Sacrifices Teachers Make

Sacrifice means to give up (something important or valued) for the sake of other considerations. (Google) Teachers sacrifice every July by buying school supplies for their classrooms.  Not the pretty/handsome/colorful things (letters, borders, paper, wall hangings), they are buying paper, glue sticks, pencils, crayons, markers, kleenex, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, paperclips, tape, staples, post-its, notebooks, pens, etc.……school supplies for 30+kids.

Teachers don’t make a lot of money and they never will.  Some people laugh when they find out I’m a Teacher because they know I make very little for doing a very intense, highly criticized job.   But I wouldn’t change it for anything. It is my purpose and I love changing the world, one kid at a time.

Anyway, with this little money, teachers all over the country are buying school supplies because it isn’t mandatory for parents to supply these for their children.  It is only suggested. We do give out supply lists in hopes that parents will supply their classroom or children with these much needed supplies. But we know that some parents cannot afford these supplies.  So we take it upon ourselves to buy them.

I have some people in my family who donate year-round school supplies to my classroom. I am very grateful for their sacrifice. This year, I ran out of glue sticks, erasers, Kleenex, hand sanitizer, paper, bandaids, sandwich bags and crayons by the last month of school.  So I had to buy these. I also buy snacks and candy to reward my students, cardstock to make certificates and bookmarks, lamination to cover them and make them last, cupcakes and juices to celebrate their birthdays and things needed to celebrate different holidays because my students matter.

Since July has begun and school supply sales are hot, please consider buying school supplies for your children and/or donating them to a school, classroom, church or a Teacher who can use them during the school year.  I know that they will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support of our children and our future! We work better together!

To die is gain!

I have not lost, I have gained.

Philippians 1:21-22a (NIV)

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  22a If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. 

Over the past month, I’ve encounter an end, a loss, let go, a resignation and a possibility.  Each thing representing something that I loved or wanted to love. Each thing having a specific meaning with time and space in my life.

In my singleness, I’ve learned to become independent. I’ve learned to rely on myself with God’s help.  Taking care of children, a house, a car, finances, serving others, friendships……always putting others first.  When faced with the upside downness of the past month, I realize that each of these things have taken my independence away and made me more dependent on God.

I have prayed and studied God’s word and put things aside to pursue God more and more.  I have been happier and found more joy in my sorrow and pain than at any other time in my life.  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. (Philippians 1:21-22a)  I desire to be closer to God and learn how He wants me to live and who He wants me to be for this season of my life.  He has sent each of these situations to me to gain perspective, discipline, consistency, motivation and love.

I want to be wanted, chosen, cared for, loved, respected and pushed.    In each situation, God has shown me that even when something is worldly lost, gone, done or taken, He is still here, waiting, wanting,  pursuing, loving, providing, protecting. I have not lost, I have gained. I have gained more with Him than I can ever gain with another person, job, or success.  I have gained love, joy, peace, mercy, grace and everlasting life! Nothing I could ever gain with a person, job or success. Therefore, I have gained it all! I have gained Jesus!  I have won!

Godly Protection

So……..I was just almost run over by a tractor trailer this afternoon. I was in the left turning lane at the intersection and they were turning left on my street. They turned fast and came within 2 feet of hitting the front of my car with their back wheels! 😱 They stopped suddenly. I looked to see if I could back up and then I did. Then they proceeded to continue turning and going on their way. I pulled back up to the light and thanked God for His hedge of protection.
GOD IS REAL, people! He will protect you. I never had time to pray during this ordeal nor did I think about it. I didn’t freak out, I was surprisingly calm which is different for me. I thanked God and drove home, untouched. I have been selfishly in His word, I have been dependent on Him and giving Him glory for things and people in my life that help me to live according to his word. If you have been one of those people, THANK YOU! If you have prayed for me, THANK YOU! If you have been in my life only for a season, THANK YOU! You are more valuable than you know!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Last night someone reminded me that there was a time when I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.  I couldn’t even imagine. I told them that was before I allowed God to” take over” my life and He turned it upside down.  When I “allowed” God to take over, He showed me my purpose which is to lead others to him through ways He created just for me.

God has given me a wonderful teaching career, serving at my church (Revolution Church) and two published children’s books (paperback and eBook) which serves many countries. They are on Amazon.

When you give your heart to Jesus, He will use you (in an awesome way) to lead others to Him through ways only He created just for you.

Don’t lead others to the enemy because you decide not to give your life to Jesus.  Be the example like my Dad did with his life. He went to be with Jesus June 15, 2019 at 9:50pm.  He introduced our family to Jesus, took us to church, taught us to sing for God’s glory and made sure we knew that God is our provider, comforter, healer and savior.  He gives us unconditional love, mercy and grace. He welcomes us back home, no matter where we’ve been or how long. He taught us that people are important. And no matter what, family is always family.

I am thankful for my Dad, even if I wasn’t always the best daughter.  He gave me the best gift that I have ever received: Jesus! I will forever be grateful for his gift and will re-gift it many times to everyone who will receive it.  

 Be faithful to the God who is faithful to you!

God Said

What an honor it is for God to tell someone, ” She’s/He’s the one!” about you, as you’re praying for your one.

God’s love is irreplaceable! No one can fill His shoes. But what a proud Papa He is when He blesses you with his daughter/son to have and hold forever. His best, the one He loves, has brought up, nurtured, taught, given life, forgiven and placed at your feet and said, “This is my beloved whom I am well pleased.”
Our thought should be, ” Oh God, what an honor to have your best! “I will take care of her/him love them like you love me, honor them, submit to them, surrender to them because you have given your best to me!”. Thank you Father!

What a difficult task it must be for God to give His best to another. His daughter/son to another. If they both are a son and daughter of God, fully following God’s plan for their life, trusting Him in every aspect, seeking Him daily; then God knows how truly faithful his children will be in their continued walk with him.

But what if you’re not there yet? Not fully following, not forgiving, not trusting, not loving like God loves, then are you really ready? God doesn’t think so either. That’s why He makes us wait, he makes us work, he makes us serve, he makes us hear him say, “Not Yet!”. As his son/daughter, he does not want us to have just anyone. It must be his best, someone like him who will know how to love us like he does. Someone who will walk through seasons with us knowing that God is in control, knowing how to pray situations through and knowing that provisions are available because God is the head of our household.

Let Him make you his best so he can give you his best, just like we do when we give our son/daughter in marriage to another daughter/son. We don’t want what’s leftover, we want the best! Just like God does!