Being Content With Who I Am

“Mrs. Ojeda! You have a bloody nose!” the sweet little second grade boy exclaimed as he walked into the cafeteria for supper. “It’s just a cold sore,” I muttered, and smiled at his concern for me. By the time the students found their seats, no fewer than ten students had… Read more“Being Content With Who I Am”

Five Tips for Fighting the Holiday Blues

The Holidays Can Hit Like a Freight Train The verse of the day on my phone app popped up and bopped me upside the head the other day. Psalm 42:11. In fact, it surprised me so much that I had to read it in four different versions and I concluded… Read more“Five Tips for Fighting the Holiday Blues”

Leaving Jesus

At one point during the Christmas program, Mary and Joseph hopped up and joined the other students at the edge of the stage to sing. ‘Mary’ left ‘Baby Jesus’ on the bench, where she had kept him propped between her and ‘Joseph’ during the visits from the shepherds and the… Read more“Leaving Jesus”

Invoking Your Citizenship

I made a mistake and I felt like a failure. I even got called into the principal’s office and chastised for hurting the cafeteria lady’s feelings. It all started with a great assignment gone awry. As part of my English III curriculum, I had students read and analyze the Declaration… Read more“Invoking Your Citizenship”

Calling Out His Names

I’ve stood on a street corner, suitcase in hand, longing for a clean, safe place to rest my weary head, Night falling, Despair calling But bands of unknown terror didn’t sieze me nor the birth of a miracle child await me. I’ve settled for the night on a hard fold-out… Read more“Calling Out His Names”

Sovereign or Souvenir? Which Kind of God are You Looking For?

The young girl walked up to my daughter and declared, “I’m ready to say my memory verse, Miss Sarah!” “Go ahead,” Sarah said. She listened patiently as the student recited from memory Habakkuk 3:17-18. When the youngster reached verse 19, her words caught Sarah by surprise. “The souvenir Lord is… Read more“Sovereign or Souvenir? Which Kind of God are You Looking For?”

Three Simple Steps to Unlock the Secret to Happiness

    Dear Friend, You are brave. Crawling out of bed on a cold, dark morning when you’d rather cocoon yourself in the comfort of your covers takes bravery. Whether dark depression or mild dissatisfaction whispers in your ears that the solution lies under the guise of more sleep—you’ve ignored… Read more“Three Simple Steps to Unlock the Secret to Happiness”

The World Needs YOU!

The world needs you! Yes, you. Don’t give up. Don’t check out. The world needs you. Despair starts with a lie that seems like a feather but feels like lead. Maybe the deceiver whispers in your ear that the things that others have done to you make you worthless, without… Read more“The World Needs YOU!”

Royal Tea or Royalty?

I stood at the castle school door in my evening gown and tiara waiting for the junior high and high school girls to arrive for an evening of tea and tiaras. A gaggle of pajama-clad (it was wear-your-pajamas-day at school day) elementary girls caught sight of me and started oohing… Read more“Royal Tea or Royalty?”

Sticky Fingers

“Are you by yourself?” My sister asked me when I answered the phone. I could scarcely hear her over the whine of saws and the pounding of nails as we rushed to finish the house we had started on our lot. I looked around and gestured (yes, I gesture when… Read more“Sticky Fingers”