A Change of Heart

These last couple of weeks have been very challenging at my house.  First, the washer breaks and doesn’t work anymore.  So we have been taking our laundry to my mom’s or the laundry mat.  Second, (this week) the toilet got stopped up and flushes but doesn’t go down.  Yuck.  Third, Friday morning, there was a rooster walking around our yard and was scared off by the dog next door.  Lastly, (so far), my daughter called and I left school earlier than usual, because she couldn’t get her keys out of the ignition.  This was an easy fix:  the car wasn’t put into gear before turning off.

Whew!!!!    As a human being, I think I’m entitled to get mad, upset, frustrated, stressed out or worried.  But as a child of God, I know that I don’t have to do or feel any of those things.  And I didn’t.  Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  Matthew 6:27  

All of the credit goes to God!  Before 2012, I would have been livid.  Fussing and cussing up a storm.  Raising so much cane that they could have heard me in Australia.  But now, I take it to God. I can’t change what happened and I can’t make it go away.  So I ask God for guidance and discernment.  He either fixes it or gives me the wisdom and the resources needed to help with the problems that arise.  I can’t do it on my own.  I need Him and the strength and love and grace and mercy and comfort and peace He gives me.  It is enough for me.  It’s just what I need at the time I need it.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

I had a Change of Heart.  It’s a work in progress.  I will never be complete until I reach my home in Heaven.  I’m glad God has patience with me because this has been a long ride.  I’m glad he never gives up, stops loving me, or pursuing me.  I’m glad he’s on my side and moves me forward.  I’m thankful that He died for me because He thinks I’m worth it.  I grateful for His wisdom and discernment that keeps me grounded and helps me move through this life.  

If I didn’t have God, my life and my heart would be different.  I love my life and the people who are in it.  Let God change your heart and your circumstances won’t be out of your control!

 

Even When………

Even when I can’t see it,

They are learning.

Even when I can’t feel it,

they are learning.

I know I want it now

But someday, somehow…….

Even when I think I’m failing,

They are learning.

 

I wrote this poem after testing all week and all day.  My brain was tired, my body was tired, and when I saw the growth my students had made.  I was scared!  I worked really hard everyday, every week, everyday off, every holiday to improve my teaching and find ways to reach the hardest students.  I know this, too, is YOU!  

Teacher, you are inspiring, lovable, inspirational, incredible, awesome and a hero!  You put yourself on a front line everyday!  You don’t know from day to day what your students are learning no matter how hard you try teaching it.  But there comes a day, you can actually see your hard work pay off.  You can actually see your student’s hard work pay off.  It will happen!  You are more than what parent’s see.  You are more than what society sees.  You are more than what the world sees.  You are wonderfully and beautifully made for this PURPOSE, your PURPOSE……………. To be a TEACHER!

 

I am proud to stand with you!   Congratulations!!!

You Inspire Me

You inspire me to think ahead

Of the future that could be.

You inspire me to want to see

What you already see in me.

 

You inspire me to believe

That things could change.

You inspire me to feel

Something wonderful and something strange.

 

You inspire me to write

All the words I cannot say.

You inspire me to speak

Of love and relationships that one day….

 

Will inspire me to think, want, believe, feel, write and speak of

A greater thing that will happen because

You inspire me!

Become The Change!

Wow!  It’s almost 2018!  Happy New Year!   Most of us want to set resolutions for the new year, but if you’re like me, you’ll break them before January is over.  I resolve the same things every year:  get out of debt, save money, lose weight, exercise, etc.  Blah, blah, blah!  

There are things this year I want to resolve (the firm determination to do something) and I’m sure, maybe, I will, maybe.  But it’s hard to focus on changing yourself!  You are your worst critic.  So it’s easier to give up and no one really knows anyway; unless you tell them.  

This year, let’s change our mindsets.  Let resolve to focus on others this year.  When you focus on other instead of yourself, you forget all about what you need to resolve.  Begin the change by sharing a smile, a handshake or a hug.  Choose to listen instead of talk, let someone go ahead of you in line, help someone with their groceries, pay it forward in the drive-thru line, invite someone to dinner or the movies, volunteer to babysit a busy mom/dad’s children so they can rest, take someone to church and introduce them to Jesus, make a gift basket for someone who doesn’t get out much and shower some love on a pet.

Simple, but effective.  Not for you, but for others.  It doesn’t take a lot to add to someone’s  life.  It isn’t rocket science.  You don’t have to get out of debt first or save money.  You don’t have to lose weight or exercise first.  You don’t have to be rich and successful.  You just have to be kind, good, faithful, gentle, lovable, peaceful,  joyful, patient and have self-control.  These are the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22.  

We want kids in school to change their mindset from “I can’t do it” to “I can try it.”  It’s called the growth mindset.  If we expect kids to change how they think, why shouldn’t we?  You can try to change yourself or you can let God change you while you are being the change for someone else who then can change another and so on.

What do you resolve to do this year?  Is it for you or someone else?  Here’s a tip:  If you let God have control of your life and lead you where He needs you to be, your resolves will be resolved.  “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.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Let God give you your future, your new year, your new you!  Your resolves will change, your life will change, you will become the change!  

 

Just One!

Dreamers often dream big!  So big that sometimes they dream themselves right out of their dream.  Is this you?

 

Just one means you only need to reach just one person with your dream to make a difference.  Stop pining for the day you reach millions.  God knows your future.  He knows what’s gonna happen.  If it is His dream also, it will become greater than you ever imagined.  Greater than you ever dreamed.  

 

Just one person needs to hear your songs, just one person needs to hear your words, just one person to see you create, just one person to be encouraged, just one person to needs to listen.  

 

If you touch more people with your talent, your purpose, then you will be blessed and the ones you touch will be blessed.  God’s glory will shine through your darkest times.  He wants you to live an abundant life.  A life full of hope, love and trust.  You just have to have a little faith.

Believe in yourself, in God and in your dream.  He gave it to you!  He knows you the best!  You will succeed.  Trust in yourself and in others.  Always do your best and let God do the rest!  

 

You’ve got this! Now go and be great!  And guess what?…………God wins in the end!

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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

What’s your impact?

Today was a great day!  An impact is having a strong effect on someone or something.  I’m a teacher, which, just the thought is an impact in itself.  Take a listen………

 

I teach first grade!  My littles struggle with all of life’s issues, if their parents suffer it, they do too.  During a math lesson, after working out a problem in their math book, I asked for volunteers to come to the board and show their strategies.  Hands went up everywhere in the classroom including one little boy who is very, very shy and soft spoken.  I saw his hand and trying not to attract attention to him, I whispered to my teacher assistant to look.  After the student before him sat down, I told him to go show us his strategy.

 

The class went silent!  He worked his strategy on the board and wrote the correct answer.  We took pictures and a video to send to his parents.  What a proud moment!  

 

When he turned around, the class erupted in celebration.  He went back to his seat with the biggest smile on his face.  It took all I had to hold back tears of joy! While other students presented their strategies, the celebration continued for him.  Students said, “Good job!  I’m proud of you!  You did good!” to him and he just smiled.

 

I knew what “impact” was in that moment and saw first hand what it can accomplish when you take the time to expect great things to happen.  We have very high expectations in our class.  We are 21st century citizens!  We take our studies seriously!   And it shows!   

 

What’s Your Impact?