I had a moment last night, while grading papers, when I realized just how much work lay ahead of me this year. Our new group of fifth graders are very sweet, but they are a LONG WAY from where we need them to be by June. As I sifted through test scores and fall assessments, I found that nearly half of our students are significantly behind in reading, math, or both. Let me tell you, I went to bed praying for some miracles!
Times like this make me feel like I have an uphill battle facing me. I was touring a Civil War museum in Richmond, VA, last spring when a tour guide explained what that meant. He said that the army on top of the hill had the element of surprise, the momentum of fighting while running downhill, and the advantage of sight.
When I awoke this morning, I was still feeling defeated. I prayed, again! Then I got up, ran to the kitchen, fixed coffee, heated up an apple cider doughnut, and sat in my pjs for a few minutes. The comfort found in my morning treat just made all things better!
Sometimes a little bit of comfort can help us strategize for the battles ahead. I may still be facing an uphill battle, but my position is improving. Often, I only need a little cheering up before I feel enough motivation to run up the next hill.
I am not a huge fan of seeking comfort foods, but these apple cider doughnuts did the trick! God doesn’t always speak directly to us, boom directions down at us, or send an angel to guide us through. Sometimes He just allows us to find comfort in our everyday lives!