Whether you’re a student, aide, teacher, administrator, or parent, we all know that it’s that time of the year: back to school. You’ve survived the school supply aisle in Walmart and now you’re ready to tackle another year! Whether you’re a first time kindergarten mom or entering into your senior year of college, everyone can use a little extra encouragement. So I’m here to share with you 10 Encouraging Verses For Back To School. Pray these over your kids and your school year, and let God take care of the rest.
Here you are, friend. You’re officially a “young adult.” Look at you! You graduated high school, and that seems like the greatest achievement right now. Congratulations! You had an awesome summer of freedom, you attended new student orientation, you have the greatest roommate and no classes before 10 AM, so you’re ready to take on college. You feel unstoppable, like the world is at your fingertips. And in many ways, that is true. You will love college. You will find your people and your major, your favorite spots in the library, the greatest intramurals. You will figure out which days the caf is soooo not worth it, and which restaurants in the student center will make you sick every time. (Why did Chinese food on a college campus seem like a good idea?) But there’s something I need you to remember. This is, and I’m risking a cliche here, the beginning of the rest of your life. Start it with Christ as the foundation, or it will crumble. I’ve got a few things to say, and I’d love for you to listen. Because here is a letter, from my heart to yours: To The Christian On Their First Day Of College.
Life is hard, and it’s far too easy to focus on the negative aspects of it. Today, it’s easier for me to complain about an upset stomach than it is to be thankful for the groceries that we can afford. But I heard a message on the radio the other day about finding the awesome in every situation, and I love that thought! God has given us awesome lives, and we need to focus on that instead of our problems. Since that’s easier said than done, let’s look at how we can find the awesome in every situation!
Christians, our priorities are messed up. I say “our” because I’m a part of it, too. I am not immune. We prioritize movies, TV shows, and music over our faith. I’m not talking about the time that we spend on those as opposed to the time we invest in our faith, because I think that’s another post for another day, but I’m talking about the entertainment choices that we make. Friends, listen up. It is time for us to start prioritizing faith over entertainment.
Here’s a challenge for you. Take a moment, and think of all the people that you know that don’t have Netflix. It’s not very many, is it? It seems like everyone and their dog (literally) has Netflix these days. We have it, and we watch it pretty regularly (y’all, FIXER UPPER IS ON NETFLIX). But why am I talking about this? What can bloggers learn from Netflix? A lot. Netflix’s view of their customers, their desire to share and produce great content, and their recognition of their place in the media world is virtually unmatched in any business, organization, or company today. I think we have a lot to learn from them, so let’s jump right in.
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Living healthy isn’t just about eating right or drinking water. It isn’t just about exercising. It isn’t just about getting enough sleep, or having the perfect FitBit, or anything like that. It’s a whole lifestyle change! That sounds intimidating, and living a healthy lifestyle can seem difficult, especially in our fast-food, Netflix-binging, too-many-delicious-desserts-on-Pinterest society. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not! There are so many little ways to make your habits healthier, at little inconvenience to you!
Today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, along with some advice from my awesome blogging friends! I’m also going to share some (easy) recipes with you that will make your meals more delicious AND healthier, and we’ll finish up with a few apps and products to help you with your new or ongoing healthy lifestyle. 🙂
Since we live on a budget, I’m all about re-purposing old things to be used in a new way or just sprucing them up to give the room a fresh feel. That’s what we did with our nursery, and it turned out just perfect! But long before we had a nursery (or even a marriage), Caleb and I took on one of my favorite DIY projects of all time. We took a piece that had little life left in it, spruced it up, and gave it a whole new purpose! It only took us one Saturday afternoon and we were able to transform an old dresser into a fabulous entertainment center!
“When my fears, like Jericho, build their walls around my soul; when my heart is overthrown, Your love is my battle cry, the anthem for all my life.” (Every Giant Will Fall – Rend Collective)
I struggle with anxiety. It’s been a lifelong struggle, but it has really come to light in the past few years. In the past, I’ve struggled with anxiety attacks, sleepless nights, and physical pain caused by anxiety. By the sheer and utter grace of God, I have overcome that severity, but the devil still wants in, so he attacks me in little ways.
Caleb and I have several young married friends who have suffered miscarriages recently. It is painful beyond words to watch our friends go through this, and to imagine ourselves in their shoes is unbearable. We’re a young married couple, and we may start a family soon, so the devil thought he could sneak in and attack me here. Yesterday at church, during altar call, our pastor was praying over his 9 year old little girl who is fighting an infection in her finger. Something about praying over kids always brings me to tears, but before I even knew what hit me, I was down the trail of what ifs. What if that’s us here in a few years? What if our baby was sick, or I had a difficult pregnancy, or we lost a baby?
Before Caleb and I got married, we discussed many practical aspects of marriage, and one of those was sticking to a budget. That can be tough, since Caleb is self-employed and I am a homemaker. Money can be a little tight sometimes, so I like to do what I can to help out to make a little extra money. Specifically, I like to earn enough to pay for our groceries each month. That’s why I was so overjoyed when I found this side hustle that pays for our groceries.
After graduating college, I spent two years teaching in public school. The first year, I taught 4th and 5th grade reading, writing, and social studies. The second year, I taught 6th through 10th grade technology, as well as advising the yearbook. After my second year, I resigned to be a homemaker.
Both years had their ups and downs. I loved my kids and I loved being able to teach them. Though I love being a homemaker, there are moments when I sometimes miss teaching. Teachers are a special breed of people, and I don’t say that just because I was a teacher. 😉 It takes someone gifted to be able to pour into children and dedicate their lives to shaping these kids into adults, teaching them not just academics, but morals and life lessons.
However, it’s not just the kids that are taught lessons. My students, as well as my fellow teachers, taught me a lot of life lessons during my short time teaching, and I think they’re crucial. Here are 4 lessons that I learned in my 2 years of teaching.