I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me -- Phil. 4:13
Since Corona Virus Pandemic hit our world, the education system has made massive adjustments so that students can continue learning.
Many teachers' workload have tripled. The new demands of teaching in person as well as virtually at the same time - is daunting. We struggle to teach a curriculum that was made to be taught in person for our virtual students. We try to adjust it as much as possible...teaching in 20 minutes intervals with rest breaks from the damaging blue light of the computer screen… As teachers, we are working 8 hours days only to come home and spend another 2 to 3 hours planning for the next day as we create activities that mirror the instruction we will provide in the classroom… We juggle the pressures of giving too much work…on and on I could continue to list more things…Lord, how can I do all of the things that I need get done?
Yes, it is a very stressful time to be a teacher! Pray for us! Pray for the Adminstrators and staff members of the schools. We need all the prayers we can get and more importantly, pray for our students! They are our most precious resource! Pray for their parents as well.
Patience is virtue...
On Thursday morning of this past week, I read a familiar passage of God’s word that blessed me ----
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
It felt like a luxurious, warm blanket was being wrapped around my tired, aching shoulders. It gave me so much comfort to know that God sent this to me! He was showing me His beautiful love once again!
That morning, I exchanged my weak strength for His unlimited strength. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me because it is in His strength that I stand and not in my own.
Lord, I will look to You when my heart is overwhelmed. I will look You for comfort when my neck, back and shoulders are aching. I will look to You when I want to give up. I will remind myself of what God’s strength looks like in the Earth.
I love the pictures that these verses form in my mind. Let me share them with you. Jeremiah shared in Jeremiah 32:17- “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You”. Imagine that! God created the beauty that we enjoy on Earth. This beauty displays God's Majestic power.
King David painted another picture of God’s strength. He said in Psalm 65:6 – “Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power;”. Imagine the mountains clothed in power!
I love seeing the mountains of Pennsylvania and Tennessee! So, I immediately think of those mountains! Plus, I live on a street that is named after the Tetons Mountains in Wyoming. The Grand Teton is the tallest mountain on the Teton Range. See the picture below. It is beautiful to look at. I hope to see it in person one day!
For more strength of God, read the passages below. Let His strength infuse you as you read them. Psalm 27:1, Psalm 37:39, Psalm 138:3, Matthew 19:26, Psalm 29:11, Psalm:7-8, Psalm 46:1
Let’s Pray—Heavenly Father in Jesus’ name. Thank You for Your Immovable strength. Thank You for covering us. Thank You for always having our backs. You are our Creator. You are the Only true God. You sit high and You look low. You see everything. Nothing is hidden from You. You see us when we are tired from walking in our own strength. You hear the silent cries of frustrated souls. Lord, help us to hear Your still small voice when You speak to us. We give up doing things our own way. We repent of doing things in our weak flesh. Give us Your strength like the Majestic Tetons You created. You have an unlimited supply. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Crowning Thoughts: When we are weak, we will look to You for Your unlimited supply of strength!
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58