Write

Write yourself. Invite children to do something you're already doing. If you're not doing it, Hey, the kids say, I can't wait to grow up and not have to write, like you. They know. And for the short term and the long term, you'll be doing yourself a favor by writing. All of us need it as a survival tool in a very complex world. The wonderful thinking about writing is that it separates the meaningless and the trivial from what is really important. So we need it for ourselves and then we need to invite children to do what we're doing. You can't ask someone to sing a duet with you until you know the tune yourself. - Ralph Fletcher

Solid Truth

I'd rather depend on the solid truth of God than the rollercoaster of fickle feelings. - Lysa TerKeurst

Everyone Else

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don't have to do what everyone else is doing. - Author Unknown

No matter what...

No matter what today entails, no matter what each moment holds, good things will happen. Good things always happen amidst the bad. You would think by now, with all that I have gone through, I would have learned that. You would think that I would have mastered the art of looking for the positive in all situations. But I haven't. And that is okay. It is okay for me to be angry at this situation. It doesn't mean that I have lost hope. In the midst of the pain and heartbreak that I have felt, I am looking towards the good. I am turning my face to Him and letting those words fall on me like rain. - Heather George

Good Advice

Ann Voskamp

Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Rejoice.

Totally Interested

The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less. - Tim Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

Lord, I pray that...

Renee Swope

Lord, I pray that You would give me a confident heart in Christ. Take me beyond believing in You to truly believing You. Help me rely on the power of Your promises and live like they are true. You say blessed is the one who trusts in You and whose hope and confidence are found in You. Those who hope in You will not be disappointed, because You work all things together for good for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose.

When self-doubt tells me I can’t overcome my insecurities, I will believe Your promise that all things are possible to whoever believes. I will not throw away my confidence, because You say it will be richly rewarded. I will persevere so that when I have done the will of God, I will receive what You have promised. My confidence is in Christ and I am no longer one who shrinks back and is destroyed, but one who believes and is saved! In Jesus’ name, Amen. {See Jeremiah 17:7; Isaiah 49:23; Romans 8:28; Mark 9:23; Hebrews 10:35–36, 39}

Classroom Noise

I want noise and plenty of it --- productive, purposeful, and meaningful noise --- from everyone, students and teachers alike. - Christine Moynihan, Math Sense: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction

The Real Things

The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong. - Laura Ingalls Wilder

It is not well...

It is not well with my circumstances, but I can assure you, it is well with my soul. - Jill Savage

My ideas...

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. – Anais Nin

Supply

You will never need more than God can supply. - J. I. Packer

What God says...

What God says is more important than what anyone else says. - Ronnie Floyd

Highest Calling

I believe the ministry of prayer is the highest calling a Christian can have. - Fern Nichols

Your Mess

When I was first diagnosed, I wasn't going to tell anyone. But my mother's advice was to 'make your mess your message'. I learned that it takes a lot of courage to get up and to know that the best is yet to come. -  Robin Roberts

Daily

You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. - John Maxwell

Opening a Deep Well

Henri Nouwen

Writing is not just jotting down ideas. Often we say: "I don't know what to write. I have no thoughts worth writing down." But much good writing emerges from the process of writing itself. As we simply sit down in front of a sheet of paper and start to express in words what is on our minds or in our hearts, new ideas emerge, ideas that can surprise us and lead us to inner places we hardly knew were there.

One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.

Sparks

When other moms come alongside us in prayer, it sparks faith and hope returns. - Fern Nichols

A Garden

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket. - Chinese Proverb

Because He Loves Us

When God says no, we are sometimes tempted to wonder if He loves us. In reality, it's because He loves He sometimes says no. - Lysa TerKeurst

I have always been...

I have always been captivated by World War II and the individuals, on both sides, who were involved in it. I am in awe of the people who lived through it, who fought and survived, who witnessed and lived through the horrors and found a way in which to forgive, who fought and did not live. I have always wondered if I would be brave enough to fight back, to hide someone even at the risk of my own life and the lives of my family, to secretly undermine the Germans so that innocent people could live. - Chris Dexter

Everyday Things

My mother always had a sense of wonderment. The color of a leaf, a sprinkling of snow, the smell of hot soup - she found the greatest pleasure in everyday things. - Nancy Bradford

Three a Day

Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. - Mem Fox

Reading is...

Reading is the best way I know to learn how to examine your life. By comparing what you've done to what others have done, and your thoughts and theories and feelings to those of others, you learn about yourself and the world around you. Perhaps that is why reading is one of the few things you do alone that can make you feel less alone; it's a solitary activity that connects you to others. - Will Schwalbe

Sometimes I...

Ruth Bell Graham, Footprints of a Pilgrim

Sometimes I wrote to capture a moment
or reflect on a thought.
Sometimes, I wrote because I had to.
It was write or develop an ulcer.
I chose to write.

When we sit silent...

When we sit silent before God, the Spirit will intercede with perfect prayers on our behalf. - Lysa TerKeurst

Celebration

Celebration isn't about waiting until everything is just right, rather celebration is about finding joy right now. - Ruth Ayres

Reading a book is...

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your terms. - Angela Carter

Watching

Our students are watching us. They need to see us as readers. - Pat Scharer

Tenderness

Try to remember tenderness is more important than technique. - Ralph Fletcher

Be Kind

Always be a little kinder than necessary. - James M. Barrie

Having faith...

Having faith doesn't mean I have all the answers. It means trusting God especially in the midst of uncertainty. - Lysa TerKeurst

Old Friends

Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends. - Hafiz

Feel Seen

Katherine Sokolowski

...I’m not saying it’s always easy, but I work hard to get to know all of my students. Some are easy. Some keep me up late at night as I worry about them. How can I reach them? What do I need to change about myself?

So not only do I want my quiet kids to know that I see them, that I care about them. I want my loud kids, my troublemakers, my exasperating students to feel seen. They need to know how much I care about them too...