What Helps Me Keep Going While Living with Pain

One morning last week, I had a conversation with a fellow teacher at the school where I teach in the mornings. I shared with her that I need to have a knee replacement surgery, but I will wait until the end of the school year. She asked me if it was painful, I said yes, but that it wasn’t a problem. She couldn’t quite understand how I could say that.

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As someone who has lived with chronic illness for over 25 years, pain is something that is a constant in my life. It is only a question of how much on any given day. I shared that with her, but she still did not quite understand where I was coming from.

The conversation was just an example of what it is like to be a spoonie, someone with chronic illness, trying to explain to someone what my experience is like. In my mind, pain is just part of my reality, so just press on with life.

Knowing that Jesus understands pain and that I can share my experience with Jesus when I pray, makes the difference for me. When I pray, it is a reminder that everything in this life is temporary. It is eternity that matters to me. I know that in heaven, there will be no pain. So each day here in this life, is one day closer to when Jesus takes me home. Until then he has work for me to do here- Share and show his love to others.

That is what keeps this spoonie going through the pain and fatigue.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Poignant Post by a New Blogger A HEART OF DISCONTENTMENT — Sunrise Friday

All I see is the black dot on a white canvasCrack in the wallHole in the jarThe absent over the present I thought all I had to do to change such a perceptive was say all I had is what I needed but even as I reechoed those words to myselfIt didn’t sound like me […]

A HEART OF DISCONTENTMENT — Sunrise Friday

Let’s Bless Our Teachers and Schools

On Thursday I shared about how my church is encouraging the members to embrace our schools this year and think of ways to encourage teachers and staff in our public schools in my city.

Wednesday evening I made a preliminary Amazon wish list for my Family Literacy Program and the school it meets in. I listed 14 items and sent an email to 50 people from my church. Within a day 9 of the 14 items were purchased.

Yesterday three of the items were delivered by Amazon. They were two coloring books and some no toxic crayons that will go the the child care for the moms in my class.

After my class yesterday I had a meeting with the principal of the school and shared with him that we want to do what the school feels is needed. A pressing concern on his mind is for the children to be warm in the winter.

Normally we accept gently used and washed items including coats, gloves, and hats. But due to COVID, we can only accept new ones this year. So my next project will be to do a drive for gloves/mittens and hats. My school is in a low-income neighborhood, so warm winter items are a huge need.

My church has selected four Title 1 schools to focus on with a point person for each school. I will be setting up the page for my school this weekend and inviting church members to join my page.

I will be sharing more as the school years continues in hopes it spurs others to bless the schools where they live and also so people pray for me and my school. Let’s be Jesus to our schools.

Oh and a simple but HUGE thing is to thank teachers. That is always true but especially now with all of the twists and turns thrown at them due to COVID. This is a year teachers will be challenged like never before.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

My Amazon wish list to give you ideas

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/PWTMZ1BJBOC2?ref_=wl_share

My New Brazilian Student

Yesterday I had the first online lesson with a Brazilian student living in Winnipeg Canada. She was enthusiastic about learning and a quick learner. I wish all of my students could have the same eagerness and energy.

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She is the five year old daughter of friends of mine who lived in my city 2006 to 2011 when they were graduate students at the university here.

She had some questions about Jesus which is why her parents asked me to teach her. Her parents came to my Sunday morning bible study while they were living in my city. We started with Jesus loves all children and wants all children to talk with him. Then she had a question about who the people were that stayed at the cross. I explained it was his mother Mary, another woman named Mary that Jesus helped and John one of his followers.

She had thought maybe the man was the father of Jesus. Then I explained that God is the father of Jesus and the man Mary got married to was his step father. She left to go to her room to sit and think. Her mom told me that is what she does when she is trying to understand something. A few minutes later she came back out and was ready to go.

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I realized we made a good connection when she went to her room and brought out every toy animal and doll she has, so she could show them to me and tell me their names. 🙂

Today I will meet a new student from Brazil living in Winnipeg, but she is an adult and mom, so I don’t think she will show me her toys. 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Let’s Be A Blessing to Teachers

I teach Family Literacy in the mornings in a Title 1 School. Title 1 basically means it is in a low income neighborhood. The teachers and staff are doing wonderful work in a stressful time with COVID restrictions, hybrid classes of some students in class and some remote learning, and uncertainty.

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The pastor of my church encouraged my church to embrace our public schools in my city. We only have 1 school district in a city of 300,000 people. He encouraged us to think of ways to be a blessing. He encouraged us to show Jesus to teachers and staff through our actions and attitudes.

I emailed with the principal of my school about volunteering. Due to COVID guidelines we cannot allow people from various churches, agencies etc who normally volunteer. So I will volunteer some time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

I made an Amazon wish list. The items on the list are either for my class, for the childcare of the kids of the moms in my class, or to bless the teachers and staff at the school.

My hope is that reading my post today might cause others to think about how they can bless schools where they live.

1 BIGGIE– Please remember teachers are not in on the decision making process. They are told the decisions and then try their best to make it work for the children. Please do not take out frustrations about COVID situations on teachers.

Thank you for reading. God Bless

I LOVE MY JOB TAG

I would like to thank Barb, see link in how to play, for creating and tagging me for I Love My Job Tag.

Webster defines job as a paid position of regular employment. However, there are many jobs for which we never receive a paycheck (ie. stay-at-home parent, caregiver etc.) So for the purposes of this tag a job is any work that you do on a regular basis. No paycheck is required.

HOW TO PLAY:

1) Use the “I Love My Job” graphic above.

2) Tag the creator Barb at My Life in Our Father’s World

3) Tell us why you love your job.  I listed 9 but you are free to list as many as you want.

4) Invite your fellow bloggers to participate by tagging them.  There is no minimun/maximum  number of “invites”.

  1. I should say I love my jobs. I have two positions, ESL teacher and Home Missionary. I love both equally.
  2. I love my positions because I have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
  3. I love my positions because they have allow me to travel on 11 international ministry trips.
  4. I love my teaching position because I can mentor and empower my assistants to become instructors. I love my home missionary position because I have been able to empower others in understanding other cultures.
  5. I love my positions because I get to experience other cultures, their foods, their celebrations, etc.
  6. I love my positions because they give me stories to write about.
  7. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to me is I love my positions because they give me opportunities to share the love of Jesus with people from all over the world.

I would like to tag the following and please remember if you are a stay at home mom/homemaker that is a hugely important job.

Pooja

Temi

Saron

Blessing

Natasha

Arati

Sarah

Purple Rose

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Fun Facts From My Morning Class

It has been so wonderful to be back with my morning class of moms learning English in the school where their children go. My class has moms from Burma, Guatemala, Mexico, Sudan and Syria. Three moms are joining remotely via Zoom and the rest are in the classroom.

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A few fun facts so far:

1- Even if I walk in when the preschoolers walk in, I still don’t get the breakfast bag. Is that ageism?

2- I ordered some fun face masks. I thought I should since I am in an elementary school building.

3- We hit a time warp going from March straight to September when the moms made the September calendar. The March one was still up when we got back in the building.

4- The moms still love my incredibly funny jokes. Or maybe they are just being polite, I am not sure. 🙂

Yes there have been some adjustments. But we are having fun. Each morning I pray for my class. I ask Jesus to help me show his love and kindness.

Kindness is so missing these days. People are stressed and yes there are stressful things happening in the USA, a pandemic, riots in some major cities destroying those cities, and an election year. My desire is for my classroom to be a safe space for the moms. Kindness can go a long way to helping them feel they are in a safe space.

So the school year is off to a good start. Now if I could only get one of those breakfast bags 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- SOS by We The Kingdom

There must be more than this
Change me if it’s true
If You are for real
Help me follow You

The past several months there have been many times my prayers have been a SOS to Jesus. There is so much chaos going on around us.

There have been other times in my life that my prayers were a SOS to Jesus. When I had my first intense battle with chronic illness, when trials came, and more.

The good news is that Jesus is real and ready to help. Sometimes his help comes quickly. Sometimes he wants our faith to grow as we trust him while we wait.

I love this song by We the Kingdom, so I want to share it today for Music Mondays.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.