Bless you, teachers! It seems the role of educators has become increasingly difficult as politics (internal and external) bleed into the classroom, students arrive at the door with greater and more challenging needs, and national narratives deliver misinformation and drive divides. Even from the outside looking in, it feels like a weight. Whether you are a teacher, parent, or community member, we need to care about the state of our schools. Included here is a collection of Bible verses for teachers to encourage them with God’s word.
Inspiring teachers pour their passion for learning into eager, and even not so eager, young minds, and they do it not for the public praise and recognition but for their love of children and teaching. During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, who deserves your thanks?
As parents, we spend a lifetime learning to let go of our children. And it becomes increasingly difficult as they venture into their teens. However, we need to be taking intentional steps to loosen our grip so that they are prepared for life beyond high school. And one of the ways we can help our teens is by equipping them to be academically independent.
Quiet time with the Lord matters. Spending time with Him—reading His Word and in prayer—enables us to draw close. Ultimately, it’s about relationship. God wants intimacy with us; he wants us to live the life he created us for, to walk in faith and obedience to his will. But how do we do that? In a world full of distractions, how can we learn to be still and draw close to God?
As spring approaches, thoughts turn to Easter. However, before the celebration comes sacrifice, and many people begin deciding whether they will give something up for Lent. Whether you were brought up in a church that practiced Lenten fasts or not, there’s a benefit there for all believers. Here’s a look into the meaning behind the “what” and “why’s” of Lent, along with some popular ideas of things to give up and Bible verses to encourage you along the way.