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!

Thou Shalt Not Complain! Philippians 2:14-16

Tall order isn’t it?! In reality, it seems as if teachers do have the most reasons to complain.  Here’s the short list – a list I know 99% of us can more than likely relate to:

  •  The parent who thinks their kid can do no wrong and is just down right    mean
  •  The student or class that drives you up the wall
  •  An overbearing administrator
  •  A fellow teacher who does you wrong

Notice I said that’s the short list, because there is a much longer list for sure!  The truth is we will always have reasons to complain – good reasons to complain – but the challenge is to rise above all that and not complain.  I have learned over the years whenever I feel like complaining to pray instead.  Praying just changes my attitude and gives me a different perspective.  So replace your complaining with praying.  You’ll be a happier teacher, and happier teachers are better teachers!  #StopComplaining  #StartPraying

How Intimate Is Your Relationship With God? Luke 10:38-42

…it’s a very important question to ask ourselves, isn’t it? In order to fight the good fight of faith, we have to make sure we keep our quiet time, our intimate timewith God priority #1.  Indeed, intimacy with God is the #1 thing that will make 2015 the best it can be.  How do we it?  That’s what we are talking about on the blog today teachers.  God bless you!

Awaken! Arise! Fight the Good Fight of Faith! 1st Timothy 6:11-12

“I want my life to be the song You sing”… is one of my favorite lines from the Casting Crowns song, Until the Whole World Hears. Do you want your life to be the song He sings?  I do!  I try to play this song as often as I can before going to school each day, because it just fires me up! Not. Kidding.  I am ready to do BIG things for God in my classroom and throughout the school day after I hear it. I challenge you to listen to this song every day for a week and see if it lights a fire in you as well. Click on this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7qi2KlUffs, and it will take you right to it!  Seriously though, teaching is a BIG calling, and the time we have our students is short.  We need to be more urgent, so here are some important questions for you to consider:  Are you awake?!  Have you arisen?!  Are you fighting the good fight of faith?!  I hope your answer to each of those questions is a resounding YES!  If not, it’s time to reexamine our lives and perhaps reorder our priorities as Christian teachers. I hope the blog inspires you today!

Donna

PS. Here are the links for the other blogs mentioned in the vlog today:

http://devotionsforteachers.org/2014/10/02/arresting-apathy-revelation-24-5-2/

http://devotionsforteachers.org/2014/04/12/april-14-20-2014-a-big-teacher-revolution-1st-peter-31-2/

2014 in review

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8 To Be Great!… The Finale! Matthew 10:45

We’ve made it to the end of our series 8 To Be Great!… The 8 traits successful people, or in our case, successful Christian teachers, have in common.  It all started with passion, and it ends with…. well, you are fixing to find that out for yourself! ;)

On another note, this will be the last vlog of 2014 as we are 4 days away from Christmas break here in Georgia.  Praise the Lord!  If you’re like me, you are COVERED UP with things to do before the end of this first semester.  May God bless us all and keep us sane for the next 4 days! lol  I am praying for The Lord to bless you and make you the successful teacher He plans for you to be!

Grace and peace to you and remember:  Jesus is the reason for the season!

See you in January!

Donna

8 To Be Great!…Pt. 5 IDEAS: Innovating and/or Discovering Excellent Ideas for Students Proverbs 18:15

Hello teachers!

Successful people have good ideas, and I would venture to say lots of them, wouldn’t you?  I would also go a step further and take a guess, based on personal experience, that more of them don’t work out than do!  I firmly believe the Lord is waiting for us to simply ask Him for help in this area, and that’s what we are talking about on the blog today.  By the way, what you see is what you get with this blog! lol  If I make an error in grammar or pronunciation here or there, please forgive me.  If I edited it out, it would probably be more noticeable!  (Just keepin’ it real – and human!)  May the Lord richly bless you with lots of great ideas for your classroom.

Praying for you,

Donna