Good morning!

At school we have a pencil machine.


For 25 cents the students can buy a brand new pencil! They’re not your mother’s pencils. No solid yellow #2 pencils like we had when I was a kid. These are pencils with fancy, colorful, cool patterns. 

I’d bet buying a pencil is probably one of the first solo entrepreneural transactions for most of our 3 and 4 year olds.

They love the opportunity to do it for themselves.

I so enjoy watching them as they buy a pencil for the first time. A crowd of friends usually gathers to watch with envy. They stick a coin in the change slot. And turn. And for many, it does not turn. 😦 The concept that any old coin won’t do confuses many. 25 cents. One quarter is all the machine will take.

Did you ever feel like your life was like buying pencils in the hall at building B of Jenks West Elementary? 

You clearly desire something.  You can see it there in front of you. But you just don’t have the right stuff to make it happen.

You are a penny in a quarter world. 😦

One of the most well known bible verses is the 23rd Psalms.  It begins with the words, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Sometimes we get carried away with our own selfish desires.
We want.
God is there to always lead us in the right direction. Therefore we should want for nothing.

Psalm 84:11 tells us, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”  That means God will supply all the good things we need if we follow Him.

There is a reason we sometimes don’t get what we want. Sometimes we don’t get what we want because there is a greater lesson to be learned. Or it would hinder us spiritually.

Let’s all be thankful for all the good things we have. Let’s trust God to provide us with the things He wants for us.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1

Love and laughter,



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