School has started.
I have been out of the profession for at least six years now. I know that I made an impact on some of my students’ lives over the years.
In spite of the struggles you face with the things that are so difficult these days, be encouraged as you teach another year.
Once upon a time…
I was one of those students.
My parents divorced when I was in eighth grade and for many years before that had marital problems. I enjoyed talking to my teachers and doing well, but I struggled emotionally.
I had several teachers that spoke “life” to me. Just like you do today.
I had a P.E. teacher who allowed me to be her assistant. She let me talk and she listened. She was someone I admired and she encouraged me to believe in myself.
I had a science teacher who allowed me to babysit her son! She knew that my “babysitting” jobs helped with our household finances, and she trusted me with her own child. She helped build my confidence.
These ladies made me want to teach. The Lord used them in my life go from “victim” to “victor”.
YOU do make a difference, and I thank you. I know it is difficult sometimes, I know that there are many reasons to complain, but you need to know that YOU are making a difference.
I applaud you. I know many of you feel “called” into the ministry of teaching. The law can say all it wants about God not being in schools….but He is there. HE is there because YOU are there. You love your students.
~Be Encouraged Today~
May your frame be strengthened this year!!!
A “one time” junior high girl thanks you!
Today our eldest celebrates his 32nd birthday. He was the child we practiced on. He was the one that was over protected and the one that we followed every single rule in child rearing. We barely let anyone even keep him when he was little. Poor guy.
But he is also the one who introduced us to “unconditional love.” We never understood it until he was born.
When the second was born, it was “he is two weeks old and we are going to be gone all evening!” In having the first son, we kind of learned what to do and not to do with babies. And our “unconditional love” understanding just deepened.
And even as I write this, I am giddy about the fact that we will have our very first grand baby in August. This little girl has already captured our hearts. I have her 20 week sonogram photo on our refrigerator. Of course it is the very first item on the front of this fridge..ever. I bet we end up devoting the entire fridge to her artwork! I also hear that being a grandparent is a lot more fun that having the original children!!
Aren’t you glad that the Father did not have to practice on us? He allows us to make our own decisions even when they are not the best for us. He never leaves us, and He is giddy about us. His unconditional love for us is simply indescribable.
I like that. As we celebrate the child, the now man, that made us parents, I rejoice in the fact that the Father celebrates with us as well.
Sometimes I forget that and Father God uses a birthday and a grandchild’s sonogram picture to remind me just how special He thinks we are…..
~Be Encouraged Today~
When I give baby gifts, this is what I usually write:
Which made me pause and wonder….. Continue reading Baby Congrats and Christmas