The Walkout Is On

Good morning!

Today schools are closed. Tulsa Public Schools. And many others across the state. As teachers go to the Capitol. To strike. For unfair funding for teachers. For education.

Desks are empty. OSTP test booklets remain closed.

If additional days are necessary, they will be announced each day at 5:30 am much like a snow day.

It’s certainly not snowing outside, but it is anything but warm between legislators and educators.

An amiable agreement must be met.

The solution.

Do the right thing.

It’s really quite simple. It’s God’s plan. Just do the right thing. And follow the golden rule. Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

I’m a teacher. I will not grow weary of doing good. Teaching my students reading and math, but more so, life lessons like to do the right thing. To do good.

God’s word tells us, teachers, that in due season we will reap if we do not give up.

The time is now. Let’s not give up. God may not be allowed in our classrooms, but he cannot be removed from our hearts. Let’s pray that our legislators will not grow weary of doing good.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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Baseball Season

Good Morning!

Hot dog! It’s officially baseball season!

And what goes better with baseball than hot dogs!

Thursday was opening day for baseball season! And our dear friends at QuikTrip knew just how to usher in the season to treat their fans right! With free hot dogs!

I love hot dogs! I know they contain nothing of nutritional value, but I still love them! I frequent QT $1 hot dogs whenever the craving strikes me. With all the works! Mustard and relish and chipolte and french fried onions and celery salt and pickles and jalapeΓ±os and tomatoes. You can’t beat it! It’s a true work of art, my masterpiece, when I get through with it.

What’s your favorite masterpiece or work of art?

Mine is the Creation of Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling at the Vatican by Michelangelo. Next to my hot dogs, of course. LOL

I’d love to go see it in person someday. Someday. 😊 Until then, I’ll just keep preparing and enjoying my QT hot dogs. My masterpieces. And keep trying to do good. As God’s masterpiece.

Let’s all do the good things God has planned for us in Christ Jesus. Let’s make our lives a living masterpiece of God’s handiwork. And let’s enjoy a little baseball, our Natonal Pasttime. After all, it is baseball season. PLAY BALL!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do tbe good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Good Friday

Good morning!

Today is Good Friday.

Today at Kendall-Whittier we wear black. Not because of Jesus. But because we support our teachers. The color black often has a negative connotation. Representing fear. Unknown. Death and Evil. Today it represents good. Our teachers.

But to us teachers that are Christians, today is much more. Today is Good Friday. It is not about striking or school closures, but about something much bigger.

Jesus.

As a child, I always wondered what’s so good about it? Why would anyone call it a “Good” Friday? It’s the day Jesus suffered a cruel and painful death!

Good Friday represents the sacrifice, the crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ. The term Good Friday derives itself from the term God’s Friday. The good in it comes from the tremendous good that came out of it. The victory over death and sin.

Monday we may march as teachers united in our beliefs in being valued. But today we honor our beliefs in Jesus Christ. A teacher himself who died on this day for our sins.

And Sunday we rejoice and celebrate his victory over death and sin.

Let’s all follow the great teacher himself, Jesus. Let’s not let this time of striking interfere with this Holy Week and all its significant meaning. Let’s take time to truly thank Jesus for all he did to make this day, this Good Friday, the day that made the victory over the Resurrection possible.

Happy Good Friday! πŸ•‡

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24

In His Love,

Sandy

Conundrum

Good morning!

Conundrum.

There are certain words in the English language that I just love to hear the sound of, they have a certain ring to them. Conundrum is one of them. It means a confusing and difficult problem or question.

We were recently watching a Real Rail Adventures with Jeff Wilson program on our ipad before retiring to bed. We often “travel” before bed. πŸ›ŒπŸ›€πŸ˜΄

It took us on a perilous route through tbe Alps towards Gotthard Pass. We were told it was an area known as being a thoroughfare and a “conundrum” for more than 700 years.

Conundrum. There was my word. He said it. The conundrum for centuries was how could humans cross the intractable barrier of the Alps. They’d tried roads, tunnels, even a bedeviled bridge.

We were told in the 13th century, locals hung a wooden bridge over the surging Reuss river, a task so difficult they had to make a pact with the Devil to complete it. Satan’s price was ownership of the first soul who crossed it. The villagers outsmarted him by sending a goat on the inaugural crossing. Now a nine and a half mile Gotthard tunnel, built in 1882, takes its place. Pretty amazing if you ask me. I’d Iove to take a ride on that train. The scenery looks absolutely breathtaking!

Can you think of any modern day conundrums we face today? I can!

How are we as Christians to bring a lost world to know and love jesus as we do?

It’s easy! God’s word te)ls us exactly how to do it! It’s his plan. For each of us!

Do good. Not evil. Treat others as you want to be treated. That means everybody! And share Gods love with them all.

Conundrum solved!

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Love and laughter,

Sandy

Carpenter

Good morning!

We just went Sunday to see our new dining table. It is being handbuilt for us by a dear friend of my husband’s. A fellow Memorial Charger. Made by his own two hands. I guess you could say he is a carpenter.

It is a fine table. Sturdy as a rock. Made of several types of the finest genuine, solid woods.

I’ve never had the privilege of knowing a carpenter. Personally. Until Gary. I think it’s fascinating how he can build something with such craftsmanship as a table from scratch.

You know, we all should personally know another carpenter. One who also worked with his hands. Although he is best known for the healing touch he accomplished with his hands more than his fine wood craftsmanship. Only the gospel of Mark refers to him as a carpenter. The locals did not look highly upon him, thinking he was a common man living amongst them, of no greatness to be the son of God.

We know differently. He was and is the son of God. And this week we celebrate that more than any other time of year. Only the son of God could come to earth as a common man, a carpenter by trade, and die for our sins, crucified on a cross, and be resurrected to live for eternity with his father.

Let’s all give praises to that carpenter! The son of God. For he is alive. He lives in each one of us today through his holy spirit. The only one we should take offense with is he who doubts that.

And by the way, love the table, Gary! Awesome work! Can’t wait to sit down and break bread with my family around it!
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him. Mark 6:3

Love and laughter,

Sandy

OSTP

Good morning!

April 2nd.

One way or another, it’s going to be an important day around Oklahoma schools.

Teachers across the state will either be testing or striking.

We are scheduled to begin the Oklahoma School Testing Program for the spring 2017-2018 year.

In preparation, I completed training from my Building Test Coordinator (BTC) on our Professional Development day last Thursday. And my bedtime reading material last night was the Test Administration Manual. Work To The Contract will not hinder me as a first time teacher from being prepared.

Administration of the OSTP is an important professional responsibility I don’t take lightly.

As a teacher, sometimes I feel as if we place more emphasis on testing or preparing for the test than the actual learning itself. But, testing is important. It’s how we assess. How we measure our students’ academic growth and progress.

As a Christian, do you have a means to measure your spiritual growth and progress? Just like my students and their academics, we need to grow and progress in our Christian walk. Both from the heart and the mind. A little bible based learning would not hurt any of us!

Although, it’s true that God doesn’t offer us a paper/pencil test to take and pass to allow us into heaven, sometimes He allows us to be tested in this life. With trials and tribulations. To draw us closer to Him. His standards are much more different than those of our state educational programs.

He allows us free will. It’s our choice. Whether or not we care to learn. To delve deeper in knowing Him.

I seek his word every day. I want to know Him. His character. His ways. How He feels about everything. I want to be closer to Him! And we all can draw close to Him! Through His word. Reading our bible. And prayer. Our means of communicating with Him.

The choice is ours. Let’s all make good choices! Let’s choose to get to know our God. More personally. More intimately. Every day. And let’s make sure we all know Jesus. He’s the only answer key we need to pass God’s test.

My prayer is for every student to do their best on their OSTP! And every man to do their best to make sure everyone knows Jesus!

Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver, I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10

Love and laughter,

Sandy

My Future’s So Bright, I’ve Got To Wear Shades

Good morning!

I just have to tell you, I’m blessed!

I live in a country where I can freely share my Christian beliefs and love of God. I have a wonderful, handsome, successful husband who I love dearly. We have fun! I have three beautiful daughters who are all grown and at happy places in their own lives with men they too love. I have two precious, healthy grandchildren and one on the way. My 88 year old father is alive and well, living with us. I have an aunt that models the true proverbs 31 woman for me. I have a sweet, loyal Golden Retriever that walks me each evening. And a striking, black cat that reminds my heart daily of my dear, departed father-in-law. I love what I do, working with exceptional students. My family home is being brought up to date by my dear husband. It’s new look is breathtaking.

I’m in a season of God’s favor.

You could say, my future’s so bright, I’ve got to wear shades!

Truly, none of us know what our future holds. From one day to the next. That is why we need to live each day to its fullest. Be the best we can be! Reach out and touch someone! For this day may just be our last.

I encourage each of you to remember we are but mere mortals. Our time is finite. Here on earth.

With Easter nearing, I’m reminded of just how bright my future is. Not materially or physically, but spiritually. Things and health can come and go in the blink of an eye. My future lies in the hands of my creator. My God. And yours too!

Why not put on your shades and go outside and enjoy not only this spring break, but every day, and the fact that your future too is so bright, in Christ, that you’ve got to wear shades!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future Jeremiah 29:11

Love and laughter,

Sandy