Day 2 of school is complete... and how I love it. God has been pouring out his blessings on me, and sometimes I can be so blind to it. I'm in a place where I've wanted to be for so long, and now that it has come to pass, it's such a different feeling. On day 1 I remember thinking, "Oh my gash, here I am, but what am I going to say?!?" And for a split moment I was scared and nervous. Yet the second all my beautiful children walked in, the words simply came. So far... no big problems. I have my class clowns, but I think with some good lovin', we'll whip them into shape. :)
For my first "assignment" I gave the kids my class motto, "There are No Shortcuts." After talking about it, they all shared what they thought I meant by it. They were right on... "there is no easy way out"... "if you want to get where you want, you have to work," ect... If they were ready to sign onto this motto with me, they were given a hand print. On the palm of the hand they wrote their name, and on each of the fingers they wrote something about themselves. I explained that once I had all the hand prints, I would spell out "There Are No Shortcuts" with the hand and post it in the room. At first they were hesitant... but I think they'll catch on :)
One thing I feel like the Lord has put on my heart is to push these kids in their dreams. So many times, teachers, parents, peers, and society puts a damper on our student's dreams. I want every child who walks in my room to know it' a place where we believe in dreams. We believe that we can do anything. The Lord is so good, and I feel like bragging! I have the Lord's presence in my room, and that's huge! lol So with HIM there, these kids will know they can reach for the stars and, even if they are on their very tip-toes, our Heavenly Father will give them the final reach to touch them.
I love that with the Lord anything is possible. My heart beats wildly thinking about it. And it goes even crazier when I think what could happen and what WILL happen when these students know the Lord.
"With man this is impossible, but with GOD all things are POSSIBLE."