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!

Apathy Arrested

As teachers, especially those of us who are Christians, we want to encourage and serve our students…that is, until apathy sets in.  Can I get an amen?!  Apathy is poison in our classrooms, whether it’s seeping out of teachers or students.

Since this is the last week I’ll see this group of 8th graders (my students change classes at the end of each quarter), I always try to squeeze in one inspirational movie that will help them to see the big picture of what life is really all about. So, we are watching To Save A Life, a movie about a teenager who commits suicide in front of his peers at school.  Sounds depressing, but my kids love this movie!!!  The kids in the movie, and my students, totally look at life differently after seeing what apathy can lead to.

My prayer for you is that if you are experiencing apathy, the video blog will encourage you to turn it around and experience the joy and passion you need to fulfill God’s mission for you in your classroom!

Never forget – what you do in your classroom impacts lives both now and eternally! God bless you, teachers!

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 courageous
We were warriors on the front lines
Standing, unafraid
But now we’re watchers on the sidelines
While our students slip away
Where 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 courageousSeek 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. :)