A Better Day With God – 5 Easy ways to have a better day

My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course.~ Proverbs 23:19, NLT

I thought this might be appropriate for today, Good Friday. May you be blessed.

Do you ever feel like your day has slipped away and you haven’t accomplished anything? Oh, I have piddled around here and there, but nothing that I can say, “Hey! I feel good about all that I did today!” Well, those are days that I realize I didn’t start my day with God. Seems simple enough but too many times I get up, make coffee and I am off for the day. I am tired, dragging, not feeling good about the whole day kind of feeling.  We all get weary. One of the hardest but most necessary things to do is find time for your devotional. I understand; we work full-time, we have kids that keep us on our toes, husband time, meal time, cleaning up the messes, and “stuff” to do. When am I supposed to fit in a devotional time? Your life should fit into your devotional not your devotional into your life. So, I must remind myself, with that cup of coffee should come some time spent with God. Not the multi-tasking kind, which I am prone to do, but quiet reflection, listening, and really getting to know God’s great blessings.

So, how do we go about this? Some of you already know and make it part of your daily routine. Some of you are like me and have to pause half way through your day because you didn’t put the time in the morning. And some are just wondering and learning just how to do this and how to make it a habit. My goal is to make this a morning habit and I hope you will join me. Let’s start simple and build.

  1. Open with a word of prayer. Nothing lofty, just talk to God; ask Him to forgive your selfish tendencies to lose focus. Thank Him, bless His holy name, sing a song to Him, praise Him for all of your blessings. Give that a start and go from there. Oh, and if you cry, let Him comfort you in His peace.
  2. Have a local Christian radio station you can tune into while you are getting ready for work or cooking meals? Turn it on.  KLOVE can be streamed through your computer for some great, inspiration music. How easy is that?!http://www.klove.com/listen/player.aspx
  3. Find a resource to help you read your Bible. My phone has a daily verse app that I receive every morning and it will give me a daily Bible study too. There are thousands of devotions to work from. Find one that interests you. Read a book that can lead you deeper in your relationship with God. I will add some that I have read at the end of the blog.
  4. Place verses or “I will” type statements on your mirror and fridge to remind you of what you are learning that day, week or month.
  5. Find a Bible study at church to join, listen to one on a podcast, or online and use it to help you study. There are many out there and your church may even have ways for you to attend online if the hours don’t match your time-table.

I personally subscribe to Greg Laurie’s podcast New Beginning. You can find it at http://www.harvest.org/  You just need to click on the radio tab and it will lead you from there. You can also follow Cathe Laurie’s Bible Studies by clicking on the Virtue tab. She has a fabulous study on Proverbs 31 and being a Proverbs 31 woman. I am currently working through the Gospel of John. You can look through the archive section to find a study that interests you.

http://www.proverbs31.org/ is a great site for women to get inspired and recharged. They have an online radio program, blog, devotions and more.

http://www.klove.com/ is a radio station that broadcast Christian music. They are also online if you don’t have a station near you. You can also get a daily verse sent to your inbox if you sign up with your email.

Some books I recommend:

Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver. This book has a chapter bible study in the appendix, as well as, How to develop a quiet time. It is a book about allowing God to change us from our multi-tasking, be everything for everyone kind of lives to understanding how to be the wonderful woman God created you to be and to joyful in who you are.

A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus by Elizabeth George.  It is a 30 day devotional on the character qualities of Jesus and how to reflect them in your life.

Let Go by Sheila Walsh. She opens up and shares trials in her life and how she was able to give her burdens to God to help her get through some tough times.

The Grace Awakening by Charles Swindol. The book I am currently reading. If you want to know what grace truly means and how to put it into practice, this is the book for you.

There are many, many more but I don’t want to bombard you and this has been long enough.

Blessings to you.



Easy Organization for Crayons and Other Supplies

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3:23)

I was noticing all of the sites out there about organizing; it seems as though it is the thing to do these days. I am one of those people who are naturally organized. It is a gift and a curse! However, with spring around the corner, why not share an easy organizer for crayons, markers, glue sticks, and the like.IMG_0010

I decided to make an organizer for all of the crayons we have collected.

This concept can be used with just about anything.

In my classroom I collect all the pencils, paper, and glue sticks from my students at the beginning of the year so there is less clutter in their desks. We have a community area where students can go and get what they need when they need it.


I cut toilet paper tubes in half. If you were to use this for markers or colored pencils leave them whole and maybe use a deeper container.

IMG_0009I did a trial run on how it would fit in the drawer. (the drawer came from a broken cabinet and the crayons were just a messy pile in the drawer. Use what you have; a shoebox, basket, or bin will work just as well.


Glue the tubes together so they don’t flop all over the container. I held mine together with some rubber bands around 4 at a time as I glued.


Now sort and add the crayons, or whatever you are organizing. You can even use the rainbow colors to order them if you choose…remember ROY G BIV?

I chose my own color combo according to the space and amount of tubes I had in the box.

IMG_0014Allow the kids to get five crayons at a time, this way they will easily go back to the right spot before they choose to take their next five.

Use your kids to help in the process and they will take ownership of the organized space!

This can also be a great lesson in sorting.

Trying it this time of year will give you a good test of where you want community space in the classroom and how to best use it. This may not work in every classroom, but it is worth a trial period. You may also want to try this if you have tables instead of desks in your classroom; this way there is a table community of supplies instead of the whole classroom.

Let me know what you organized and how this method works for you!
Blessing to you,

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles Pt.5

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, Proverbs 1:5 ESV

Multiple Intelligences tap into interests of students. It is the realm of which they think and can best display their learning.

Many teachers try to incorporate M.I. into every lesson and that can be an exhausting task. May I suggest starting slowly with a few lessons at a time that you find easier to bring in M.I. options? The more you practice these types of lessons, the easier it will be to offer options in other areas of learning.

By allowing students to work within their Learning Styles and offering M.I. options with some lessons those particular tasks are going to let the student show their best work. Soon you will find yourself wanting to incorporate M.I. into many lessons throughout the year. There are web-sites that show some menus of lessons that you can offer to students. I did get a bit side tracked in my list because there are so many great sites and resources for teachers within these sites. Enjoy!

  • This site has a nice menu. You need to subscribe to Scribd in order to print or download it, but you can take a look at what she did for some ideas if you would rather not subscribe. She also has freebies and is part of a community of blogging teachers that share many of their ideas and lessons. (You can see them on her freebies page).
  • What a great site to hear and see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms. If you want inspiration, follow this site. There is a treasure trove found here. I also follow them on pinterest so I can pick and choose some of the things that interest me most. You can also follow teachers teaching the same grade level as you. (This is my side track site)     But here is a link to some differentiation menus
  •  This is from the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)   and it has an excellent article that explains parts of a lesson for using M.I. It also offers some ideas for using an M.I. menu. It is an older article but still has relevance today. There is plenty more if you click on the menu tabs including some interesting professional development course. You can also subscribe to their many podcast and webcast through iTunes.
  • This lists so many resources for educators. It is from the University of Georgia. It includes links to learning theories and Bloom’s Taxonomy (new version with links), M.I. and Learning Styles, PBL and other learning strategies, teaching tools and direct teaching strategies. Many of them are articles with good information and many include charts that are printable. This page should be a definite bookmark on your computer.
  • These are actual lessons share by the teachers who created them. There are many subjects and grade levels to search through. You can sign up for a free 10day trial and then it is about $60/yr to get access to all of the lessons plans and worksheets. You can even add your lesson to this list.
  •  Here you will find a great graphic organizer for creating a lesson plan using the multiple intelligences.
I hope you find these helpful. I am taking a bit of an education break and am going to post some fun crafty kinds of things in the next few posts!
Blessings to you,

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