Sunday, May 12, 2019

Honor the Grads - Osceola 2019


The Osceola Honor the Grads picture album


The 4th annual Honor The Grads ceremony in Osceola County, FL was held Thursday evening, May 9, 2019. This prestigious award, sponsored by the Christian Educators Association, Int. in Osceola County, has become one of the most important events of the year in the lives of these students. Can you imagine being chosen by your peers as an example of integrity and living out your faith throughout high school?

For the first time, the Honor the Grads celebration was livestream on Facebook by Iglesia Nueva Church. You can watch it on their Facebook page.


The format of the Honor the Grads program is beautifully simple. The family and friends of the award winners were led in a few praise songs by a the youth group from Iglesia Nueva Church who graciously hosted Honor the Grads this year. After the praise time, the graduates were given the opportunity to share a favorite verse, tell about their future plans and give a testimony.  It never ceases to amaze us how the students can so boldly and passionately share their love of the Lord and their desire to serve and give thanks to those who helped them along the way.


The graduates shared their testimonies and most share words of encouragement  such as the ones below:
  • God gave me a second chance.
  • God loves you.
  • God cares about me.
  • I knew God, but I didn't KNOW God until now.
  • FCA youth groups as schools save lives.
  • I went from a goodie-goodie wanting to please everyone to a pleaser of God.
  • Be intentional.
  • Keep moving.
  • I really need God. I fall into His arms.
  • God is always there.
  • What can I do for a revival in me?
  • Are you willing to be different for the sake of the gospel?
  • We spark an interest.

Future plans include:
  • Warner College
  • Valencia State College (3)
  • Southeastern University to become a pastor
  • Valencia for electrical engineering
  • University of Florida or Hillsong College in Australia
  • Clemson University for engineering
  • SUM, Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Valencia > FIU for pediatric physician assistant
  • Valencia's Honor program with a full scholarship
  • Johnson University for preaching and church leadership
  • Bridges program at Valencia for health science > Lee University for chiropractic studies
  • University of Florida for pre-medicine


After the student testimonies, the families and supporters gather around for a time of prayer. All were then invited for a time of fellowship and snacks.





The 2019 Honor the Grads awardees are:

Celebration High School

Darian Huston
Matt Enyon

Gateway High School

Emily Garcia
Emily Jimenez

Harmony High School

Allison Hicks
Vanessa Bolen

Liberty High School

Ephraim Murphy
Monica CastaƱo

Osceola High School

Joanna Mounts
Hernan Espinal


St. Cloud High School

Emanuel Caraballo
Hannah Mittan



Poinciana HS and Tohopekaliga HS did not have seniors in their Christian clubs this year.



Congratulations to all the graduates and their families. 





As always, I am
Prayerfully yours,
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 2018-2019 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. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Teachers Who Pray Conference





The 6th annual Teachers Who Pray conference was held May 3-4 in the University Center in Chicago. On Friday evening, Marilyn Rhames, Founder and CEO of Teachers Who Pray, kicked off the conference with the introduction of her new book, The Master Teacher. The powerful book is a must read for any educator who has the call of God to teach. She masterfully organized the art of teaching around 12 spiritual lessons that can transform schools and revolutionize public education. These 12 principles follow how Jesus taught. Why not model our teaching after the Master Teacher? 

The Master Teacher is presently available at Amazon in Kindle format and on Marilyn's website at The Master Teacher Book. Marilyn Rhames is an author, educator, blogger, TEDx speaker, faith and thought leader who has blessed the educational community with this gift of The Master Teacher. You can follow her on Twitter@MarilynRhames or on her website/blog - Marilyn Rhames. On Friday evening, we enjoyed awesome praise and worship and time to fellowship and share a meal.

On Saturday, May 4th, the conference included breakfast, fellowship, praise and worship and learning. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Caroline Leaf who stunned us with her expertise in the mind-brain connection. Her topic was called Mental Health Learning - Think, Feel, Choose. She admonished us to realize that we are NOT our brains! Today's science dehumanizes us by only looking at our brains without looking at the image of God in each of us. Dr. Leaf's research over 30 years has focused on self-determination. The mind is NOT the brain. The brain is your physical part (about 1% of us) while our mind controls 99% of us. She is the author of many books including:

  • Think & Eat Yourself Smart
  • The Perfect You
  • Switch on the Brain Every Day
  • Think Learn Succeed

Our free will typically gets in the way of optimum thinking. Everything is related to thinking, feeling and choosing. We can control our reactions! We are not victims. Our children are over drugged. They are not medicines - they are addictive drugs, anesthetizing your brain. They have been numbed. Psychotrophic drugs are destroying our children. It is child abuse.

MAD in America - physicians who do not medicate.   https://www.madinamerica.com 
Psychology drugs patients for the brain 1%, but applied to the 99% - spiritual. What we see in the brain, is a response to the mind.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Dr. Leaf has a TED Talk and a new app coming out soon called SWITCH. She proposes that to maximize the brain, activate the mind. Have deliberated, disciplined, practice NOT mindless repetition. Challenge just beyond the comfort zone.

The afternoon was complimented with breakout sessions: Daughters of the King (Mama Linda), I Must Take Care of the Temple (Erica Harris) and Social Emotional Learning in Sports: Awakening the Giant Within (Dr. Daniel Buggs). We close the conference in prayer and thanks. 



Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Teacher Appreciation Day 2019





On Teacher Appreciation Day, please know that you are loved all year long. At Christian Educators (CEAI), we count it a gift to be able to remind teachers and the ones who love them to celebrate this great profession. We offer these encouragements as a lift and act of love.


Taylor Mali, poet and teacher, wrote a powerful poem, "What Do Teachers Make?" put to video after encouraging 1000 people to become a teacher. Hope you pass it on to other teachers who need a little encouragement. He's made his poem available on this website for you also.






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. 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 rooms 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 in Your Power 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.
www.aw180days.com
www.one16pray.com

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 2018-2019 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, April 20, 2019

Lent - Day 40 - In Your Faithfulness


Dear Christian educators,


It doesn't seem possible that we have prayed Scripture for the last 40 days. What an honor and privilege to share with you. May God bless you and your family as you celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ tomorrow. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to the Lord for the remainder of the school year.


Day 40


Psalm 143:1 English Standard Version (ESV)

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David.

 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
    give ear to my pleas for mercy!
    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!

At the conclusion of this Lenten season, I am convicted that we need to consider praying Scripture next school year. If you would like to join me, I will be praying Scripture daily on my podcast, "Around the Word in 180 Days" beginning in mid-August. There is no need to wait for me. What a blessing it would be to choose a Scripture for each of your remaining days of this school year. Read the Scripture and then rephrase it in a prayerful manner using the key words and personalizing it to God. When we pray the Word, we know we are in His will. May the Lord bless you with a strong finish as you represent Him the remaining of the 2018-2019 school year.





Dear Lord,

What a blessing to pray Your Word these last 40 days. Your Word is so encouraging, so instructional and so convicting. Hear my prayer, O Lord. Please give ear to my pleas for mercy. I yearn to love and love others as You have commanded us to do. In Your faithfulness, answer me in Your righteousness. Will You open the hearts of all educators to pray deeply and walk with You each and every day in school? May our prayers be a sweet incense to You. I love You Lord and thank You for the risen life of Your Only Son, Jesus. I ask in His Beautiful Name. 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.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Lent - Day 39 - Faithfulness to All Generations


Dear Christian educators,


On this Good Friday, we pause to give thanks to our faithful God Who gave His only Son that we may have eternal life. Think of all the generations that have existed since Christ until now. As the God of generations, He has sustained His church throughout the ages. The good news is that our next generation has its own leaders rising up to bring glory to God.


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 39


Psalm 100:5 English Standard Version (ESV)

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Do you ever ponder this high calling of teaching is to touch the next generation? Every educator will make an impact. We can only hope that it is kingdom impact for their souls. Making an impact on the next generation is critical to passing along our heritage. One of the ways we honor the next generation is with a ceremony called, Honor the Grads. Two seniors from a set amount of high schools are honored because they walked their walk with Christ through high school. The best part is that they are chosen by their peers. The students are invited to a ceremony where they give a testimony, tell about their future plans and share a favorite scripture. The students receive a medallion, a certificate and a $100 scholarship. This is one of the the greatest impacts on the next generation we have been a part of in the Central FL area. For more information, check out our Honor the Grads page.







Dear Lord,

You are so good, Lord. Your steadfast love endures forever and Your faithfulness is to all the generations. Lord as we anticipate Your coming we yearn for the next generation to be whole-hearted for You. There are so many young people who are so in love with You. I love to hear their testimonies and take great strength in the next generation. Thank You for being a God of the generations. Thank You for allowing us to impact the next generation in our schools. We love You Lord and thank You for this gift in the faithful 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.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Lent - Day 38 - Saving Faithfulness


Dear Christian educators,


Do you pray? Is it a pleasure or a checklist item? At an acceptable time, our God will answer in abundance. Never grow weary in prayer. He taught us to pray in the pattern of the Lord's prayer. Start by hallowing His Name, then pray for the many kingdom ministries pointing others to Christ, then ask for your daily bread. Finally pray for forgiveness and give Him thanks. May your prayers be a delight to You and especially out God of abundant steadfast love.


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 37


Psalm 69:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
    At an acceptable time, O God,
    in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.


So can you pray in school? Educators do not leave their First Amendment rights at the school house door. In fact, a school covered by praying educators is blessed. Learn the law and then live in the freedom you have been afforded as an American. You cannot pray with the students, but you can pray with your colleagues before or after contract time. You can always pray silently in private and personal prayer anytime. Many educators make it a practice to pray in the seat of every child at various times throughout the year before they come into the classroom. Many have joined us in the 1:16 PM prayer movement praying every school day with hundreds of Christian educators across the nation. Pray, my friends. Pray with delight. And of course, we all know that as long as there are tests in school, there will be prayer!







Dear Lord,

I love to pray to You! At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me in Your saving faithfulness. You save sinners, for which I am humbly and deeply grateful. You are always there for me. You are abundant in Your grace and I love You so. Blessed all the children and educators today with Your saving faithfulness. I ask in the incredible 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.