Currently en route back to my little corner of Arkansas after a two week long breath of fresh Texas air. I’ve tried to keep school off my mind as much as possible, in order that I’ll be returning rejuvenated and ready for action with my first grade love bugs. I’m eager to see their bright, shining faces and to laugh with them again. I’m nervous about re-establishing our classroom culture after the eternity (in kid-years) we’ve all been away from it. I’m also nervous about some difficult conversations I’ll need to have once I’m back.
Something I want (need) to be more intentional with during this spring semester is bringing Christ into my classroom. I need to make a habit of wrapping my students in prayer and finding the strength to handle the daily hullabaloo from the One that is strength. The only way I’ll be able to make any kind of true impact with my kids before school lets out in May is if I stop trying to do it myself. My prayer last semester was this- Father God, give me strength, make me brave. My prayer this semester needs to be this- Father God, you are my strength, you make me brave.
Joshua 1:6-9 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”