Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Praise Challenge

A couple of Sundays ago, I was sitting in church listening to the sermon. Our pastor loves preach out of the Old Testament. I've learned quite a bit about stories that I never knew existed because of this. One of these stories has to do with David and when Saul was searching for him. (I'll have to look up the exact reference when I get home. It's in my Bible at home.) In this story, David flees to Samuel to find out what to do and is hidden in a place of worship. When the soldiers come in to get David, they instead begin to praise God. This story amazed me. The idea that you could be in the middle of a battle and you stop to praise God is just so inspiring to me. It got me thinking about how education is kind of a battle. Especially these days. We're getting attacked from so many sides. The government on all levels, the public, parents and sadly even sometimes other teachers. So I was inspired to create a praise challenge. This week I am going to work really hard to praise God in the middle of whatever challenges I'm facing. I've also been inspired by Tamara and Annie's challenge to change your teaching in 7 weeks through the fruits of the spirit study. So I'm bringing my challenge to you. Each day this week I'm going to present a verse and a praise. I want to invite you to either post about it on your blog as well and link up (I might not get the linky party up today) or to comment on this post. Tell me how you're praising God through the challenges.
My praise today has to do with my mother. She had mammogram on Thursday and they found some nodules. We went back to the doctor yesterday and they told her they were benign cysts. I'm so thankful and praise God to have healthy parents who support and love me in everything I do. Both my parents are always willing to help with field trips or parties at school and that means everything to me. What are you praising God for today?


  1. I love this! I am praising God for His faithfulness in all circumstances. He is sovereign, even during the trying times. He is the I AM, even when I am not. So happy you are doing this :)

    PS: Have you read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? It goes right along with praising and thanking God in all situations, which will in turn bring joy. A life-changer, for sure. :)

    Loving & Learning in Pre-K

  2. I praise God everyday for my job! I love my work and am glad that I can go to it everyday, when there are so many who don't have one.

    Kinder Kraziness

  3. I praise God for my dad. After living in another state for 30 years, he just moved back to California to be near two of his daughters. It is a total joy having him so close. He is 87 and in fragile health so I thank God for each day that i have with my dad.
    An Open Door

  4. I praise God that He has moved heaven and earth just to be close to me. What a great God we serve.


  5. I praise God every day for many things, but my husband and 2 sons are right up there at the top. :) Haven't read the book Julia mentioned, but it sounds good!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. I'm adding that book to my list of books to read Julia. Thanks for participating in this challenge.