What are some scriptures or thoughts from your devotions that you would like to share?
I have been working through the New Testament in my devotions since last summer. I love all of the Letters of Paul. I really enjoyed and learned a lot from reading Romans. John was a favorite read as well. I loved his perspective on the life of Jesus on earth.
Right now, I am reading 1 Timothy.
Here is the verse of the day from Bible Gateway:
“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.” Romans 14:8 ESV
I have been blessed many, many, many times in the course of my teaching with God popping a verse in my head at the right moment. Or, what really freaks kids out, we do the next page in our devotional book, and it points right to the class's needs of the moment. God is so good!
The verse above is another one of those "dewdrops of mercy". It really hones in on my heart's desire for my class this year. I am trying to find special scriptures to use in my classroom this year. My new class is a burden on my heart. There was a lot of "bullying" of sorts last year. They are definitely a class of "people-pleasers". They were fine when I had them for English (I teach Fifth Grade, but the Fourth Grade teacher and I switch for English and Math.), but at specials or when teachers weren't looking (even though teachers have eyes in the backs of their heads...), their behavior left much to be desired. I just need this class to be covered in prayer. I am going to start the year being tough on them. No fun privileges to earn for behavior. "Why?" you may ask. Because they know how to be good to get rewards. I am concerned about the heart attitude behind their choices, and I don't want to feed the "people-pleaser" part of them, if that makes any sense.
So, I am asking you, dear friends, to cover this class with your prayers. Pray for me for wisdom in ministering to their hearts. Also, if you can think of some good scriptures I can have them memorize that focus on the heart, I would greatly appreciate it. I am not a parent. It is not in God's plan for me to be able to have children. So, I have a dog. And students. I consider this kids as my own, I love each class dearly, and truly believe in the importance of a partnership between the teacher and the parents. But with being a parent comes lots of learning and wisdom. I don't have that. I would appreciate any advice you can give me for this "strong-willed class".
Thank you so much!
P.S. Here are a few pictures of my classroom from last year. It will be pretty much be the same this year. I thought I would share it with you so you can kind of visualize who you are praying for!