God With Us, God In Us, God For Us

Think about that title… Truly if we meditate on it even for just a little while, it will deepen our faith in Him.

Our pastor, John Lemmings, preached a message on that subject last Sunday.  It was a Christmas gift wrapped in glittery red paper, beautiful green ribbon, and a tag with my name on it!  And I’m gonna pay it forward, albeit this is the condensed version tweaked for teachers of course.

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Matthew 1:23  Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).

God is WITH us always.  He’s in our classroom every single minute of every single day. He will never leave us nor forsake us! (Deuteronomy 31:6)  When things are going good, He’s with us. When things are not going good He’s with us. Selah! (Stop and think about that a minute!) Therefore, remember He’s with you when your days and your students are challenging.  Call on Him, because He’s with you, dear teachers.

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Not only is God with us, He’s IN us in the form of the Holy Spirit.  Wow! The Spirit guides us as we teach our students, comforts us when we are feeling down, and helps us to love the unlovable… not that we ever have an unlovable student in our classroom. 😉 AMEN! Thank you Jesus!

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Finally, God is FOR us!

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The object of our faith is not faith itself, it’s Almighty God… and God Almighty, the Ruler of the Universe, is FOR us!  (Insert happy dance!) He’s the most enthusiastic cheerleader we could ever want or imagine. Why?…Because He pours out a grand and glorious everlasting love upon us.  We are the object of His affection.

God is WITH us, God is IN us, and God is FOR us!  Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you Lord!

God bless you dear teachers! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Devotions for Teachers will resume in January 2016.

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“And the point is?…”

What’s the point?  Why am I here everyday in this classroom?  Have you ever asked yourself these questions my fellow teachers?

If so, then today’s video blog is just for you.  I know sometimes it’s difficult to see the forest from the trees, isn’t it?  Nevertheless, it’s imperative we do!

One of my students asked me this very same question, which as you’ll see, caught me off guard.  As I thought more and more about it though, I knew that I knew it is a question teachers are asking themselves.

With the state of education being what is today, I read more and more of good teachers, even highly credentialed, award winning teachers, calling it quits.   As Christian teachers we can’t, indeed we mustn’t, take this route.  Eternity is weighing in the balance!

I’m praying the blog encourages you in the “everydayness” of what you’re doing in your classroom.  Remember, by remaining devoted to God we will be better teachers!

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Apathy Arrested

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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!