Wednesday, December 16, 2009

One Thousand Gifts #271 - 280

Sometimes the most amazing things happen when you least expect.

Teaching is very rewarding work.
But it doesn’t always feel that way.

Some students are as focused as a cat watching for signs of its prey moving in the grass.
The prey –in education– is knowledge.

Others can hardly contain their own thoughts, let alone absorb any others.

Yesterday was the kind of day when the latter students overcame the focus of the former.

At the end of each school day, I read my devotional calendar quote again and then open to Psalms.  I am reading one each day ~ in order.
Yesterday’s reading was Psalm 27.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life –
Of whom shall I be afraid?

One think I ask of the Lord,
This is what I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
And to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
He will keep me safe in his dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
And set me high upon a rock.

…  at this moment, the  cloudy sky opened for the sun… and its warm glow reached my face.
I looked up from my reading and accepted the comfort.

Hear my voice when I call, O Lord;
Be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
Do not turn your servant away in anger;
You have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
O God my Savior.

I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and take heart
And wait for the Lord.”

. . . I stayed at the window for a few moments more, feeling the comfort of the Lord’s  word and in the sunshine he sent me.

In that moment of acceptance and as peace was returning to my spirit – a student that is trying to overcome an ongoing problem with focus, schoolwork and discipline, and one of the sources of my disappointment for the day… quietly walked in and said, Mrs. C, I’m just checking in with you.  What can I turn in tomorrow that I owe? 

He was after school catching up for one of his other teachers… and took a break to visit his other teachers that may still be in the building.

I told him that I had a difficult day (which he knew about first hand) and was glad to see him.  I was glad to see that the hard work we do (teachers and students) can pay off… can make a difference.

The Lord sent me a gift in that small, five minute visit.  The day ended with a reward. 

For this, I thank you, Lord.

272.   For a warm home to come home to.
273.  For Chris ... who gets my toast and travel cup ready every morning!

274.  For my children who work so hard...
275.  For work
276.  The sweet ways the Lord lets me know He IS
277.  Sunrises on the way to work
278.  Pretty views from my windows
279.  Fresh vegetables still coming from under the snow.

280.  Our sweet birds that visit for the winter

~All is Gift ...... All is Blessing

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

One Thousand Gifts *271- 270*

271. Take home dinner that's big enough for two!

272. Saturday mornings... quiet... hot second cups of coffee...

273. Longer time together ~ walks and talks

274. Rachael & Juan's great arrangement with wedding venue...

275. Pies already made and in the freezer

276. Authors that weave love and faith in their stories so that students in a sterile, secular environment can find some truth and beauty.

277. Challenging students that test my teaching skills and patience.

278. Tender students that tug at heartstrings and reach out for hugs

279. Still innocent students that still need a teddy bear.

280. The joy of my nieces during their visit on Tuesday...Their 'pleases' and 'thank yous' hugs and giggles.

~All is Gift ...... All is Blessing

Monday, November 9, 2009

One Thousand Gifts of Love *261 - 270

261. What makes me feel pretty loved!
262. Glorious autumn walks 263. A favorite pie ~ blueberry!264. Gorgeous birthday flowers from sister 265. Beautiful sunset leaving work after daylight savings 266. Last rose in the garden
267. Sister time

268. Yummy treats on the way home.

269. A first snow

270. A safe trip home for Rachael

~All is Gift ...... All is Blessing

Sunday, October 25, 2009

One Thousand Gifts *253 - 260*

253. The beautiful trees with sunlight pouring through the leaves like golden honey..

254. The churches I pass on my walks through town... when the windows are aglow, I know someone's working or praying inside. I am grateful for their presence.

255. The incredible harvest of rhubarb and the best cake recipe ever from dear, sweet Linda.

256. Warm hellos from family and friends ~ more golden honey in my life.

257. I thank the birds for their lesson:
When life makes puddles, take a lesson from the birds and splish-splash.

258. The thoughtfulness of my children. Delicious, homemade crabapple jam~ Thank you Amanda, birdie note cards~Thank you Rachael, stopping over to help with the dogs & share dinner~Thank you Jason.

258. Safe travels for us and others.

Glorious gifts of painted creation.

259. Trees

260. Skies

~All is Gift ...... All is Blessing

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Gift of Stillness


Setting my clock time

to awaken

every moment

Live Now in His Presence.

Even in the noisy parts of my day
I want to hear his whispers.

~All is Gift ...... All is Blessing

Sunday, October 11, 2009

One Thousand Gifts *241 - 251*

God bless him!
241. Our son, Jason has the perseverance to work this hard for what he wants to learn!
Notes from his 400 level atmospheric science class

242. The lessons in this wonderfully written story by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn Dixie

243. That little hearts in nature are always there to remind me of His Love.

244. Tree hearts

245. Little pumpkins reminding me to give thanks.

246. Little wrens taking a puddle bath.

247. Chris made pancakes Sunday morning... THE BEST EVER!

248. Who can not give thanks for this beauty!?

249. Thank you for a kind and persistent salesperson at Dell, Jennifer, that called us back three times to help us with a purchase. She deserves her commission!

250. The generosity of a neighbor.
The delicious brussel sprouts from our neighbor, Joe's garden.
They were incredible... fresh is best!

251. The love of family that makes life beautiful.

~All is Gift ...... All is Blessing