Sunday, October 19, 2014

Prayer in School



The power of prayer can never be underestimated. Are you praying at school? Most of us spend the majority of our time in school, therefore it would only make sense that we spend the majority of our prayer time there also, right? Ok, I know that's impossible, but certainly a good amount of prayer is a necessity. How can you possibly have enough time to pray with all the things that have to get done in a busy school day? How can you possibly go without prayer? Making prayer the foundation of each day with definitely set the day on its right course and will give you the sense of connectivity to the One Who can make all things possible.

The reason I am writing this encouragement to pray when it's about one quarter into the school year is because we often start with good intentions - have a back-to-school prayer breakfast, do a prayerwalk around the school and even start a prayer group with our peers. However, it is normal to get weighed down with the increasing responsibilities by this time of the year and that is why I am proposing the urgency of prayer.

Prayer that is legal in the public schools is always reverent, private and is NEVER with the students. It is always FOR the students, our colleagues, our administration, our staff and our community. These are a few ways to pray legally and gracefully.  (Please add some other ways you and your brothers and sisters pray at school to the comments below.)
  • 1st Step Prayer - The first step you take out of your car, pray for the needs of that new day. Pray for the travel of the students coming to school and those who will be working with the students that day.
  • Wellness Prayer - Take a walk around your school each morning and pray aloud with another colleague. These prayers are done with your eyes open and look like normal conversation. Others will often ask if you are in a wellness program and the answer is certainly, "Yes, the best wellness program available." Being in prayer before the start of the day is the best wellness there is!
  • Encouragement groups - Who doesn't need encouragement? Form a small group of believers on campus who meet BEFORE or AFTER the school day to pray in unity for the needs of your particular school community.
  • Anointed prayers - Pray over the entrance to your classroom, office or building for each person who enters the area. Some even anoint the door with oil.
  • Seat prayers - Sit in the seat of the students and pray specifically for the child/children who sit in that seat. This prayer should be done BEFORE or AFTER school and can be one of the most incredible interventions made on behalf of the student. If you do one a day, you can really concentrate on the needs of the students.
  • 1:16PM Prayer  - Join educators across the nation who are praying at exactly 1:16PM across the time zones in a reverent, discreet and private prayer of thanksgiving. Prayer Prompts are offered each day, but a prayer of thanksgiving, praise or help for the immediate needs is wonderful. Can you imagine the power of this prayer of unity? For more information, go to www.one16pray.com.
Although these are just a few ideas, the message is the same - Christians in the public school are under authority and we understand the legality of private prayer and cherish being connected to each other and our Mighty God to be a blessing to those we serve in the public schools. Be gracious, be kind, be loving and most of all be connected to each other.

May God bless you and keep you and grant you the needs of your schools community.



As always I am
Prayerfully dependent on Him,
K


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 101 
      Follow us on Twitter for the prayer prompts @one16pray


May God bless you with success His way this 2014-2015 school year.

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. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Educators Sunday



Sunday, September 21st, is designated as Educators Sunday to recognize and honor educators who are making a positive impact on our youth. The 3rd Sunday of the month is chosen for this congregational recognition because it is the Sunday before See You at the Pole, the student-led prayer in public schools. Since 1985, CEAI has encouraged congregations in America to set aside one Sunday each year (it doesn't have to be the 3rd Sunday in September) to commission all educators as ambassadors for Christ. 

Did you realize that the public schools (over 55 million students) are one the largest mission fields in the world? Educators touch these students each and every day with God's love. Let's encourage them to be legal and graceful Christians. Some of things your congregation can do include:

    • Praying for and commissioning educators for service in the classroom and local school.
    • Focus attention on educators during a regularly scheduled service or community event by celebrating their importance and contributions.
    • Feature testimonials of and by educators who have had a positive influence in the lives of students, parents, and fellow staff members.

Educators are all adults who interact with the students including teachers, administrators, staff (classroom aides, office staff, cafeteria staff, bus drivers and more).  If you are an educator we would like to encourage, equip and empower you to be Jesus with skin on.

We encourage you to realize that you are NOT alone. There are thousands of Christians in the public schools. In fact, there are more on your campus than you are even aware of because most people think you cannot share your faith in the public schools.  Much misinformation has been spread over the last few decades. We encourage you to seek out other Christians and pray with them before or after school.

We would like to equip you by adding to your toolbox the Word of God and prayer. Join up with hundreds and perhaps someday thousands of educators who pray together each day at 1:16PM. For more information, go to www.one16pray.com. Another community building tool is Around the Word in 180 Days where we are reading the same chapter from the Word of God each school day. You can listen to Around the Word in 180 Days online, through our FREE app or on any device.

Finally, we would like to empower you to know the law. As Christians, we are under the authority of our administration, district and laws of the United States of America. The best way to understand what is permissible and what is not is by being a legal and graceful Christian. This blog (The 16-9 Movement) is dedicated to understanding the first 16 words of the Constitution and the 9 Fruit of the Spirit.  Please read the first entry of this blog for the best summary of being legal and graceful.

Most of all, know that being an educator is a high calling and that you represent our Lord each and every day. Be Jesus - no words are necessary.

As always I am
Prayerfully dependent on Him,
K


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 101 
      Follow us on Twitter for the prayer prompts @one16pray


May God bless you with success His way this 2014-2015 school year.

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 24, 2014

Back-To-School Prayer Breakfast



The St. Johns County Christian Educators network really has a special plan to bless their community. I was able to attend their annual back-to-school breakfast yesterday which is one of three events in the school year. First, they ask everyone who comes to the breakfast to bring a $10 donation. The breakfast is catered and served by Turning Point at Calvary. The church donates its meeting hall, music ministry, the breakfast and students to the CEAI Network so that the $10 donation can be saved for the third event in May.

The second event 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 $10 donation is collected for the third event. 

The 3rd event is in May 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.  

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!






As always I am
Prayerfully dependent on Him,
K


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 101 
      Follow us on Twitter for the prayer prompts @one16pray


May God bless you with success His way this 2014-2015 school year.

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. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to school - 2014-2015




Back to school! It's such an exciting time. Let's us make sure we have asked God to cover our classroom's with His grace and peace and to pray for our students and colleagues. Around the Word in 180 Days AND the 1:16PM Prayer Movement begin again today. Around the Word in 180 Days is the reading of the Word in community each school day and the 1:16PM Prayer Movement a community of prayer specifically for our schools. You can hear the daily episodes by clicking on the right or…..

AW 180 Days can be heard in the following ways:

  1.  on this website

Welcome back! Please join our growing community of educators (administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents) who love the Lord and seek His guidance through prayer and His Word.

You are loved.

As always, I am 
Prayerfully dependent on Him,
K


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 for more information  and www.aw180days.com
      Go to www.ceai.org for more information (which will point you to the above address!)
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page.
      Sign up for text message prayer prompts from Remind 101 
      Follow us on Twitter for the prayer prompts @one16pray
      Look for the prayer prompts on the 1:16 PM website or Facebook page.

May God bless you with success His way this 2014-2015 school year.

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, July 8, 2014

How is summer going?




How is your summer vacation? Have you been relaxing, reading, and renewing your soul?  For me, I have always needed those first few days to do nothing. It was if the hammer that was clanging on my head the whole year suddenly stopped. After that I typically have some type of professional development to attend, a conference or two and plans for next year. Fortunately, there is much more time for family. 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.
  • Join us for Around the Word in 180 Days on August 18, 2014.

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. The beauty that He has created around you is a testimony to His love. I have been prayerwalking everyday for 24 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. 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 2014-2015 school year (Year 2 for the 1:16PM Prayer Movement), 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.

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.

Prayerfully dependent,
K

PS.  Around the Word in 180 Days will begin again on August 18th in the book of Luke. In the 2013-2014 school year, we read through Matthew and Mark together. This year we will begin in Luke and complete the New Testament! For more information, please visit our website at www.aw180days.com. Spread the word. Can you imagine how wonderful it will be to join together daily in the Word and prayer? 

Note: To more fully understand the 16-9 Movement, please read the first blog entry byclicking 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, June 3, 2014

Mark 12 - 16




This will be the last week for Around the Word in 180 Days for the 2014-2015 schools. We started this time of prayer and reading of the Word as a reminder that you are not alone in the public schools and to create a sense of community by praying and reading the Word of God together.  We need your help to improve Around the Word in 180 Days. Would you consider taking this 3 question survey?




Around the Word in 180 Day can be heard on our new app which is available on all smartphone options by typing CEAI or Christian Educators or going to this link:



As always, I am 
Prayerfully dependent on Him,
K


PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement.
      Go to www.one16pray.com for more information
      Go to www.ceai.org for more information (which will point you to the above address!)
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page.
      Sign up for text message prayer prompts from Remind 101 (we have 205!)
      Follow us on Twitter for the prayer prompts @one16pray
      Look for the prayer prompts on the 1:16 PM website or Facebook page.

May God bless you with success His way this 2013-2014 school year.

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, May 27, 2014

Mark 8 - Mark 11



We have only four readings this week since Memorial Day was on Monday, but that doesn't make it any less powerful. Being in the Word of God in community is a precious gift from God. If you haven't started listening is yet, perhaps you can do one a day during summer to refresh your spirit. The dates will be off, but the Word of God is always current. Keep focused these last few days, they are the hardest to keep the students interested, but it is critical that we have them work until the end. They can play on summer vacation!

Around the Word in 180 Day can be heard on our new app which is available on all smartphone options by typing CEAI or Christian Educators or going to this link:


As we draw closer to the end of the school, I will need your help to determine if we should continue Around the Word in 180 days for the 2014-2015 school year. We began on March 31st as a beta version and will complete the reading of Mark on June 6th. If there is enough interest, then we will continue in August with the Book of Luke.

Please let me know by email or in the comments below (kseddon@ceai.org) if you think having a time in the Word of God in community makes sense.


As always, I am 
Prayerfully dependent on Him,
K


PS. Don’t forget to spread the word about the 1:16PM Prayer Movement.
      Go to www.one16pray.com for more information
      Go to www.ceai.org for more information (which will point you to the above address!)
      Visit,  "like", and add comments the 1:16PM Facebook page.
      Sign up for text message prayer prompts from Remind 101 (we have 205!)
      Follow us on Twitter for the prayer prompts @one16pray
      Look for the prayer prompts on the 1:16 PM website or Facebook page.

May God bless you with success His way this 2013-2014 school year.

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.