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January 24, 2019
By Darcy Turner
A Firm Foundation
 
Most of us are familiar with the song of the wise man and the foolish man.  In Matthew 7 God’s word tells of the man who built his house on the rock and when the storms came his house stood while the foolish man chose a foundation of sand for his house.  We know from that well known children’s song that his house went SPLAT! This scripture is trying to teach the importance of following and doing God’s word. It is His word and our trust in Him that makes our foundation strong when the storms come.  
 
Webster’s Dictionary defines a foundation as “an underlying base or support.” As an elementary principal I believe a strong foundation is the key to future spiritual and academic success.  How can we build that foundation?
 
1.Be prayerful.  Pray for your students daily.  Pray for their protection, their relationship with God and others, their understanding, and their teacher.  Pray that they will be diligent in all they do and that God will help them to discover the purpose He has for them.
 
2. Be present.  You are your students’ first and most influential teacher and their best advocate, and their biggest fan.  They need you involved in the important things of their lives.  Help them with their homework, read to them, tell them stories of your childhood, cheer them on in their interests and hobbies. Allow them to fail and work through things that are difficult for them.  Even if they don’t say it they want and need your approval, praise, and discipline.   
 
3.Be prompt.  Teach your students that timeliness is important and others’ time is as valuable as theirs. Timeliness helps to form good routines and habits.   
 
4. Be prepared.  Having all of their supplies and assignments for the day is vital to your student’s success at school.  When students are unprepared for the day they cannot fully participate in the activities in the classroom.  They are unable to check their assignments and show their understanding. Students’ grades often suffer when they are not prepared for the day.
 
5. Be Playful.  Your job is not to be your child’s friend, but we all need to have some fun.  Make sure you take time during your day to laugh and have some fun. Laughing and having fun helps to build relationships.  
 
The foundation that is built in elementary school will help students reach their potential and achieve the future success we are hoping for.  Don’t discount the important role you play and the example that you set for your students everyday. Let’s determine to partner together and build foundations that can withstand any storm that comes.

 

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January 11, 2019
By Joy Figueroa
What can we all learn from Martin Luther King Jr? As this special day approaches many of us take for granted the freedoms that we have because of Dr. King’s stand. He stood for the Christian faith and he stood for ALL people. Race, abilities/disabilities, genders, appearance...none of these things truly matter. We are all one race and all children of the most high and mighty God.  So, let’s reflect on Dr. King’s dream and legacy and continue to be ALL IN, in all that we say and do...may it bring light and love.

THE CRAYON BOX

While walking through a toy store the day before today, I overheard a crayon box with many things to say.

"I don't like Red!" said Yellow, and Green said "Nor do I" "And no one here likes Orange but no one knows just why".

"We are a box of crayons that doesn't get along,” Said Blue to all the others "Something here is wrong".

Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me, And laid out all the colors so the crayons all could see.

They watched me as I colored with Red and Blue and Green, And Black and White and Orange and every color in between.

They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky, The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by.

Colors changing as they touched becoming something new, They watched me as I colored - they watched me till I was through.

And when I finally finished I began to walk away, And as I did the crayon box had something more to say.

"I do like Red!" said Yellow, and Green said, "So do I!" And Blue you were terrific! So high up in the sky!

"We are a box of crayons each one of us unique, But when we get together the picture is more complete."

 

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December 14, 2018
By David Freberg
Christmas Worship Blog
 
When I was a kid, I loved getting the Christmas catalogs to look through all of the toys.  I would spend hours looking over all of the pages except the ones with dolls and kitchen centers and clothes.  Growing up in Minnesota, I was a Vikings fan and still am. I always wanted a Vikings helmet and uniform for Christmas.  I never opened that package, so today I make sure that my kids and grandkids get Vikings stuff.
 
During this Christmas season, we focus on giving and receiving.  Children make their lists after searching the internet instead of the thick catalogs.  Parents search stores and the internet for what is on these lists. We buy stuff for people who we work with and neighbors and family.  Then we go out and buy gifts for those who gave us gifts that we weren’t expecting to get a gift from them. If we have been especially good this year, we will go get ourselves a gift just to make sure we get something that we want.  
 
We strive to give good gifts, but we can never hope to out give our God.  We thank God for sending His Son to earth for us. What a gift! It is the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving.  
 
Along with giving and receiving, we need to keep in mind a couple of other things.  We need to continue to worship the King. This wise men brought gifts, but they brought the gifts as an act of worship.  We bring our gifts and talents to God each time we use these to help His children or bring the lost to Him.
 
We also need to keep a spirit of thanksgiving.  We celebrated Thanksgiving Day a few weeks ago, but we need to keep that spirit of thanksgiving all year long.  Part of every prayer should be a time of giving thanks to God for the blessings He has given us, especially the gift of His love in the form of Jesus.
 
Go to the Christmas parties. Get the gifts for those who are important to you.  Worship through your time and gifts. Give thanks for all He has done for you. Merry Christmas!
 

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November 26, 2018
By Coach Steve Guerry
As an athlete, coach, and athletic director, I have dedicated my life to playing and coaching organized sports at about every level since I was 5 years old. I have now worked in athletics as a career for 18 years, so I have dedicated my life to what was once just a hobby, but it was always as a passion.
 
In 2014, I was asked by some local missionaries to come to see them in China for a mission trip. Most of the mission trips they hosted in their small Chinese city and nearby rural village consisted of things like delivering coats and shoes to schools and teaching English lessons while slipping in some Bible stories. My task for this trip ended up being much different. My mission team was assembled specifically  to teach basketball. The local missionaries were having a hard time getting into school and building relationships, so we came in with basketball to help open the door. We ran basketball camps at schools, played in organized games against adult club teams, and played impromptu games in the park. The reception we received was massive. Anytime we showed up with a basketball, we were immediate;y warmly greeted and began drawing a crowd. This helped our missionaries get invited back to schools and meet local Chinese people.
 
We ended up going back again six months later to do this again. After we returned, a Moncks Corner mission group that has a church in Haiti heard about our trip and invited us to Haiti to do the same thing. In Haiti, we were able to use basketball to meet villagers, invite them to church, and share Bible stories and songs.
 
The point of me sharing this experience is that I am not good at doing the typical things a missionary does. I can’t preach, I can’t sing, and I’m not good at delivering speeches or devotions. I don’t enjoy building things, nor do you want me building anything for someone! However, I can shoot and dribble a basketball, and I love it. God has given us all different abilities and passions, and we are given them for a reason.
 
Whether it is in sports, construction, music, teaching, speaking or organizing, we all have something that we are good at and we love. To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be restricted by the typical parameters most people think about when they of missions and giving. We can use what we know and love as a tool. I may not be good at giving a devotion, but I can get a crowd of people interested in playing basketball with me, and my friend whose talent is speaking can be with me to meet and potentially deliver the Word to this newly found group of people
 
Coach Guerry

 

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