Human Part

Finally, my message for them — and my message for you — is that you should not compare your writing to anyone else’s. You can’t write what they write and they can’t write what you write. A voice is like a fingerprint and unique to each person. As teachers, we must teach the hows of writing. The nuts and bolts. This way, our kids have the tools to tackle the task. But the actual writing? That is about having something to say. It’s about the being human part. - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Heroic Courage

Unwavering trust is a rare and precious thing because it often demands a degree of courage that borders on the heroic. When the shadow of Jesus' cross falls across our lives in the form of failure, rejection, abandonment, betrayal, unemployment, loneliness, depression, the loss of a loved one; when we are deaf to everything but the shriek of our own pain; when the world around us suddenly seems a hostile menacing place - at those times we may cry out in anguish, "HOW COULD A LOVING GOD PERMIT THIS TO HAPPEN?' At such moments, the seeds of distrust are sown. It requires heroic courage to trust in the love of God no matter what happens to us. - Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust

From Him

Anything good that comes from us is from Him. - Rebekah Lyons

Let your life...

Let your life be the story Jesus uses to draw others to Him. - Brooke McGlothlin

Make It Shine

If a teacher told me to revise, I thought that meant my writing was a broken-down car that needed to go to the repair shop. I felt insulted. I didn't realize the teacher was saying, "Make it shine. It's worth it." Now I see revision as a beautiful word of hope. It's a new vision of something. It means you don't have to be perfect the first time. What a relief! - Naomi Shihab Nye


The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. - Henry Ward Beecher

Everyday Wonders

Thank you, Lord, for the miracles in my life. The everyday wonders as well as the astounding acts. You are faithful, and I choose to trust you again this day. Amen. - Tracy Klehn

Sometimes I forget...

Sometimes I forget that God is Lord over my feeble hopes and my flagrant failures. - Alicia Bruxvoort

As a teacher of writers...

As a teacher of writers, it is important to be a teacher who writes. - Lynne Dorfman & Rose Cappelli

The more time...

The more time I spend with God, the more familiar His voice becomes, and the braver my heart grows. - Katy McCown


How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our tears, our highest aspiration? - Jane Swan

In the Boat

Peace doesn't come from finding a lake with no storms. It comes from having Jesus in the boat. - John Ortberg

Reading Teachers

The most effective reading teachers are teachers who read. - Donalyn Miller


Joanna Weaver

We want an itinerary for our life, and when God doesn't immediately produce one, we set out to write our own.

"I need to know, " we tell ourselves.

"No," God answers softly, "you need to trust."

Give it...

Give it to God and go to sleep. - Author Unknown

Praying together...

Praying together reminds us that God is in control of everything. We become aware of God's presence because we know that when we pray together, God is in our midst to guide and direct us in the day-to-day workings of our marriage. - Bob and Yvonne Turnbull

Just because...

Just because something is hard doesn't mean it's impossible. - Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued

I dedicate this classroom to You...

 Angela Watson, The Cornerstone Devotions for Teachers

Powerful and almighty God, You are so amazing! You’ve had a plan for these children since before time began, and you’ve always known that our lives would cross paths this year. Please give me the gift of discernment to understand their needs and how I can meet them. Show me everything I need to know to teach these little ones and develop the gifts that You’ve given them. Let my enthusiasm be evident every day, because my joy doesn’t come from having a perfect classroom, it comes from knowing You. Jesus you are ever-faithful and unchanging, and I pray that you would fill me with your strength and perfect peace each morning and carry me throughout each day. Put a genuine smile on my face and help me to be as patient and loving with these children as You have been with me. Remind me that this job is a privilege and that I am fulfilling Your call on my life by showing up in this classroom each day. Surround me with supportive, positive influences and help me to speak only truth and light so that my colleagues and supervisors will consistently see You in me. I dedicate this classroom to You: let Your name triumph over any negativity and may everything that happens here bring glory to Your name. I thank you for giving me Your holy Word so that I have a place to turn when I need to be uplifted. Thank you for filling me with the passion and enthusiasm that can only come from having ‘God within’. May Your name be glorified in everything that happens here as Your mercies are made new each morning.

First Day

I still like the first day better than the last day of a school year. - Ruth Ayres, Two Writing Teachers

Writing & Singing

[Writing] is like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on the ship. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Paying attention...

Paying attention to our lives is a way to pay thanks to our Lord. - Ann Voskamp

Writing Matters

Ruth Ayres

Writing matters because:
  • We realize it’s not as easy as it seems. 
  • We are changed when we collect our thoughts and share them with others. 
  • We realize how quickly a community is established when people share their writing with one another. 
  • We gain insight in how to talk like a writer. 
  • We understand the vulnerability that comes with putting words on the page.

Take Home

What children take home in their heads and hearts is much more important than what they take home in their hands. – Bev Bos


Move my anxious heart from the waves to the One who walks on waves. - Author Unknown


You don't need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfection. - Wilson Kanadi


My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything. - Susan Sontag

The love of God...

The love of God toward you is like the Amazon River flowing down to water a single daisy. - F.B. Meyer


Sympathy is no substitute for action. — David Livingstone


Whether our daughter wins or loses, is not the point. Glorifying God and drawing our daughters closer to Him is the point. Competition is a part of life, and it is another God ordained opportunity for you both to grow closer to Him. - Tracy Steel


Remember the kids' life every time you teach them. - David Booth

Picture Books

Picture books are powerful for all ages and the "co-teachers" in our rooms. - JoEllen McCarthy


Play is the highest form of research. - Albert Einstein

Surprises & Changes

Every day life is filled with surprises --- some good and some not so good. But even when our plans get derailed, God remains faithful...If we're serious about surrendering our lives to God, then we probably shouldn't get too upset when he does things a bit differently than we would have liked. It is good and right to make plans, but it is even more godly and righteous to allow God to change them. - Lisa Whelchel, Speaking Mom-ese