God Calls Us: Chosen!

God calls us chosen, several times in the Bible. Do you feel worthy enough to be God’s? Because let me tell you, He CHOSE you! Yeah, I don’t know why He chose me either, but He did. And I have to own it!

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5

Before my name was even my name, God knew and He called me. He picked me! He chose to love me!!!

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

He draws us in with his loving-kindness. Not only did He chose us. He continues to call us! HE CONTINUES TO CHOSE US! We are worthy of love!

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”  Isaiah 43:1

We are His. Plain and simple!

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The Negligence of “13 Reasons Why”

AMEN! No one is to blame!

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“13 Reasons Why.”

The Selena Gomez – produced Netflix show that remade the YA fiction novel by the same name.

The topic? Teenage Suicide.


The “13 Reasons” refer to the 13 cassette tapes the victim, Hannah, left behind, explaining why each of the 13 people on the tapes were to blame in why she took her own life.

I didn’t want to watch it. Clearly, this is not a light subject matter, and not particularly something I wanted to watch alone in my studio apartment in New York. But given my affinity for Justin Bieber, and as a result, his first love, Selena Gomez, I wanted to see what she produced.

And well, after watching all 13 episodes in less than 48 hours, I have some thoughts. Strong ones.

Suicide is never the answer. It should never even be an option. Let’s get that right out of the way from the…

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God Calls Us: Beautiful

Did you know that you’re beautiful? I don’t mean when you do your hair and makeup. I mean all the time. Do you know that you’re beautiful? If you don’t, that’s a real shame, because God does and He wants you to realize just how beautiful you are.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.”— Song of Songs 4:7

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4

In EVERY way, not just your hair. Not just when you do your makeup. Not when you wear that dress that makes you feel good. You are beautiful in EVERY way, inside and out.

“You are beautiful for you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139:14

You were MADE. God created you! He made you perfectly. God does not make mistakes. You are who you are supposed to be.

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27

We were made in his image. So, are you calling God ugly?!?!

Next time you think you’re not beautiful, I want you to remember that God does not lie. If you can’t see your beauty, you need to start praying to see yourself through God’s eyes. He will not disappoint. He is not a liar and I promise you, that you ARE beautiful.

Why you need a running buddy!

Why do we need to run with someone?!?! I’ll tell you why.

  • Because without a running buddy, you wouldn’t run. Yeah. I know you. You’d find an excuse and sit on the couch and binge netflix and eat potato chips. Yeah. Me too.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

  • To be encouraged!!! We need running buddies to feel motivated. We are put on this earth for fellowship. We should be building each other up!! That’s why I love running, it has nothing to do with who is left or right of you. It is all about bettering YOUR time and figuring out YOUR stride. Running is a self disciplined exercise. There’s no competition. (Unless you’re like in a race or something.)

    When we encourage one another we are less likely to quit. When we know that someone is going to need their partner, we are more likely to continue and show up.

  • Also, we need to run together just in case of emergencies. Like bears. Two people fighting a bear is better than one.

This is so true for the Christian Race. We need to be constantly surrounding ourselves with people who lift us up. If you’re around someone who is mopey or gossipy, that’s not lifting you up. That person is slowly wearing you DOWN. This is something I struggle with, I need to be around people who make me want to be the best I can be.

WHY YOU SHOULD RUN!

We run because having control and discipline over our bodies is important. We run because we are glorifying God in this earthly body.

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Running is a great way to get in shape and appreciate the wonderful temple God gave us.

  • Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

    This verse is showing us the metaphor of running and our relationship to Christ. When you first believe in Christ, SURPRISE! You become a runner in the christian race. In 1 Corinthians, Paul encourages us not to sit down, stop, or quit, but to RUN!

  • I love running because we do not compete against each other. You compete with yourself to be the best version of yourself. 
  • In 1 Corinthians, Paul talks about strict training in running, as well as in our walk with Christ. Training like:
    • Prayer
    • Forgiveness
    • Worship
    • ETC!

This week try to run or walk 1 mile. Discuss with someone or meditate over this verse and let me know what it means to you.

“Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.” 1 Corinthians 9:26

Easiest Listen to Reading Station EVER

I stumbled upon the easiest listening to reading station ever! In our district we are only given 1 iPad for the classroom… (SAY WHAT?!?!) So you have to come up with some pretty creative ideas on how to use that iPad. I used it for a listen to reading station during literacy centers.

 

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I use this app. This app (shown above) is all those old school readers we used to use for small group. You know the ones that came with the journey’s basil back when we could still use teacher editions?!

It’s great for DIFFERENTIATION!! (You know that big word that Principals like to hear!) All the books are leveled and you can tell the kids which book group they can listen to! It high lights the words and reads the books to them.

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I attached a headphone splitter (shown above) and let the kids work in their guided reading groups to listen to a book then answer these FREE worksheets to prove they listened! (And help with comprehension, or another skill that we’ve talked about in class.) These are also DIFFERENTIATED!

Here are the instructions I used, not the cutest, but it gets the job done. I attached it to the table that my iPad and splitter sits at.

Guys, this is seriously the easiest listening to reading station. The students click on an app, listen to a story and work together (or separately depending on your group) to do a worksheet, that you can use as documentation. You can see what the kids are getting (or not getting).

Thankful Turkey!

During the month of November, there will be a naked turkey outside the library! (OH NO!)

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It’s the student’s job to dress the turkey. They have to write what they are thankful for on a feather and place it in the box (to be reviewed and taped on the wall.)  I found free feathers clip art here!

img_0879I put the feathers in a lunch bag, and stapled it to the wall. (This could’ve been prettier, but I was excited and wanted to put it up fast!)

It’s not the sexiest turkey, but it works and the kids are excited! It generates a thankful spirit on the campus and that’s awesome!!

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What are your thoughts? What do you do on your campus to help build thankfulness?

God Calls Us: Righteous

Did you know that you are righteous? Even when we mess up, God still calls us righteous. WHAT? Even when you think you’ve made a terrible mess of your life, He calls you righteous, but what does righteous even mean?

Dictionary.com says:

Righteous
  1. characterized by uprightness or morality:
  2. morally right or justifiable:
  3. acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous:
  4. Slang. absolutely genuine or wonderful:
Let’s look at the biblical truths.
“and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” – Ephesians 4:24
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.” – Romans 10:4
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
Now that you know what you have been called, begin to walk in righteousness. Remember you are covered by Jesus. Fall down, get back up and walk in His righteousness. You’ve been called to do so.

Mock Voting Booths

In our libraries, I have created mock voting booths. The students are learning about the candidates and are encouraged to vote for who they believe should be president. This has been such a fun activity and it really gets kids excited about a civic duty many of us take for granted. It’s also been fun to actually research the candidates myself and decide who I believe would best lead our country.

 

Feel free to use my examples!

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I used a trifold to display the information on each candidates. I got this information from Scholastic. Copyright is provided on each page. (After, I’ve introduced each candidate to the students.) Next to the candidate’s bio, there is an example of what it would look like if you wanted to vote for that candidate.

Taped to the table are the instructions for voting and an empty tissue box where you place your voting-ballot! It was easy to put together, but it’s been such a success and the kids are very excited.

 

Book Character Pumpkins!

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If you are looking for a fun Fall activity for your library, look no further!

My library is covered in book character pumpkins!! (What’s that, you say?) Well, what a great question!

I sent home flyers to parents inviting them to work with their students, at home, to paint their favorite book character on a pumpkin! This activity is great, because it gets parents and students working together and discussing books! *Another great thing about it, is that it’s entirely done at home! So you don’t have to mess with it except displaying them!*

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I’m taking it a step further and next week I am going to have the lower grades come and practice “voting”. The favorite pumpkin will get a PRIZE!

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This is an easy, fun and engaging activity that parents and students ADORE! Please use this and take my examples! Let me know how it works for your school!