Wash over me!

I just saw a bird rolling in the water! Yes, he was sitting in a shallow dent in my flagstone walkway and rolling back and forth forcing the fresh rain over his head! The ground has been parched and wildfires have been popping up everywhere. I am afraid to walk on the land for fear that rubbing against it may be enough to start a fire. And the few minutes of rain that we got are certainly not enough to ward off the impending drought. But still, shouldn’t we be like the little bird relishing in what is given? And why wait for a rain. Relish in what God has given us now! Don’t think of the car that cut you off on the highway. Be thankful that you weren’t in an accident. Yes, be upset about a negative diagnosis. But is it as bad as someone else’s? I only got a “meets standards” on my review… I should have got an “exceeds standards.” I know, I learned much this year.      Yet, here is the deeper point. We should not only be thankful, but relish the blessing. Dance around in the water, throw it up on our heads for it was provided for us by a wonderful savior who loves us! God did not intend for us to be unhappy.  Look for the good, look for the rain that washes away your drought.  Don’t wallow in the drought.  Relish the rain!

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Tips on Teens, too

Teens are definitely not my forte!  Their minds are just not making sense.  You would think that a person could listen and profit from another’s past experiences.  I had only hoped so anyway.  I did not want my kids to have to repeat any of my past mistakes.  But that is not how it works.  The teenage mind seems senseless in its impulsitivity.  Or is it?  A dear friend sent me a link to a wonderful article on the teen mind.  I hope it gives you some insight as well.  Or at least puts part of you at ease reassuring you that this is all part of His plan! http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/dobbs-text/2  If you have time read the first page, too.  It is a little more technical!

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Are you ready?

Yes, no, well, am I ready?  Yes, I believe you are.  Ok, then, I am ready.  For what, you say.  Well, I am ready for you to glean from me what can help you in your walk of life.  I want to share my experiences and insights with you so that your journey may be easier and more enlightened.  I am a 49 year old mother of 4 and step-mother to one, all grown children but a few still in their late teens.  Those teens are the scarey and detached times where your faith grows to let God take over when you can no longer catch them when they fall.  In my life I have concentrated my formal education on another valuable age of transition – the first years of school.  Age 5, what a magic age!  After raising my children above this age, I returned  to school and achieved a teaching degree with an emphasis on the young child and further complimented that with a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  My professional developments and continuing education requirements always steer themselves toward helping the younger learner and I find myself with a compassionate understanding of the age.  My husband calls me an empath and I find that is the insight for making sense of the five year old mind.  Now with nearly three grandchildren and nearly 40 kindergarten kids each year, I am inside the young child’s mind almost constantly searching for  connections to make learnings stick.  So, look for insights on the young child or any child and even adult children as I, guided by God’s word, share with you.  -sk

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