold today on Devotions for Teachers about my disillusionment in God over a basketball game of all things(!), so let me give you a little bit more insight as to what happened, and the lessons I learned that actually might help you and me in our classrooms.

Reminder:  You know, I love the song, Shake It Off, by Taylor Swift, but sometimes that’s easier said than done.  Can I get an AMEN???!!!

God bless you and stay devoted to God. :)

A Basket, A Ball, and A Bummed Believer

How could a high school basketball game lead to a crisis in my faith?!  I mean really, in the big scheme of life what does it matter? After all, I have other way more important battles to fight in life right now.

But, then, those questions (have you ever had them?) came hurdling at me like a bowling ball 100 mph wiping out the pins in its path – where is the favor of God, the hand of God, and the grace of God when you need it?…  when you’ve asked for it?… when you’ve prayed fervently for it?…  These are BIG questions, meaningful questions, for this here believer.

Well, that’s what I had to ask myself this weekend after my daughter’s team lost a big game Friday night due to horrible, and I mean horrible, refereeing.  By. 1. Point!  I might add that we actually beat that team by 10 to 15 points at least, but officially lost 41-40 according to the final score on the scoreboard.  We beat the team, but not the refs.

Life’s just not fair sometimes, but we can’t let it beat us down.  Thankfully, the Lord has brought me back to my senses.  I’m gonna finish this story and my experience with you on the video portion of this blog on Thursday, Lord willing, before the next game on Friday. Yikes!  And yes, I believe it will help you in your classroom! :)

Until then, God bless you!

Steady Island (Rock Steady!) 1st Corinthians 15:58

Steady, steadfast, immovable, rock solid… these are traits that our students need to see us demonstrate day in and day out in our classrooms.  But what, you ask, does that have to do with an island?  Ha!  Stay tuned and you’ll find out today on the vlog.

Not only that, but yes, I actually do a cheer for you at the end.  Hey, whatever it takes right?!  Seriously though teachers, many of our students, unfortunately, don’t receive the benefits from having stability in their lives, bless their hearts. Stability is a gift we can give our students, and the formula for it is found, you guessed it, in the Word of God.

Remember, what you do for The Lord in your classroom can’t be overstated.  It’s very important, and thank you for being steadfast, immovable…. always abounding in the work of The Lord!  God bless you and stay tuned…

Steady Island

#StabilityIsAGift   #SteadyLikeTheRock  #RockSteady

Proof that Teachers Don’t Get Paid Nearly Enough

Originally posted on From Bell to Bell:

Today I gave a quiz. I give short, five question quizzes two or three times a week just to be sure everyone is keeping up with the reading or the class discussion.  These quizzes aren’t meant to delve deeply into what we are studying. They aren’t meant to ask any higher order thinking questions. I’m just making sure everyone has been paying attention.  And since I give such frequent check-for-understanding type quizzes, you might think that my students would have the quiz taking process down, even if they don’t know the material.  You might think that, but you’d be wrong…

Me: (as I’m checking attendance) Okay get out a sheet of paper.  When I finish the roll we are going to have a quiz.

After roll call..

Me: Number one…

Suzi:  Wait.  What!  What are we doing?

Me: We are having a quiz.  You should be ready…

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The Thoughts of Life and the Life of Thoughts 2 Corinthians 10:5

So many thoughts and so much thinking going on in these minds of ours…in the minds of our students.  How do we take control of our thoughts, instead of our thoughts taking control of us?   That’s what we are talking about today on the blog. I’ve done a lot of thinking about this subject over the past few days as there have been some tragic events that have taken place in and around our community.  I want my students to be prepared when bad things happen.  I want them to know how to handle the deceptive thoughts that come their way.  We always need to be aware of the demeanor of our students. You never know – in doing so, we might just save a life. There is literally a battle going on in the supernatural realm for their souls.  To think otherwise is to be deceived for sure. 1st Peter 5:8 states, “Be alert and of sober mind your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”  Our classrooms are our mission field, teachers. Never forget that!

Blooper alert!  I get just a little (well, really a lot!) tongue tied with a certain phrase at the end of this blog!  Stay tuned, ’cause it’s just a tad funny!