Music Mondays- Thank You Jesus by Hillsong

My fellow blogger Euyadeen of shared this last week. I loved it, so I wanted to share it with you today.

For me it is a good reminder that no matter happens in this life, I can be thankful for Jesus, his love, his grace and mercy. Jesus came to rescue us from from being eternally separated from God. He came to become our Savior.

The message of this song fits so well with what Christmas is really all about. Jesus came to be our Savior. That is why he was born as a human baby.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

It is Thanksgiving Day here in the USA. So this is a simple post today to say I am thankful for my fellow bloggers who read my posts and bless me with their posts to read.

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For those in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving Day. May it be a blessed day for you.

For those around the world, may this day be full of blessings for you and your family.

Happy Thanksgiving Day

Gratitude from the Heart of a Child

Little moments during this crazy 2nd year of teaching during a pandemic can be encouraging. Yesterday the moment came from a little girl in 2nd grade. Her mother is in my Family Literacy Class which is for parents who want to learn English and connect with their child’s education.

Part of the Family Literacy Program is something called PACT Time-Parent and Child Together. The parent goes to the child’s classroom for one hour twice a week to see what their child is learning. The classroom teachers welcome this and usually give the parent something to do with their child.

My student went to PACT Time in her daughter’s 2nd grade class. She came back to my classroom because her precious daughter wanted to give me a Thanksgiving card she had made, I think with the help of her mom.

She wrote a message for me inside the card.

She thanked me for teaching her mom.

She was smiling when she gave me the card. I thanked her for the card, which is now pinned up in my classroom. I talked with her for a few minutes and let her know she can be proud of her mom because her mom is a good student in my class.

The heart of a child thanking her mom’s teacher for teaching her mom. Cue the sighs. Cuteness factor off the chart.

Moments likes these remind me of why Jesus said things like;

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”


He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 

Children are precious to Jesus and need nurturing, love and protection.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

When A Former Student Helps The Teacher

Yesterday morning I was having a little trouble with the Macbook Air Pro issued to me by the school. I couldn’t log into the system and kept getting an error message. Normally I seek out the librarian because she is our school’s teach wiz. I went into the library and saw a former student of mine. He is one of the Yazidi refugees I had the privilege of teaching in the evenings at the community college.

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He now works for computing services for the school district in my city. He came to my classroom and within two minutes he had the problem fixed though I am not sure how.

Each time I see him come to my school to work on something it is a blessing to know he has experienced success in life. After he finished, he spoke briefly to my two Yazidi students in their language. I am not sure what he said, but the moms were smiling at me.

Considering all my Yazidi friends experienced in their lives in Iraq, seeing them experience good things here makes what I do so worthwhile. Being a small part of them building their new lives here is a great blessing. It is moments like yesterday that cause me to be grateful God led me to this work and ministry.

What are you grateful for today?

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Grateful Jesus Led Me to Study Spanish

In June 2010, I was in Ensenada Mexico with a group from my church. We were there for a missions trip One morning while I was praying during that trip, I felt Jesus show me that he wanted me to learn Spanish. My church paid for me to take Spanish classes for one year.

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Over the years it has been a blessing in ministry and teaching, but yesterday a whole new aspect was realized. I was in my classroom getting ready when the phone rang in my room. It was from the front desk. A woman from Mexico needed help and the liaison was not in the building. They asked me if I could help. I went down to see if I could help. She needed another copy of a paper for her doctor to fill out for vaccinations for her daughter. I translated for her with the school nurse. It was the first time I translated for the the school.

Having that experience yesterday motivates me to practice my Spanish even more. Having that experience and being able to use Spanish to help my beginning level students in my afternoon class fills me with gratitude that Jesus showed me he wanted me to learn Spanish eleven years ago.

What are you grateful for today?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Thankful for our Veterans

It is Veteran’s Day here in the USA. Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to celebrate the end of Word War 1, but became Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all Veterans living and dead who served.

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I am thankful for our veterans because of their service we can enjoy our freedoms. My post today is my thank you to all veterans for your service.

I would like to mention two fellow bloggers who are veterans, Dawn and Temi. Please check out their blogs.

Dawn of shares her faith in her weekly blog.

Temi of shares her faith and about motherhood.

So to all veterans thank you. I hope you feel honored today and every day for your service.

Veterans Day being the day we honor those who served for our freedom causes me to also think about Jesus because he came in the from of a servant so he could be our Savior. His sacrifice gives us freedom from our sins and gives eternal life to all who receive him.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Matt Reaching The World

This is a picture I asked a student to take for me shortly before the pandemic began. For me the message of the picture is Matt reaching the world. The public schools system in my city has children from 157 different languages who have come here as refugees with their families, as immigrants with their families, or are children of people who have come here in connection with the university.

Jesus has blessed me with the opportunity to teach people from all over the world in living in my city. He has blessed me with opportunities to share the love of Jesus with people from all over the world living in my city.

He has also blessed me with opportunities to travel Brazil, France, Mexico and Romania for ministry trips. An extra blessing has been being able to visit Austria, England, Germany, Holland, and Switzerland as part of those trips.

All of this has been while living with chronic illness for thirty years. He has blessed me to be able to rise above the pain and fatigue to reach the world.

I am grateful that Jesus has given me opportunities to share his love with so many people from so many places.

What are you thankful for today?

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Gratitude While Living with Chronic Illness

I used to hear the passage in every circumstance give thanks and think I needed to give thanks for the chronic illnesses I live with. It felt masochistic to me. In 1st Thessalonians 5:18 we read”

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

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Upon further inspection I realized we are called to give thanks in all circumstances. This may sound like I am debating semantics, but please bear with me.

There is a difference between me thanking God for psoriatic arthritis, Celiacs, hypothyroid, Fibromyalgia and thanking God for Jesus and for the blessings in my life even though I live with chronic illness.

I am grateful that God has given me strength to rise above the pain and fatigue I have lived with since 1993. I am grateful Jesus has led me to share his love in other countries and among the many cultures in my city while living with chronic illness. But I am not grateful I have chronic illness.

Whatever circumstance we are in, there is someone we can give thanks for- Jesus, and blessings we can be thankful for.

When Jesus spoke to his disciples in John 16, he told them:

In this world you will have trouble but take heart for I have overcome the world.

Jesus was telling them to focus on him in the midst of their troubles. The reason to take heart is because of Jesus not because of our circumstances.

So I am very grateful for how Jesus has given me strength these past almost 30 years of living with chronic illness. I am very grateful for how he has blessed me to rise above the pain and fatigue to share his love with the nations.

I am thankful for the doctors especially the ones at UNMC. I am thankful for my friends at church who have helped me.

Thank you Jesus.

What are you grateful for?

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Why We Can Have Peace and Gratitude in any Circumstance- John Chapter 16

Jesus had revealed to the disciples the hardships they would endure. When I think of what they experienced, being put in jail, being put out of the synagogue, being ostracized, being tortured and being put to death because of their faith in Jesus and proclaiming Jesus, it greatly enhances my appreciation of the closing words of John 16.

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Jesus wants us to have peace in our souls in any situation and hardship in life. He gives us the peace that transcends all understanding. We can rest assured that whatever we face in this life, Jesus is with us.

The disciples/apostles did not back down in the face of what they endured because they had seen something. They saw Jesus after his resurrection. They ate breakfast with him. He showed them his scars. They knew Jesus had been crucified to death and then saw him after he defeated death.

They knew he had overcome death They knew he had overcome the world full of strife, disease, hatred, wars etc. Jesus shares his victory with us. We can be assured that we will be with him forever.

Every problem in this life is temporary. Eternal life begins the moment we trust Jesus as our savior. It does not begin when we enter heaven, it begins when we place our faith in Jesus because eternal life comes from relationship with Jesus. It is only our earthly bodies that will die someday. Our souls will live forever and one day be reunited with our bodies in the resurrection.

That why Jesus said ‘take heart’ because in him we have eternal life no matter what happens in this life. He is also with us always in this life.

If you know Jesus, how does it make you feel to know Jesus says- ‘take heart’ because he has overcome the world?

If you do not know Jesus, you can by telling him you want him in your life, want his forgiveness, and that you believe he is the savior who died for you.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Grateful Teacher

For twenty-three years, my life was one of pioneering a new kind of ministry for where I live which has been reaching out the refugees in my city. It definitely has not been an easy path, but very rewarding. It was a patchwork of part-time jobs and part-time missionary support not a recipe for success in the world’s eyes.

In July I was hired on full-time by the school system here. My life is changing. I have my evenings free as of this week. One change that is a pleasant surprise is how well our school system here takes care of its employees.

This week is the last week to sign up for benefits. I had not done so yet, so the person who oversees benefits was concerned. She contacted me and also my supervisor to make sure I got enrolled. It was one of those double take moments for me. I am not used to an employer caring.

I have to admit there have been a few times I have wondered to myself why didn’t I do this long ago, but then my path would have been altered. I do not regret my previous path at all because it led me to sharing the love of Jesus with people from many countries/cultures.

But now that I have gray hair or actually white hair Isaiah 46:4 has new meaning.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.