The Joyful Teacher!

Joy is contagious!  But you know what else is contagious?… sadness, sorrow, depression, and unhappiness.  So what do you do about it whenever you aren’t feeling particularly joyful, possibly even sad or upset, as you walk into your classroom on any given day?  Well, stay tuned and find out, my fellow teachers.

Also, today on the video blog I discuss the 6 wonderful ways being filled with joy can help us.  To give you a sneak preview, here are the first 2:

  • Joy helps you to fight your fear.
  • Joy helps you destroy discouragement.

Please join me now on the vlog, and let’s encourage each other to be joyful in our classrooms.  Our students will be the biggest benefactors, and that’s what matters most! God bless you, and have a wonderful week in the classroom, teachers.  Stay devoted, and don’t forget about our boycott of Wal-mart! 

So You Didn’t Win Teacher of the Year?… Pt. 3 Is it Worth It?

Hello to all my fellow teachers out there in blog-land! :)

Today, we are finishing up our little mini-series on those of us who didn’t win, or haven’t won, #TOTY.  If you have kept up with the posts so far, you’ve learned the following:

  • Our confidence, credibility, & influence comes from God and our students!
  • If we don’t receive any rewards here, the ones that really matter will be awaiting us in heaven!
  • The 12 disciples were ordinary people, just like you and just like me, who weren’t rewarded with any earthly awards or titles, and yet turned this world upside down for Jesus!  What they did receive was a lot of suffering. 

As we close out this series, we turn our focus to David, Mary, Joseph, and a few of the martyrs mentioned in the Faith Hall of Fame chapter in the Bible – Hebrews 11. If you ever need a good dose of inspiration, read this chapter!

Finally, at nearly 20 minutes, this is the longest video blog I’ve ever posted!  If you don’t have the time to watch in one sitting, please split it up.  I really think it will be worth it (pun intended), and will encourage you to be the best teacher for God you can possibly be.  I would love to read your feedback if you have the time as well.

Don’t forget about our boycott of Wal-mart for its anti-Christian discrimination policy.  Click here to read the post about it.  Stay devoted, my fellow teachers, and God bless you!

In Response to the Left’s Intolerance & War on Christianity

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Don’t forget to spread the word about our boycott of Wal-mart, my fellow Christian teachers!  (See previous post.)  Keep up the good work!  YOU ARE AWESOME!

God bless you!

#RFRA  #WarOnChristians  #GetInvolved  #ChristianTeachersWanted

A Call For Christian Teachers to Boycott Wal-mart

I love Wal-mart.  Correction, I loved Wal-mart.  Over the years, I think I have single-handedly kept them in business being a wife and mother of four, not to mention all the school supplies I’ve purchased over the years for my classroom. But. No. More! Why you may ask?  The discrimination policy they have now issued against their Christian workers and Christians in general.

In pushing against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (#RFRA) in Arkansas, they have thrown Christians under the bus.  Now, if two homosexuals ask a Wal-mart baker to write on a cake for them something pertaining to their marriage, then the Christian baker, according to Walmart’s recent stand, would have to do it or face the consequences of losing their job.  It’s a sad time in our country for Christians, isn’t it?  The first amendment rights of the Christian baker are out the window, and, I might add, Wal-mart could care less about the small business owners that really are affected by this.  (Sounds a lot like a predator going in for the kill, doesn’t it?)

So, it’s time to take a stand, my fellow Christian teachers!  We have the power to make a dent in their bottom line.  I’m asking you to join me in boycotting Wal-mart. These days we have many more places to shop in small town America, (big cities too!)  than we used to, and it’s in small town America where Wal-mart makes a killing.  Now is the time to take our business elsewhere.

A couple of really good arguments have come across my news feed in the past few days regarding this issue.  The first one, from best selling author Dinesh D’Souza, would solve the problem, that is, if common sense were the order of the day:  A Christian forced to compromise his religious beliefs has no choice in the matter but a gay couple looking for a service can go elsewhere (or in the case of big companies like Wal-mart, another worker who had no religious belief on the matter could do it instead.) The other one is from Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas:  Should a Muslim who owned a t-shirt business be forced to print t-shirts stating that Mohammad was a false prophet?  

Since Wal-mart is strong arming our rights to religious freedom, we, in turn, must strong arm Wal-mart by taking our business elsewhere!  Let’s do this together, my fellow teachers!  We have the right to love Jesus just as others have the right to love whomever they want.

Please spread the word and let the boycott begin…

Question: What Time Is It?!

Answer:  It’s SPRING BREAK time! :)  My students and I have a pretty bad, better yet, good, case of spring fever!  Could it be partially due to the fact that I’ve been counting the days down with my students for the past 3 weeks?!

Enjoy yourselves, my fellow teachers!  You deserve it!  I also want to wish you a Happy Easter!  HE IS RISEN!  Devotions for Teachers will return week after next.

#SpringBreak   #Hallelujah  #HeIsRisen

So You Didn’t Win Teacher of the Year? Part 1 (Cont.) & Part 2

Today we continue our Teacher of the Year series, specifically, NOT winning TOTY! There are two main points you take away from today’s teaching that will encourage you.  You will have to tune in to see exactly what those are!  :)

Also, we take a look at the 12 disciples  – ordinary men who turned this world upside down for Jesus…and what was their reward?  They SUFFERED!  I can assure you though, they are enjoying their rewards in heaven right now as I’m writing this post. Praise God!

Since next week is spring break, I will post part 3 of this series the week after Easter Sunday. Until then, you are awesome, dear Christian teacher!  Stay devoted and God bless you in your classroom.

So You Didn’t Win Teacher of the Year?

Well, I have a confession to make… I didn’t either, and I never have! I have to admit, I would love to win Teacher of the Year, and I’m thinking if you did some polling, most teachers would say the same thing!  I’m also thinking in that same poll, you would find a lot of disappointed teachers who wanted to be Teacher of the Year, but never won the coveted title.

Listen!  If you think you need to win Teacher of the Year to have credibility with your peers and administration, to some degree you could be correct. But if you’re a Christian teacher in the classroom fulfilling the call of God on your life by ministering to and serving students, then your credibility comes from none other than God Himself (and more than likely from your students, because they are going to see Jesus in you, the Hope of Glory, and are going to love you and love your class!).

I’ll even take that one step further – forget just being credible – God will take a work done for Him from just being credible and, instead, make it incredible!   God’s word proves this over, and over, and over again!  In the next few days on the video portion of the blog, we are going to take a look at some good ole’ ordinary folks whom God called to do a work for Him…folks about whom the world would say had absolutely no credibility –  ordinary people, just like you and just like me.

I love it!  God is so good!  You don’t have to win awards to do mighty things for Him! With God, ordinary becomes extraordinary, and credible becomes incredible.  That’s the God we serve. Serving Him in the classroom is an honor in and of itself, my fellow teachers – no other awards needed!

We will begin with the 12 disciples and take it from there on this subject matter next time on the video portion of the blog.  You are invited to come back soon for another visit to devotionsforteachers.org. Until then, God bless you in your classroom and stay devoted to Him!