Big Deep Breaths

Big Deep Breaths I can’t remember life before I had to take them all the time. Trying to get to the top of a breath throughout the day is such an interruption in productivity. Something so innate and thoughtless becomes a necessary focus and all of a sudden priorities get pushed aside for breathing. I actually have to stop whatever I am doing and focus on trying to breathe. I hate it. But, it reminds me that I am not in control, and there are certain times in life when…

Not One Righteous…The Call to Remain

Why do we ever think that anyone is truly above reproach in all things? Ecclesiastes 7:20 says “Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” I have been amazed through the years as a principal of the parent who will claim that their child is not capable of lying or hitting or of dropping the “F” bomb in a heated moment. Not one righteous means… NOT ONE! We all have intense fears of being found out, of others knowing…

How Much, O Lord? …a devotional call to men for family and church.

You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:37 calls it the great and foremost commandment!  –Deuteronomy 6:5-9 adds another component key to winning the battle…with all your heart, soul, and might (or strength). It is a command not a request.  An imperative-Not a suggestion or a good idea-but a specific directive given to followers of Christ. For those of you who are parents or leaders of children in any capacity, you know that there were times in life when you DID NOT give your…

TAKE A KNEE

  One of the things I love about being an educator is the role of instilling respect into the fabric of a child’s being. Not the Nanny McPhee approach of “Behave or beware,” though I do love that woman. But the “I love this teacher, this school, this mission so much that I am compelled to respond with honor and give my full allegiance”  kind of respect. I also love the result of having taught it well over the course of a child’s life and seeing it show up innately when…