My students are in constant motion; between school work, sports, friends and jobs. Their steps are continuous. However, on the weekends I think their steps are going in different directions. I wonder how often they are going towards what is healthy, good and selfless or going towards what we would label as instant gratification?
As teenagers, they think they are invincible. It’s not a unique thought process at this age; I thought the same way. As teenagers we took too many chances, and rode the line too often. If we think back to some of the choices we made back then it is truly a miracle that we made it to now. So, what can we do as teachers and people who want to help them make good decisions and walk towards goodness?
We can pray for them, set good examples and pat them on their backs when they do make good choices. As a teacher I often say, “Have a great weekend and make good choices!” I always pray for them to walk that Kingdom driven path towards God each day. Please take a moment to say a prayer for our teens and as an influence in their lives let them know you care and try to set a healthy example with your own choices.
Recently I stumbled upon a letter my husband wrote to my daughter for a retreat. It was filled with kind words, sweet sentiment and love. It made me smile to think about how she felt when she read those words. Then I thought how special it is for her to keep that letter forever. Continue reading →
Never let anyone tell you never. If you have a dream, create it. If you have a vision, build it. If you have a goal, achieve it. Dreams, visions and goals take time to mold, attempt, work on, re-figure and re-do. However, if you give up they will never be completed. Just because someone else says you can never do that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Anything is possible with God. Search your soul for the dream, vision and goal that God is calling you to in your life. If God has you dream it He will guide you to live it. Never let anyone tell you never because with God anything is possible.
There we were sitting at a table coloring pictures with an older African American woman with a bit too much rouge, and a thick line of lipstick covering her lips. She told us of her past and we realized she had a completely different upbringing than the three of us, me as a teacher, and two of my female Catholic High School students. We talked to her about Christmas and she did not enjoy Christmas as a child. There were no presents or gifts but there was a pancake breakfast with horrible pancakes. I asked her if she had any children. She replied, “I had them but they wouldn’t have me.” I ached from the bottom of my heart to hear those words. Continue reading →
Our family loves the fall outings to Uncle Dale and Aunt Yvonne’s farm for pumpkin picking, pig roasts and Halloween parties. We are so blessed that so many of our relatives live out in the country. We get to drive an hour or so to farms filled with laughter, food, family, hay rides, pumpkins, ponds and fun.
On the hayride yesterday Jake and I were taking in the scenery of the bluest sky and fall foliage as we bumped across the gravel driveway to pick a pumpkin. Continue reading →
God loves us completely, unconditionally, from the idea of us, to conception, through death and into the new life with Him, endlessly. How do we love others? Do we love with smiles, hugs, sweet notes and laughter? Do we love others completely and unconditionally? How will you love others today?
Because of our experiences and our culture each of us views the world in a different way. Witnessing other’s attitudes about the world is easy to judge.
However, we will never see other’s worlds as up close and personal as our own. We need to respect, love and honor everyone because each of us has been created by God in His image. If we look long and hard enough we may catch of glimpse of God in someone else’s eyes.
Sometimes in life we feel as though we have a narrow focus like when we are driving across a bridge or through a tunnel. We stay right where we should focusing on the end of the tunnel. It is important to focus on the end but also on the road, the sides and our environment. Continue reading →