Friday, January 20, 2012

Lessons from the classroom on January 20, 2012

Today I taught high school science. No I am not studied in science, nor did I really teach...  That's the great part about being a sub.  No lesson plans! No studying!  Just the ability to keep kids on track to accomplish the work set before them.  I learned a few things from these bright kids. 
My first lesson, which is the same every time I venture back into the classroom, is that they are just kids.  Often time I think why can't they....  or why won't they.... but then I remember they are only kids, and that is why we are here.  To not only teach them academics, but also character and life skills.  These students don't act out because they are special (although some of them are..).  They act out because they are kids.  Because despite the fact many of them are housed in adult bodies, they are still immature and need guidance.  So, when I am working with Teddy tonight I am going to remember he is a kid.  I need to have great expectations for him, but realize that he may not meet everyone the first time.
My second lesson was that boys can not be trusted around girls.  I am laughing as I write this, because even though nothing was done that was inappropriate, I still saw this thread.  You see even though they are not working together (the labs today were divided into boy groups and the two girls in the class worked together) they still were flirting.  Although when called out..."what, we aren't doing anything!" was their response.  Girls will flirt with guys, and guys will flirt with girls.  Danenn is to have no boyfriends.......  Okay, so I will be reasonable here.  I am working on being reasonable.  But after today....we will see!!
My third lesson is compassion.  It's a lesson I have been praying a lot about.  Sometimes we need to lay down the law.  We need to correct problems.  And sometimes we need compassion.  We need to see the whole picture.  Sometimes we adults get so involved in our worlds that we fail to look into their world.  Seriously asking what would Jesus do in the situation is a very wise thought.  There were a couple comments today about things that are happening in students lives that made me realize we know so little.  Oh, they weren't talking to me most of the time.  Just whispering during quiet talk time or chatting when they had all finished their work and I gave them permission.  Hearing them made me realize that these students have heart aches and troubles, too.  Showing them compassion is one way to reach them.  Compassion is not only for school.  It is also for our homes, our husbands, children, and friends.  We are so quick to judge and so slow to show compassion.  I wonder how our churches would change for the better if our back biting gossip would turn to compassion for one another. 
My prayer today is that I can better understand that kids will be kids, that boys can't be trusted around girls and especially how to better show compassion in everything I do.  Including when I discipline my children.  Showing them that I care about them and want only what is best!  Seeing more than my world and my desires.  Showing compassion to everyone that I meet.  Because Jesus died for them.  (And sometimes that is the only reason we can come up with!)  Remember we all sin.  We all fall short.  And that is why Jesus came to earth.  To die on the cross and cover our sins with his blood. 

I challenge you today to show someone some compassion!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Women of the Bible

Just finished a series of fictional books by Francine Rivers about the women in the linage of Christ.  Starting with Tamar than Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and finally Mary.  What was most interesting to me is the humanizing of those special women.  When I read their Bible accounts sometimes I don't think about all that they went through or how they might have felt or what other people may have thought. 
One book in particular made me really think.  That was the book about Mary.  I guess when I have read the Bible account before I have thought that she was such a "perfect" girl. Reading this book made me realize even though she was very godly, she was not perfect.  In the book she made mistakes.  She was a human just like me.  However, she purposed to become close to God and therefore she was chosen to be the mother of the Savior.  How she must have felt.  The ridicule from family and friends when she found she was pregnant.  Or how her family responded when Jesus started his public ministry.  Did her family follow, or were they like so many that rejected him?
How would I have responded to the calling that each of these women faced.  Would I have been brave enough to cast a red scarf from my window.  Would I have been strong enough to face the ridicule and the shame after the great sin that Bathsheba committed with David. Would I have repented and taught my son how to be a godly king?  Would I have been bold like Tamar? Or would I have been as obedient as Ruth?
During this study I have realized there is much to learn from these women.  I plan to learn more.

A return of me....

So I have learned a few lessons since my last post.  One being make sure you read the subject before opening email! And that I have some very amazing friends and church family!  Thanks to my husbands good friend our computer is back to functioning...actually better than before!  So when you are checking your email if the subject is a link...DO NO OPEN!!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Mommy, there's a chicken pox on my arm!"

"Mommy, I am thristy and hungry" My little four year old is trying very hard to not have to go to bed tonight!  Not surprising, no little child really desires to go to bed on a normal night.  Only this night she tried a new tactic.  She came out very concerned and said, "Mommy, I have a chicken pox on my arm." Of course, I investigaged only to find a small scab that was so healed that it was falling off.  It took some convincing, but she finally believed me that it was not a chicken pox!! Then she climbed onto my lap and asked if I would just snuggle her. After some tears (the heart wrenching ones that make you feel like you have done something terrible) we got her into her bed...she feel asleep pretty quick. 
While thinking about this, it made me laugh a little and think of the fact I am sometimes like that with the Lord.  Sleep is needful and healthy for my little girl.  I know if she doesn't get the sleep she needs she can get sick or at the least be grumpy.  God, in the same way, knows what we need. Sometimes we come up with all kind of excuses as to why we should not, or can not do it.  But, when we finally surrender to what He has, we find rest.  I am always learning from my kids, almost as much as they are learning from me...I hope!  I am praying that I will take this to heart and remember the next time I feel the Lord pricking my heart to do something, I won't ask for a drink of water, or complain about some small ailment.  I know the Lord has my best interest at heart and I know He will take care of me if I do His will!.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Thoughts on being a mom today!

Being a Mom is one of those things you can not describe to someone that does not have kids. Well, you can but even though they think they understand they don't. Before kids I remember thinking thoughts like "I will never do that when I am a mom." or "if they would do...that would be how I would do it." or "My kids will never behave like that" All to which I hereby confess I have eaten my words. Let me share just a little of what being a mom is like.

Today I was told "I love you" by a sticky handed little toddler. Told I was a Queen and beautiful by a little girl. And told that I was a very good teacher by my oldest. Being a mom can be the best pick me up ever. It can make you feel beautiful even when you haven't been able to shower or you have something (who knows what) dripped down the front of your tee shirt. Being a mom can encourage you to keep building talents you never knew you had. It can keep you sane at the same time it drives you insane. It can make you laugh when you should be when your toddler has eaten a blue crayon but they give you a winning "blue" smile.

Being a mom does have it moments. The kind that only other mothers understand. Like when you have to discipline your son for the fifth time in the morning for pretty much the same thing, and you feel like you are doing it all wrong. The Devil can discourage you to thinking that you missed something or messed up. You feel like they will never understand the new concept you are teaching. Like, how to make the bed, or to wash their hands after they use the bathroom, or flush, or even just using the potty. You feel that it will never end, at times. And, of course, you feel worn out and tired. And that is okay. The Lord understands. Even he rested. It is encouraging to find out that other mothers feel at times the same way. Sometimes I think that other moms feel the need to hide their frustrations, but I know the truth!! LOL!!

Now if you are not a mom you may read this and think. Man, I never want to be a mom. I have been discouraged by this post. You'll change your mind. You see, even though there are moments that are hard and discouraging, it is worth it. It is worth it when you have the small victories. Victories like potty training gets accomplished. Your child does something he was told the first time without complaint. They clean their room without help. or do something kind without prompting. My favorite victories are like the first time they pray without help. The first verse they memorize and are so excited to say back to you. Their excitement over learning a Bible story. Or when your small child sees their sin for what it is and asks Jesus to be their Savior.

Yes, being a mom is tough stuff. It is only for the strong at heart. Because being a mom will break your heart over and over. But it is also the balm that can sooth it. So I encourage you other mothers today. Keep praying when it is hard and keep praying and praising when it is good. God gives us strength for the tasks at hand, and we can do it.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

At the feet of Jesus

A while ago I posted a script I had written entitled "A Mile in Her Shoes." It was a for a ladies meeting at my church. I struggled for a while with the idea of relating different women in the Bible with what shoe they would wear and why. I prayed and studied and finally came up with the script you can read in the archive!
Anyway, for the last few days I have been thinking about one of those faithful ladies and her shoes. It is Mary and her slippers. You see when my Grandma went to be with Jesus in October my Aunt Theresa gave me a pair of slippers that were my Grandma's. Not a pair she had worn, but they came in a pack of three, and these were ones that hadn't been used. They are blue fuzzy house slippers with a little tread on the bottom. I love them. Everytime I wear them, which is quite frequently because my feet are always cold, I think of my Grandma. She was such a blessing to me. Even now I struggle with not being able to pick up the phone and call her.
My Grandma was the kind of person you called about everything and would give you advice about everything (even if you didn't want it!!) I can still hear her telling me to "Plead the blood" when I pray, or to "lay hands" on whatever it was...including my van before I drove to Michigan! She encouraged me to pray and to sing and to "feed those babies." She taught me how to make home-made noodles and the best sugar cookies IN THE WORLD!
There was something I didn't know about my Grandma until the much she read her Bible. I knew she probably did. I knew she prayed. I heard her pray. She was a great lady of prayer. And now that I think about it I guess I should have known how much time she spent at the feet of Jesus. She always had her Bible near and could quote many scriptures. She, in her fuzzy slippers, spent many hours at the feet of Jesus.
Like Mary, my Grandmother knew the importance of stopping and learning about our Savior. She understood the value of praying. And like her she did that which was needful. I hope that one day when Danenn or her children look through my things they will say, "Mom spent so much time at the feet of Jesus."

Friday, January 6, 2012

Off Goes the TV

We have debated and struggled with the decision to turn off the tube for over a year now. What to do what not to do? Why or why not? What are the pros and cons? And even though seldom could we find any pros to keeping it around we kept putting it off. That is until today. No looking back, we did it.
I am sure there are many that believe that there is nothing wrong with a little "harmless" television, and that is their decision. But for our family we are starting to realize how harmful television can be.
A friend gave me a verse tonight. It was right after I had called the television company and cancelled our service and had a small panic attack because I wondered what in the world I was doing. The verse totally helped me and maybe it will help any one else that is wondering if they too should silence the tube. Deuteronomy 7:26 says "Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing."
So farewell television. You were once a strong companion and now you are an unwanted guest. You took up too much of our precious moments of each precious day that God blessed us with. Now no more are you welcome in our home.

The Devil attacks!

Isn't it always the case that when you decide to make a stand for Christ the devil makes his move. Well, Get thee behind me Satan because I am not going to be discouraged. Instead I am going to ask for prayer and use it to grow closer to the Lord.
Teddy has been struggling yin school for a while and we have been working with him on behavior problems. Today I found out that he will be home on Monday and Tuesday as unexecused absentes to help him realize that if he continues this behavior he can not attend class. We love the school (Tommy works there!!) and we love the teacher and administration and know that they only have his and the other students best interest at heart. We know that the Lord can use this to mold Teddy into a usable vessel. Since he asked Jesus into his heart I know that there has been a change and that changing behavior is a working process. Please pray that he will learn to better control his actions. That Tommy and I can use the Bible to teach him the right responses and demonstrate what is right. I love my little boy and I am praying that through these experiences he will become a man on God.
Although I was discouraged when I first got the phone call from Tommy. I will joy in the two days that I will have to help him. I will thank God for his salvation and mine. I will thank Him for the gift Teddy is to our family and I will praise Him through this trial. The Lord is my guide and as Psalm 48:14 says, "For this god is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death." He will be our guide and strength in this "trial."
I covet your prayers for our little man and for us as we try to become the parents that God wants us to be.

A Goal!

Okay, so I am a bad blogger...but I want to be better. One of my new years goals! So even if it is just a quick blurb you MAY hear from me more often!!! What would be a better start than to share my new years goals with everyone!
1. Read through my Bible in a year without forgetting one single day. If you want to join me you can join my facebook page "Read through my Bible in a year" for a daily reading schedule and other encouragments.
2. Share Jesus more. Specially with my chidren!
3. Be a better encouragement to my friends.
4. Exercise more (already muscles hurt! LOL!)
5. Eat better!!
6. Be better at blogging!

So that is it for now! What are your new years goals. What do you want to do this year for the Lord? Let me know...