Sunday, January 23, 2011

Gaining the Right Perspective and Monday Morning Prayer

Tomorrow I return to school.  We had a snow day Friday
after an early dismissal on Thursday.
The automatic phone call came thirty minutes ago:
Two-hour delay tomorrow and buses will be running
snow routes only both morning and afternoon.

Groan.  When it's snow routes only, my second period ends up
having only half the students there: 13 vs. 26.
That makes it extremely difficult to accomplish much. But I'll manage. :)

Also, midterms were Wednesday and Thursday of last week
with make-ups on Friday.
Periods 6, 7, and 8 didn't meet, so those classes still have midterms to take.
That will be difficult for those teachers.

Grades were to be done by this Wednesday at noon, but that will be changed also.

English midterms were scheduled for Wednesday so I got mine in, except for 6th period.
The midterm was long for the junior Advanced English class
and 2/3 of them still need to finish it.  Hopefully they can do that in 30 minute classes.

But on the bright side, I can get more done tonight.

About last week: I appreciate all the encouraging words and support I received.
Thanks also for your prayers.
Please continue to lift 'us' up as the negativity has gotten toxic.

Now, time for the Monday Prayer.

But first, more from Stormie Omartian's book,

"Gaining the Right Perspective"

"Have you ever found yourself angry, upset, or devastated when things didn't turn out
as you'd hoped or planned?
Next time that happens, look deeply in to the situation and ask God to give you
a new perspective. . .
My daughter, Mandy, and I have developed a plan for seeing the truth whenever
something goes wrong.
We look at the situation and ask, 'What's right with this picture?'
We pray for God to show us how what we think of as a negative situation
is actually a positive one.

This is not just positive thinking or trying to make good things happen with your thoughts.
This is wanting to see things from God's perspective
and letting Him show you the truth. . .

Is there anything that worries or upsets you?

If so, say, 'Lord, show me what's right with this picture.
What is the truth in this moment?
Help me to see it from Your perspective.'
You'll be amazed at what God reveals.

If your attitude is one of gratefully searching for God's truth and goodness in any situation,
it will change your life.
You'll never see things the same way again."


"Lord,  I lift to You the situations of my life that concern me.
I lay my worries before You
and ask for Your mighty intervention
to show me what's right when I can only see what's wrong.
I am determined to see the good, so help me not to be blinded by my own
fears, doubts, wants, and preconceived ideas.
I ask you to reveal to me Your truth in every situation.

Give me Your perspective today and for my future.
When something seems to go wrong, help me not to jump to negative conclusions.
Enable me to recognize the answers to my own prayers.

Let me trust You, Lord, in all things and for all things.
When I look at my life and my circumstances,
help me to always see the good work that You are doing.

In Jesus' name I pray."


And we know that all things work together
for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose.
          Romans 8:28

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
                 Psalm 34:8

Appropriate, don't you think?!
I have been praying and being more open to God revealing to me
what went wrong and how the situation got to that point.

There is a lot of pain at that school right now. 
The boy who took his anger out on me has had the custody and his residence
change six times in three years.
Mom now has custody back, but he lives with his grandparents.

The teacher who lashed out at me is struggling financially. 
Her live-in boyfriend has had his hours cut. 
She has been married twice before,
and now says she's better without it.  
 She's happy with her 'man' and she does speak highly of him. 
I sometimes wonder who she's trying to convince.

She sees me as financially wealthy. 
Compared to her, I guess I am, but I laugh at the thought,
because I knew great financial wealth in my other life and was miserable.
Now I have much less, but am much happier.

Also, our two 'leader' teachers are incredibly negative
 and toxic stuff pours from their mouths.
I'm gulping because I can see that God is leading me
to take a stand against the crud. 
Not sure how or when.
Ha! You think I had problems before!  Look out!

As I've asked already, please continue to pray about all this.

Thank you.

Blessings to you as you begin this week.

                                               The light still burns beneath the 'cold'!


  1. oh, woman! i'm sure gonna be thinking about you this week!
    all the 3 p's, perspective, prayer and promises that you posted...
    those are really good! whew!

  2. I thank God for His promises and the power of prayer. I hope there is energy for the practicalities of the school work and His wisdom in this difficult situation and negative atmosphere. Blessings on your family, too.

  3. Hi Beth, Sounds like your school situation is rough right now --the students, the teachers, the snow problems, etc... I hope and pray that things begin to get better for you and them.

    Our students here in Cumberland County have missed alot of school already --so I wonder when and how the kids learn anything these days.

    Prayers and Hugs,

  4. I can almost smell that ginger candle...

    and I will pray for you.

  5. Beth, I hope this week is a calmer one for you. It's not always easy to put things into the right perspective, is it? But God is faithful to walk beside us and teach us. I always appreciate your meaningful comments on my blog. I'm not finding the time to post or read blogs as often as I did, but maybe I will soon.

  6. praying for you in these challenges ... let your light shine


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