Monthly Archives: January 2016

Finding Alone Time in God’s Word

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

As a busy mom, I’ll admit that it’s often hard finding time for many quiet and solitary moments most days.  The tasks at hand each day are abundant and the hours left to complete them often don’t seem to match up.  However, I’ve learned over the years that carving out some quiet time each day (or night) to meditate on God’s word is essential for my well-being. I’ve found that it allows me to step back and get a better perspective on the daily issues I face and better equips me to handle them in a way that would be pleasing to God. Studying His Word also helps me keep my thoughts and ideas in line with Him.

Unfortunately, although I know all of this to be true, there are still days when I fail at accomplishing this goal. I’ll admit that I’m guilty of sometimes making excuses in my head, telling myself that I read the Bible with my children or read some devotional that day. However, while I know those are good too, I was recently reminded of why they still aren’t enough when I came across a blog by Glen Schultz. I thought I’d share it in case there are others who, like myself, are sometimes deficient in this area. In it, he said:

When we don’t exercise our minds by reading God’s Word daily, we are not fit for battle and able to engage in the culture war that is raging all around us. We also find ourselves more prone to sin as we haven’t developed the spiritual strength to discern right from wrong. (Schultz, n.d.)

I was struck by how well this statement summed up the overwhelming importance of why we should all be in His word more and more each day. I felt it also highlighted how critical it is for us as parents as we strive to raise up Godly men and women in a world that fights us virtually every step of the way.

References: Schultz, G. (n.d.). [Blog post]. Retrieved from: http://kingdomeducation.org/blog/

 

Delighting in the Lord

Psalm 37:3 and 4

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

The phrase “cultivate faithfulness” always jumps out at me when I read this verse. It’s as if I am carefully pruning, watering and protecting faithfulness so it can grow in me. Another translation reads, “feed on his faithfulness” which I think clues us into how we really grow as a person and change our character. When I feed on [take nourishment from, think about, become encouraged by] God’s faithfulness, it begins to produce faithfulness in me. It is the feeding on the reality of God’s perfect character qualities that instill the desire for me to become like Him. I believe it is true of all the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.

As we enter 2016, how can we delight ourselves in the Lord as a school? In other words, how can we truly take joy in the things of God? Better yet, how can we show our students what a joy it is to serve God? I know one thing, when our students hear us and see us enjoying events like the Christmas Food Pack Out, serving in our local churches, and teaching at a Christian school, it shows them that there is delight in the Lord worth pursuing. My prayer for all of you in 2016 is that the desires of your hearts would be quickly given to you this year as you delight in the things of the Lord and feed on His faithfulness.

Loving SCS is Easy!

I thoroughly enjoyed Christmas vacation and having time to relax at home with my family. However, I must admit that getting to enjoy that break at home also made me realize even more how much I have grown to love being a part of the SCS community. While I certainly didn’t miss the rushing to get us all ready and out the door early in the morning, or the commute, I very much missed seeing the smiling faces of the entire SCS team and I know my son felt the exact same way.

One night during vacation, we were in the middle of our goodnight prayers and were thanking God for various things. I was so touched when he said all on his own, “God, I’m thankful you gave me a nice school where I can learn all about you.” Hearing that come out of his mouth only strengthened my gratitude and compassion for the SCS team.

I certainly cannot speak for everyone, but I have a feeling that if you interviewed many of the faculty and staff, one would find it’s a truly wonderful place in which to serve. I decided to ask some of the SCS faculty and staff for their thoughts on being part of such a special team. Here are some of their comments:

What I love? Easy…these amazing people! I have enjoyed every minute getting to know the dedicated faculty here. The parents are also supportive and wonderful to work with. That’s why I love SCS!

I enjoy sharing my passion for sports with students of all ages—you never know whose life you can touch with a simple word of encouragement or act of kindness.”

I love being part of SCS because it is a community of like-minded Christians whose desire is to see our students grow spiritually. SCS provides the strong foundation for kids to know the Lord in a personal way.”

I love working at SCS because I love the Presence of The Lord in this place!! My coworkers are more like family, and it is a lot of fun. But by far the best part is the gift of being able to minister to the hearts and lives of the children, pointing them to Jesus. I love being a tool in The Master’s hands.

“Since I’ve been working at SCS for over twenty years, it has always been my home away from home. I enjoy being around my co-workers, students and parents. Where can you go and have so much fun, so much laughter and pray for each other openly all while you are at work? I love the parents I have met and have been able to pray together with them for their children. Through the years, I have come to have long-time friendships with many of them, not to mention having a part in the life of the students who have attended and do attend SCS while getting to minister to them with God’s wonderful Word. What a privilege! We truly are a family. This is my home away from home!”

“One of the things I love about teaching at SCS is seeing the kids grow up through the years and forming lasting relationships with their families!”

Hearing my son’s feelings of love towards his school reminded me of what we learn from Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. It is for that very reason that I feel so immensely blessed to not only be able to send my son to SCS, but to get to work in the company of such a fine group of people looking to serve and glorify the Lord each and everyday.

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