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Picture This: 5 Ways Teachers Can Use Instagram in the Classroom

Extending on our post last month about why Instagram can have a place in the classroom, \”Using Instagram in an Educational Context\”, this week we delve into

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Psalm 13

O Lord, how long will you forget me?
How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul?
With sorrow in my heart everyday?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
Restore the light to my eyes, or I will die
Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying
“We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.

But I trust in your unfailing love,
I will rejoice because you have rescued me
I will sing to the Lord
Because he has been so good to me

Talking to Your Tears by John Piper

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:5–6)

There is nothing sad about sowing seed. It takes no more work than reaping. The days can be beautiful. There can be great hope of harvest.

Yet the psalm speaks of “sowing in tears.” It says that someone “goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing.” So why are they weeping?

I think the reason is not that sowing is sad, or that sowing is hard. I think the reason has nothing to do with sowing. Sowing is simply the work that has to be done even when there are things in life that make us cry.

The crops won’t wait while we finish our grief or solve all our problems. If we are going to eat next winter, we must get out in the field and sow the seed whether we are crying or not. If you do that, the promise of the psalm is that “you will reap with shouts of joy.” You will “come home with shouts of joy, bringing your sheaves with you.” Not because the tears of sowing produce the joy of reaping, but because the sheer sowing produces the reaping, and you need to remember this even when your tears tempt you to give up sowing.

So here’s the lesson: When there are simple, straightforward jobs to be done, and you are full of sadness, and tears are flowing easily, go ahead and do the jobs with tears. Be realistic. Say to your tears: “Tears, I feel you. You make me want to quit life. But there is a field to be sown (dishes to be washed, car to be fixed, sermon to be written).”

Then say, on the basis of God’s word, “Tears, I know that you will not stay forever. The very fact that I just do my work (tears and all) will in the end bring a harvest of blessing. So go ahead and flow if you must. But I believe (I do not yet see it or feel it fully) — I believe that the simple work of my sowing will bring sheaves of harvest. And your tears will be turned to joy.”

“Talking to Your Tears” by John Piper

Let the River Flow

Let the River Flow by Darrell Evans

Let poor man say, ” I am rich in Him.”
Let the lost man say, “I am found in Him.”
Oh, let the river flow

Let the blind man say, “I can see again.”
Let the dead say, “I am born again.”
Oh, let the river flow
Let the river flow

Let the river flow
Let the river flow
Holy Spirit come
Move in power
Let the river flow
Oh, let the river flow

“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”
John 7: 37-39

How to Teach Your Man To Be Corny

I was so sick of seeing posts from Facebook friends about the flowers, chocolates, and what-not that they got for Valentines Day!

Ok, I admit I was a little envious because my man does NOTHING for Valentines Day. Oh, he’s not stingy or what. Birthdays, Christmas, and anniversaries? He got those covered. But Valentines? Nah, he is repulsed by the thought of buying flowers with million other love-sick people on planet Earth every February 14. So yeah, I was given (albeit unspoken) a heads up about scratching Valentines off of my calendar.

The problem with this is: it is not okay with me! Occasions are BIG DEAL in my book! Not because I’m capricious or anything but I mean, I want to raise up a child (whenever we have one) who is thoughtful and sweet. And my child will not learn how to be those on his own…he needs to see it…right?

I had an idea this morning. I know my guy will not buy me anything today; which is perfectly alright with me. And I know dining out is not happening because he had to be at school…not fine with me. I really wanted to do something special for him so on the way home from work, I went to the grocery and bought a bottle of red wine, marsala, and filet mignon. Fine dining it is then…in our PJs!

I told the husband to come home early because I was cooking dinner. When he asked me why, I told him because today is Valentines (sometimes, you just have to be straightforward about certain things). He raised an eyebrow and seemed really puzzled by this. Then he said, “Didn’t I just take you to Houston for the whole day the other day?” D-uh!?

After he was gone, I slaved myself away in the kitchen. I found squid in the freezer so I decided to make fried calamari for appetizer. I seared the filet mignons, tossed the wine in a pan, added dijon mustard, mushroom, beef broth, and flour to the wine, and voila! I have a juicy filet mignon 🙂 I searched the cupboards and found ready-made fully loaded mashed potatoes, canned gravy, and canned green beans. My entree is complete. I looked through the freezer and found left-over cheesecake from the school’s fundraising campaign last month so my dilemma for dessert has been solved!

Now, on to table setting. I realized I don’t have nice china. Heck, I don’t even have a table cloth! Or table napkins! Note to self: shopping doesn’t just mean CLOTHES! Any decent wife must have at least a pair of table napkin! Anyway, I’ll make do with what I have.

The husband seemed pretty pleased by my efforts. He enjoyed the filet mignon and kept asking me how I did it. He loved everything I put in his plate. The wine, of course, was awesome. I was in high spirits after my dinner success when my husband surprised me with a Valentine’s card and a box of chocolate. He said it was a “thank you” for the effort I’ve put in cooking us a special dinner. Heck, I should do this often!

So yeah, I’m a firm believer of the cliche “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” lol


Genesis 42

Lord, remind me of who I am to you. Help me not to doubt your plans for me. Whenever I start comparing my life to that of others, remind me of how much you love me and how your plans are different for all your children. Give me a humble heart; keeping my head on my shoulder and my feet firmly on the ground. I don’t want to live a life of hypocrisy so I pray that you will help me love you deeply, serve you faithfully, worship you unceasingly, and thank you exceedingly. Consume me, Lord! Make me unsatisfied with my relationship with you so I will always yearn for more of you! Thank you, Father. Thank you for loving me and caring for me. Please increase my faith. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.