Ability vs Opportunity

One message I communicate with my students is that ability and opportunity are not the same thing. They may not have had the opportunity to go to school and learn before. They may not have had the opportunity to learn English before. But that does not mean they do not have the ability.

The moms in my classes come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Some were in refugee camps. Often they do not know which country they will go to until a few days before they leave the camp. Even if there was a school to learn a language, which there isn’t, they would not know which language to study until a few days before leaving the camp. Some come from places where little girls do not go to school. Some went to school but only until the 6th grade.

I share with them that they will discover abilities they did not know they have because they did not have the opportunity before.

Yesterday we checked out Chromebooks for the moms to use. One mom had never touched a computer ever in her life. I sat next to her and showed her how to log in. Then I turned it off and showed her what to do as she turned it on and logged in. We also sent her first email. Then I told her she will learn about using the Chromebook step by step.

Seeing them explore and develop new abilities is a blessing. It also makes me think about Jesus and us. Jesus does not call the qualified to do things. He qualifies those he calls to do things. He empowers those he calls and equips them.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Stand By You

Okay I will admit it. I like watching shows like America’s Got Talent, The Voice, and American Idol. In the finale for America’s Got Talent a group of nurses performed the song Stand By You a wonderful Rachel Platten song.

As I watched the performance I thought about wonderful nurses I have had when I had surgery or had to see a doctor. I also thought about someone else.

I am so grateful that Jesus has stood by me through so many difficulties. He has been with me through health problems, financial problems and more.

Jesus promised such when he said in Matthew 28- and lo I am always with you.

Jesus is the one person we can count on to always stand by us. He will never fail us.

I loved this performance of Stand By me so I am sharing it today.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Coming Up For Air

One more week after this week of my crazy insane schedule. I am experiencing an overlap of my summer evenings classes in Zoom and my morning/afternoon classes in the schools. My evening classes will end a week from tomorrow. So my blogging is kind of like sending up the periscope at this time.

One would think sleep would come easily but when I get in a period of time like this sleep is not so easy. But there are weekend naps πŸ™‚

Coffee is my best friend right now. πŸ™‚

I already have my crash and burn session planned for the weekend after this coming one. lol

Until then it is teach in the morning 8-12, teach in the afternoon 1-3:30, and teach in the evening 6:30 to 9:30. Oh and lesson plan in the afternoon.

Then after next week a glorious thing will occur.. I will have my evenings free. It will be a wonderful.

Until then please understand if I do not respond to comments right away.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Jesus and God the Father Our Roommates? John Chapter 14

When I teach my ESL students the difference between the words house and home, I explain that a house is a building where people live, but home is the feeling of where one belongs. Home is being with those who we love and who love us. Home is part of our identity.

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One of the wonderful promises from Jesus is the sole focus of today’s post. It is found in John 14:22 to 24. The passage starts out with Judas, not Iscariot the betrayer, asking Jesus why he intends to show himself to them and not the world.

Jesus’s answer is where we find that wonderful promise.

Jesus replied,Β β€œAnyone who loves me will obey my teaching.Β My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them”

Jesus let him know that anyone, yes anyone, who loves Jesus will obey his teaching. The Father will love them and Jesus and the Father will come to us and make their home with us. This promise is for anyone who will receive Jesus. No one will be excluded who receives Jesus.

They will make their home with us. Our sense of belonging will be with them. The love and acceptance of Jesus and the Father will always be with us.

We can literally walk into our house, apartment, trailer, jail cell, room in a treatment facility, bunk house, cabin, whatever and say hi to Jesus and the Father who are at home with us.

Home- we belong to Jesus. Home- we belong to God the Father. Home-our identity is with them. Home- in the here and now with Jesus and God the Father.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Truth I’m Standing On by Leanna Crawford

This is the truth I’m standing on
Even when all my strength is gone

You are faithful forever
And I know You’ll never
Let me fall
Right now I’m choosing to believe
Someday soon I’ll look back and see
All the pain had a purpose
Your plan was perfect all along
This is the truth I’m standing on

I love these lyrics from Truth I’m Standing On by Leanna Crawford. The truth that God is more than enough. The truth that God is in control even when the world seems crazy. The truth that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes even when life is falling apart around us. So many truths about God that we can count on.

When we are in the midst of the struggle, we need to focus on Jesus not our circumstances.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thankful for Over 2,000 Followers-What I Have Learned

I am thankful that this past week my blog went over 2,000 followers. I appreciate all of you who have followed my blog, read my posts, liked and especially the ones who have commented on my posts. I wish I could follow everyone back but realistically that would be impossible.

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I thought I would share a few things I have learned in regards to blogging. I hope they are helpful for you in your blogging journey.

Be Patient

It takes time for a blog to grow. It took four years for my blog to go over 2,000 followers. It is extremely rare for a blogger to be an instant success. Give it time.

Be Consistent

If you blog once a week, do it on the same day. If you blog twice a week, do it on the same days. By being consistent, you help your followers know when to expect a post from you.

Be Communal

Interact with other bloggers through comments. Comments that connect to the content of their posts not just a quick spammy type comment like great post, Comments that connect to content and being consistent with them are a great way to get the attention of a blogger.

Be Open to experiment

Give yourself permission to try new ideas in your blog. When I first started sharing about chronic illness, I was hesitant but felt Jesus wanted me to do so. I started a series Wellness Wednesdays where I share about chronic illness and mental health. Some of those posts have been some of my highest viewed ones.

Be True to Yourself

If I tried to write lifestyle type posts, it would not go over well. I am a single guy who lives cheaply. I share what I know about or have truly experienced. That is my voice.

Be Kind

Yes some bloggers grow their blogs by being part of the debate society seeking to argue points. It can work. But for me, I would much rather be remembered as someone who encourages others and seeks to build up. There have been bloggers try to engage me in negativity and I simply delete their comment and block them.

Hope this helps. Please feel free to share tips in the comments.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thank You

I would like to thank all those who have read. liked. and especially commented on my blog posts. When I first started blogging, I did not envision having 100,000 all time views.

Though it is only a number, it encourages me to keep blogging, trying new ideas, and sharing my faith, my experiences in teaching, with other cultures and chronic illness.

Again thank you!!!

Congratulations! Your site, Jesusluvsall’s Blog, passed 100,000 all-time views.

September 11th- 20 Years Later

On September 11th 2001, I was riding the bus downtown to go to work. I was listening to the radio on my CD player/Radio. They announced planes had flown into the World Trade Center. I didn’t believe it until I walked into a coffee shop and saw it on TV.

The days that followed many wondered what the post 9/11 life would look like. Slowly things began to return to normal with changes to how airlines operated.

September 11th is a reminder of how this life is full of uncertainty. In this life we are guaranteed nothing. But there is one who has all power who will never leave us-JESUS.

On September 11th, the courage of the heroes who ran into the buildings to try to save people is what I will always remember. First responders put their lives on the line and continue to do so today.

My favorite college football team, Nebraska, was the first sports event on TV after 9-11. The team has a tradition of the tunnel walk. Players come out of the tunnel under the stadium to music playing and fans cheering. On September 20th, 2001, it was first responders who walked out of the tunnel to the cheering crowd.

This year on the 20th anniversary, the team released a video commemorating 9-11. It is a short video showing the special uniform they will wear today. The message is loud and clear to me. The real heroes are not athletes playing sports. The real heroes are first responders, military personnel, and recently doctors and nurses treating COVID patients.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

September 10th- Suicide Prevention Awareness Day

I will never forget going to the funeral of a 19 year old girl. She completed suicide only two weeks before she was supposed to start college. She had been in an emotionally abusive relationship and the young man abruptly broke up with her. Her family and friends were devastated. She had been in my mentoring group for young people from Vietnam. All of them went on to college except her. It was a tragedy.

Out of the group one became a doctor, several became pharmacists, a few became nurses, one is an architect, one is a CPA, others engineers, but I still think about her. I lost track of her during the year before she died. She had quit coming to our group.

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The emotional distress people who attempt or complete suicide is difficult for many to understand. There can be any number of underlying issues the person faces. When I went through suicide prevention training, I learned that someone just asking if a person is contemplating can make a difference.

As a Christian, my desire is to reflect the love of Jesus to those around me. A person may not be ready to hear the message, but could benefit from someone caring if we are open to caring for others.

If you happen across this post because you searched suicide and you are considering it, please know that God truly cares about you. There is no one and nothing worth throwing your life away. As the video I am sharing at the end of this post says- Stay Another Day.

People need others who care about them in these difficult times. It can as simple as reaching out when one feels prompted to do so.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.