Confession Time

As I talk to other teachers, I’ve learned there are times during the standard 30 year teaching career when one’s passion, for whatever reason, for teaching feels as if it has gone south for the winter. From what I’ve heard, it happens at least 3 times during that 30 year span of time.

Confession Time

That’s precisely where I find myself at the moment – and it’s time #2 for me.  (I’m wondering if the 2nd time is the stage where a lot of educators become administrators!) Since I’ve been teaching a few years, I know that we all just have those days, here and there, when you would rather be doing something else. But. This. Is. Different.

Being careful to hide it, my students haven’t noticed, but I sure have.  I’ve been assured it will pass, but as I keep praying and waiting for God to reignite my passion, it just hasn’t  – yet!  It’s quite the predicament for sure.  It has me worried, anxious, and restless, questioning God and questioning myself.  I am so ready for it to pass, because I firmly believe without passion you just can’t be the teacher God wants you to be.  And frankly, I like the teacher I am when I’m on fire with passion. It gives me purpose.

So guess what I’ve been doing?  In an effort to combat this wave of passionlessness (is that even a word?), I’ve gone back and listened to (yes) myself!  A while back, I posted the vlog I’m reposting today about passion.  In it, I talk about 3 things that will help you stay passionate about your calling to teach.  I’m hoping it helps you if you’re in the same predicament I am.  It’s not fun, but since I know God works everything for good, it will work itself out.  I’ve just got to hang in there, and so do you!

If you’re going through this season too, will you please share it with me?  And as I pray for you, will you please pray for me?  Thanks so much, my fellow teachers.  You. Are. Awesome!

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

Don’t forget to Put A Candle In Your Window teachers!

Attention USA & World… God Is In Our Public School Classrooms!

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I came across this quote the other day and I LOVE IT!  It shares what we talk about at Devotions for Teachers all the time.  Isn’t it encouraging to know that since God is everywhere and He is in us, then He is in our classrooms and can change hearts and minds as a result?  AMEN!

So, here is a friendly reminder for you today:  Don’t forget to put A Candle in Your Window and let your light shine, dear Christian teacher!

#ShiningInOurClassrooms

Who Was The Best Teacher, EVER?

Jesus

That would be Jesus of course!  Since that is the case, we should follow His example to the best of our ability in our classrooms.  Well then, just how did He teach?  Here are a few of His methods:

  • Illustrations

  • Parables (Stories)

  • Sermons (Read the Sermon on the Mount & see how He compares/contrasts!)

  • Straight Talk

  • By example (His sinless life, prayer, faith, healing, love)

  • Repetition of Scripture

  • Sacrifice

Are you following His example in your classroom?  Let’s make it our goal to teach like Jesus!  What do you think teachers?  Let’s do this!

#FollowHisExample

Prayer and a Candle In The Window

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My fellow Christian teachers, would you please join me in giving birth to a new movement called A Candle in the Window?
I’m an 80’s girl.  I graduated high school in 1983 (go ERHS Pioneers!) and college in 1987 (go UTC Mocs!).  I also fell in love in the 80’s and married my foxy (If you don’t know what that word means, just substitute the word “hot” instead!) husband, Keith, in ’87 as well. 🙂 So needless to say, I LOVE 80’s music.  Besides Christian music, 80’s music is the only music I will crank up in my Suburban as I mosey on down the road.
So, that got me to thinking.  (Sorry for my not so creative grammar to all you LA teachers out there.) As I tossed and turned in bed last night, the 80’s band REO Speedwagon was singing the song “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” in my oh, so tired brain.  Yes, they were singing to me, lol!  Then, all of a sudden, the phrase candle in the window jumped off the pages of my mind and lit up like the fourth of July!  Sounds a little strange, I know, but I’m thinking you also encounter those restless nights when thoughts are racing around in your head a hundred+ miles per hour.
What in the world does a candle in the window mean, and what does it have to do with encouraging Christian teachers in the classroom, you may ask?  It has a lot to do with it, and it’s the topic of the video blog today. Tune in to find out!
Additionally, I am asking you to put a candle in your window at school.  I have 3 windows in my classroom – one by the door as you enter and two that are on the outside wall of our school. I have placed mine on the windowsill by the door (see above), and since the fire marshal forbids lighting candles at school,  I just use the battery operated kind instead. Either way, it still represents a praying teacher!  There is a three-fold purpose in doing so…
  • As a reminder to pray for my students
  • As a reminder to pray for my administrators
  • As a reminder to pray for my fellow teachers in my school and around the world
 and there is a three-fold outcome…
  • By doing this together, we will make a huge impact on our school and all over the world!
  • By identifying ourselves in this manner, we will know and encourage one another in a clear and concise way.
  • And finally, by placing our candle in the window, we are telling the world we are there to make a difference for Christ!
Will you join me in spreading the word? Let’s do this together, dear Christian teachers! Pray, put a candle in your window,  and let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

#CandleInTheWindow

 

The Take On is More Important than the Take Off!

Summer break is nearly over.  I can’t believe it, can you?  In a couple of days, the kiddos will be returning, another school year will be taking off, and we will be taking on the high calling of teaching yet again. As much as I enjoy summer break, teaching gives me purpose, and a life without purpose is no life at all. Amen?!
Teachers, the take on is extremely important!  Therefore, before the take off, I’m reposting Awaken! Arise! Fight the Good Fight of Faith!  Are you awake?  Have you arisen? Are you fighting the good fight of faith?  If not, or if you need a reminder of what it’s all about, then this video blog will give you the swift kick in the rump you’ll need to take off for sure! 🙂
One more item of business before the school year takes off is to remember the boycott of Wal-mart. Please participate and pass the word on to your fellow teachers.  Click Christian Teachers Boycott Wal-mart to learn all about it if you haven’t heard already.
My challenge for you this school year is to Awaken! Arise! & Fight the Good Fight of Faith.  This month, not only will we take off on another adventurous school year, but Devotions for Teachers takes off on its 3rd year of encouraging teachers in the classroom.  I can’t wait!!