Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day 18 - Intentional Blessings for the Classroom



Day 18

(For Monday, March 27th)


Don’t you wish the media would report good news items? We hear the sensational stories or the evil things that are happening in our communities, nation and world events. Not much is reported about the hundreds and thousands of good acts that are happening in our communities. You may be surprised how much good news there is in our students lives if you give them an opportunity to look for good news stories. It can change a culture of a school when we are all on the look out for good news stories.

A verse to ponder

Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.


An intentional blessing for the classroom

Do you have a time in your class when you share good news? As an act of intentional blessing, establish a time for your students to hear good news. Establish one of your bulletin boards or space in your wall for students to share good news or use one of your bell ringer topics to give the students an opportunity to share good news for a change.  Make sharing good news a culture in your classroom regularly.

A focus of reflection

Can you tell good news stories in your classroom? Is it legal? Of course! Take a moment and listen to our own conversations today. Do we have a bent toward negativity or being positive? Let’s be intentional about sowing good news to our colleagues and students.  Try to start conversations about good things that have happened to others. Give thanks to God in prayer for all He has done for us.



 from Day 19
(Taking time to rest)



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:
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May God bless you with success His way this 2016-2017 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. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Day 19 - Intentional Blessings in the Classroom



Day 19

(This is for the weekend, March 25th and 26th)

We have reached the 4th weekend of Lent as we countdown days of intentional blessings toward Easter Sunday. Typically our weekends are crammed with “things to do,” but this weekend I’d like to propose some rest for you as an intentional blessing for yourself. When you are rested, you can continue to bless others.

A verse to ponder

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.


An intentional blessing for the classroom (weekend) 

Today, let’s begin to grasp an intentional blessing that God created for us – the Sabbath rest.  He created the world in six days and rested on the seventh as a pattern of work for us. Working six days and resting one day seems so foreign in our society, but it is a gift from God that will bless your body, soul and spirit. One day on this weekend, turn off one of those devices and don’t do any of your ordinary work. Instead spend time with Him and that beautiful family He gave you. 

A focus of reflection

Who created time? Can you imagine being able to control time? With man that is impossible, but with God, all things are possible. As the Creator of time, He also created the principle of rest. Be good to yourself this weekend and all weekends, by reflecting on how much time you spend working too much.  The Sabbath principle of rest is for our good that we may be able to work even better by resting one day out of seven. It seems impossible that you can still get everything done by NOT working one day, but God’s principles always work.


from Day 20
(Teachers always work hard at planning, preparing, collaborating and delivering lessons.)



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:
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May God bless you with success His way this 2016-2017 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, March 23, 2017

Day 20 - Intentional Blessings in the Classroom



Day 20

(This is for Friday, March 24th)

When did doing an assignment become an option for students? More and more students opt out of doing their work as if it is ok.  It is increasingly becoming more common and we need to instill the quality of a good work ethic in our students if we expect them to be successful.  There is no standardized test or end of the course exam that can measure hard work, but as professionals it is one of the easiest qualities to recognize and one of the least promoted as good.

A verse to ponder

Col. 3:23-25 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.

An intentional blessing for the classroom 

Hard work is commendable. Is it honored in your classroom or school? Today, let’s intentionally reward a student because of their example of a good work ethic.  Give them something special from your desk that you treasure to be placed on their desk as a badge of honor. Point out the qualities of their hard work and encourage them to continue to work hard. Think about establishing a weekly or regular reward for the qualities of hard work in your classroom or school.

A focus of reflection

Have you ever really presented work as good? We were made in His image. He is THE Creator and He gave us those creative genes! We were born to work and to work creatively. Can we tell the students that they were born in His image and were born to work? Is it legal? No, however, we can model hard work, creative work and joy in our work in all we do. 


from Day 21
(Prayer is the foundation of all intentional blessings in the classroom.)


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.
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May God bless you with success His way this 2016-2017 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. 

Day 21 - Intentional Blessings in the Classroom




Day 21

(This is for Thursday, March 23rd)

As teachers, we make such a difference both positive and negative. Every word that comes out of our mouth is soothing or destructive. It is rarely neutral. Begin the day in prayer at home asking God to guard the portals of your lips and then continue to pray when you get to school that you may be a blessing.

A verse to ponder


As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.


An intentional blessing for the classroom 

Although prayer is always the foundation of all good plans, good intentions and intentional blessings, today’s focus is on prayer itself. Begin this morning with a specific prayer for peace in your school. Bring up name of students, teachers, paraprofessionals and/or administrators to God for healing, both physical and emotional and a spirit of goodness to go before you in all things that you do today. Ask God to help you to be intentional in all acts of blessings for the rest of the school year and beyond. Give thanks at the end of the day for all the blessings God has afforded you today.

A focus of reflection

How often do you pray for your students and colleagues while you are on campus? Is it legal to pray at school? Of course! Private prayer is free speech. Teachers, while serving in their official capacities, may not pray with the students, but certainly may pray for the students. Think about the power of a praying teacher and what a blessing we are when we begin our day in prayer.  



from Day 22
(Put aside your change for the gift of lunch for someone at school. It adds up quickly.)


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 His way this 2016-2017 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. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Day 22 - Intentional Blessings in the Classroom




Day 22

(This is for Wednesday, March 22nd)

Each morning before I suggest an intentional blessing for the classroom, I pray and then go to the Word.  Today when the Good Samaritan came to mind, I was so pleased because I think this is one of the most incredible stories that Jesus told as an example of how we need to be as His ambassadors. Being intentional is going out of our way to do something to bless others, especially those who are not family or even friends.

A verse to ponder

Luke 10:25-37 - On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

An intentional blessing for the classroom 

Is there a child that eats alone or perhaps a colleague that never comes to lunch? Although lunch at school is a very rushed time, today we need to be on the lookout for someone who we can treat to lunch. There is always a child who forgets his/her lunch or lunch money, let’s go out of our way to buy someone’s lunch for them. Establish a little lunch money bank in your classroom that you have a few extra dollars tucked away so that you can treat a child to lunch as an intentional act of blessing any time. 

A focus of reflection

Can you act out parables that Jesus taught? Is it legal? Of course! One of the many gifts of Jesus was speaking in parables. Storytelling is an art in teaching.  As you teach your content, consider wrapping your lesson into a story or song.  Students remember more when it’s a tale or put to music. May God give you the opportunity to be a Good Samaritan today.


from Day 23
(A 6th grade classroom bulletin board with the fruit of the Spirit)


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:
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May God bless you with success His way this 2016-2017 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, March 20, 2017

Day 23 - Intentional Blessings for the Classroom



Day 23

(This is for Tuesday, March 21st)

I was in a school in Miami that has a fruit and vegetable program. Each day they brought a sandwich-bag sized snacks for locally grown fruits and/or vegetables to try. The students had cabbage that day and the kids really liked it. I was impressed at how willing they were to try new things. The fruit of the Spirit contain all the blessings needed for a classroom culture and makes the perfect character education platform.

A verse to ponder

Gal. 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

An intentional blessing for the classroom 

Many children come to school hunger these days. Try to identify one student today that you suspect is hungry. Give him/her a piece of fruit today, just because. If you feel especially generous, purchase a little case of “Cuties,” (mandarin oranges) for all your students. 

A focus of reflection

As you give the student a piece of fruit, praise God for all He has given us. Think of that fruit as a symbol of the fruit of the Spirit and be intentional about your classroom culture as His ambassador. Consider hanging pictures of fruit as reminders for yourself on those days when things aren’t going as well as planned. Notice that it is the fruit of the Spirit (singular) as your ponder the verse above. May you be a blessing to all your human touches today.


from Day 24
(Greeting each student, each period, each day at the door)


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 His way this 2016-2017 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.