Greatly Blessed and Highly Favored

This week I am Greatly Blessed and Highly Favored! It is Teacher Appreciation Week, my Birthday Week and Mother’s day. God knew that I would be ALL these things, these people! He knew that it would be my purpose to be born, be a Mom and be a Teacher. What a blessing it is to be celebrated in ALL these things that are about ME!

My Heavenly Father KNEW me before I was ever conceived. He knew who I was, who I was going to be, where I’d be, who’d I be with. He loved me as He held me in his hands to mold my unshaped body into the beauty he gave my parents. He let me make my decisions, but protected me, held my hand, lead me and grew me into a lovely, beautiful, caring, serving, loving, protective, intelligent Mom and Teacher. Our story: Psalm 139 tells it all:

Psalm 139:1-18 (my favorite)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you. NIV

I am His and He is mine. You are His and He is yours. Know Him the way He knows you! Let Him lead in your life and lead you into the everlasting. He is your father and friend. Your Savior, Protector and Provider! He loves you and me. We ALL, therefore, are greatly blessed and highly favored because God loves us so much!

It’s my Birthday Month!

During my Birthday month, I would like you to donate to the LITTLE FREE LIBRARY in your area. When you click on your browser, type in Little Free Library and it will show you where the Libraries are located in your area. Donate new and used adult and children’s books. Thank you so much for your contribution to the LOVE of READING! 📚❤

http://www.youngreadersfoundation.org

Firsts

Your first step.

Your first tooth.

Your first laugh.

Your first word.

Your first Birthday.

Your first day of School.

But one day, it’s all a memory.

It becomes a different first.

Your first Birthday.

Your first Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Your first Thanksgiving.

Your first Christmas.

Your first Anniversary.

Your first Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Your first year without me.

Your first year in Heaven.

Lola Brooks

I’m all in my feels thinking about a conversation my sister and I had recently.  We are still in our first year without our mom and both our parents, who died a year apart. We celebrate all the first our child does as a celebration of growth and we are happy and elated.  But we weep and feel lost when it becomes our first memory after a loved one becomes a citizen of Heaven.

First memories are always the hardest regardless of how many years they are gone.  Knowing that one day we will see them again in Heaven makes us happy and elated.  But until then, there will be times of sadness, loneliness and brokenness without them here with us. Sit quietly, breathe in their memory and carry them in your heart………….until then.

I Am by Lola Brooks

I am not a score, I am more.
I am not a lesson, I am progressing
I am not failing, I am propelling
I am not a number, I am a wonder.

I am not just a person,
I am a beautiful, talented, extraordinary human being who teaches others to succeed by growing their strengths, strengthening their weaknesses, showing them love and building a friendship for life.

I Am A Teacher!

This was written on a morning when I felt anxious before I opened the door of my classroom. Teachers are on a pass/fail scale to determine what kind of Teacher they are based on their student’s scores regardless of school year (20-21), home life, income, attendance, mental health and many other factors.

We are tired of having to explain “what happened” when our scores don’t meet the district’s standards, but do show a student’s growth. We’ve watched our students grow from day 1 to day 180. We’ve seen them try when they were sick, tired, upset, happy, crying, mad, excited and sad. We are proud of them because they didn’t give up. They kept going. They failed, succeeded, grew, helped others, became stronger, trusted, and loved. They are ready. They may not have succeeded in the eyes of the district through a number, but they have succeeded as beautiful, talented, extraordinary human beings ready for their next adventure. And we are ready for them to fly.

Learning From My Own Advice: How to find Love!

Today I had a conversation with my littles at school about how girls don’t chase or pursue boys. I have a couple of girls who like boys and have gotten mad because the boys don’t like them.  These  girls have tried everything to get these boys attention, but are only disappointed in the end. The boys are frustrated and angry that the girls won’t stop.  That’s when I stepped in.

I said, “He doesn’t like you, he doesn’t like you!  If he liked you, he would be after you, pursuing you!  All you’re doing is making him mad at you and not wanting to be your friend. What you need to do is:

  1. Get an education
  2. Get a career you love
  3. Get a house of your own
  4. Get a car of your own
  5. Get a life YOU love, THEN,

The right guy will FIND you, chase you, pursue you AND YOU get to choose. Boys the same goes for you.  When YOU get your life RIGHT and READY,  then you can FIND the girl who will choose YOU. 

WOW!  So much wisdom in my own words for me to them.  I need to start taking my own advice.  It’s right on point and on time.  Thank you self for making me a stronger person by listening to my heart, my mind and my gut. And thank you to my littles for my ‘Soap Box’  talks that enlighten us and help us to grow. 

I would like to sell my books, make lots of money and be famous. But what I would LOVE to do is introduce you to Jesus and create a legacy for your eternity! Because He loves you!💗