Thankful Monday


“Great are the works of the Lord.  They are pondered by all who delight in the Lord.”  Psalm 111:2

So another school year has started for me.  I started the day with great positive thoughts and ended it feeling more stressed. Sometimes days (or weeks) just don’t go way I plan!

As I began to think about posting my Monday Moment of Joy, I was having a hard time coming up with thoughts that made sense. 

Then I read those words from Scripture.  “GREAT are the works of the Lord.”  I began thinking….”what are the works of the Lord?”  Psalm 111 then says “They are pondered by all who delight in the Lord.”  So I was reminded that the act of remembering and pondering God’s great works can give me joy.  

So, today I’m just going to make a list – a list of God’s great works.  Why don’t you help me make that list?  Feel free to comment and add to the list of God’s great works.  

Then let’s ponder those together!  It will help to put our focus back on Him instead of on our circumstances.

-He saved me.

-He showed me His grace in sending Jesus to die for my sins

-He loves me with an amazing love.

-He gave us His Word.

-He gave us the body of Christ to encourage and sharpen us.

-He gave me a family that loves me and is always there for me.

-He made me unique with gifts and talents that He allows me to use for His glory. 

-He gave me a job that I love with a team that I love.

-He knows me inside and out and yet He loves me anyway.  

-He gave me friends that help point me to Himself.

-He takes care of His people over the ages.  Remember all those times that Israelites walked away from Him or grumbled against Him?  He forgave them over and over and continued in relationship with them!  He does the same for me!

-He left the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us.

What else?  There are millions more of His great works!  Let’s ponder them together.  

There’s peace when we are still and think about Him!

August Back to School Panic

So here it is, the end of August, and here comes the panic!  How am I going to plan my schedule so that every kid gets what they need?   How am I going to mesh that schedule with the new school schedule?  What will classroom teachers say when they find out my schedule comes first and they have to adjust:)  just kidding!  How am I going to set up my room?  Oh wait before I can even set up-how am I going to replace all that stuff that was ruined in my room when there was a flood?  Will our new team work well together? You know I had the dream team last year!  How am I going to meet the need of every kid?  How am I going to creatively teach them those oh so important life skills in the midst of getting them ready for that test?  How am I going to show them that I care?  How am I going to face a new year full of IEP scheduling?  Did I hear that they’re changing the IEP format AGAIN?  I wonder if I’ll get planning this year?  What about the new families?  Will I work well with them?  How late AM I going to stay that first week we’re back?  How come I can’t get into my classroom yet? 

Will someone realize THIS year that testing is taking me out of the classroom many, many, many days that could be used to actually teach?  How will I have a positive attitude in the midst of all that not so fun testing and paperwork and less and less planning?   What will the new students be like?  Will I get to teach content or will I be dealing with more behaviors this year? 

I know I’m not alone in that August panic!  Although I LOVE teaching and feel that it is where God has called me, I do tend to let worry and panic creep in during this time of year.  Today, as I drove home from having coffee with a friend (you know that might not happen again for 9 months:), I felt myself truly in worry mode.  So, I came home knowing that I needed to spend some time handing over these worries to the God of the Universe!  Of course, that’s not always my first reaction, but today He guided my heart to come to Him and to leave that panic at His feet. 

One of the hymns that stuck in my head was “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”    Are you feeling that August panic?  Go spend some time listening to this hymn and let God remind you that He is in control.  Go play it on the piano or listen to that iTunes version or that CD.    YouTube has some great versions of it and some have the lyrics too. 

Go ahead and remember how sweet it is to trust that our God can handle even our August panic.