At the coffee shop Sunday, they gave me a mug to use that caused me to wonder about something. We have an old saying the America- An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away. Well the mug they gave me to use had pictures of three apples on it.
Combining coffee with the old saying about apples keeping the doctor away caused me to wonder if a cup of coffee a day with a picture of three apples will keep three doctors away. Such are the thoughts that can come to a person while drinking coffee and blogging.
If it was possible, I would gladly drink coffee out of such a mug every day probably three cups just to make sure. 🙂
Or perhaps the old saying- You Are The Apple of My Eye- applies. An argument could be made that coffee is the apple of my eye. It is my dear old friend.
No need to compare because both would hopefully be true.
Jonah was sent by God to Nineveh because God wanted the people to repent and come to know God, but Jonah did not want to go. Jonah only saw them through his own judgmental eyes not understanding that God wants all to come to know him and God sees only two groups of people in the world, those who know Jesus and those who do not.
Who are the people around us that God wants us to reach out to? Are we willing or dragged into doing so? Do we see people through the lens of Jesus’s point of view? as being those who know Jesus and those who do not? If they do not know Jesus, are willing to reach out in friendship?
In the midst of these times of uncertainty and unrest, are we willing to be the hands of Jesus?
This morning, I was greatly encouraged when I read the account of the widow and her jar of oil in 2 Kings 4:1-7. For weeks now, my mind has been greatly exercised over the recent financial hits. Some days I do pretty good, others I struggle, as I shared in my post “The Relief of […]
My morning class is next to an ELL Level 1 class-English Language Learners. The children are beginning English learners. I know their teacher well and she is my fellow Christian as well as teacher. If she is not there and a sub is late, I wait in the classroom while the children eat breakfast until the sub arrives.
I also know each of the children. They often come into my classroom to say hi or for a hug. I joke with them in the hallway just to see them smile.
Each morning I go into their classroom after my class finishes and bring with me a package of chocolate chip cookies. First I ask their teacher, “Ms. Wilcox do you have good students today?” She answers yes. Then I ask her, :Can they have a cookie?” She always says yes.
Then they line up and have to practice saying in English, with me, “May I have a cookie please?” The package of cookies is not expensive and it is a little thing for me, but it is a big thing for the children. I must admit it is a highlight of my morning to see them smile and to joke with them a little.
What the children don’t know is that I pray for them. Children are a blessing but they also need blessings from adults. They need to be and feel safe and valued. If I can help in small ways, I am glad to do so. Jesus loves them and so do I.
By the way ,in case you are wondering, I give them chocolate chip cookies. Ones I buy not bake myself after all safety is important. 🙂
To my dear, lovely, sweet self who tries so hard and goes so fast.You’re okay.More than, you’re wonderful.You are kind, and sweet, and faithful.I can’t tell you that it will be okay.I can’t tell you that it will all work out as you want or hope or dream. But I can tell you that you […]
I had heard that sunlight can help psoriasis, so yesterday I tried an experiment. My afternoon class went to a nearby park for fun on our last day of class. So as I sat in the sun, I held my arm for the sunlight to hit it. I have had a new psoriasis plaque on my right arm that I want to go away before I see the rheumatologist in a few weeks.
The results? I did see slight improvement for it, so I think I will try some more sunlight this afternoon.
As I was sitting in the sun for my arm, I thought about a different light that brings healing to our souls. Jesus said of himself in John 8:12:
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Sunlight from the sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D which is good for our health. Sunlight from the sun brings us warmth and helps plants to grow.
The light that Jesus gives brings healing for our souls, gives us guidance, and helps us grow spiritually.
Just as I placed myself in the sunlight for my arm yesterday, we need to place ourselves in the light of Jesus. It begins with first trusting in Jesus as our Savior. The healing and growth continue as we daily place ourselves in the light of His word.
On the last Friday I will need an alarm clock until August, an epic failure occurred. I woke up an hour before my alarm clock went off. I know it is like a horror story. However, I survived the ordeal, so no need to worry.
Today is celebration day for both of my classes. Today is also methotrexate day meaning by the time my afternoon class finishes, I will be ready for a power nap. That will be followed by binge watching some shows while laying in bed.
My friend from Venezuela, who I usually meet with on Saturday mornings, has been sick, so we won’t meet tomorrow. I sense a full day at the coffee shop coming. Hopefully they will give me a good coffee mug to use. The last two times they gave me one with flowers on it and one with little birds and hearts on it. Such mugs should be reserved for repurposed sodas like lattes and are not fitting for a coffee purist. A super hero mug is fitting for a coffee purist. 🙂
Anyway back to it being Friday. I counted and I have 14 Fridays coming with nothing to do. That puts a whole new meaning to it being FriYeah. My summer break is almost upon me. If you hear a thud, it will be the sound of sudden relaxation hitting me. 🙂
My morning and afternoon classes are winding down this week. Tomorrow will be our last class for the school year. Both programs experienced transitions and it was on me to guide them through the transitions in personnel. This has also been the third school year affected by COVID.
Tomorrow both classes will have an end of year celebration. For my morning class, we will have a potluck with the moms bringing food. I have been assigned to bring juice. The moms don’t trust me to cook and they are wise regarding that. For my afternoon class, we will go to a nearby park and have some treats.
As for me, I am so ready for summer break. It has been a challenging school year. I am looking forward to a summer of spending time at the coffee shop blogging and writing. It is also quite possible I will spend time with Ukrainian refugees new to my city.
This morning I will break the news to my morning class that there is a possibility I will be at a different school next year. There is a possibility that I will be needed at a different school that is experiencing transition.
I am so thankful that Jesus has been with me during this school year. My morning prayer times have been so vital.
Building And Sustaining A Blogging Community Recently, I got a comment asking me to write a post about building and sustaining a blogging community and I thought that was a really great idea for a blog post. It’s something I haven’t really gotten into much detail about before but it’s also something I think is […]
Next Monday I have a meeting for my annual appraisal for my role of teaching the moms in my morning class. But I had two last week that were a blessing. They came from the 2nd grade daughter of one of my students. She is biased of course and sees things though the lens of loving her mom. She gave me notes two different days.
The first one said.
The second one said.
Her logic is that because I help her mom, I am a good teacher.
It makes me think about the faith of a child. in Luke 18:
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
The message of the gospel is simple. Jesus died for our sins, so we can be forgiven and we receive that forgiveness by trusting/believing in Jesus. The message requires us to receive Jesus in faith, faith like a child. That is why 1 Corinthians 1:18 says:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Whatever the official appraisal says, I already have the one that counts to me, the one from the heart of a little girl who loves her mom.