Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lent - Day 22 - Love Kindness


Dear Christian educators,


Yesterday we talked about loving kindness, but today I want to talk about the ability to love kindness. There is a difference. Loving kindness is a way you conduct yourself towards others. It is always about putting others before yourself. To love kindness is a mindset to make loving kindness a way of life. Can you imagine if every Christian (adults and students) in the public schools loved kindness. We would have a revolution.That's exactly what our Jesus came to do and he began the greatest revolution ever - from 12 to millions now who have professed His way and into eternity where ALL who are with Him with love kindness. 

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 22

Micah 6:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

 He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

Catherine Ryan Hyde established The Pay It Forward Foundation in September 2000 to educate and inspire students to realize they can change the world and provide them with opportunities to do so. The Pay It Forward Foundation is a small, mostly volunteer organization with a powerful heart and gift to educators.  They provide Pay It Forward grants, ideas to share and an excellent website with success stories. The Pay It Forward Foundation has trademark rights to the term, “Pay It Forward Foundation.”  The idea of “pay it forward,” however, is in the public domain and the foundation encourages all who want to promote the concept of paying it forward to do so.  The Pay It Forward movie and website are property of Warner Brothers and the novel, “Pay It Forward”, is copyright property of Catherine Ryan Hyde. She has now given the reigns over to a young man named Charley Johnson. He developed the Pay It Forward bracelets and has distributed hundreds of thousands throughout the world. He's spoken at TED twice and is about to do his third. Here are three samples: the story behind Pay It Forward braceletGlobal Reading Flash Mob of Pay It ForwardCharley Johnson on TEDxBountiful.

In April 2005, I developed a “Pay It Forward” presentation for students of all ages which encourages students to create their own movement with their families. I have presented the lessons for hundreds of children from kindergarten to college and in very large group settings and even churches.  I have an annual date with one of my daughters who is a teacher on the Friday before Thanksgiving to present the concept to their families around the Thanksgiving table. If you are interested in a presentation for your classroom, just contact me. There’s no charge for a Pay It Forward lesson, you only need to agree to pass it on! 
Pay It Forward Day is April 30th each year.  An Australian group is hoping this will become a worldwide event.  Check their website at www.payitforwardday.com for more details and ideas on how to Pay It Forward!
Let’s face it, our classrooms can use a whole lot of kindness. Why not make a commitment to raise the kindness level in your classroom this year and teach your students not random acts of kindness, but purposeful and targeted ways to be kind to others? Order the Pay It Forward bracelets for your students and as they do an act of kindness, they hand to bracelet to the person and encourage them to pass it on.  Simply beautiful!






Dear Lord,

Why do we strive for what is right or what is the greatest commandment or what days do your require? You always have a way of keeping it simple. We are the ones who complicate things. You have told us what is good and what is require in Micah 6:8: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with You. Lord, thank you for this gift. Help us to do these good things as we interact with family, students, colleagues and all in our sphere of influence. I want to be known as someone who loves kindness. I'm not there yet, Father. Live through me I pray in the kind 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.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Lent - Day 21 - Goodness and Loving Kindness


Dear Christian educators,


Loving Kindness is a gift that comes in so many ways. I found a very cool blog post, "18 Heart-Warming Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Cry." When humans feel another human's pain or need and act on it, that's loving kindness. Jesus did more acts of loving kindness than we can even imagine. We know of miracles and healings, but did you notice that it was always for the marginalized or outcasts? It was never for the self-sufficient, self-righteous or wealthy. What an awesome example He has set for us.

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 21

Titus 3:4-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.


What does goodness and loving kindness look like at school? We often call this random acts of kindness. Students generally love to participate in these types of activities. Why not start a tradition of goodness and loving kindness? Ask students to do a random act of kindness and then tell their stories. Collect and tell the story to a wider audience, perhaps posting the stories to a class blog. As more and more students do acts of kindness, it becomes contagious. Lead by example. Do some random acts of kindness or pay-it-forward activities and tell about them. Telling stories encourages others to participate. It's not about bragging about your deeds, but setting examples that others may try. Everyone wins, everyone is blessed and everyone can do this.






Dear Lord,

Your Name is Goodness and Loving Kindness! You are our Savior and you save us not because of our works but because of Your mercy. Thank You for the regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit Whom You poured out on us so lavishly through Jesus. Now that You have justified us by grace, we are heirs! Hallelujah! Lord, we believe. Help us to devote ourselves to good works because they are excellent and profitable for others. Help us to on the lookout for those in need and to do something good with loving kindness for them. Thank You Lord for Your amazing examples of loving kindness. We glorify You in the good good 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, March 28, 2019

Lent - Day 20 - The Goodness of the Lord


Dear Christian educators,


There are so many beautiful psalms and songs written about the goodness of God and it's no wonder. What a good,good God we serve. I'm sure you have a favorite song. Please share if you do. I can't claim the one below as my favorite, but it reminds me every time we sing it at church or at one of our events that He is good. I left you a link below so you can enjoy His goodness. 


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 20


Psalm 27:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!


Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like
But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you're pleased
And that I'm never alone
You're a good good Father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am
I've seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we're all searching
For answers only you provide
'Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You're a good good Father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am
Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways


Songwriters: Anthony Brown / Joseph Patrick Martin Barrett






Dear Lord,

Your goodness is over us. You are always there for us. We look to Your goodness in the land of the living, in the here and now, not just in eternal life. We see the beauty of the students you have given us over the years and how incredibly unique You have made each and every one of them. Your goodness, Lord, sustains us and we sing to Your goodness. Lord, there is no one good, no not one but You. Please remind us and help us to see Your goodness in our personal and school lives each day. Thank You Lord. You are good! We proclaim Your goodness in the unmatched 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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Lent - Day 19 - Goodness



Dear Christian educators,



What a psalm! Do you think it is the most famous one? It may be the most memorized one. If you haven't committed it your heart yet, I highly recommend it. This last segment of this Psalm may be the most well-known and our focus because of goodness. Let's look at all of Psalm 23.





The Lord is my shepherd, 
I shall not want. 
He makes me to lie down in green pastures,

He leads me besides the still waters,
He restores my soul.

He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,

For You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;
    
My cup runs over.
Surely your goodness and mercy will follow me

All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Forever.

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 19


Psalm 23:6 English Standard Version (ESV)

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. 



I wrote a blog post about Goodness in the Classroom six year ago that I'd like to share an excerpt from:

As I looked upon the word goodness in the Bible, I was surprised to find only 19 times that the word was mentioned. Naturally, the majority of the time the reference was to God’s goodness. Do you ever stop to think about His goodness? It’s overwhelming. Everything that is good comes from our Lord. The ability to be a teacher is because of His goodness. The desire to become better teachers comes from His goodness.  How can we display goodness to our students? This is not as simple as it appears on the surface. We are not naturally good as He is, but we are his ambassadors in our walk and to represent Him well in our classrooms daily, we must strive to be good to our students. As public school educators (teachers, paraprofessionals or administrators), we have the power to influence our students daily. Making a concerted effort to be good to them can change the whole focus of our classroom.





Dear Lord,

Thank you for Psalm 23. Even though we are looking at such a small part of David's great poem, we are struck at how You give us confidence in our future. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life! That's a powerhouse of a gift, Lord. Thank You for eternal life through the indescribable gift from Jesus Christ. How do we take it in? Help us Lord to extend goodness and mercy to our students and colleagues all the days of our lives in school. We love you and thank You for being a God of goodness. 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.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lent - Day 18 - God Will Guard Your Hearts and Minds


Dear Christian educators,

In Christ Jesus! God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! True peace comes from knowing that God is for us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He wants us to prosper and to give Him the glory. We are diving into the Fruit of the Spirit during Lent to remind us of the power of the Holy Spirit in us Who produces the fruit: love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, gentleness, patience, self-control and faithful. Let the peace of God fill you today.


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 18


Philippians 4:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.



What a reminder of His promise. We looked at this verse previously, but only sought to understand the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. Today, we look at God guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Do you realize how important that is to school life? When God is for us, who can be against us? When God is guarding our heart and mind, why do we worry? Once we are secure in this promise, we can extend the love by guarding the hearts and minds of our students. What does that look like? Guarding them from wasted time at school, guarding them from unnecessary stress, guarding them from bullying and guarding them from harm are just a few ways. We can't guard them from everything, but our prayers are a hedge of protection we can lift up to God for their good.






Dear Lord,

Thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit Who intercedes on our behalf and convicts us to go the right way. When Jesus left the earth, He promised another Helper. What an Advocate He is! Not only does Your peace surpass all understanding, You even guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Thank You Lord, we do not take this for granted. Help us to be contagious and live like You are in us. Thank You for this gift. We praise You 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.