Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tales from 1st Grade: Someone elses voice

The back story: I've been sick with a throat infection and upper respiratory problems. This causes my voice to be a little froggy at times.

Helping a student at his desk work on writing a story. While helping him the student beside him says, "What's wrong with your voice?"

Me: I'm sick. It makes my voice sound funny.

Student: You know the Elmo show?

Me: Yes.

Student: You sound like Elmo's friend. You know, the blue one!

Me: Grover?

Student: Yeah. You sound like Grover. One time I was sick and my mom waited a long time to take me to the doctor. When she finally took me I had someone else's voice!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book Review: Kabul 24

On August 3, 2001 eight western Christian aid workers captured by the Taliban accused of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity (a crime punishable by death). This book recounts their 105 days of captivity and the sham trials they endured. It's a story of how God is working through us, for us, and around us. When it seemed they had been abandoned by all God showed his power and protection.

The workers: Heather Mercer, Dayna Curry, Peter Bunch, Silke Duerrkopf, Katrin Jelinek, Heather Mercer, Margrit Stebner, George Taubmann and Diana Thomas. Members of Shelter Now International (SNI).

This book is a story of courage, hope and unwavering faith in time of crisis. As I read the stories I found myself wondering if I would have what it takes to survive this kind of ordeal. Is my faith strong enough to cause to me rise up and stand firm in my beliefs? What would I have done?

I found myself wanting to read this book quickly as I clung to every page. What happens next? Yet, I felt like rushing to finish wouldn't do it justice. I needed to take time to empathize with what these workers faced. To find a way to connect with them and their experience. Maybe it's because my cousin knew Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry. She had worked with them as they all trained to be aid workers and spread the message of Jesus Christ. It could have been my cousin Julie that was captured. It could have been my family praying and wondering if we would ever see her again. I'm so glad I read this book and allowed it to put things in perspective. These people faced the possibility of death for sharing their faith. I live in a country where I can share my faith without the possibility of being imprisoned and facing the death penalty.

The Kabul 24 movie is available on DVD now. For more info. on the movie visit Kabul24Movie.com.

You can purchase your copy here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

There Came a Mighty Flood

This is my sisters front yard! Her creek flooded her yard. The bridge on her driveway is damaged. However, her neighbors bridge is GONE! They had to knock down part of a fence between the yards so her neighbor could drive into their yard. Trees are down but not on the house. They have no water ,but they do have electricity. School is canceled for the next couple of days.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Exercise can be hazardous to your health...

I watched the annual video on how to administer an epi-pen injection for anaphylactic shock at school today. At the end of the video they list some causes of anaphylaxis. They include:
* Food
* Medications
* Insect venom
* Latex
* Exercise
Did you read the last one? EXERCISE!!!

There you have it. Exercise can be hazardous to your health. Keep that little tidbit of information stored in your memory bank for the next time you just aren't feeling up to the gym! :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tales from 1st grade: Coffee

If you know anything about me you know I am a coffee lover. You probably also know that I'm not functional without it.

I have a coffee pot in my classroom. Inevitably the students will ask me about my coffee addiction and I will tell them, "I'm not nice without coffee".

Today was just "one of those days". It was rainy. I haven't been feeling too great. The students just could not sit still and were excessively talkative. So, I had one of those moments where I just stop teaching and let them know that the rules of the classroom still apply! After my little "get it together or lose some recess" speech one of my students raised her hand and asked, "Did you have your coffee today?"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Call it Out...

The following post is a re-post from Mark Batterson's blog. It's a really great post! I'm so grateful for the people who have "called it out" in my life. I wouldn't be doing the ministry I do if it wasn't for my pastor "calling it out". Thanks Rick!

Call it Out
by Mark Batterson @ http://www.evotional.com/

When I was a sophomore in High School I took a speech class. I decided to seize the opportunity to share my faith. Looking back, that speech was my first sermon. But here's the thing: the idea of ministry had never crossed my mind. Not even on my radar screen.

Without me knowing it, my mom sent that speech to my grandma. And my grandma showed it to her Bible Study leader. And her Bible study leader, whose name I don't even know, said: "Has Mark ever thought about ministry?" And the answer was "no"! I hadn't thought about it. But that question planted a seed.

That man, whose name I don't even know, saw something in me. He spoke into my life and called something out of me. Honestly, that question was left unanswered for years. It lay dormant. But when you speak into someone's life and call something out of them, you never how or when or where God is going to use it.

We need to speak prophetically into each other's lives. We need to call things out--gifts, passions, goals, dreams, desires. Isn't that what Jesus was so good at? He saw the martyr in a denier named Peter. He called it out by calling him "the Rock."

Prophets call things out of the people. It's also called leadership. I'm thinking of this today because I read a manuscript an aspiring author sent to me and he definitely has the gift. I emailed him back and called it out. I want to call the best out of others the way Jesus did. That's leadership. That's discipleship.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Book Review: Fearless

We live in a world full of fear. The media pumps fear into our homes during every news cast. We live in uncertain times. We go to our doctor to get medicine to reduce our anxiety, our fear. We can't sleep. We are constantly preparing for the worst. We've been satisfied to say, "That's just the way it is."

That is NOT the way it has to be.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

I am a huge fan of Max Lucado's books. If you look on my bookshelf you will find almost the complete selection of his works (children's books included). I have always loved his skillful writing style that brings bible stories to life and makes them relevant for today. His latest book does not disappoint.

In this book, he explores some of the things that we are living in fear of. He breaks down some common (and uncommon) fears and shares how we can have victory over them. Just being able to give the fear a name is part of the battle. You can't confront what you don't identify! Maybe you've been walking around with unexplained anxiety. You can't pin point what it is that you are afraid of but you know it's there. This book can help you identify, confront, and overcome the fears that have found residence in you.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"Fear, at its center, is a perceived loss of control. When life spins wildly, we grab for a component of life we can manage: our diet, the tidiness of our house, the armrest of a plane, or, in many cases, people. The more insecure we feel, the meaner we become" (p.9)

I highly recommend this book! There is a discussion guide at the end of the book that lends itself to small group study.

You can order your copy here.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tales from 1st grade: Allergic

During "share time" this week my class was talking about their favorite (and not so favorite) things to eat. One of my students is allergic to peanuts and was telling the class about how he can't eat anything with peanut butter. This led to everyone wanting to share what they are allergic to. Here's a recap of my favorite comment:

Student: I'm allergic to bees.

Me: I didn't know that. I'm so glad you told me.

Student: Yeah, one time I got stung by a bee and it hurt really bad. Now every time I see a bee I sneeze! That's because I'm allergic. You sneeze when you're allergic.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

One Glass or Two?

Directions on my antibiotic: Take with a full glass of water.
Inside the patient info. package: Drinking too much water will cause the medicine to dilute and not be as effective.

Directions on decongestant: Take with a full glass of water.

So, I've been trying to figure out if I should drink 1 full glass for each of these medications. OR, is 1 glass sufficient for both.

This is what consumes my thoughts every 12 hours when I'm faced with medications and water!

I switch between 1 glass and 2 every time I take it. That way I'm doing it right at least half the time!