Fan the Flame! Finale

Are you fanning the flame of your gifting dear Christian teacher?  The hotter the better!
Today we are going to take a look at our sense of touch and sense of smell.

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When we see the word touch in God’s word, especially in the New Testament, most of the time it refers to healing. In Mark 10:13-16 Jesus wanted to bless the children by the laying on of his hands, but his disciples did not want Him to!  Wow.  Were the children unimportant?…Or were the disciples too busy?…Was it just too time consuming to actually physically lay hands on them?… Why?  I don’t know the reason, but I do know we need to be diligent in not overlooking any of our students for whatever reason. Always take time for students – if not that moment, then a little later.  We can also be a blessing and pray blessings over our students.  A nice pat on the back never hurts either. 🙂
Not only do our prayers touch our students, but the nose of God(!), which leads to our last sense – the sense of smell.

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There’s nothing like the smell of a juicy steak cooking on the grill!  It’s definitely what I would call a fragrant aroma! 🙂  In the spiritual realm, our prayers likewise are a sweet smelling aroma to our Father God, which leads me to infer if we aren’t praying, maybe we stink(?)!  I’m sure we don’t smell as ‘good as we could’ right?  A praying teacher is what our students need, and I might add, what our world needs this day and age.
Did you know there is one verse that has to do with smell that sums up this whole series about fanning our flame by keeping our senses alert in 2nd Corinthians 2:15?  Here it is…

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Are we a fragrant aroma of Christ in our classrooms?  Our students can tell by our smell!
Dear Christian teachers, when we fan into flame the gift of God by remembering our physical senses as well as their spiritual counterparts, our students who are lost will have a better chance of being found by the heat of the fire that’s blazing in our spirit!  AMEN!  #FanTheFlame
Until next time, stay devoted…you will be a more excellent teacher for it.  God bless you!

Fan the Flame! Part 2

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Have you ever pondered the thought that our 5 main senses have spiritual counterparts?  In order to keep the flame of our gifts burning brightly, discernment of these will not only be helpful but essential for our gifts to flourish in the classroom:

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Sight – In 2 Kings 6:17-20 Elisha prayed,  “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” Not once, but twice…
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria. As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.
Notice that the Lord answered his prayer and indeed they saw what they hadn’t before.  My question to you is this:  Are you looking at things from a spiritual perspective?  If not, my admonition to you is to open wide your spiritual eyes and see what others may not see!
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Hearing – In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” The word hear can be translated listen.  Are you listening to what God is saying?  Sometimes I hear my students speaking, but I’m not listening! Just being honest. 🙂 When I listen, however, I want to make sure I’m understanding what they are saying to me. It’s the same way with God, don’t you think?  I believe He’s speaking to us all the time, and we hear Him, but are we listening for comprehension (kind of what we expect from our students, right)? When we do, we will follow what He says, and what He says may end up changing a student’s life. You. Never. Know!
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Taste – I love, love, love Psalm 34:8!  Taste and see that the Lord is good, and blessed are all who trust upon Him.  What tastes good to you?  I delight in the first bite of a good blueberry cobbler. I delight being filled with a scrumptious blueberry cobbler!  My mouth waters just thinking about it!  YUM! Similarly, tasting is being filled with the Spirit. My oh my, there simply is nothing to compare it to, right?! (Not even a delicious blueberry cobbler!)  When we are filled with His spirit we are in His presence, partaking of His goodness, His holiness, and His love, and therefore we are operating at maximum capacity. Ask the Lord to fill you with His spirit each day before your students walk in your classroom.  It is the key to a meaningful day, but most importantly, it is the key to being an effective witness for Christ.
Next week, we will take a look at our senses of smell and touch.  Until then, fan the flame and stay devoted my fellow Christian teachers.  It makes all the difference!  God bless you always.
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Fan the Flame!

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It takes a lot of energy to keep a fire aflame, doesn’t it?… that is, the energy needed for the flame itself (oxygen, coal, wood, etc.) and the person who’s tending to it.  I liken keeping the flame blazing for the Christian teacher to a fire dance…

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…only our fervency (dancing) should be focused on the LORD.  Amen?!  Sometimes we forget the work we must do to fan into flame the gift of God in our lives as teachers.  For me personally, I fan my flame by listening to the Word every morning via my #YouVersion bible app while getting ready for work.  Prior to that though, I make sure to pray before I get out of bed in the morning.  (I need all the help I can get!)  Also, I’m a big Joyce Meyer fan, so I record her show everyday and watch it in the evening when I get home.  Your fire dance may be different than mine, but the point is TO DANCE everyday!!!!! 🙂
Next week, I’m going to pull in how our five senses help in our endeavor to fan into flame the gift of God in us.  See you then my fellow Christian teachers!  God bless you and stay devoted!

Mission Minded

Remember your mission on a daily basis, dear Christian teacher!  In an effort to encourage you to stay mission minded, here is an acronym with a verse for every day this week. Commit these to memory, one each day, making them a prayer, and stay devoted to God. You will be a better teacher for it! 🙂

Monday – Transformed Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…Romans 12:2. Very critical to our mission is to stay in the word of God!  Read it, soak it in, and put your feet to it. Your students will be the benefactors for sure.

Tuesday – Encourage – Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing…1st Thess. 5:11.  We all need encouragement. If you want encouragement, give encouragement…not only to your students, but to fellow teachers as well.  It’s a tough job and a little encouragement can be the difference between success and failure.  Think about that!

Wednesday – Anxious – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…Phil. 4:6-7  I had one anxious week last week!  A mad parent will surely do the trick.  This verse is a life saver.

Thursday – Christ-Centered – For to me, to live is Christ…Phil. 1:21.  Everything we do, whether in or out of the classroom, is for Him.  Think of the big picture. Ask God to stamp eternity on your eyes. 

Friday –  Hard Work – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…Col. 3:23. Want to be a good example for your students?  Be the teacher that devotes the most heart, the most energy, and the most passion and you will change lives in the process!  AMEN?!

May God bless you richly in your classrooms this week!

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