Sunday, October 1, 2017

CIPE Prayer Breakfast 2017




The 16th annual CIPE Prayer Breakfast was held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Altamonte Springs Hilton. For the 12th year in a row, the Seminole High School Gospel Choir kicked off the event. 



Karen Seddon, director of FL CEAI (Christian Educators Assoc. Int.) was able to shared some of the important CEAI updates that include:
A delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, pastries, pancakes and more was served by the hotel staff. All enjoyed the fellowship time. Our guest speaker, Dr. Bill Ziegler spoke to us about joy. Dr. Ziegler's energy and enthusiasm was graced by his storytelling gift as he shared the gift of being Jesus in the public schools. Perhaps the story most loved was when Dr. Ziegler helped a family for 6 years by driving brothers to college and home for 6 years!







A sweet time of corporate listening prayer allowed for the whole group to participate in prayer together at each table. This special time of worship with our brothers and sisters in the public schools was concluded with praise and worship by William Tillman, 2nd grade teacher in Seminole County.



May God bless you all in your high calling this new school year. Pray and be in His Word!

As always, I am prayerfully yours,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.

Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Back-To-School Prayer Breakfast - Osceola County




On Saturday, August 26th, CEAI Osceola County sponsored a back-to-school prayer breakfast to encourage, equip and empower educators for the 2017-2018 school year. Shireen offered an opening prayer and then we were blessed by a sweet time of worship from Brian and Xavier. Brian was last year's recipient of the Honor the Grads award from St. Cloud High School. He generously gave back to us by singing before and throughout the fellowship time of the breakfast. Thank you Brain and Xavier. Our delicious breakfast was catered by Koffee Kup, voted the best breakfast in Osceola County again!

Our keynote speaker Derrick Hicks educated the educators on the history of public schools and showed repeatedly how our nation was built on the strong pillars of Christianity. The educators all wished there was a way to review his presentation again or that they had taken better notes.



Karen was able to shared some of the important CEAI updates that include:
Liz closed the prayer breakfast in prayer the encouragement to fellowship. May God bless you all in your high calling this new school year. Pray and be in His Word!

As always, I am prayerfully yours,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.

Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back-To-School Prayer Breakfast - St. Johns County




The St. Johns County Christian Educators network gathered on Saturday, August 19th to praise God and to pray. The prayer breakfast is one of three events in the school year: the prayer breakfast, a mid-year luncheon and Honor the Graduates at the end of the school year. The breakfast was catered and served by Turning Point at Calvary. The church donates its meeting hall, music ministry, the breakfast and student servants to the CEAI Network so that love offerings can be saved for the third event in May, Honor the Graduates. We were able to sing songs of praise, eat a delicious breakfast and hear from the St. Johns County Teacher of the Year, Dana Kelly. She gave a heartfelt and encouraging message by asking children what a Christian educator and Christian principal should be like. She shared their responses through video. She asked them to pray for us and presented those prayers through video also. There is nothing like the prayers of children.

The second event in the school year is a luncheon sponsored by another church (TBD) each year who donate their facilities and the members of the CEAI network bring a potluck luncheon. A guest speaker is invited to inspire the educators and another love offering is collected for Honor the Grads. Mark your calendars for January 20, 2018.

The 3rd event is at the end of the year when the Christian Educators host "Honor The Grads" a time to allow 14 selected students from the seven St. Johns County high schools. These students were chosen by their peers because they best demonstrated their walk with Christ. The students are given a medallion of integrity to be worn at graduation, a certificate and a $100 scholarship. They are also given the opportunity to give a testimony and to share their future plans.  Honor the Grads will be held on April 30, 2018.

This model affords our faith-based organizations an opportunity to honor students and teachers, allows teachers of like minds to meet together to bless their community and recognize students of integrity. It is simple to replicate and begins with just a few teachers in any district. Please let us know if you would like some help to begin a program of blessing such as this. Thank you St. Johns County CEAI network. You are a blessing to more than just St. Johns County! We now have Honor the Grads in Osceola and Seminole Counties.



Images and details from Honor the Grads Osceola County

Images and details from Honor the Grads Seminole County

Images and details from Honor the Grads St. Johns County


As always, I am prayerfully yours,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.

Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

AW 180 and 1:16PM begin on 8/14/17



WHAT IS AROUND THE WORD IN 180 DAYS?


The Around the Word in 180 Days (AW180) podcast is designed for the busy educator who loves the Word of God and prayer and seeks community. You are not alone. There are thousands of Christian educators who long to walk their high calling out legally and gracefully in our public schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, we were able to read through the whole New Testament together. During the 2015-2016 school year, we read through 150 Psalms and 31 Proverbs. Now that’s a lot of wisdom! Last school year, we examined God’s promises in 200 days which is now available as a daily devotional to you in Amazon with the key words: Around the Word in 180 Days. For the 2017-2018 we will be sharing, “Just Jesus”, the red letter words in the Book of Matthew. Included in our 10-15 minutes together on Around the Word in 180 Days is:
  • an ABC prayer of adoration
  • the red letter words of Jesus from the book of Matthew
  • the lyrics to a hymn/song about Jesus
  • the 1:16PM prayer prompt
  • Don Clark's daily devotionals
  • a quote suggestion to use in your classroom
  • A final prayer of encouragement

May God bless you with wisdom and guidance, love and mercy as you represent Him well this 2017-2018 school year as we anticipate doing the promises of God. Join our community of believers in the Word and prayer. You are loved.

AW 180 Days can be heard in the following ways:

The Daily Promises of God for Educators is still available for a great daily devotional in three ways:

CALLING ALL CHRISTIANS!

Calling all Christian educators in the public schools! Join us at exactly 1:16PM each school day to pray a devout, reverent yet simple prayer in unity for our schools. Prayer prompts for the 2017-2018 school year begin on August 14, 2017.

The 1:16 PM prayer prompts are posted each day at www.one16pray.com, in our Facebook page and by text prompts through Remind.

To sign up for text prompts, there are four possibilities:
  1. 6:30 am - (Believe it or not, this is our biggest group!) - text @ceaiprayer to 81010
  2. 1:16PM - text @one16 to 81010
  3. Central Time reminders - 1:16 PM your time - text @one16ct to 81010
  4. Pacific Time reminders - 1:16 PM your time - text @one16pst to 81010
As always, I am prayerfully yours,
K


Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.

Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CEAI National Leadership Summit




Our national  leadership team for Christian Educators gathered for 4 days in beautiful Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs. This is a great turning point in our 64-year history because it is only the 4th transfer of directors. Unique to this leadership summit is that we kicked off the event with a tribute to our present leader, Finn Laursen and then installed our new leader David Schmus. Participating with us throughout the Summit was also our former director Forrest Turpen. Special thanks to these dedicated godly men who inspire us all. Needless to say, we all experienced a great sense of joy, community, connections and excitement for the future of Christian Educators Association, International (CEAI).

Speaking from a purely personal point of view, I was so encouraged by the vision and love that exuded from our leaders across the nation. Each area has unique cultures and stories to tell of how God's love and truth is transforming education. However, we want more. David has a heart cry to wake up the army that we may obey Matthew 6:33 - Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. We know there are precious Christian educators on every campus in America who simply need a gentle nudge to wake up! We believe that is our call to encourage, equip and empower them with Biblical principles. 

We are learning to abide, listen and follow what our Commander-in-Chief Jesus is calling us to do. He speaks to us all at different times and in different ways, but we yearn to follow that we may bless the educators and students of our public, private and charter schools of America. Will you help us? Do you have a "hot" heart for God? Luke 24:32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” If so, sent a short note to David Schmus, our new executive director at dschmus@ceai.org

The new school year is quickly approaching. We are your prayer covering. We yearn for our "hot" hearted educators to help us cover EVERY campus in America in prayer regularly and tell the stories of how God is transforming their school with His love and truth. Come join this awesome movement.

As always, I am prayerfully yours,
K



Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.

PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement and Around the Word in 180 Days:
      Go to www.one16pray.com  and www.aw180days.com for more information.
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page and the Around the World in 180 days Facebook page.
      Sign up for text message prayer prompts from Remind  

May God bless you as you rest and prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Clothed in White




This past school year I had the privilege of reading the Daily Promises of God for Educators with my brothers and sisters in the public schools on my podcast, Around the Word in 180 Days. God’s promises are beautiful, encouraging and a magnet to His heart. I was inspired by Dr. Barry Black, chaplain of the United States Senate to study the promises of God on Labor Day 2015. It took the whole school year (2015-2016) to gather His promises. I used many previously written books to determine how to present them, but nothing hit me until I placed them into a spreadsheet and realized that I had 200 promises: 99 in the Old Testament and 101 in the New Testament! I had no idea that He was a Promise Keeping God for time and all eternity. As I presented all 200 promises, I felt compelled to “regift” one of them to you in this post. In Revelation 3:5 it says, "The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.” Our God is going to dress us in white! 

Each time that I gathered the promises, I presented them in four translations and then wrote a note that I simply called the Note to the Educator. This is the one from this promise:

What if we had a day when all Christian educators wore white to school? It would be our symbol of hope in this incredible promise. Let’s do it. I am proclaiming the first Thursday after Labor Day as “Clothed in White Day” to unite all Christians in the public schools to proclaim their belief that one day all His saints (us!) will be dressed in white with our names written in the Book of Life while He announces our names before our Father and His angels. What a celebration it will be. Help me spread the word. It may start small, but who knows how far it can reach with the power of the Holy Spirit?

AW 180 Days Clothed in White post (scroll down to the Day 196 promise)


Let’s do it, my friends! Let’s dress in white on the first Thursday after Labor Day. This year our Clothed in White Day will be September 7th. You may have to get a new shirt, slacks, skirt or dress, but can you imagine how beautiful you will look and feel knowing that you are representing one of the ultimate promises of our Lord and God? Pray about it, my friends. Let us give Him all the glory.

As always, I am prayerfully yours,
K



Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.

PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement and Around the Word in 180 Days:
      Go to www.one16pray.com  and www.aw180days.com for more information.
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page and the Around the World in 180 days Facebook page.
      Sign up for text message prayer prompts from Remind  

May God bless you as you rest and prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Summer 2017





No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks,” is the refrain most remember from Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out For Summer,” because through the eyes of a student that doesn’t love school there’s great reality. However, don’t we all hope they are still learning throughout the summer. Many students are blessed to have parents who travel and take them places while other students vegetate in front of the TV.  What about teachers? What do they do when the school door closes for the school year? For me, I always needed those first few days to do nothing. It was as if the hammer that was clanging on my head the whole year suddenly stopped. After that I typically had some type of professional development to attend, a conference or two and plans for next years. Fortunately, there is much more time for family and what a gift. 

As you enjoy these summer days and typically have a slower pace, please let me encourage you to spend more time with the Lord. Develop holy habits that could be continued in the school year (perhaps on an abbreviated scale) that will cultivate your relationship with the Lord. It’s easy to cry out to Him in our desperations and exasperations, but too often we forget Him in less stressful times.  I would like to offer just a few suggestions for spending time with Him:

  •  Invest in the habit of prayerwalking.
  • Be in the Word everyday.
  • Give thanks.
  • Practice 1:16 PM
  • Find an accountability partner.


Investing in prayerwalking has been a life saver for me. One of our pastors suggested it and I have found it to be my most engaging time in prayer. You definitely cannot fall asleep. If you’ve never tried it, the first time it’s a little awkward to pray and walk at the same time. Depending on where you are, the words can be audible or silent but the beauty that He has created around you is a testimony to His love. I have been prayerwalking everyday for 25 years and look forward to any time I can get to the water’s edge to prayerwalk at sunrise. 

Being in the Word everyday is critical to our success as educators. I realize how hard that is early in the morning, but it doesn’t have to be long and involved, but He’s our coach. We need to drink in His plans and promises to be effective. A simple holy habit that I love is “flopping” in the Word. I randomly “flop” open my Bible each day and search for His message. 90% of the time I’m jazzed by what He reveals to me and I write a quick note back to Him with grateful thanks and an attempt to understand the verse in my present situation. The great app available for devotionals and tons of Bible translations is simply called Holy Bible. It’s been a life saver to have the word on my devices and available everywhere and anywhere I go.

We are asking you to practice 1:16PM this summer because for the 2017-2018 school year, we are asking every Christian in the public schools to stop and pray at 1:16PM. Based on Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes; first to the Jew, then to the Gentile, we believe that this movement can be in every public school in America. The key is reverence and discretion. For more information, visit www.one16pray.com. Help us spread the word to your sphere of influence.

Finally, seek an accountability partner or small group who will hold you accountable to your desires to please Him. There is no better summer investment of your time than to grow more in love with our Lord. He will guide you, provide for you, look over you and give you peace. May this be your most refreshing summer ever.


As always, I am prayerfully yours,
K



Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry by clicking here.

PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement and Around the Word in 180 Days:
      Go to www.one16pray.com  and www.aw180days.com for more information.
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page and the Around the World in 180 days Facebook page.
      Sign up for text message prayer prompts from Remind  

May God bless you as you rest and prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.



Christian Educators Association International is the only professional association in the United States specifically for Christian educators in public schools.  CEAI protects our members first in prayer, next with excellent professional liability insurance and other benefits while helping them live out their high calling as a Christian in the public school.