So here we are…

So I haven’t written anything since February. I gave my last post the title: An unexpected mountain to climb little did I know how high that mountain would be. I declared 2015 a year of grace back in January and is was and still is.

We as family and friends have been climbing all year and we reached the peak last Wednesday morning 14 October 2015 at 00:15 am when my dearest Mom went to meet her Savoir.

It was a journey full of ups and downs and I’ve learnt a lot about myself, God and the people surrounding me. I will share this with you in the coming days and weeks. Maybe a lot or maybe a little bit at a time. I really wanted to take part in the 31 Days this year but everything was just too hard. You’ll all “read” me in 2016 hopefully! Keep up the good writing and I enjoy “reading” all of you!

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Back to school-back to opportunties

In the 90’s a band called The Deftones sang a song  “Back to school-back to reality.”  He explains different aspects of school life and  makes it clear that it is not what he wants.(You can read the lyrics here)

Maybe that is how you feel. School starts on Monday(for teachers) and you are not looking forward to it. You don’t know what to expect and that makes you nervous. Or you know what to expect and that drives you crazy.

What is your reality?

  • Overcrowded classes.
  • Learners that cannot read or write in Senior primary.
  • Lack of resources- maybe no water, electricity or stationary.
  • Discipline problems.

I can go on and on and on with challenges that we as teachers experience daily. You have marking to do, you have a family and extra murals keep you busy.teach2

Teaching as a profession is a calling and it takes a lot out of you. You are a professional called for this purpose. What if we can turn those challenges into opportunities?

  • Overcrowded classes – An opportunity to reach more learners. To have a bigger impact.
  • Learners that cannot read or write in Senior primary. You can be the one to finally help them overcome this barrier and one day they will come to you with a degree in hand and say ‘Thank you.”
  • Lack of resources- maybe no water, electricity or stationary. This is your chance to be innovative. You can teach learners to conserve water, electricity and stationary. Teach them that they need to look after their stationary and resources.
  • Discipline problems- this is something that is very sensitive to me and close to my heart. You can instill values on them. Show them respect and teach them manners.

challengesWe as teachers are giving people. We will give and give and give to our own disadvantage. That is why I’ve decided to make my word for the year GRACE. You cannot care and give if you do not look after yourself. Take a bath. Go for a walk. Do you hair. Take a nap.

This year I am going to have:

  • Grace with myself.
  • Grace with my family.
  • Grace with everyone at school.
  • I am going to live as close as possible to the Giver of Grace.

teacherinI feel so strong about this that I’ve written a short series about this topic. Click here for a list of topics in this series.

My hope is that you will be encouraged by this post. That you will realize that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are other teachers around you that are willing to take your hand and walk with you. We have a hashtag:  #ITouchTheFutureIteach on Twitter and Facebook. Join the movement and let us encourage each other.

You only have 197 days left to touch a young mind and heart!

Go for it-we’ll cheer you on!

 

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Day 11: How do you get grace?

Call out to God and ask Him for His grace. In order for you to receive grace you need to be in good standing with God through Jesus. How do you come into good standing with Jesus? You acknowledge Him as your Savior.

John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

How do I acknowledge Jesus as my Savior?

You need to say a prayer. I don’t have any formula for this prayer. It is between you and Jesus. There is an example in the Bible of a publican that simply prayed: God be merciful to me as a sinner.

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What I see as important though is that you acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you need Jesus to be in control of your WHOLE life. You might want to say that to Jesus in your prayer?

After you’ve said the prayer connect to Christians in your area- they will be able to assist you further. Please remember in your Christian walk that God will never contradict the Bible. The Bible must always be our most important Book.

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Until tomorrow

amanda
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Day 10: Who needs grace?

I need God’s grace. You need God’s grace. Everyone needs God’s grace.

It is as simple as that. No need for a long post today. A fact is a fact.

22even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;… Rom 3:22-24

Until tomorrow

amanda
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Day 9: The purpose of Grace

The Purpose of Grace

2tim1v92 Tim 1:9 states that God saved us by His own purpose and GRACE in order for us to live a holy life.

What is this holy life that we need to live? Paul said the following in Eph 3:8-9

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Paul says the he has received grace in order for him to bring the light of what is the mystery hidden for ages.

And what is this mystery?

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That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; Col 2:2

 

25Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, 26but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. Rom 16:25-27

I believe that this mystery is the knowledge of Christ. John 17 sums it up for me:

1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.


That brings us back to:

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To sum it all up I think that the purpose of grace it to be able to live life according to the Word of Jesus Christ and to bring His love to everyone.

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Do you agree?

Until tomorrow

amanda
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Are you ready for a new you?

I am ready for a new me.

Faithful-Finish-Lines-ShortI’ve been challenged by Sara to join Faithful Finish Lines for the next 7 weeks. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been having a problem with my weight since the age of 15 or 16 and after I fell on 13 August 2013 it got even worse. The pain in my left arm caused a lot of pain and made me want to keep still for long periods of time (while I eat something “to make me feel better.”) 
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I’ve decided the week before Christmas that 2015 will be a year of great change. Thus my excitement when Sara invited me.

What is Faithful Finish Lines all about?

A Faithful Finish Line is a short-term, specific goal that will recreate fitness and mission in our lives. – Sara Borgstede

Each week will have a different theme and a memory Bible verse. For the first week we need to focus on movement and write down what we eat.

I will let you know how it goes. I’m not one for New Years Resolutions that is why I chose one word for the year: Grace and Faithful Finish Lines is all about that.

Plan a Fitness Goal. Reach It. Allow God to Recreate You. -Sara Borgstede

 

How are you staying fit?


amanda