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!

Guest Blogger

Hey, go check out my latest guest blog on my friend, Holly Myers’ website @hollyhmyers.com.  It’s called The Matriarch.  It talks about women who lead!  You will love it and be blessed!

Here’s the link:  http://hollyhmyers.com/the-matriarch/#more-882.

Two Words 2018

Every year I choose one word along with all the other people who choose one word to work on during the new year.  During our life groups (bible study groups), we create momentos to remind us of the one word we choose or God chooses for us.

This year, I prayed asking for God to give me my word because of course He would know what I need!  Well, he gave me trust, love, believe, hope and faith!  I kept seeing these words everywhere, sometimes together and sometimes separate.  It drove me crazy!

This morning in church, where I always have time to listen to God and after really contemplating the words he gave me, We together came up with two words.  Two words that encompass trust, love, believe, hope and faith.  My two words for 2018 are Seek Him!  Two words, one thought!  Wow!

Seek Him in prayer, family, relationships, business, serving, church, children, worship, friends, purpose, dreams, praise and scripture.  Seek Him for every area of my life.  Pure obedience to God!  It has been my desire for so long now to really know who God is and what His promises mean for me.  I’m glad He knows my heart and chooses words that are just for me. Boy, do I need that.

I hope you Seek Him and ask Him to help you find your word if you’re choosing to have one.  Remember He has your best interests at His heart.  If you follow him, he will lead you to unbelievable places where you will meet remarkable people and live an incredibly abundant life!  

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20.

Happy New Year!

Mission in a Shoe Box

Today I got to serve with Operation Christmas Child in Charlotte, NC in the processing center.  I have always wanted to do this after packing boxes in years past in my classroom and with my grandson.  

 

Working in the processing center is like working in Santa’s workshop.  I was a pre-inspector.  My job was to open the shoeboxes and check for money envelopes and take them out.  I also had to make sure each shoebox had a label with boy/girl and the aged checked.  I went by myself, but worked with a church group and a family.  I was practicing my extrovertedness.  I was brave and proud of myself.

 

The shoeboxes we processed today were going into countries that don’t allow missionaries to come in.  We were given specific instructions on what could and could not go into these boxes.  We could not put any religious, Christmas, Angels or anything with the words:  Jesus or God.  These boxes go through customs who search through them for these items and throw them away.   But the cool thing is that these boxes have been prayed over time and again.  They have been blessed and covered by the blood of Jesus!  God is in those boxes without being seen.  Praise God!

 

Countries where you find NO Churches, now have Churches sprouting up because of shoeboxes getting to children who share with their families the gift of Love!  God enters through the hearts of those who give and pack the shoeboxes.  God enters through those who pray and process the shoeboxes.  God enters the heart of the child who receives the shoeboxes because of the love others show through serving.

 

I saw so much love that went into the boxes today through items we take for granted and think are cheap and useless.  I saw people who serve through giving of their time by volunteering and teaching young people to serve.  I learned how much stuff can go into a shoebox and how important it is to treat other people as the human beings God created them to be.

 

Being a missionary doesn’t mean you have to leave your home or country.  You could pack a shoebox and it will go to a child who has never received a gift before or may not know what love from a stranger is or even who God is.  You can be that One.  The one who serves others through love, the love of Jesus!

 

Join me in packing a shoe box or two or more.  Go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org and find out what to pack, how to pack and where to drop off.  Also, find out if there are any openings to volunteer at the processing center where you live.  You will go and serve, but you will leave blessed and never the same.

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?

 

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!

Look Back Often

I know there’s a saying, “Don’t ever look back!” But as a Christ-follower, I look back often. I look back to see how far God has brought me from. How far He has protected and provided for me. Before I was ever born, God destined me for GREAT things. “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”. (Psalm 139:16)

I’ve lived a life where I’ve contemplated murder, suicide and running away. I’ve had depression. I’ve ruined relationships, friendships and made some really bad choices. And even though these were times I wasn’t a Christ-follower, God was there for me. He was just waiting for me to need him. Waiting for me to call to him, so he could run to me, hug me and remind me that I am destined for GREAT things. Now as I look back on these choices I’ve made and places I’ve been, I praise the God who saved me, protected and provided for me. The God who loves me in my trouble and in my joy! The God who leads me into greener pastures and hides me under his wings.

Look Back to see where you’ve been. Take a moment. Where has He brought you from? How has He protected and provided for you? Your life is not lived by your own strength, but His. You get to make choices, but alone we don’t always make to best ones. We need God to help us make the best choices for our lives. Remember, He ordained our days way before you came to be! We need him to lead us and show us the way.

I still have troubles and sometimes make bad choices, but God is never far away. I call on him more. I’ve learned to pray before making a choice. I’ve learned to wait, be still, and worship. I’ve learned to be content and calm. I’ve learned that being destined for GREAT things requires GREAT patience and GIANT steps!

As you are moving forward on this great journey of life, remember to Look Back Often!

 

 

Things I Want My First Graders to Know

I love you!

I believe in you!

You are destined for great things!

After the first week of school and bringing homework home every night and thinking of my little students, I wrote this over the weekend. I wanted them to know how important they are. That you’re not too little to dream, to do great things and to be loved just for being themselves!

I posted it in my classroom and then went over it with them, so they could understand what I was trying to tell them. So they would know who they are and that they are important. So that they would know how I felt about them and that I wasn’t afraid to show it. Then, I read, “You Are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made”, my first authored book. The same words written in that book made a connection to the words I wrote on that poster. That book was written in 2014, three years later I’ve written different words with the same meaning to little ones who deserve to know how special they are.

On Sunday in church while I was worshipping my Heavenly Father,   He reminded me that the words I wrote for my students He wrote for me. I love you! I believe in you! You are destined for great things! And most recently, I’m so proud of you! He created me to be the very person you see today. He purposed me to love, teach and treasure little ones who need to know they are not mistakes or unwanted! They are worthy and highly thought of. They are also purposed to do great things that He created them to be. When they hear they this, their eyes get wide and their mouths open. They look at each other and have the biggest smiles on their faces. Then they know that they are wonderfully and beautifully made.

You are too! You were created on purpose, for a purpose. He knew you way before you were conceived! He wanted you, He needed you! He loves you! He believes in you! He destined you for great things! I know some of you don’t believe in God and that’s ok! It is a choice. But fortunately, you were created by the same Heavenly Father as I! And you too, are wonderfully and beautifully made!

1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3   You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?   8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 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. Psalm 139:1-18

My Teacher, My Hero

Teachers are people who work really hard at their jobs. They work up to 10 hours a day at school (7-5) and then at home, after taking care of their families. It is my 1st year in 1st grade. It is the 3rd day of school. I worked a week and ½ before school started and including Saturdays to get ready for school. I have worked from 7-4 every day this week to prepare, learn and teach all there is to know about 1st grade. Then made myself leave school to take care of my family and continue to work on school stuff at home until 9-10 every night. I woke up last night at 3:43 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was thinking about all the things I needed to that day to teach the schedule, assess, teach routines and behaviors, help them learn their lunch numbers, make anchor charts, rework the schedule, remember how to take attendance, pull up the math on the LED, planning with my grade level, next week’s lesson plan, etc. I prayed to go back to sleep, but I just laid there thinking.

Some people complain about our job as a Teacher. Some people think we are awesome. I think we are Heroes! We would stop the world from spinning to make sure a child is loved, cared for, learning, having fun, making friends, being a friend, being respectful, having a full belly and a hug. We make sure every day your child knows what they have learned and that they are important and have a purpose for being here. We do what we do because we love it. We work hard, because your child is worth it.

Take time and appreciate a Teacher. We all have a teacher that changed our lives, made us better people and made us think a different way. Mine was my 4th grade teacher. She cared for a student who no one cared for. She made sure he was loved and that no one treated him mean. I thank her because that’s how I teach! Thank you, Mrs. Greer!

I will continue to push myself daily, hourly, minute by minute to make sure your child has a great year at school! My school is great! I can’t wait to get there tomorrow to do it all over again!