Monday, April 1, 2013

In-between snow and spring and Monday's Prayer

As I wrote about in my previous post,
I went driving out west of town to some of my favorite spots
to take pics of nature's progression from winter into spring.
The next two photos are of the same area a month ago.

The color of the 'lake' is an unusual and a bit unnatural green.
Spring is still not evident out here.

I discovered another 'lake' on the other side of the road.
I didn't know it was there.
I'm not sure how these bodies of water occur.
There is strip mining going on out there, 
but these areas still have plenty of trees,
so they don't fit 'the strip pit' explanation.

Two of our three days for Easter/spring break were taken from us
to make up for two extra snow days.
Today is Professional Development Day.
We are spending the morning working on our curriculum maps
which are due in May.
This entails a revamping of our curriculum to meet the new state core standards.
We will also be sitting in meetings,
one of which will be about SLOs.
It is a commentary on the state of Ohio's revamping of educator's requirements
that I still can't explain to you what an SLO is
even though ours are due May 1st.
None of us can---not even our principal, who is quite good.

I thought this was an appropriate prayer for this Monday.

Heavenly Father,
I seek to be Your faithful servant.
When I am tired, give me strength.
When I become frustrated,
give me patience.
When I lose sight of Your purpose for my life,
give me a passion for my daily responsibilities,
and when I have completed my work,
let all the honor and glory be Yours.

"Be strong and courageous and do the work."
I Chronicles 28:20 HCSB

"You can't climb the ladder of life with your hands
in your pockets."
Barbara Johnson.

"In the very place where God has put us,
whatever its limitations,
whatever kind of work it may be,
we may indeed serve the Lord Christ."
Elisabeth Elliot

From 100 Days of Grace for Women

Blessings to you as you begin this new week!


  1. Hi Beth, You don't have much Spring either. My blog today shows comparison photos between March of 2012 and March of 2013... Unbelievable! We just don't have much spring here at all YET... At least your snow has melted.

    Beautiful prayer... Good Luck at work --with all of the 'new' rules.


  2. it's a comin'
    that youngin'
    it's still crawlin'
    but soon it will run
    and that spring
    will be sprung


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