Sweeping Those Cheerios, Again!

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Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.

Today is snowday number 4 in a row for me. My kids have been home much more than usual, and I am left wondering if my life is meaningful enough.

I am a teacher! I teach math, reading, writing, manners, respect, time management,  and responsibility.  When teaching is taken away from me, I am stuck wondering if I am completing the work I am called to complete while here on earth.

Cleaning, laundry, washing dishes, and wiping sticky finger prints off windows does not feel like God’s work. However, I was reminded this week that many women are called to do God’s work inside their home. Some of us are called to do God’s work inside and outside our homes.

Steven Curtis Chapman has a song that compares sweeping up cheerios to mission work. He makes it clear that it doesn’t matter what our daily tasks are. We still do them to honor and glorify God.

My job for this weekend will be caring for my kids and cleaning house. Both of these fulfill the Proverbs 31 way of life.

Proverbs 31:27-28
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Creating a home where my family is warm, loved, safe, and joyful is as great of a job as any issued by God. It is challenging, rewarding, and honors Him. As I enter our weekend, my focus will remain on doing my best for our family. There will be plenty of time Monday to focus on my students.

Blessings!

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Clap Your Hands With Joy

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I love sitting back and watching my kids. Usually, I am up cleaning or doing school work while they play freely, but occasionally I just sit back and watch. Last night they were playing with Halloween candy. Yep, we still have a bunch left. Superhero Son wanted to eat it. Darling Daughter just wanted to move little pieces from one bucket to another, then back again. She loves sorting.

Like usual, they began to argue. I told Superhero Son to let her sort. He could eat some later. She sorted, and sorted, and sorted some more. Finally, she squealed, clapped her hands, and said, “Yay!”  I guess she finally fixed them just right. Then she carried two pieces to her brother.

Upon receiving his anticipated gift, he clapped and shouted. He ripped open a piece for himself and a piece for his sister.

They both displayed great joy by clapping their hands and shouting. Was there a moment in your day yesterday when you did that?

As a teacher, I get to say things and do things that make my students clap and shout for joy all the time. Of course, it doesn’t take much. Five extra minutes of recess on a pretty day will do the trick.

We are 1 week from Thanksgiving now. Today, be thankful for those that bring you joy. Praise God for the ones in your life who make you clap your hands and shout for joy.

Then try to come up with a way to be the joy in someone else’s life. For my husband, all I need is a good home cooked meal. For my teammates, a quick, funny video from YouTube about the stresses of teaching.

Psalm 47:1 Clap your hands all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

This isn’t just a nice verse in the Bible. It is a command for our lives. We were not created to stumble miserably through this life. We were made for joy!

Blessings!

Remembering Our Thankfulness

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Psalm 69:30 (NAS) I will praise the name of God with song, And shall magnify Him with thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4 (RSV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!

Colossians 3:15 (NAS) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NAS) For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NAS) in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

(copied from Yahoo Voices)

I love Christmas!  I love the food, music, excitement, busyness, shopping, traditions, and movies.  I even love the crowds!  I am so excited about it this year because Darling Daughter is old enough to be excited with the rest of us. We will have two kids to enjoy all of the magic with this year!

Having said that, I am not ready to begin the craziness just quite yet!  I love Thanksgiving, too.  

I heard that some local towns are already putting up their Christmas decorations.  I know some friends who are doing the same.  I even know a few, a very select few, who are finished with all of their Christmas shopping.  

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to gather as a family, focus on our blessings, and not worry about giving or getting more.  It is a time to concentrate on all that we already have.  

Don’t rush this month of November.  Talk to your families about your blessings and having an attitude of gratitude.

Blessings,

Jessica