Showing posts from August, 2016

Characterized by Hope

I Corinthians 13:13

Transfixed on Sixth

My classroom is great. I keep meaning to write an update, but then I keep putting it off one more day to better share about my first week. Next thing I know, it's Friday! 
First day of class is always a stressful day. From my perspective more stressful for the teacher than the students! I was feeling the weight of responsibility to make sure my kids felt comfortable, welcomed, challenged, happy, and so many other things, whereas for the students they just have to get the day over and survive it. 
Well, we all survived! I love my kids. I have eight 6th grade students, and we are growing at a fast rate through this week. One way is just growing closer as we figure out and set the class dynamic. We are a giggly and fun class for the most part. The other area we are growing in is responsibility. This is my class’s last year before middle school, where things will be getting a lot more difficult. So we are starting to do things the big kids do.

Here are the four corners of my room. Th…

My Strength is from God

Psalm 65:1-8
1. Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, 
and to you shall vows be performed. 2. O you who hear prayer 
to you shall all flesh come. 3. When iniquities prevail against me, 
you atone for our transgressions. 4. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, 
to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, 
the holiness of your temple!
5. By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation
the hope of all the ends of the earth 
and of the farthest seas; 6. the one who by his strength established the mountains
being girded with might; 7. who stills the roaring of the seas, 
the roaring of their waves, 
the tumult of the peoples, 8. so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
There is a certain strength that comes from one’s comfort zone. The type of strength that makes you feel like you are in control, belong, or can survive on your own. …

From Maine to Mexico

This is my first post from Mexico, and I am glorifying God for making it here! Crossing the boarder went relatively easy. Once we crossed, we entered into a desert. Not the type of desert with beautiful sand dunes and constantly crusted over eyes from sand, but rather the type of desert with miles of flat land speckled with ugly brush that is usually brown, though almost could be considered green at the moment since it is rainy season. At the moment I have been re-reading the book The Secret Garden, and looking at the desert reminded me of the moor that Dickon loved so much and made come alive for everyone else who did not understand its beauty. Sadly, I did not see any Dickons out on this moor. Though I did see a lot of pecan orchards and farms, which I would love to learn more about!
Miles away at the end of the expanse were massive mountains that followed us throughout the country. I love watching them! I liken mountains to a campfire, because they draw everyone’s eyes. I end up s…