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Join me on my journey of raising awareness of the importance of building confidence in children and the need of backers to republish my children’s books.

 

Believing in a cause is so important!  No matter how small or large the cause is, it’s belief and hope that drives it to its miracle.    Building confidence in children and getting them to who God is, is my cause.  Any child is the future, someone who will strive to make the world a better place, someone who will take care of us and provide for us.  Why wouldn’t we want to support them?  

 

Children need to know how important they are.  They are destined for great things!  God created each and everyone of us.  He knew what He wants us to be and to be like.  We are all destined for great things, we are purposed!  When given the chance, the belief, the confidence, the magic, the miracle……happens!

 

Believe in yourself and believe in ME!  Great things happen if you just believe!

 

Jeremiah 29:11-”For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” NIV

Where you are is where you’re suppose to be!

Today during a book signing I was invited to attend, I met some wonderful people.  I connected with young and older people, talked to them and shared my book with them.  When you obey God and let Him lead you to the places He wants you to go, He blesses you by blessing others.

 

Let me explain.  I met a lady who asked about my book.  I explained the book to her and she decided to buy one.  I asked her who I should sign it for and she said, “Macy, my granddaughter.”  I said, “ Oh, Wow, my daughter’s name is Macy and this book is about her and my younger daughter.”  What a coincidence.  During our conversation, we talked about God and how he works in our lives.  She shared about her week and the things God showed her.  As we were talking I mentioned some things that God does in our lives that she confirmed had happened to her this past week.  I didn’t know her.  I had never met her before today.  I felt confident talking with her about how gracious God is and how much he loves us and how he helps us find His way.  How not every job is our job and how he put people in our path to bless and how it blesses us.

 

When she left, I felt proud to know all the things to say.  I felt confident how I allowed God to use me to bless this fine lady who needed confirmation of following the right path.  I felt blessed and secure in my relationship with my Heavenly Father who loves me and leads me well.  At that exact moment, I was there for her.  I was where I was suppose to be.  Thank you, God for this wonderful opportunity to share with her and confirm what you were telling her.  Thank you for using me and my life to bless others.  Thank you for all the things along this path that scares me, but makes me brave to move forward.  Thank you for holding my hand and leading me where you need me to go.

 

The day ended with me having a similar conversation with a young girl.  We talked about school, band, chorus and God.  She wanted to be in Bible Club, but it was held during the time of the Yearbook.  She is on the Yearbook staff.  She is a christ-follower and said she gave her heart to God when she was 3 and a few other times growing up, just to be sure.  She didn’t have enough money to buy my book, so I gave her one.  She is going places, that girl, she has BIG dreams.  Thank you God for opportunities to listen to others about you and to share your wisdom with them.

 

Be a beacon, shine your light for others!  And remember God knows what He’s doing and where you are is where you’re suppose to be, at the moment!

Giving Back

Everyone always tells their kids, “You’re too little!” But I believe you are never too little. You are never too little to dream. You are never too little to feel. You are never too little to help. And you are definitely never too little to give back. I teach my students to do all these things because helping others is our way of making sure someone else dreams too!

I know a young man doing just this all on his own. His name is Sam. Sam founded Wyatt’s Garage. He creates hats that are destressed to give them an antique look. Each of them comes with a collectible, vintage patch.

Wyatt’s Garage: Style + Giving

About:

My name is Sam Wyatt. I am the 12-year-old CEO and founder of Wyatt’s Garage. My company was born out of my love for collectibles and helping people. Every Wyatt’s Garage Hat is one-of-a-kind, and for each hat sold, another will be donated to a pediatric cancer treatment center. (wyattsgarage.com) He also gives tablets and gift cards to the patients to ease their norm. He leads by example. This young man has been giving 100% proceeds to the Hurricane Funds of Texas and Puerto Rico. You can buy a hat or give as little as $5.00 to help support the hurricane victims living there.

When we learn to help others we take the focus off ourselves and put it on someone else. My friend Abigail said, “Choose service over self while waiting for your dreams to be fulfilled.” I believe Sam is doing this while he waits to grow up. I can’t wait to see what his grown-up self has planned for him!

I bought a hat because I wanted to give back. As I wait for my hat to get here, I get so emotional about how someone so small can do something so big! It fills my heart with so much joy to be a part of something so wonderful. Littles are my life! Eight years of teaching has showed me how important it is to give everything to them, to show them the how and why of life and the how and why of love. Sam shows this through his service. Someone has taught him well and I thank you!

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So, I got my hat today! I was so excited!! It was like opening a Christmas gift! I felt like a kid opening the package and I love it! I thought about all the kids who get to open up their hats when people donate or buy a hat. I wonder if they are as excited as I was opening mine. I hope so! It is so worth it. My grandson said, “I don’t like your hat, but it looks good on you!” Then he decided that he wanted one with dinosaurs on it.

What you should know about me is that I’m not a hat person. I don’t wear hats. But I’ve been following Sam for a while and I love how he takes care of others and puts them first. I wanted to be a part of that, plus my grandson decided we should go fishing. So now I have a fishing hat! Thanks, Wyatt’s Garage!

Visit Wyattsgarage.com to donate or buy at hat. Wear one yourself, give one as a gift or donate so that a child may have one, too. Give of yourself, pay it forward, support a cure for cancer; it all matters, every life matters!

Feeling Defeated and It’s OK!

Sometimes I just feel defeated. No matter how long or hard I pray, no matter how much scripture I read, no matter the truths and promises I remember God said! The last couple of days I have and it’s OK.

I believe some of you will think this is nuts. I am a Christian, a Christ-follower. How in the world can she feel defeated and say, “It’s OK! It’s because of my relationship with God that I can say, “It’s OK.” God knows me because He created me! He knows my strengths and my weaknesses. He knows what makes me feel at peace and feel defeated. He knows there is an enemy that knows these things as well.

I found out yesterday, the job I wanted was given to someone else. Then today, I went on another interview and did my very best as always, but in the car, I talked myself into feeling defeated. How many times before have you done this? One word, one phrase, something about your past, a question they ask you about a past position and you know it’s over, you blew it! If they really, really knew you, man would they love you and want to hire you on the spot.

I didn’t read my “Jesus Calling” devotion yesterday. I read both June 13 and 14th today. Man, what a difference it made. Even though I read it before my interview during my morning “Me” time, I remembered what it said. It penetrated my heart, I longed to read again and believe it. I knew it to be the truth. It was God’s word, his sweet words to me. Telling me He loves me and my faults and weaknesses. Telling me something better is waiting for me, something He created just for me!  It said,“God is creating something new in me! My sinful natures, my passions and my desires have been crucified with Christ! I will keep in step with His spirit! I was chosen by God who loves me with an everlasting love! I am His!” (My paraphrasing) John 3:8, 1 Peter 2:9

My sinful natures of wanting and desiring something so bad, it takes me away from Him; My peace! When I wasn’t worried about finding another job, worried about money or anything else, I had Peace! I like that feeling. It’s hard, not worrying is hard, but knowing that I have a Savior who loves me and cares about me makes it easier. I know if I meet him and call out to him, He will hear me and give me comfort. He will give me Peace!

Tomorrow I get to be with wonderful, loving children who don’t care about what job I want or how much money I make. They’re just glad I showed up to spend time with them. And that’s just where I want to be. His Peace=My Life!

I by far don’t have all the answers, but what I do know is that God loves you and knows you! He created you with strengths and weaknesses. He made you special! He has special things for you, things for you to see and do! That’s right, just you! Trust Him, love Him and call to Him and He will bring you Peace! And it will be OK!

Teach your child at home!

I know this message will step on some toes as well as mine. But this needs to be addressed.

Children are born with no knowledge of how to do anything but cry, eat, sleep, poop and pee. Everything else is taught! Not by the teacher, but by the parent. Your child learns everything from you and the people they are around, good or bad! The Bible, written a long time ago said, “Start off children on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Before leaving home to attend school, with exception to special needs, children should know how to sit in a chair and at the table, respect adults, eat with a spoon, treat others nicely, listen to adults, use the bathroom by themselves, wash their hands, put on their clothes, say please and thank you, maybe “Yes, mam” and “No, mam” or (Sir), wait their turn, and clean up after themselves. This only names a few.

I teach and some kids can’t do these things. A teacher has more than just your child in their class. They have a lot of children who also cannot do these things. Our job is to enhance skills already taught by the parent. Not to teach skills that should be taught at home.

Think about the way you were taught! Someone, before you came to school, taught you how to do these things and more. No one comes to school not knowing how to walk unless there is a medical issue.   Teaching basic need skills are taught by parents from babies all the way to forever.   You will know what your child is learning by what you are teaching them. I know what the children in my class can and cannot do. I know what they need and don’t need. I’ve only had them for 6 months. You have your kids forever, do you know what they know or don’t know? Do you know what they need and don’t need?

A child does not know how to do anything unless they are taught, good things or bad things. What we teach them is what they give back. What someone else teaches them is what they give back. Words, phases, gestures, body language, etc. are taught to them. They see and they do, they hear and they say, we act and they react. If something we do or say or act is wrong or inappropriate, we have to let them know it’s wrong and why. We can’t just laugh it off or ignore it. It will continue until they are taught it’s wrong. We don’t want it to be too late.

Our kids will one day be adults who live on their own and have jobs. What will we see then? Young adults with manners, integrity, honor and respect or rude, jobless, live at home, rebellious children. I chose to believe that wrong can be made right, but it takes more than just the one teacher in a classroom full of children to set the record straight.

As the saying goes: It takes a village to raise a child (African Proverb) that means it takes everyone!

It’s not me, it’s you!

Valentine’s Day can be thrilling and scary! Thrilling if you have someone to share it with and scary if you don’t. But I’m here to tell you that your Valentine’s Day can be thrilling whether you have someone to share it with or not.

Valentine’s Day isn’t you getting something from someone; it’s you giving to someone. St. Valentine’s didn’t get something from the people came in contact with, he gave them something. Love isn’t about what can I get, it’s about what I can give. When you don’t have someone to share this day with you feel lonely, insecure, unloved, ugly and unwanted; I know I’ve been there. I’ve been single for 16 years and felt like it, most of my married life. I have felt this way for many years. But this year, I realized it’s not about me. It’s not about my feelings and insecurities. I don’t have to feel this way. The devil made me do it! He makes me feel this way, not love!

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)

Love will not fail you if you use it well. You don’t love to get something, you love to give something. You are wonderfully and beautifully made. God made you out of love; his love for you! He knew you would be this exciting, creative, beautiful, prosperous, loving, fruitful, caring person. He knew because he created you!

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 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. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16)

You are not mistake; you were made on purpose for a purpose. You are not unloved; God loves you and will give the desires of you heart.   You are not ugly; you are wonderfully and beautifully made. You are not unwanted, God wants and loves you! Be free, my friend, of the scariness of Valentine’s Day! Get a box of Valentine cards or candy and share it with your neighborhood or take it to a Nursing home/Retirement home. Invite a neighbor or someone from work/church to have dinner with you. Spend time loving on your kids and take them out all dressed up! Give back, pay it forward. The love you’re looking for doesn’t come from someone else; it comes from you and what God has placed inside of you! Share that love with others and you will forget all about the scariness of Valentine’s Day.

Remember, It not about me, it’s about you!