I am preparing for my 33rd year in the classroom. You would think by now, it would mean pulling out old lesson plans and recycling them. BUT every year, there are different children with new and interesting individual needs and every year I have to figure out THOSE needs and try to teach the children how to deal with those needs in this life they are living. SO while I may be teaching “Helping Verbs” for the 20th time, I am teaching that part of grammar to a new crop of students.
Likewise, I have a new dynamic with my staff as I have only Tess as a “missionary”worker and a carpenter from the area as our maintenance volunteer. It’s hard to know the balance between when I am acting as the Boss and when I am acting as just a friend or co-worker. I suppose with our age differences, I am always the Boss… but I like to think we can play games and socialize and I don’t have to be the Boss.
So this morning, I am sitting here trying to focus and I know, because it’s not my first time around the park, that my aDversary is trying to Distract me from the objectives, Divide our team and Demolish the ministry here.
I have 2 Timothy 2:24 and 1 Thessalonians 5:14-24 on my bulletin board here at my home desk. GOOD reminders of how we are to behave and think and be. And yet, I fail. The print reminder does not change me. Somehow getting that message INTO my being… or allowing God’s Spirit to grow His Fruit in my life…sigh…is the daily struggle.
So reader, pray for me today and for this ministry and for the things God is doing here. Because I can tell you, He has been at work…
Last week, I was planning to organize Bible lessons based on the coming Eclipse (August 21 in North America) when I came across some great resources at answersingenesis.com and Galactic Starveyors VBS resources at lifeway.com YES! So I got those in the mail yesterday! And Tess mentioned that a man at her church does astronomy and theology and he will be coming as a guest presenter for us! With his telescope! Sometime during week one.
AND I am in charge of Make your Meal Mondays – and how do Moon Pies and Meteorite Meatballs sound for Eclipse Day Lunch?
I am seeing God daily plop a resource or idea or challenge in front of me. Sometimes I wake up with the answer I was praying for the night before. Sometimes, I am too slow or dull to see His great answer. Or I fail to embrace the moment to apply the above listed verses and Biblical principles. Then I act in a way that is Distracting, Divisive, Detrimental, —you see me giving me a ‘D’ grade on my pre-semester activity report?
This morning, after all of THAT passed through my brain and heart and soul, I opened my Bible and THERE, Daniel 10:19 at the bottom of column 1 on the right page on my Bible, LEAPT to my encouragement – literally, gave me COURAGE:
Don’t be afraid, you who are treasured by God. Peace to you; be very strong!” As he spoke to me, I was strengthened…
So thanks for reading and praying – not only today but as often as God brings me to mind, pray for me and this ministry and God’s Name to be honored here.