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Finish Strong

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We have all heard the phrase, run the race to win. When you see a well conditioned athlete run a race, often times you see them have a burst of speed in the final stretch and leaning into the tape to win the race. This is how we should plan to finish our school year… we don’t want to go into the last few days of school in cruise control, we want to finish strong. What are we teaching our students if they can just “pack their bags” in those final few days? We need to make sure we have activities that inspire and encourage our students to press through the finish line.

Don’t get me wrong, I know it has been a long road… but picture a marathon runner who has completed 26 miles of the journey and decides, I have gone far enough, I’m good with 26. They are so close to the finish…take advantage of those last days and continue to inspire and motivate your students to be their best and to press through to the finish!

Trust In the Lord

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Proverbs 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. It sounds so simple, just trust in the Lord, don’t lean on your own understanding… but so often, we “trust” in the things we see, the things we hear, the things we feel… When you are told that your position is being eliminated at work or that a family member has a terminal illness, it is easy to get caught up in worry and anxiousness. We start wondering what we are going to do, we start to scramble trying to figure out how things will work out, or how we can “help” fix things.

It is in these times that the Lord whispers in that still small voice… “just trust in me with ALL your heart.” It will not be easy, and there may be times when you will doubt and question whether God is really there for you, but rest assured… our God is faithful, He has a great plan for us, and as we rest in Him, He will bring you through each and every situation.

The Lord will always provide what we have need of, WHEN we need it. His timing is perfect, He is not early, He is not late, He is always on time. As we trust in Him and see Him provide and deliver time and time again, it will become easier to rest knowing that no matter how big the waves, no matter how dark the storm, no matter how loud the thunder, Jesus is there with us, holding us up in His loving hands, and He will direct our path. Be blessed and find rest today.

Dragon Eye Deviled Eggs

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Ingredients:

12 Hard boiled eggs

1/4 Cup Mayonnaise

2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

4 Tablespoons Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

2 Habanero Peppers minced

1/4 cup Minced Onion

Salt & Pepper

Paprika

Instructions:

Cut your hard boiled eggs in half, lengthwise and set the whites aside. Set yolks aside into a mixing bowl. Sauté the minced habanero and onions until browned, set enough aside to top each egg (about 3 teaspoons). Combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Sriracha, and remaining minced habanero and onions mixture with the egg yolks and mix thoroughly. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper. Fill your egg whites and sprinkle with paprika. Top each egg with a small spoon of the minced habanero and onion mixture. (If you like them spicier, you can add minced fresh habanero as a topping)  Serve and enjoy!

 

Encourage Risk Taking

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As educators, we want to instruct our students and prepare them for their future. That being said, it is critical that we encourage them to be bold, to take risks, and try new things. When you think of the many great inventions over the past century, how many were created on the very first try?

History is filled with great men who took risks… Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Louis Pasteur, Henry Ford, Fred Smith, Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs… the list goes on and on. As you look at the students in your class, it may not be the ones that earn the highest grades that will make an impact in the future. As teachers, we have a great opportunity to encourage and inspire our future leaders. We need to encourage them to take risks, let them know that it is okay to fail, that the key is to learn and persevere.

As you look at your students today, tomorrow and the next day… look for opportunities to challenge them to look at things through a different lens and seek out new ways to approach situations and problems. Who knows? One of these days, one of your students may be the one to find a cure for cancer, or invent a product that transforms an industry. Be a risk taker and see what happens!

Where To Lean

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Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

Growing up there was a popular song by Bill Withers where the chorus was… “Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on… for it won’t be long, till I’m going to need somebody to lean on…” While these words may be true from time to time, the only one who will ALWAYS be there for you is Jesus! In Proverbs we are told that if we will trust in the Lord with all our heart, He will be there and He will direct our path.

We will go through peaks and valleys in our lives, and it is good to know that when we are walking through those valleys, the Lord is always there and He never fails. Sometimes He may be hard to see or His voice hard to hear, but He is that still small voice, He is the light at the end of the tunnel. Remember it is always darkest before the morning, Jesus will NEVER fail, He is the one you can always count on. Be blessed this week and trust in Him with all your heart!

Chicken Marbella

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Ingredients:

Marinade:

3/4 Cup Olive Oil

3/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

1 Cup Pitted Prunes

1/2 Cup Spanish Green Olives

1/4 Cup Capers

3 Bay Leaves

6 Cloves Garlic Minced

1/2 Cup Pitted Dates

1/4 Cup Craisins

1/2 Cup Artichoke Hearts

1 Teaspoon each Salt & Pepper

8 Chicken Thighs

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup White Wine

1 Can Chicken Broth

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients, except the chicken, together in a large mixing bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (We put ours in our Tupperware marinating container, you could also put everything into a large Ziploc bag). If in a bowl, stir so that the marinade continually covers the chicken. If using a Ziploc bag or a Tupperware marinating container, flip it over every few hours, then let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken and marinade mixture into a 9″x13″ baking dish and remove all the Bay leaves. Ina separate small bowl, mix 1/2 Cup brown sugar, 1/2 Cup white wine, and 1 can chicken broth. Pour over the chicken marinade mixture and stir to combine. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Serve with white rice or couscous and a salad or roasted vegetables. Enjoy!

Enhance Your Class With Games!

There are many great ways to make learning fun for your students. Resources like Quizlet, Quiz-Maker, and Kahoot are easy to learn, easy to set up and fun to use in your class to help enhance your lessons and a fun way to check for understanding. With these resources you can create flashcards, review games, or jeopardy type boards where you can have your students compete in groups or as individuals.

There are many more resources available that allow you to create fun interactive ways of teaching your students key concepts and develop critical thinking skills! Give one or all of  them a try today!

Chicken Salad

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Ingredients:

Chicken

Celery Diced

Craisins

Garlic Salt & Cracked Pepper

Mayonaise & Dijon Mustard

Instructions:

Take the meat from a roasted chicken, you can either roast it yourself, or purchase one that has already been roasted from your local grocery store. Dice the meat into 1/4″ chunks. Add two stalks of celery diced and 1/2 cup of Craisins (You can add more if you like) Add 1/2 cup of mayonaise and 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Mix thoroughly and salt and pepper to taste. If you like your chicken salad a little creamier, you can add more mayonaise. Before serving, I like to add cashews or almonds. You can serve this over lettuce as a salad, on toast, or with crackers.

He’s Alive

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Matthew 28:5-6

And the angel answered and said to the women, Fear not: I know you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins and when He rose again, He made a way for us to have eternal life with God our Father. The law was given to show us that there is not way for us to live by the law, no matter how hard we try, we will ultimately fail. The only way to be saved is through a relationship with Jesus Christ. It has never been, nor ever will be about religion or belonging to the “right church or denomination”. We are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for us.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… Jesus came to earth in the form of a man so that He could make a way for us to be saved from our sins, past, present, and future. He has been through everything that we will ever experience, He knows what it is to be betrayed, He knows what it is to feel abandoned, He knows and understands our deepest hurts and despair, and He went through it all to make a way for us to live eternally with God our Father.

There will be things that you go through that you don’t understand; there will be times where it seems so dark that there is no hope; but be assured, Jesus is there, God is faithful, He will always make a way of escape, He will always be there with you. Where will I go from your Spirit? If I ascend into heaven, you are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold you are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there will your hand lead me, and your right hand will hold me. If I say, surely the darkness will cover me; even the night will be light about me – Psalm 139

Remember we serve a risen Savior, and He rose, so that we might live eternally with Him!

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