Christian & Faithful Pass Through Vanity Fair: wood engraving for a 19th century edition of ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, first published in London in 1678. “Yet I hold this one thing against you: you have forsaken the love you had at first.” – Revelation 2:4 Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, […]Read more "Recovering the Lost Art of Faithfulness"
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill Yesterday I found myself with a cold pumpkin spice latte in hand and a fresh copy of Preaching Magazine to pore over. That’s right, folks – I knew it was going to be […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Is Anybody Listening?"
A new beginning The page is blank, awaiting words that do not come. – Anonymous Most writers recognize that Japanese Haiku poetry is beautiful in its simplicity of structure and complexity of meaning, but can writing Haiku make us better at what we do? This year the first thing I had my […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – 3 Reasons To Try Haiku"
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video […]Read more "The Art of Inspiring Students"
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere As I arrived at school in the wee hours of the morning to teach my online classes, a few surprises awaited me. Vaseline on the doors. Plastic wrap blocking the stairwell. Desks slathered with shaving cream and a computer mouse dripping with goop. […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Thriving in Challenge"
“If you can survive a year of teaching, you can survive anything!” – A First-Year Teacher “There’s no tired like end-of-the-year teacher tired!” – Said Every Teacher, Everywhere Are you a frazzled teacher? If you work with children in any capacity, then I’d be willing to bet money that your gas tank is on “Empty” […]Read more "Fresh Inspiration for the Frazzled Teacher"
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.” – Theodore Roosevelt If I were to name the one season of my life where daily Bible reading became not just a daily activity, but an essential moment of each day that my heart absolutely craved – it would be […]Read more "X – “X Marks the Spot”: How to Mine Treasure from God’s Word"
❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞ ‒Frank Smith ❝The limits of my language are the limits of my world.❞ ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein Over Christmas Break this past December, my fellow teachers and I were called into an emergency meeting. We were told that […]Read more "V – VIP Kid (How Teaching English Saved My Life)"
“Everyone has a story that will stop your heart.” – Claudia Shear “Everyone has a story. I don’t believe anyone can go through life without encountering at least one amazing thing.” – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Is writer’s block causing you to lose sleep at night? Does your writing feel forced or stale, despite […]Read more "U – Untold Stories"
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola All […]Read more "N – Nurturing Your Child’s Inner Picasso"