Make An Impact!

My heart is always full when it’s Baptism at my church. When our littles give their lives to God and then get baptized, what we do becomes more important than ever.
Don’t ever think your prayer goes unnoticed. Don’t ever think your conversation goes without thought. Don’t ever think your invite to Church gets pushed aside. It doesn’t! You’ve planted a seed that gets watered every time you speak to that person about God. And it allows God to do his work within them through you! Keep planting! Keep watering! Everything you do for God gets noticed! Make your Impact! 🙌

Kids Matter!

I was very stressed out today because getting ready for a new school year is stressful as a Teacher. Behind the scenes, we go to trainings, staff meetings, meet parents/kiddos, laminate, copy, write a schedule and lesson plans, meet with our grade level, decorate our rooms, declutter, clean, create Google slides and classrooms, assign all our kiddos their Chromebooks, make lunch cards, computer log-in cards, call parents, make how we go home cards, etc. All in one week before school starts! Sometimes we go in early or stay late, sometimes we do both. Sometimes if the school is open on Saturday, we go too.
Someone today said to me, “Stop stressing out, it’s just a job!”. I felt that so deep and it hurt my heart. ☹️ I turned around and said, “No, it’s not just a job to me, it’s my lifestyle!”
I pour everything, my whole self into these children everyday. And it is my pleasure and my purpose! I know there will be days of stress and days of enjoyment. I know that the kids placed in my care are in my class on purpose. They will be loved, encouraged, inspired, valued, shown compassion, honesty and truth. They will know how much God loves them through my actions and words spoken over them. They will leave knowing that someone they never knew care for them like they’ve never known. It is because of this reason, I teach!
Kids Matter!

A Prayer for Teachers (and other School Personnel)

Dear Heavenly Father, 

As we prepare to return to school, I pray that all Teachers know how awesome their job is. That it is our purpose and something You, O Lord, have called us to do.   That everything we do and say, a child hears and does. Help us to be mindful of that. Help us to show love where there is none. Help us to speak love where none is heard.  Help us to build relationships with our students through listening and engaging in meaningful conversations with them. Help us to build relationships with their parents through caring and sharing of their child’s day and progress.

Remind us that you are only a call away.  When we feel overwhelmed, we just say “Jesus” and you are there.  When we feel confused, frustrated, concerned, angry, “Jesus” is all we need to relay. When we feel victorious, worthy and wanted, we say “Jesus” because we are thankful and grateful of your grace and mercy.  Come into our classrooms and fill them with your presence. Come into our schools, you are welcomed!  

Show us that we are not alone.  Help us find Teacher friends and colleagues that care about our welfare.  Let us join together to encourage, inspire, redirect, learn and love each other.  Lead us to you through the purpose of fulfilling Your Will in our lives and that through us many generations will flourish because we trusted and believed in you!

As this journey begins again this year, I pray that many will come to know you through our obedience in loving you Lord with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. The first and greatest commandment and the second that is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself, which is found in Matthew 22:37-39.  

Give us love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) which are the fruits of the spirit so that we may pour out what you have put inside us.  We love you and are thankful for the gifts we are given. The gift of Teaching! We will use this gift to bring glory and honor to you because nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 1:37)

In Jesus Name I pray, Amen!

Thank you, Jesus!

Amazon Wish List for Teachers

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3W045GOYJKEUM?ref_=wl_share

I created a Wish List on Amazon for my classroom and students. As I was adding things, I was reminded as a Teacher how much we spend to make our classrooms feel safe and secure. How much we want our kids to learn and have fun. How much we want them to feel loved and meet all their needs.
As a parent, I realize that I always hated the supply lists for my girls. But there were only two of them.
PSA: A Teacher (1) always buy a class set (25+) of everything, so that every child can have and use the materials in the classroom. When you are buying school supplies this year, please consider buying extra for the Teacher! Thank you!

I See Jesus

I went walking around the Lake today for my cardio workout.  When I got there, there were only a few cars and some people sitting at tables under the picnic shelters.  I started walking and feeling insecure and scared because no one else was walking but me. I felt isolated and targeted.

But being stubborn and needing to get the workout done, I continued anyway.  I prayed, “Lord, please protect me and keep me safe.” Then I started to see Him.  I started to see Jesus!

He came as a butterfly as He always has to tell me that everything’s gonna be alright.  But He knows me too well. Around every bend, near every corner, every single time I felt unnerved, He came.  He came 9 times to reassure me that He had everything under control and that I was protected.  

I felt so loved, I smiled every time He came and said, “Hey Jesus!”  One time, He swirled around my feet like we were dancing together. He made me feel so protected and worthy.  

I know people see Jesus in nature and in other things.  But He always comes to me as a butterfly and today was no different.  Thank you, Jesus that you know me so well and love me so much.

Changes

Today is my 1 year Anniversary with DFIT! I am a virtual client. There have been ups and downs, but never quit! They have taught me how to change my body image as well as my mindset. This journey is continuous! It has made me aware of the food I eat, how I workout and what I think about myself.
I am grateful and humbled at their personal approach, continuous encouragement and loyalty to my progress.
My secrets: DFIT, consistency, being intentional, and never giving up! 🏋️🏃🥗🍛🕰️
Year 2-lets do this! 💯

http://www.dfittransformation.com

Use Your Words Wisely

Don’t stop speaking positively into kids. Your persistence will pay off one day!
Story time!
After recess today, as my class is getting water and waiting patiently in the hall for everyone to finish, a boy in my class notices a worker replacing the tiles. I heard him say, “That guy’s working really hard and doing a really good job taking care of our school.” I took him by the hand and told him to tell the man what he said. He did! I ask him later how he thought the man felt, he said, “Good”. Then I asked him how he felt, he said “Good” with a big smile!
Teaching kids to care about others should be our everyday goal. It is definitely mine.(morning meeting) It’s how you know their listening. Be the example! Matthew 22:37-39