Bull’s-Eye!

 

On behalf of our students and ourselves!

 

Every morning as I drive to school, I pray pretty specific prayers for my students and me.  I guess you could call them bull’s-eye prayers…prayers that remind me of my mission for the day, and prayers that if not targeted, my mission might fail or be deemed less effective at best.

[Bull’s-eye → the small circle at the center of a target toward which people throw darts or shoot arrows or bullets. : a shot that hits the center of a target.]

There are two words (acroymyms) I use to remind me what’s important (for me) to pray for my students…

The first one is SHOW.  Although this part of my prayer is primarily for me, it’s for my students’ benefit, so I guess you could say it’s targeted on us both.  Specifically, I pray, “God help me SHOW my students You by…

  • Serving them

  • Giving them Hope

  • Being Optimistic

  • Winning them by my Witness”

The second one is SHAPE.  Here, I’m targeting their whole being by asking God to SHAPE them.  SHAPE stands for…

  • Save them!

  • Give them good Health!

  • Let them have an Awareness of You!

  • Let them know Your Purpose for their lives!

  • Lord, let them live an Excellent life!

(By the way, I pray this for my children as well!)

We, as Christian teachers, can change the world when we pray for our students.  Amen?  I know that I know you are asking, seeking, and knocking on heaven’s door for your students just like me!  I would love to hear from you as to how you’re praying for them.  Please leave a comment and share.

Targeting our prayer arrows on students positions them to hit the the bull’s-eye in life, and that’s the life God has in store for them! 

Until next time, God bless you in your classroom this week.  Stay devoted, dear Christian teacher!

#TargetedPrayers  #BullsEyePraying  #KeepAsking  #KeepSeeking  #KeepKnocking

 

 

What Does Being a Christian Teacher Look Like? (The 5 Characteristics of a Christian Teacher) Part 2

 d5303eace105b7376d456dfdb06b14d9…but not the ones who harp all the time! 😉

Last week, we began our series on the 5 characteristics of a Christian teacher.  Ultimately, we are pointing our students to Christ, with our character and actions in the classroom being our witness. Here is a quick recap:

  • Christian teachers are passionate about teaching.  (Even though we sometimes complain, we’ve got to get our teaching fix, because it’s our calling.)  See 2 Timothy 1:6

  • Christian teachers are fruit producers bearing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. See Galations 5:22-23

Next on the list is…

  •  Christian teachers build relationships with their students.

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    You may be thinking that most teachers build relationships day in and day out with students.  And yes, they do! The difference is Christian teachers build them by serving and ministering to students.  For example, when we see a student in need, whether it’s small or large, we look for a way to meet that need.  Whether it includes pencils and paper, help with school work, or something bigger like clothes or even a mattress on which to sleep, we do our best to serve them at their point of need. After all, when we are serving our students, we are serving Christ.  

    More importantly though, it means taking time to listen and talk to students. Teachers are already spending time with students during class, but Christian teachers take that extra bit of “me” time and shave off a few minutes here and there, as well as time before, between, and after class to get to know their students better.  We serve our kids something more valuable than gold when we serve them with our time!

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    The most striking difference of all though, is that the most effective way Christian teachers build relationships with their students is by loving them and praying for them.  Stop and think about that for a moment.  Who do we pray for the most?  Is it not those with whom we have a close relationship?  With those we love?  It’s nearly impossible to not build a relationship with the people in our lives for whom we pray and love fervently. Amen?

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Next week we will continue with the 5 characteristics of Christian teachers.  Until then, continue with your passionate, fruit bearing, relationship building teaching dear Christian teachers!  God bless you and stay devoted.

#ChristianTeachersAreTheBestTeachers

 

 

Prayer & a Candle in the Window

Candle in the window (1)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 even though the Fire Marshall forbids lighting candles at school, 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

Prayer & a Candle in the Window

Candle in the window (1)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 even though the Fire Marshall forbids lighting candles at school, 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