Reaping Encouragement


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Some days we may doubt it, must most of the time we know that we know teaching is truly what God has called us to do.  On the days when doubt about our calling scorches us like the desert sun, then perhaps we should drench our students with a flood of encouragement because we reap what we sow!

I have a student whom I have been pouring a flood of love and encouragement into since he enrolled in our school this year.  Let me tell you, this student is a gem, but he didn’t start out that way! He was quiet, unsure of himself, never had what he needed for class, and just looked disheveled most of the time.  Bless him.  I could tell he needed extra attention, love, and encouragement.  I know you have had the same experience many times like me over the years, right?

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I knew he probably didn’t experience a proper home life growing up, and probably had it rough.  I was right.  I won’t go into the details, but it would make you cry if you knew. He’s a trooper though.  As I have rained down the love and encouragement, he has done a complete 180.  Praise the Lord!  God is awesome and faithful to His word.

Never underestimate God’s word and the power of encouragement.  Not only does it make a world of difference to our students, but witnessing the transformation it can make in their lives can encourage even the most discouraged among us, my fellow teachers.  My student’s circumstances haven’t changed, but he has.  It makes me want to keep pressing on!

Bottom line – If we need encouragement then we need to sow encouragement lavishly. Our joy will be full and the result?  We won’t lose heart and we will keep pressing toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

May God bless you this week, and I want to encourage you in all your classroom endeavors. YOU. Are. Awesome!  And YOU are making a difference in this world! Stay devoted dear Christian teacher.

 

“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!

#HangethThouInThere

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!

8 To Be Great! Pt. 3 The Sooty Shearwater…Say What???!!! Hebrews 12:2; 6:10

Hello to all my fellow teachers out there!

We can learn a lot from God’s creation…just take a look around. He paints a picture for us just about everywhere we turn! I love that we can use it in the classroom to be better teachers too.:) It’s all in His grand and glorious plan for all of us together and individually. Today, I talk about just that in a little bird God created called the Sooty Shearwater. Can’t wait to hear what you think about it! As I ended the vlog today, I mentioned that next week we would be continuing 8 To Be Great with part 4 about PUSHing. Well, next week is Thanksgiving break. YAY! So I will post a new vlog the week after the break. God bless you and enjoy your days off. Refresh and revive yourself in the Lord so you can stay focused on the journey. Hint, hint!…
See you soon at devotionsforteachers.org.

God bless you,
Donna

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Hello Fellow Teachers!
I have attached links for the 2 prior blogs mentioned in today’s blog-cast – Wanted: Spirit Filled Teachers and Joy Stealers.
Best wishes for you in your classroom now and always,
Donna McBrayer



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