Conversation Time with My Students

Each day in class we have conversation time in both my morning class and my afternoon class. We use questions that connect to real life and vocabulary they learn in class. As we talk, the room is usually filled with laughter. Some fun examples from yesterday:

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While talking about what we do when we have a cold, one of the moms said, “My husband is a cry baby when he is sick.”

While talking about places they want to visit in America, one mom said, “I don’t know anywhere. I have only been in Lincoln.”

When the students begin to joke with me, it is a sign for me they have become comfortable with me as their teacher. Yesterday while talking about where we buy food, I shared with the moms. “Russ’s Market because I can order online and they bring it to me.”

One of the moms giggled as she said, “if you go to the store, you can get exercise walking around the store.”

I try to keep the class fun for them as they learn. They have enough stress already as busy moms during the COVID pandemic. Each morning, I pray for them. The school year is going fast as fall break is only three weeks away.

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Fall/Autumn Is Here

Consider me one of the people who is excited that Fall is here. I LOVE autumn for various reasons. It is my favorite season by far. I think the first day of autumn should be considered a holiday 🙂

I love the cool crisp mornings of autumn. The air is fresh and eventually the pollen will be gone. I don’t even mind the occasional frost on my windshield.

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Then of course the time comes when we have fall colors as the leaves on the trees change to red, yellow, and orange. It looks like God has painted the trees with bright colors.

I also embrace the day that we end Daylight Savings Time and return to time the way it is supposed to be. I love the fall time change because I get to sleep one more hour.

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Bring on the caramel apples, the fall colors, the cooler days, Thanksgiving Day, college football, and everything else that comes with autumn. I am thankful God blesses us with this season.

What is your favorite part of autumn?

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When Jesus Repeats Something Pay Attention- John Chapter 14

If Jesus says something one time, I want to pay attention. If he repeats it, I really want to pay attention. In the conversation Jesus had with the disciples in John 14, there are two things he repeats; the Holy Spirit and the phrase Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled.

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When Jesus first mentions the Holy Spirit, he refers to him as another advocate.to help us. The 2nd mention of the Holy Spirit we learn more about what the Holy Spirit does.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

How wonderful it is when a bible verse comes to mind just when it is needed. There is a connection between being filled with the Spirit and the God’s Word.

Ephesians 5 encourages us to the filled with the Spirit. We note the outflowing of being filled with the Spirit.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then note the similarity with Colossians 3:16

 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

The more we fill our minds with God’s Word, the more the Spirit can work in our lives.

The second thing Jesus repeats is the phrase- Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled.

Before Jesus repeats it, he tells them what he will share with them.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

The peace the world gives is temporary and conditional. The number of peace treaties signed and then violated are too numerous to count. There are also the life styles offering peace of mind which tends to go out the window as soon as trouble arrives. The peace Jesus gives is eternal peace in our spirits knowing Jesus is in control and we will be with him forever.

That is what Jesus bases the repeated phrase- Let Your Hearts Not Be Troubled- on.

He reassures them and then lets reminds them of what is coming. Satan attempt to defeat Jesus which in actually ends up being Jesus’s victory over Satan.

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,  but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me

The fact that Jesus reassures them before reminding them makes me think of the wonderful truth of Romans 8:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Absolutely NOTHING can separate us from Jesus. We are eternally his.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Come Alive (Dry Bones) by Lauren Daigle

Living with chronic illness means mornings waking up with pain and stiffness. On such mornings, I give the day to Jesus and ask him to help me be a blessing. I love this song Come Alive-Dry Bones by Lauren Daigle. Some mornings I listen to it as I ask Jesus to help me be a blessing.

Dry bones is a reference to Ezekiel 37 in the bible where God shows Ezekiel a valley of dry bones and that God will breathe new life into them.

Jesus can breathe new life into us, into our dried up lives. He can restore broken relationships. He can give strength to the weak. He can lift up those who are down in spirit.

May this song be a blessing to you as you start your week.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

Coffee is my best friend right now. 🙂

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.

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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, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. 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.