WEEKLY ENCOURAGEMENT APRIL 03-07, 2021
This week’s encouragement goes to you, teachers. Before anything else, we just want to thank you. Thank you for committing to investing in lives and not just coming to work. Thank you for choosing to show up with enthusiasm and not just showing up for attendance. Thank you for pushing through the year and not just settling into a mediocre flow.
This school year was a big challenge. From personal struggles to family challenges, and of course, handling your classes, you faced many battles that are often times not seen by others. Sometimes you put a little more effort or maybe a lot more effort into your lesson plans and projects, wanting to show the best for the learners even if they would not always understand or appreciate the effort right away. Other times you woke up earlier, slept later, or put more time into your work so that the students could have a better flow of learning, even if you felt too tired to do so. And maybe there were times when you just wanted to pause everything, personal, family, and work lives clashing at once, and you didn’t know how to let it out or how to get up and get better. So as we end this school year, we’d like to remind you that God sees you.
The song “The God Who Sees” (by Nicole C. Mullen and Kathie Lee Gifford and a must listen to, if we may recommend) illustrated some stories in the Bible and how many characters often felt alone, forgotten, or in despair and yet God saw them and they got to see, encounter, Him. Another song, “God Only Knows” (by for King and Country, another must listen to) shares how sometimes only God will know what you’re going through, feeling, facing, and more.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you. And you will eat with me.” Revelation 3:20 (EASY)
We don’t know what you’re going through right now but we do know that God sees, knows, and loves you. He wants to be a part of your life, everything. From the moment you wake up, to the tasks you do throughout the day, Jesus wants to do everything with you. Jesus waits at the door of your heart, gently knocking. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. Will you allow Him to?
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.” Matthew 11:28-30 (TPT)
As we part ways for now, we hope that you will keep your eyes focused above, your mind fixed above, your heart rested above, and your life lived with love.
“Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God, and you will dwell in the land, feasting on his faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3 (TPT)
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