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

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!

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!

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!

5am VS. 6am

Many successful people wake up early to start their day, including myself.  I get up early to go workout at the gym. It has become an addiction and something I look forward to.  It is also something I miss when I can’t or don’t.

This past week, I woke up at 4:30am to get to the gym at 5:00am for my workout.  I got into my daughter’s car (because she parks behind me in our driveway) and it wouldn’t start.  Bummer! I couldn’t go to the gym. I went back inside and went back to bed for another hour.

I got up and started my regular routine of coffee and devotion.  I got ready for work and went outside to jump her car with my other daughter’s car, so we could all go to work.  All day I was tired and had no energy, even though I drank the same amount of coffee, did the same school activities, and ate the same meals.  When I got home, I decided to go to bed early, like an hour early than I normally would.

The next day, I woke up at 4:30am to go to the gym.  I worked out and became so energized by the adrenaline, I felt great!  I went home and began my regular morning routine. I had my normal amount of coffee, did the same school activities and ate the same meals.  I was a bouncing, energetic, force of nature walking into the school that morning and I was the same when I walked out of the school to go home.

It was like night and day for me those two days.  I could tell a difference. I have been getting up at 4:30am for 6 months.  It is a part of me and my routine. I cannot function without having that in the morning. And that is without coffee! Yeah, I said, “without coffee”. (for those who know me well)  I felt successful, fueled up, ready to take on the world and my students.

I have learned alot from this obedience and consistency. (1)You have to know yourself and be honest, either you can do it or you can’t.   (2)You have stick with it long enough to become a habit or a have-to. (3)You have to decide what to do, if you can’t do it that day. Maybe make it up in the afternoon or not at all.  But don’t beat yourself up about it. You are allowed to be human. (4) Become your own cheerleader. Not everyone is on your side and may think your crazy or talk you out of it. But you know you and you know what is best for you.

It works for me and maybe it could for you!  I feel my best and do my best when I get up earlier to start my day.  I also go to bed earlier and get all my beauty sleep and it shows. To be your best self is to decide what’s important for you and to you. Happy Searching!  By the way, It’s my bedtime (9:00pm), so my alarm says. Goodnight!