Thursday, May 10, 2012
Around Christmas, my young cousin handed me a neatly wrapped little package and said that she hoped that I would enjoy the book; it happened to be her favorite daily devotional titled Jesus Calling. More than anything I appreciated the sweetness of her gesture, especially considering the tight budget under which she lives. Eventually, I knew I would get around to reading through it, but I definitely did not rush. However, when Lent came, I decided to make a point of taking time out each morning to read a page each day.
It's simple. It's clear. It's beautiful.
Now, I find that Jesus Calling is everywhere.
When a co-worker was stressing about new responsibilities, I mentioned that she might want to buy this book.
She already had it...said that she depended on the words to help her survive the transition.
When my sister was anxious about the changes in her family dynamic looming on the horizon, I mentioned that she also may want the support of Jesus Calling.
She had it downloaded on her phone.
Another co-worker reads the book everyday as well...the way one might digest a morning vitamin.
Recently, one of our lovely Catholic sisters at school seemed as though she would enjoy a boost, so I bought the book for her as a small gesture of appreciation. After she opened the package, she kept it in her work room for others to enjoy.
One of the building managers came to her this morning.
He heard she had a book.
He shared the fact that he needed a little spiritual lifting because his son is going to be deported soon.
Sister gave him the copy right then and there.
In my opinion, that is what Jesus Calling is for...to pass on to others and....
To let the reader feel a sense of encouragement each day.
To let the reader know that he/she is not alone.
To let the reader find peace even in the midst of confusion.
I'm very glad I picked up.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
- Have a focus ready. This can be as simple as a question or two. For example, in what way was your week great? In what way was it el-stinko?
- As the adult/leader, I go first and share something that happened to me that the students don't know and that could possibly surprise them. I make sure to emphasize my dorkiness whenever possible. Laughter is good.
- Have lollipops or some other treat to keep the mood light. Gummy bears work great.
- If I really think I may have trouble with participation, I've even added another prop like play-dough so that they can have something to do while they talk about whatever is on their minds.
- When circle time works (and the kids don't think they are being held hostage in some nightmare after school special) then I learn precious many things....how funny they are, how resilient they are, how stressed they sometimes feel, and how much I just enjoy being in their company.
Yes, it's true the the technology education movement is on a meteoric rise and teachers are strongly encouraged to keep their classroom paces cyber-friendly, brisk and efficient. But please, let us not become so web-driven and jaded that we forget to be human with each other....that is, without a doubt, the good stuff.
Which is why, in my not so humble opinion, circle time will always rock.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Outstanding effort and attention to detail- the students voted and she won first prize. (Okay, all the prizes are from the dollar store but the students don't care that my prizes are el-cheapo.)
All in all, my pushiness paid off; it was a very good day.
Now, I can finally unwrap those earplugs and eat them.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor -- Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on
And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now -- For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
By Langston Hughes
Monday, February 14, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Plain or pretty
Skinny or Fat
A person's a person
I like it like that.
And if you speak funny
Like some of us do..
Guess what? You're a person!
Oh my yes. It's true.
Are you somewhat nutty?
A bit off your rocker?
You still count my dear friend
(I know it's a shocker!)
If you have some limbs
That don't work so well,
You're 100 percent people..
This fact I do tell.
Do you like to eat liver?
(Though I think it's gross).
That still makes you human
And to you I toast!
Your brain may be slow
or yet, fast it may be
But the fact still is this-
You suit God to a T.
Perhaps you are old
And your skin doesn't fit.
But that doesn't matter
Not one little bit...
Or maybe you're tiny
And can hardly be seen
You are no less a person
To say so is mean.
Because you ARE a person
The most awesome of all...
And a person's a person
No matter how small.