Thursday, January 10, 2013

Anyway

"The path of loving trust means:

...an absolute, unconditional, and unwavering confidence in God our loving Father, even when everything seems to be a total failure.

...to look to Him alone as our help and protector.

...to stop doubting and being discouraged, casting all our worries and cares on The Lord, and to walk in total freedom.

...to be daring and absolutely fearless of any obstacle, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.

...total reliance on our Heavently Father with the spontaneous abandonment of little children, totally convinced of our utter nothingness but trusting to the point of rashness with couragous confidence in his fatherly goodness."

Mother Teresa, No Greater Love

What 5 people would be on your dream team?

As I'm reading biographies to assemble my "dream team" of five people who I most want to emulate (you become like those who most want to emulate, so choose well) - of course, Jesus is one on the list, I'm reading a book by Mother Teresa and am completely blown away.

I've got a lot to learn.. in particular, these words just cut me to the quick..

"If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed, you won't be discouraged; if anyone calls you a saint, you won't put yourself on a pedestal. If you are a saint, thank God; if you are a sinner, don't remain one. Christ tells us to aim very high, not to be like Abraham or David or any of the saints, but to be like our Heavenly Father." loc 439 No Greater Love

I wish nothing could touch me

This blog has not been seeing posts because I was obviously not humble. I let the displeasure of a man who I have since come to know as evil, keep me from blogging. I was told I had no business blogging about Christian things because #1, I'm a woman and #2 Blogging is bad. Now, obviously, I didn't take all of that to heart, because my Cool Cat Teacher blog has done great all of these years, but this blog has laid quiet.

Why? Because I'm a pleaser. I want to please people - even if I know they are wrong, I have a problem with this. Don't I know I can't please God and man? Don't I know that this was totally wrong? I'm so mad at myself because I couldn't get over it!

Sure, I did, but because I was in the midst of quite a tough situation in my church at the time, I didn't want to say anything that would get me in trouble with God. I was very upset and very torn about things, but still, even though the person concerned had publicly made it very clear that I was persona non grata, perhaps I thought that by NOT blogging it would make him happy. Well, I'm sure it made him happy. I'm sure it did. Did it make him happy when I was out of my Sunday School teaching job, my singing in church... sure... it probably did. But the fact that I even would let it touch me shows my own pride.

"If you are humble, nothing will touch you."

Wow.

It is most important if I'm following God. If I'm seeking Him and putting His mission and work for me first. This pleasing thing will please no one.

I was talking on Twitter with Ellyn Shaffner (above) about quotes from Mother Teresa and she mentioned the following poem...

What has been wrong with me? Why have I been afraid to write on this blog? It is here, I already have quite a bit written and yet, for some reason, I am admitting that I have let my fear or my desire to please man keep me from it.

I reject the hold that this evil man has had on my life for far too long. Not all men of God are men of God (or women for that matter.) This world is full of false prophets and liars...

men

    "Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)" Phillipians 4:13

This has been a secret struggle, a private angst, a nagging fear. But in this life if we love our mother or father or pastor or anyone above God, we have it all wrong. We have to leave it all and cleave to the Savior who loves us. We must seek to please Him not him who seeks to pass judgment and tell us what to do.

I'm thankful for God leading my husband and I and our family to an incredible church family. It is still very hard and I've been in mourning over some things past, however, I am moving on.

God's been trying to help me have a thick skin but I think the point is that I just need to be ok in my skin.

Pastor Michael Catt talked about a football player this past week that has a twitter handle - zero glory and how we should all be living our lives to be that way.

It is not a bad thing to blog - in fact my current pastor embraces social media as a way to share. I'm going to have to quite simply get over the haters. A while back, Pastor Catt asked us to raise our hands if we were breathing - everyone raised hands. He said, OK, if you're alive, someone doesn't like it -- get over it. Someone can't stand the fact that you're breathing. It is a fact... GET OVER IT.

GET OVER IT!!! SOME PEOPLE DON'T LIKE YOU... or me... or anyone... or even themselves, if the truth be known.

The problem is I haven't gotten over it. I have this past situation and one other one when I first got into edtech with someone who just thinks I'm an arrogant awful person --- I was wrong and apologized but it doesn't matter how much I do... this person will ALWAYS hate me and talk bad about me. THERE IS NOTHING I COULD DO AND NOTHING I CAN DO and I have to LET IT GO. Oh, I wish I could.

You nor I are here to fulfill a popularity contest. Honestly, no one really cares as much about us as we care about ourselves. We are really the center of our own universe, but have to choose not to be. Give up the center of your Universe to the One who made the Universe.

When God leads, I'll write here.

An Audience of One

There are a thousand tiny things that God is doing to help me learn that HE IS MY AUDIENCE. I serve HIM and must please Him and only Him. Oh, that I was humble enough to be that person who is so focused on God that only His glory shines forth. I'm not, but want to be.

Thankful that God is not done with me (or you)

Meanwhile, I'm thankful for a God who doesn't give up on us. I'm thankful that when I beg for healing that He hears. I'm thankful that when you think your purpose and plan is done that God has other plans. Breath in your nostrils is proof that God is not done. (another Pastor Catt quote.)

I admit hurt and complete and utter devastation over some things in my past, but I will serve and work in the new church where God has called me. I will open up and let some new friends in. I will be humble and willing to embark on a new journey of service to Him wherever He chooses for it to be. Toilet, tabletops, or mountaintops...here I am... send me.

God can use my greatest hurts for His greatest glory and I will humbly accept His guidance.

So, whoever might be left still subscribing to this blog or reading it... thanks for hanging around. Some pain is hard to verbalize and sometimes one can be so wounded in terms of a matter that it is actually best to be quiet. But I believe that God is doing a new work in me and wants to do a new work in you, too. Have you taken time to talk to Him today? Are you going to let the wounds of the past keep you from a bright future in His service?

Whatever it be, wherever I go... any way He sends me - I pray and hope that He'll use me anyway He chooses.

May these words be used to encourage the weary, revive the faint, and replenish the beleagered.

Our God reigns!

 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 08/16/2012

  • Are we putting too many non-content related grades in our marking systems that are causing disorganized children to think they aren't college material and to cause entitlement among those who do homework and turn things in thinking that just because they work hard that they deserve a good grade? This family circle article coupled with some of the entitlement research has me thinking. Read: Making the Grade: When Do Kids Deserve A's It is also an argument for standards based assessment. Take a read. 

    tags: education news research

  • There are some fascinating things you can do with Kinect in the classroom. You can download these files and hook up a Kinect to your computer to allow motion capture (against a greenscreen), painting with gestures, and all kinds of things. There are people using kinect in powerful ways with special needs children as well. Here's the official webpage for Kinect in Education.

    tags: education news kinect microsoft tumblr evernote

  • Here's a listing of our current projects. Follow the link to apply. Flat Classroom Project - Deadline September 1, 2012  APPLY NOW! Digiteen Project - Deadline September 15, 2012  APPLY NOW! 'A Week in the Life...'  - Deadline September 1, 2012  APPLY NOW! NetGenEd  - Project based on the Horizon Report published in January each year - Deadline February 1, 2013 - APPLY NOW! K-2 'Building Bridges to Tomorrow' Project - Deadline September 15, 2012 - APPLY NOW! Eracism - Information and Applications available August 15, 2012

    tags: education news flatclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

What this Easter means to me

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There are times that transparency is enough to kill you or harm the things you love. There are times that God has to be the judge and we have to withhold the injustices done to us or our families from the public eye. It would be nice for those who should know that parts of the body of Christ are hurting to remember

"those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." (Hebrews 13:3)

False teaching in the "church" is increasing and will continue to increase

The fact is that in the end times

 "many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved." (Matthew 24:10-13)

We know false prophets will increase and deceive many...

"For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Matthew 24:24 Mark 13:22 (NIV)

Not everyone who stands in a pulpit or dresses like a priest or says he/she is speaking from God is telling the truth...

"This is what the LORD Almighty says, ' Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD." (Jeremiah 23:16)

Many of these people who are false will be highly regarded by many...

"Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets." Luke 6:26 

They will clandestinely introduce destructive views:


"...there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them..." (2 Peter 2:1)

It is very important when you hear a sermon, any sermon, that you open up your Bible and confirm what the person is saying is true. Rarely will their heresy be blatant - a little word here, a sentence there. Your eyes will prick up and you'll look to see if anyone else picked up on it. It doesn't matter if they heard it - you did. Don't just hope it will go away. It won't.

The chosen few aren't in the pew?

Beware of those who say that they are the only ones who are capable of interpreting scripture or "always know God's will" such people smack of cult and false teaching.

"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1

Cults in Christianity?

In her Bible study, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, Beth Moore talks about a dear friend who was lured into a cult that professed to practice like the church in Acts, however it turned out that the only thing they did in truth was pool finances along with

"man-induced legalism and bondage because the leaders interpreted Scripture for them. They were not encouraged to study the Bible for themselves." (p 90)

She goes on to say

"Keep in mind that any kind of mind manipulation that draws a believer away from his or her wholehearted, sincere, and pure devotion to Christ qualifies as a demonic seduction according to 2 Corinthians 11:2-3." (p 90)

Rules Don't Make you Right

Legalism was killing the church in Jesus' day and is still causes those who come to church to head running for the hills.

  • These people love having important jobs in church (Luke 11:43) and 
  • being greeted with respect around town (Luke 11:43), 
  • they make all these rules they pretend to follow to look good for everyone with trash on their DVD and web browser history (Matthew 23:27), 
  • they pretend that they are giving out of love for God but really are motivated by greed and the tax write off (Matthew 23:25), 
  • they're always in church but don't have time to visit their aging Mom in the nursing home or to treat their tenants fairly (Matthew 23:23), 
  • they go put flowers on graves of those who have died but kill people with their words in a deacon's meeting or with their emails (Matthew 23:29) -
  •  there is nothing new here. Arrogance, pride, greed have always been the hidden sins that erode a church's effectiveness from within the hearts of those in the pews.


It was power, greed, and arrogance that caused the Chief Priest of the temple in Jerusalem to say
"You do not realize that it is better for you that one many die for the people than the whole nation perish." (John 11:50)

They thought killing Jesus would save their church. It did, just not like they thought it would.

Good Friday, Really?

Yesterday was "Good Friday." But in my own heart, it didn't feel good at all. All I could feel is that Jesus was betrayed by his friends, by the people he made. Just think, he looked at the high priest and Pilate and could perhaps remember the days when He "created their inmost being and knit them together in their mother's womb." (Psalm 139:13)

I felt people clapping as their evil chants to "Crucify him" were granted. They were so happy that they got what they wanted! They thought they could save the church by killing someone and removing Him permanently from their synogogue. I felt the burning eyes of hatred burrowing into a good man who hadn't done anything wrong except speak the truth.

The church has always killed prophets and good men. Jesus said,
"Woe to you because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them." (Luke 11:47.)

The church still does. It is important to realize that when a church strays, as often happens when money and power coagulate, that your faith is in Christ not Christians. It must be a relationship with a Savior not a church.

The problem is that many sense that a church has gone off task and mission but just choose to stop going to church.

"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25

Abandoning church isn't the answer. 

It would be nice to just join one church and know that you're set for your entire life. I wish it were so, trust me, with all my heart, I wish it was so! However, there are times that in order to follow God, we have to move away from our comfort zone. Abraham was led out, so was Moses, Paul, and even Jesus said "truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown." (Luke 4:24) For Jesus to be Jesus, he had to leave home.

I do not profess to be a prophet. I do profess Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and the greatest person I've ever known. He's there with me each morning and each afternoon. My relationship with Him transcends and exceeds all others.

A little over five years a go, I was told that blogging was evil. I should have known that was just the beginning of many other untrue things that I'd hear from the person who said this. Any medium on this planet can be used for good or for evil - to bless or to curse. Such church-lady-ish condemnation of something just because it is new caused book burning and now this. God needs all kinds of people, with many different talents:

"Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men." (Proverbs 22:29)
Anything I have, the credit goes to God. Tomorrow is Easter, it is a new day and a new beginning in many ways for me and my family.

We follow Christ - He doesn't follow us. 

It isn't His job to rubber stamp everything we do with our lives and clean up the mess like the child who asked for an AK-47 for his birthday. There are times He doesn't give us what we ask for because He can see more deeply than we can imagine.

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

You see, Good Friday was the one day that God told Jesus, "No."

"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as  I will, but as you will." Matthew 26:39

Because there is Easter, God told Jesus "No" for the greater good of mankind. And if Christ had to go through this, be told no, and did it for us, the much smaller, much less impactful "no's" of our lives must be respected as boundaries of love.

It is hard to imagine why that day is called "good." It is just awful what happened to Christ. His betrayal. His solitude. His pain. His separation. Unspeakable. Unfathomable. Every awful evil thing you've ever heard of - He took the blame for it. He's the reason that everyone from a serial killer to a nun can be forgiven of their sins. There are those who point to this as being unjust that serial killers shouldn't be put in the same category as a nun and that they shouldn't be forgiveable.

"All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

The injustice of it...an innocent man being blamed for child abuse, murder, gossip, overeating, pornography, drunkenness, adultery, everything on one man. What is good about that?
"He who knew no sin because sin for us, that we may be made the righteousness of God through Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21
 It was good because of what it did for us. Because now

"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13

I don't understand it. I claim it. I believe it. I realize that it makes me look foolish to many of my friends who are very smart in book knowledge.

"but we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling bock to Jews and foollishness to Gentiles." 1 Corinthians 1:23
"for the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, an the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." 1 Corinthians 1:25

I don't know why I took the time today to write this. There are million other things to do right now. For me, perhaps moving past the pain of betrayal, hurt, agony, tears will take the path of my Savior. I will die to myself and everything that I want or ever wanted for my life to be reborn in a way that I never planned or comprehended would be in His path for me.

Sometimes in order to move ahead we have to move on as we follow Christ where he leads and not expect it to be the other way around.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Cross

Cross


I go to the cross when I am alone
Jesus hold me as I groan.



I go to the cross when all is a loss
Jesus meet me near the cross.

I go to the cross when there is no hope
Jesus show me how to cope.


I go to the cross when there's no one to care
Jesus be my consult when life's not fair.

I also go to the cross when I laugh
when I smile, and when I dance
when I jump and when I'm up --
He's there in joy with a loving cup.


But the cross is where we go in pain
when we are close to death and life's no gain.


For He went to the cross all alone
He languished there as He groaned.


He went to the cross and counted all a loss
Jesus saved me near the cross.


He went to the cross as His friends lost hope
He helped a despondent thief to cope.


His best friends ran and didn't care
He didn't deserve to be there. It wasn't fair.


So when the world does these things to me
I'm there at the cross - in Divine company.

by Vicki Davis

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Excellent Sermon Series on Grace from Max Lucado

It has been a while but I know there are some of you out there that still follow this blog.

I wanted to pass along one of the best series of sermons I've ever seen from Max Lucado called "What Happens When Grace Happens."

 http://oakhillschurch.com/media-2/

Kip and I are watching it on a box called the "Roku box" that streams from the web over our home wi-fi to our TV and we found Max Lucado there under Oak Hills Church.

My favorite sermon was "You Can Rest Now" and in the first 5-10 minutes my husband and I literally felt ourselves relaxing from the many burdens that we have been feeling. Kip went to sleep that night and slept like a baby. In this day and age of rules and regulations coming from so many sides and in the spirit of Easter - it is time to "get real." It is worth a watch. You can also subscribe over vimeo which I believe is available for the Ipad/ iPhone, etc.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wait to Run -- then Run without being weary

"They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

If we RUN under our own power we lose STRENGTH. Sometimes we have to wait to run until we are told to - it is then that we -- like the burning bush- burn without being consumed.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Part the Waters

13-14"If you watch your step on the Sabbath
   and don't use my holy day for personal advantage,
If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy,
   God's holy day as a celebration,
If you honor it by refusing 'business as usual,'
   making money, running here and there—
Then you'll be free to enjoy God!
   Oh, I'll make you ride high and soar above it all.
I'll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob."
   Yes! God says so!

Isaiah 58:13-14

Isaiah 58 is on my fridge. This is my passage for the moment and this translation from the Message Bible is just great.

To me, the words describing what we should do on the Sabbath ring so true.  Not using God's holy day for personal advantage. Treating His day as a day of Joy!

Not running here and there or working.

Truly the best Sundays are truly a "day of joy" and a "celebration."

I don't know about you but with the last week of school coming - I'd love to "ride high and soar above it all."

I love the example from the book I'm reading The Last Christian. It picture of cutting a stick off of a tree and then asking if it will grow now -- the only job of the branch is just to remain in the tree - rest in the tree. By being connected to the tree the branch naturally grows.  By connecting to God we naturally grow - we fulfill our purpose, we LIVE! 

Today, I just have to thank God for such a beautiful day and one with many blessings. He is truly the Light and the Life and the days focused on Him are the greatest days of my life. Purpose. Meaning. Joy.

These are not the same as happiness.  These are not the same as being problem free.  Right now - I'm praying for a Red-Sea week ! As the song from Selah based upon an older song says,

"When I think I'm going under, part the waters, Lord - when I feel the waves around me, calm the sea! When I cry for help, Oh hear me Lord and hold out your hand - touch my life - heal the raging storm in me!"
So, this week, I'm asking God to part the waters. Anything good that comes from the last week of school, God did it, because right now looking at my list I truly do feel I'm going under.

Goodnight!  Good Savior!  (And never mistake Christianity and following God for a political view - it is not! )