We all long for someone to see our pain, our struggles, the real us. For over 25 years Pam Lovett has worked in missions. Discover what she learned about spiritual warfare, keeping the enemy at bay and standing firmly in faith. Spiritual Warfare. It's easy to have an attitude of gratitude when circumstances are going well, but thankfulness doesn't have to be limited to just the good times. Why are we so tired? An invitation to retreat with God is always open.
How do you persevere through trials when you are hurting and bone weary? Loving God with our whole heart, soul, and strength is challenging. But God is forever faithful, even when we are not. Walk with a family holding on to faith as they journey through tragedy; trusting God to lead the way as their light in the tunnel! Are you living in the present or a captive of past mistakes?
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Still nobody who had the power to help would do anything to help me. Well dfcs came and seen mold in my parents bedroom ceiling. Where I found her. As dfcs is telling me this, they drop a bombshell on me.
I started living on the streets of Helen because I needed to be close enough to jobs. I went door to door every day asking everyone for a job. I was a liability was all I got told. Well I found a place to live with an old friend and her stepfather a month and a half before my 3rd child was born.
It was a nice home and my friend helped me get everything my child would need. Well he was taken from me at the hospital 2 days after he was born. Dfcs said the address I had given was a false address, it was an empty lot. They told me to take it to court at the 72 hr hearing. When I got to court they said nothing of that allegation. So again I was back on the streets of Helen looking for a job.
And they did. But 2 weeks later I ran into Susan who has my oldest son. They told me who they were and said my son was having anxiety so bad it was like he was having asthma attacks and they needed me to sign my rights away so they could take him to the doctor. That was the second biggest mistake of my life. I signed the papers. They knew just what to say to get me to sign.
And of course that never came through. That night I tried to call and talk to my daughter and my husbands grandmother talked to me instead. But that day she told me that my daughter was asleep that she had a rough day. It turns out about the same time I signed the papers for my son my daughter had found pictures of her brother and at first she was so excited. And my husbands grandmother told me she asked her what was wrong.
I got off the phone and went inside the bar and poured my heart out to the owner.
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I was really good friends with him and his wife. So I asked him if I could have a drink. That night I got drunk and was even more depressed. I felt so hopeless and felt like the biggest failure. I let my kids down. I prayed for God to kill me for Him to just end it all. I ended up going to meth the very next day to try and numb it all away.
Well then addiction took ahold of me. I was in and out of jail and doing meth for 4 years when I was out. I had a judge who truly cared about me. I had 2 babies that I lost due to the drugs.
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My judge sent me to a prison facility that is for drug rehabilitation. And it got me clean and off the drugs. Things have gotten better. I was able to spend time with my oldest daughter and talk to her on the phone. My daughter is 10 years old now. I need lots of prayer. I get really depressed around this time of year. My oldest son just turned 9 on December 4th. Drugs dont help your problems they just add to them. I ran out of time and let my faith shrink, not all the way. Maintaining a professional website has been a balancing game for me. On one hand, I need to reach teachers who are solely interested in educational resources.
On the other hand, I have a desire to share ideas with an eternal value and deeper implications. Nothing I have accomplished so far has been done apart from His power and grace. Sharing so much of what I do on a daily basis in the classroom is nearly impossible without mentioning Him. There are many days when I feel impatient with the kids—like the three thousandth time I have reminded them to put their names on their papers and am still faced with the inevitable task of handwriting scrutiny to determine the authorship of four random papers.
How many times has He corrected me with loving-kindness only for me to turn around and make the exact same mistakes over and over again, sometimes even willfully! But our place is not to condemn and criticize, it is to lift up our students. The books of Ephesians and Galatians always remind me of the character God wants me to have all scripture in the New King James Version :. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians , italics added.
These are the attributes God calls Christians to show, and I know that He would especially want us to demonstrate those qualities towards the precious little ones in our care. What a calling! And how wonderful that we can call upon Him for help when these things seem too difficult to manage. We should also keep in mind that the Bible tells us: Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
James I personally believe that this verse applies not only to teachers of the word of God but also to anyone in a position to dispel knowledge to others in a formalized setting. In other words, those of us who are pillars in the community, whose lives are on display in front of impressionable young people, who mold the attitudes and priorities of children and are responsible for teaching them truth and wisdom—we are held to a higher standard by God.
Our influence on students cannot be overestimated. What a powerful impression these teachers made, for good or for bad—we still remember them far into our adult years. As educators, we have an awesome responsibility and privilege set before us and we are called to take it on with grace and wisdom. Although sharing our faith is not appropriate in a public school setting, we have the privilege and obligation before God to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit when working with our students, their parents, and our co-workers.
We are called to work as unto the Lord, not as unto man, and strive to do everything with excellence.
Other people should be able to tell through our actions that something about us is different. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Our job is to make sure that all of our students feel comfortable, respected, and accepted in our classrooms. The best and only truly legal way to express our spiritual beliefs in school is through the witness of how we live our lives; striving to be modest in appearance and attitude, honest and full of integrity, avoiding gossip, helping others whenever we can, showing patience and respect to our students, and sharing the joy and peace that we have found in God through a positive attitude.
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I wrote this book to encourage teachers who WANT to stay positive and keep a good attitude, but struggle because of the random, endless list of stuff that just seems to pop up everyday, all day long in school. Awakened provides specific, actionable steps you can take to change your perspective and automatic response to stressful situations. Though this is not written just for Christian teachers, each suggestion is based on biblically-sound principles.
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She's been supporting teachers through this website since Thank you for your sharing of your faith, and what the Lord has done and is doing in your life — it is truly refreshing to hear read about what other Christian teachers are experiencing out there — I will be a frequent viewer of your web site! Thanks for taking the time to comment, Cheri! As I stated above, this is the most important section of my website, and I hope it reaches people who might not otherwise find spiritual encouragement and learn about the love of Christ.
Thanks, Angela, your whole site has given me encouragement as I face second grade for the first time as a teacher.
You have done a lot of work that is inspiring and reflects the nature of a Christian woman- influential, humble and effective. I will use and appreciate your book very much, and I hope you reap the benefits for a long time. Thanks for sharing so much useful information! Thank you for YOUR words of encouragement.
Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. It was truly a blessing to come across this site! I really look at teaching as more of a ministry for me than anything else and I can see that you do as well! God Bless you! Thanks for all of the resources you have shared and continue to share with educators. I feel I have truly found a kindred spirit! May God continue to bless your work and the work of all teachers across our great land. Thank you so much for the encouragement. After a particularly discouraging semester in my teaching program, I am so blessed to find your site! I often wrestle with my purpose in this profession, but your words helped illuminate that I need to seek God daily for my purpose as a teacher.
I will be stopping back for more! Thanks, Rachel!
Glad I could provide some encouragement. Hang in there, and hang onto Him! What is your on line course about? If you have. Blessings and grace for you and yours your friend in the Name of Jesus Christ we pray and believe Cheryl. Thank you so much for sharing your faith and the reason behind why you are a teacher! I feel the same way and your written thoughts encouraged me. I stumbled upon this blog today and I am so happy that I did.
This post is exactly what I needed to read today. It is so easy to let frustrations control how you respond to your students, but as a Christian I need to let the fruit of the Spirit guide me. Thank you so much for this reminder. Hi, Heather! The more time we spend with God, the easier it comes to see Him in everything we do and stay focused. I am an ex-teacher homeschool my daughter now and I am a follower of Christ who finds your blog refreshing. Keep up the wonderful job. Hi, Jackie! Your comment made me laugh out loud. What a great example of this. But I have yet to hear from anyone who would argue with my basic message: that we as Christian teachers should work with excellence and show unfailing kindness and compassion to everyone we work with.
Doctrine is divisive, but the love of God is healing. Feel free to check them out. Thank you for encouraging a first year, Christian teacher who is trying to fit into the public schools! I will be a faithful follower. I have been searching for a resource like this for 7 years!