Substitute teaching

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s Post is brought to you by the letter S I’m a Substitute Teacher for the Manchester school system here in North Manchester, Indiana. Because I’m also a full-time student and minister, I only get to sub once in awhile but I enjoy it immensely. In fact, I think I might like substitute teaching better than full-time teaching. Here’s why: 1. Subs don’t have to take work home with them. 2. Subs don’t have to attend meetings after school. 3. Subs aren’t required to attend after-school events. 4. There is great variety in subbing. Sometimes I’m in an elementary classroom and other times I’m in a high school English class. But my favorite sub experiences are with the students in the Special Education classrooms. (Which is what I’m getting my degree in.) 5. Subs don’t have to record grades, hold conferences, or meet with parents. What don’t I like about subbing? 1 .Recess duty. 2. Recess duty. 3. Recess duty. I’ve never liked recess duty. Especially when it’s 9F out and there’s ice everywhere. It’s just not my cup of tea. How about you? Have you ever filled in for someone on a job? What was it? What did you like about it? Dislike about it? Tweet this: I hate recess duty but I love subbing!...

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Questions: God’s not surprised

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter Q   When I get to heaven, I have a lot of questions for God. Some questions are a little humorous: What were you thinking when you made the platypus? Why is everything that tastes so good so bad for me? What was Jesus like as a little boy? What do dogs dream about? When babies laugh in their sleep, are you tickling them? If not, what’s so funny to a newborn baby? Did animals talk in the Garden of Eden? What kind of mood were you in when you created giraffes? Some questions are more serious: Why did you make men and women so different? Why did you let such a wonderful person die so young? Why did you let such a giving, generous couple die such a horrible death at the hands of a thief? Why must so many children starve or be abused? Why didn’t you stop abortion? How has it made you feel to see animal cruelty? Most of the serious questions, as you can see, are in the “why” category. And while I do know the theological answers for them, I’m still uncomfortable with the outcomes. This world is not my home. I long for a better place. I take comfort in the fact that God is not surprised by my questions. He made me and expects me to ask them. He doesn’t want his children to check their brains at the door to follow Him. I believe in this age of reason, it’s more important than ever to explore questions and seek God’s Word in finding the answers. In this way, we can help other seekers find answers. Not all questions are negative. Here’s a question in the Bible that I’m particularly fond of: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) What questions do you have for God? Share them with me so I can ask them, too!  Tweet this: Did animals talk in the Garden of Eden?        ...

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Tickled pink!

Welcome to A to Z! We’d love to have you join the fun, either blogging your way through the alphabet with us, or simply visiting. =) We dearly love visitors. If you’re joining in the meme, be sure to link up with us at the end of this post. Since this is a blog hop, you can grab the code for the linky down there too. Find more info about the A to Z meme here. Today’s post is brought to you by the letter P! God is so cool. The other day I was sitting in my office in my HUGE office chair. I’d bought it because it was sturdier than chairs I’d bought in the past and was hoping it would last longer. And while I did admire its sturdiness, it was just too big. I couldn’t turn it around in the little crawl space behind my desk. My office area is tiny. “Lord,” I casually whispered. “I need a smaller chair.” A few days later, Mr. Himself found this PINK CHAIR WITH DIAMONDS on sale at a furniture store marked waaaaay down! Apparently, there isn’t a great demand for pink, blinged-out office chairs! Now, Mr. Himself knew nothing of my prayer. And when I’d prayed for a smaller chair, I didn’t have anything this dramatic in mind. But God is the God of delight. He loves giving us the desires of  our hearts. I had no idea I wanted a pink office chair with diamonds. (Okay, so they’re not real diamonds. But still–they sparkle!) Pink is one of my favorite colors. Without meaning to on purpose, I tend to choose pink accessories: My love of pink is obvious. But pink’s only my second favorite color. My first favorite color is purple–and it also starts with P! I have a purple coat, leather jacket, kindle cover, purses, earrings, shirts and blouses. I usually write with a purple ink pen. I even shop at a purple store! But today, I’m tickled pink about a chair I had no idea I’d be so happy to have. I’m thankful to a God Who hears all our prayers and exceeds our expectations! (P is also for Prayer!) Tweet this: I’m tickled pink about the goodness of God!  ...

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L, M, N, are probably not going to get me noticed in search engines. O Well.

When my computer crashed, I missed the weeks of L, M, N in our A to Z blog hop. Horrors! And now it’s already time for the letter O! So here goes. L is for lazy. I had a very lazy Christmas holiday. I slept tons. I mean, I never knew it was humanly possible to sleep as much as I did and still be alive and breathing. If there’s such a thing as Christmas Coma, I invented it. I was utterly and completely exhausted. For this reason, I’m sure God had a plan for my computer crashing and burning. And I’m grateful. My life is a steamroller of expectations and responsibilities. It’s something I’m working on changing. M is for movies. I was going to watch a bunch of them over the holiday, but L for Lazy interfered with that. N is for noshing: I did far too much of that this holiday and while I don’t really know how much weight I gained, I know that I did gain a few pounds simply because of the way my clothes feel. (The scale is broken. And I hear you laughing. No, I didn’t break it. “Not me” broke it. “Not me” also starts with the letter N.) Now my stomach feels all rumbly and icky and while I promised to detox from sugar after the holidays were over, I’ve yet to make the complete and final leap. (See letter L.) Finally we come to this week, which is brought to you by the letter O. O is for “O Well.” I’ve been using this phrase a lot lately. Living three weeks without a computer taught me a few things about submitting my day to the Lord and going with the flow. Admittedly, I have had more opportunities to learn how to go with the flow as the mother of twins with autism and the caregiver of a mother-in-law with Alzheimer’s. (Did I forget to mention the son with bipolar and the husband with ADD?)  Going with the flow should have been something I mastered long, long ago. But there’s still that rebel inside of me that wants what I want when I want, how I want. There’s that ornery little imp that kicks and screams and throws a fit if things don’t go her way. Instead of throwing up her arms and saying, “O well, that must mean God wants me to _________.” She stomps her foot and says, “Fine. Then I’m going to play 55,000+ games of Words with Friends and pin 783,278+ pins on Pinterest via my phone.” O Well would lead me down the path the Lord has lit for me to walk. As in,...

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