Friday, February 28, 2020

Lent - Day 3 - Love One Another



Dear Christian educators,

This is our high calling, dear friends. We need to be known for our love on our school campuses. We love because He loved us first. Don't worry if you haven't loved the way you should. None of us have, but we serve the God of Love, Who will enable us to love more deeply as we cry out to Him. During Lent, let's pray for more love, particularly for the unlovables. You know who they are! Can you imagine if we started loving on them instead of being annoyed by them? It would change everything! May God give you His power to do just that.

Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!


Day 3


John 15:12-17 English Standard Version (ESV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.


What does loving the unlovable look like? Whenever that student begins to show his/her ways, deal with them in private. Bring them in the hall for a moment (while you still have your eye on the others, of course). Make the attempt to let them know you are not his/her enemy and in fact are their advocate. Try a phone call home with good news. They may have never received one before. Being proactive with an unlovable, may mean a smile before class, an unrelated inquiry to their day having nothing to do with school. It may even be a small sincere note to just them. It's hard to do, but if you ask God for creative ways to love them, there is no doubt you will get help. After all it says, "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." That's when we know we are praying in His will.







Dear Lord,

Why is loving others hard? It shouldn't be. It should come naturally, yet sometimes people just know how to push our buttons. Will you help us Lord to come up with creative ways to love those who seem unlovable? We know that You love them. Please shine the light on what You see and how we can be more observant. Help us to practice looking as them as fearfully and wonderfully made. Lord, please grant us Your ways that we may be pleasing in Your sight and a blessing to all - yes, even the unlovables. Lord, Your commandment is to love one another as You have loved us. You even call us friends if we love like You do. That's incredible. Thank You for choosing us and help us to bear fruit that Your fruit may abide on our campuses. We ask because You said whatever you ask in My Father's Name, He will give it to us. Help us to love one another!


Prayerfully yours,

Karen C. Seddon
CEAI - Christian Educators Assoc. Int.
State Director for Florida
407.892.5651
....an unqualified recipient of His unconditional love


2 Timothy 3:16 -17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.




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, February 27, 2020

Lent - Day 2 - Love is Patient

Dear Christian educators,

For the next few days we will go a little deeper with the first Fruit of the Spirit. Love is mentioned over 300 times (131 in the Old Testament and 179 in the New Testament KJV) so it would be very lengthy to try to examine all of them during Lent. I have instead chosen 7 verses to share about love for Days 2-8.

Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains: a verse, a small reflection, a prayer using the Scripture and an image. Feel free to share the images because I made them with the Bible Lens app and took all the pictures. What a creative God we serve!




Day 2


1 Corinthians 13:4-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


What if we applied only the first sentence in our classrooms? Just being reminded of the need to be patient and kind is huge. Patience is not natural but it is a fruit. Kindness is probably more tangible because we can teach the students kindness. They LOVE participating in a "Random Acts of Kindness" initiative. I love how Paul also explains what love is NOT! It is not arrogant or rude, nor insists on its own way. It is not irritable or resentful nor rejoices at wrongdoing. Oh my, it is much easier to NOT love than to love (without the Lord, of course). May God grant you the supernatural ability to be like Him and display LOVE to your students and colleagues. Over 3 years ago, I wrote a blog post, "Love in the Classroom" if you care to check it out it may help with some ideas.







Dear Lord,

Help us! We want to love. We want to be like You, but we fall so short. Lord, why? It is the desire of our hearts to be patient and kind and to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. You are the Waymaker Who can show us the way. You are the Chainbreaker that can break the chains of our stony hearts. You are the Paintaker, Who can remove all pain when we loved deeply and lost. Oh Lord, bless us with a loving heart towards those we see each day. Open our hearts wide for Your kind of love. It is in great expectation that we ask in the Holy Name of Jesus. Amen.



Prayerfully yours,

Karen C. Seddon
CEAI - Christian Educators Assoc. Int.
State Director for Florida
407.892.5651
....an unqualified recipient of His unconditional love


2 Timothy 3:16 -17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.




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. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Lent - Day 1 - The Fruit of the Spirit




Dear Christian educators,

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. You can "give up" something or you can be an intentional blessing to others or do both. One way to bless others is to walk the Fruit of the Spirit and pray our way through the Bible. When you pray the Bible, you know you are in God's will. 

Each day during this season of Lent, I will post one verse and pray it with you. Consider saying the verse in your quiet time and praying it also. You may use the same prayer or try your own. Each day until Easter (except Sundays) there will be a new post that contains:





  • A Scripture based on the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • A small reflection of how we can relate it to the school community.
  • A prayer of the Scripture 
  • An image of the Scripture (Feel free to share - I took the pictures of His handiwork.)

Day 1 

Galatians 5:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Did you know you can hang a poster in your classroom with the Fruit of the Spirit? Just use the words as an encouragement, not the actual verse. Don't you love that we are reassured in the verse itself that against such things there is no law. What school wouldn't want teachers and students that display love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? 

Compass, a ministry of Grace Church in MN has excellent resources for Christian educators including a poster of the Fruit of the Spirit for younger students. You can search for other examples of posters like the one I found from Society 6. More importantly, is how we walk our walk with the children and our colleagues displaying the Fruit in our lives. It's not easy, but all things are possible with God.





Dear Lord,

Please bless the students through us. We know that we are ambassadors for You and when we let You live through us the Fruit of the Spirit is natural. Let love, joy and peace exude from us this Lenten season. Please help us to be purposeful about our walk by being good, kind and gentle to those we encounter on our campuses each day. We thank You Father for Your incredible patience with us. Will You give us a double portion of patience today. Oh Lord, self-control is really an oxymoron for us. Will you take control that we may be like You. Finally, we want to thank You for Your faithfulness to us each day and for Your steadfast love. Help us to be faithful to our school community, our students, colleagues and parents. We love You and look to You for the ability to display Your Fruit legally and gracefully today. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; against such things there is no law. Thank you for that Lord!

We ask in the beautiful Name of Jesus,
Amen.




Prayerfully yours,

Karen C. Seddon
CEAI - Christian Educators Assoc. Int.
State Director for Florida
407.892.5651
....an unqualified recipient of His unconditional love


2 Timothy 3:16 -17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.




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, February 21, 2020

Educator Devotionals through Lent


Dear Christian educators,

Lent begins on Wednesday, Feb. 26th - Join our educator devotionals for the 40 days of Lent. For each of these 40 Days during Lent, we will go to the Scriptures with a verse a day that will encourage, equip and empower through with God’s Word.

Lent is the season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) which begins on Ash Wednesday (2/26/20) and ends on Easter Eve (4/11/20). Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means spring. The season is a preparation for celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday. Historically, lent began as a period of fasting and preparation for baptism by converts and then became a time of penance by all Christians. (from the United Methodist Book of Worship)

This year I will be again hosting a proactive view of living an educators' life during Lent. Although, we may be "giving up” something we enjoy, let us use these 40 days to see the beauty of the Fruit of the Spirit in our school communities.

Would you like to join me in this 40 days of reflection into God’s Word for encouragement?  It will be a short and sweet daily message in this pattern:

  • A word based on the Fruit of the Spirit
  • A reflection of how the word can be profitable in the classroom
  • An educators’ prayer
  • An image with the verse for the day

I will host the verses on this blog, and on the CIPE (Christians in Public Education) website. There's nothing better than being in the Word with our brothers and sisters.


Prayerfully yours,

Karen C. Seddon
CEAI - Christian Educators Assoc. Int.
State Director for Florida
407.892.5651
....an unqualified recipient of His unconditional love



2 Timothy 3:16 -17- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.


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. 





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, January 6, 2020

There's a Word for That - Day 1


Say it and Pray it - Day 1

Matthew 4:4  But He answered, “It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”


Dear Heavenly Father,

We come to you at the beginning of the new year committing our school life to relying on You and Your Word. You have shown us that we shall not live by bread alone, but my every word that comes from Your mouth. Help us Lord to learn more of Your word and to meditate on it everyday. In humble thanks we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

For our daily podcast and more, visit the Around the Word in 180 Days website.


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 in the 2019-2020 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. 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Year of the Bible




Did you know this is the Year of the Bible? What an extraordinary proclamation! Check out their website for exciting plans to read the Bible, events to share the Bible and ways to cherish the Word of God. Year of the Bible

You’ve heard it say, “There’s an app for that.” In our present digital world, that is true, yet who knows what technology will be cutting edge in just another ten years? One thing we are guaranteed is that God’s Word does not change. As Christian educators, we can take great comfort in that promise. This year on our podcast, Around the Word in 180 Days, we are introducing “There’s a Word for That!” No matter what issues, dilemmas, difficulties, rejoicing, or troubles we may have in our schools, there is always a word of comfort, correction, or encouragement to edify our weary souls. When you need hope, there’s a Word for that! When you need wisdom, there’s a Word for that! When you don’t know what to do about a situation, there’s a Word for that!




Each school day, we will address a topic through the Word to encourage, equip and empower educators in their daily walk. Not only will we look at multiple verses on the same topic, we will pray one of the Scriptures. When we pray God’s word, we know we are in His will for He often speaks to us through His Word. Let's say it and pray it!

Prayer is a striving to “take hold of God.” (Isaiah 64:7) Prayer is love in need appealing to Love in power.  Prayer is an educators’ most important tool. Let’s learn to pray Scripture together as we seek His providential care for our schools.

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 in the 2019-2020 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, December 23, 2019

The Advent Challenge - Day 24

Come and sit awhile and rest in the Word of God.
Listen to Chapter 24

Luke 24 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Resurrection

24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension

50 And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.


Merry Christmas, dear friends.

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 in the 2019-2020 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.