Thursday, July 30, 2020

By Nothing but Prayer and Fasting


Do you remember the story in Mark 9 when a man with a demon-possessed child brought the boy before Jesus for healing? The father had asked the disciples to heal the boy, but nothing had happened. Jesus pulled no punches about disbelief and had the man bring the boy to Him. Read the story. It's quite horrible what this family went through, but Jesus....... The father asked Jesus if He could have compassion on his son and heal him. Jesus said to him, "If You can'? Everything is possible to the one who believes." I love how the father immediately cried out, "I believe! Help my unbelief."

Jesus healed the boy and restored him to the father. When the disciples asked why they were unable to heal the child, Jesus answered, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." This kind of school year is like none other. Let's pray and fast for the opening of the school year.

I proclaim a fast for the 2020-2021 school year beginning August 1st. Choose a day before school starts and fast. There are so many different fasts from the Biblical fasts of Israel, no drink nor food for 24 hours to Daniel fasts, denying oneself the "king's delicacies." Intermittent fasting has become very popular in our day, but I am calling for a spiritual fast, a day to cry out to God specifically for our public schools: the students, the teachers, the paraprofessionals, the substitutes, the administration, the parents and the whole school community.

I will be fasting for you, dear Christian educator on August 1st. Please know that even though our leaders keep trying to figure out the best way to open schools for you and the children, no one really knows what is best. Our God, however, is King over all of creation. Let us show Him our belief. Lord, help our unbelief!

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 prepare for the 2020-2021 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, July 13, 2020

But Our Eyes Are on You



Here’s an understatement. There has never been a start of the school year like this! With all the trials and troubles of 2020, we begin the school year with more unknowns than anyone could list. Yet, this is going to be an incredibly significant time to be a Christian in education. What an opportunity for us to serve our students and colleagues. I love the story of Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah in 2 Chronicles 20, as he faced overwhelming odds he cried out, “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” 
Ravi Zacharias once spoke of this passage and recognized three questions that preceded the king’s cry for help, "Are You not?" "Did You not?" and “Will You not?” In prayer, King Jehoshaphat asked, “Are You not God in heaven?” “Did You not, our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land…..?" and “Will You not execute judgment…?" (on the multitude of enemies against Israel). Christian! Our God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore! Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the LORD and proclaimed a fast.
In the spirit of Jehoshaphat, let’s seek the LORD for this school year more than ever. I would like to proclaim a fast on August 1, 2020 and pray the three questions that he asked on behalf of Israel. "Are You not?" "Did You not?" and “Will You not?” For the state of education, “Are You not the God of all knowledge and power?” “Did You not bless this nation with our school system?” “Will You not hear from heaven and heal our land when Your people in the public schools pray and seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways?
In Jehoshaphat’s time, the people prayed, fasted, rejoiced and gave praise because the steadfast love of the LORD endures forever. That’s who we are in the public schools, dear Christian educator. More than any other year, we must stand on 2 Timothy 1:7 - For God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control. This year we must be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you and to do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15). 
When school begins and the students and staff gather, you will be different because of the Lord. People will notice you as you shine your light and love your neighbor. In times of trouble, Christians look to the Lord for power, love and self-control. 
For a few practical ways to be a gift to your school (Prayer, Care, Dare) go to tinyurl.com/Prayer-Care-Dare
2020 will never be forgotten. People will continue to worry, but leaning on the Word of God for hope, love, mercy and peace will give the Christian educator the opportunity to bless their school communities across this great nation of ours. 
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 2020-2021 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. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Summer 2020






What a crazy end to the school year! Who could have ever pictured this first half of 2020? Pandemics and protests would not have been imagined at the beginning of this school year. I wonder what the students will do this summer as families and districts try to figure out what the 2020-2021 school year is going to look like? As Christians we have a distinct privilege to pray for wisdom for our leaders to make the best decision that will effect us all. 

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.
  • Pray Scripture (This is a collection of prayable Scriptures - is that a word?)
  • Give thanks.
  • Practice 1:16 PM
  • Find an accountability partner.
  • Read!


Investing in prayerwalking has been a life saver for me. One of our pastors suggested it a long time ago 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 28 years and especially 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 or at any specific, because 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. 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 promote the 1:16PM prayers this summer because we are calling 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. The key is reverence and discretion. For more information, visit www.one16pray.com. Help us spread the word to your sphere of influence.

Consider praying Scripture. This school year on Around the Word in 180 Days, we learned to pray the Word of God to be in the will of God. What a great lesson and blessing it has been to pray Scripture with my brothers and sisters in the public schools. All the prayers can be found on the AW 180 Days blog and all the beautiful flower verse images we used (180 of them!) are available to share with anyone you like. www.tinyurl.com/TAWFT

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 2020-2021 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. 

Friday, May 8, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week - Day 5




This is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week, but certainly not the last time we want to thank teachers for all they do. May God continue to bless you throughout your career with a focus of excellence. We count it a joy to be able to remind teachers and the ones who love them to celebrate this great profession especially this year. Each day this week, we have posted a different blessing each day that includes:

Encourage

Thank you teachers for a job well done. Thank you teachers for teaching online when you didn't even feel like getting out of bed. Thank you teachers for praising students and encouraging them to go beyond just ok. Thank you teachers for making the day-to-day doldrum of routine lessons more interesting. Thank you teachers for loving students even when you didn't feel like it. Thank you teachers for consistency, confidence, comfort and counseling. Thank you teachers for safety, security and stability. Thank you teachers for your time and trusting your students. You are loved. Today's video is below.

Equip

Don't you just love the Word of God? It's truly a gift of instruction, correction, encouragement and much more. I've read many books in my life, but the Bible is the only book that reads me!

Romans 12:10 -  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Empower






Dear Lord,

Thank You for creating us to be teachers. You are the Potter and we are the clay. Mold us into teachers of vision who see a glimpse of what You intend us to be each day. Help us, Lord to be teachers on a mission to be like You in the digital classrooms displaying love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, patience, self-control and peace. Obviously we can not do it alone. Thank You for being in our virtual classrooms even when we forget. Your mercy and grace fill us with the inspiration to flourish in this difficult position. Lord, we are grateful to You for giving us this high calling of teacher. Blessed be Your Name. Amen.

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 with success as you wrap up this unbelievable 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. 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week - Day 4





As Teacher Appreciation draws to the end of the week, be blessed and be a blessing. We count it a joy to be able to remind teachers and the ones who love them to celebrate this great profession. Each day this week, we will post a blessing a day the includes:

ENCOURAGE

Have you looked at the creative side of those around you? Have you encouraged any of your colleagues or students to invest more time in their creative abilities? It's easy to say, "I'm not creative," but that's just not true. Everyone of God's children were born to be creative. It's in our DNA. We encourage you to be mindful of creativity today. Look for creative ideas and nudge them to take it to a higher level. Praise the students for a job well done on their virtual assignments and display as much of their creative work as possible online.



EQUIP

Today is a day for encouragement all throughout God's word. What a blessing to be a blessing. Pass it on.

1st Thess. 5:11 -  Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

EMPOWER






Dear Father,

Lord, You are beautiful and more creative than we can wrap our minds around. Thank You for giving us creative abilities. We are Your children and so are all the students and staff at our school. Lord, help us to tap into our creative abilities to honor You. Show us how to give You the glory and credit for all our creative projects, ideas, and creations. Lord, we want to honor You, the greatest of all Teachers. Thank You for teaching us through Your Word and Your Ways. We love You more each day. Amen.



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 with success closing out this most unique 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, May 6, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week - Day 3





In the middle of Teacher Appreciation Week, please know that you are loved all year long. We count it a gift to be able to remind teachers and the ones who love them to celebrate this great profession. Each day this week, we will post a blessing day the includes:

Encourage

You are a blessing to so many children of all ages, all races, all beliefs, all shapes and sizes. It's incredible how many lives we really touch. If you actually try to count the children whose lives have been impacted by you by the end of your teaching career, it's impossible. It's so touching when a previous student meets you at a store or restaurant and tells you how much they loved your class. Isn't it amazing how many names are forgotten? They remember how we treated them more than they remember what we taught them. Be a blessing to the children today.


Equip
Going to God's word each day reminds us of what is important and how much help we need as teachers to be an educator of excellence. 

Ps. 143:10 - Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground

Empower





Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You dear Father for the children You have placed in our care. Help them to be listeners today and to yearn for new knowledge even while they tire of online learning. Help them to be open to new ideas and to be curious. Thank You for creating each and everyone of the children who come to our virtual rooms and platforms today. It's a miracle how You made each and every one of them unique. Lord, help us to see them as You see them and to treasure these last few weeks with them. Erase any negative influence we may have had on them and forgive us for our failure to always be good to them. Show us how to finish strong and be a teacher of excellence inYour way with Your power. We love you. Amen.



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 with success in the closing of this most unique 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.