Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday's Words for the Week

 I have been enjoying getting to know my new third graders this year.  They are a diverse group each with his and her own unique story and now I get to step in and get to take on an important part-assume a lead role.  Such a responsibility, such an honor, such a privilege. 

I believe I was meant to be in their lives and they in mine. They add value to my life.
I pray I am able to do the same for them. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday's Words for the Week

My Bible study group is finishing up our reading of Timothy Keller's book and video series, Gospel in Life. What a great one this was! So many thought provoking points in this series.It focused on how to live out the gospel in our day to day lives- first in our hearts, then in community and finally how to bring it out into the world. Schools are rooted within community so I found this series helpful in my dealings with children, parents and whole families.
Our last lesson dealt with mercy. Timothy Keller makes this point, "Clearly, Christians who understand grace will not be quick to give up  on an "undeserving" needy person. Christ's mercy was not based on worthiness. It was given to make us worthy. So also our mercy must not only be given to
those who reach some standard of worthiness."

A good lesson for me. As a public school teacher I must reach out to make a connection with each and every child and parent I come into contact with no matter what their background and situation is.  Each one is deserving of compassion and mercy.
Let me give it freely.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday's Words for the Week

After a hot few days here, we were blessed with a cool, clear weekend.
I took full advantage and spent the majority of my time out of doors.
We biked and spent time on the water. It was a great diversion from my work load and the stress of the week.
As devoted as we are to our jobs, I think it is equally as important to spend time unwinding and pursuing other interests.  It calms my spirit and makes me a better teacher, friend, mother and wife. word of the week and year.
How do you achieve it?  Would love to hear from you!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday's Words for the Week

School officially begins with children on Tuesday. I am looking forward to the school year ahead but know that teaching is not always easy and I will encounter many obstacles that must be hurdled and challenges that will need to be overcome. I adopted "I Will Not Be Shaken" as my teacher anthem toward the end of the last school year. Take a listen...

"This mountain rises higher. The way seems so unclear. But I know that You go with me. So I will never fear. I will trust in You.  Whatever tomorrow brings...together we'll rise and sing...we won't shaken.
We will trust in You.  We will not be moved."
Great words of strength for those of us who believe.