The end of this school year completes my eleventh year of teaching. I taught first grade for six years at the school which I attended as a student. I took a fourteen year break to be a stay-at-home mom and help raise our girls. I went back to teaching fourth grade at Harvest five years ago. I have to say I have enjoyed the fourth grade level the best. It is a perfect age group. They are old enough to do for themselves and yet not old enough to give the teacher an “attitude.”  They love you no matter what. I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to work with an amazing group of staff members each day and to be able to teach a fantastic group of kids. I am truly blessed.

In reflecting on what to write for this week’s blog, I was thinking of what we have been studying in school recently.  My mind immediately went to the subject of history…my favorite subject to teach and seems to be the favorite subject for most of my students. Right now we are in the middle of studying World War II. It is a fascinating study and the kids are so interested and excited about learning about this time period of history. It is such a blessing to be able to teach each subject from a Christian perspective and to teach the students that even though this was a very dark time in our history as well as in the history of other countries, we know that God had His hand in all of this. He was in control the entire time. And as we look ahead to the upcoming election and the choice of candidates we have, it can be very discouraging. When we think about the direction our country is heading with all of the controversial decisions that are being made, it is so easy to worry and fret about what is going to happen in our future and in the future of our children. But we as Christians have to be reminded that as dark as these days may seem, God is still in control, and He has us all in the palm of His hand. Proverbs 3:5 is a familiar verse but one that is so helpful in times like these.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.”  Another verse that comes to mind is Psalm 56:3. “What time I am afraid I will trust in Thee.” As we look forward to the upcoming election, I encourage us all to research the candidates, get out there and vote, and trust in the Lord!  Continue to stay engaged during this election time!