Monday, January 23, 2012

Not A Good Day

"Some days are diamonds, and some days are stones..."

Double heaping serving of the latter please, with sprinkles of bitter disappointment.

Very tough day at school as the kids were extremely hard to keep focused and on task. They seemed to pull out all the tricks - well some of them did anyway. I got them to the end of the day but was exhausted, disappointed in myself, and still had tutoring to do.

"word expanding" exercise - they rocked it. They came up with words that weren't even in the list I had.
Having one boy who doesn't work much if I'm not on him - work all day.
Hearing a child care about another that doesn't get along with them. Ray of hope?

9 minutes into the day one girl starts running it with another. 9 minutes in. The girl pulled every dramatic trick in her bag today. Amazing.
Having to prod, push, cajole, and move the kids to do the work all day long.
Realizing that I must not have explained well enough or produced compelling enough lessons because they can't all be "off" that much in one day.

Came home and dumped a load of all that on someone I love who is still hurting from her loss, yet still giving everything she has to her students, to New Hope, and to me, and thereby making her day worse. Then tried to get a head start on tomorrow at school and do some soul work - prayer and Bible study. Got convicted of just how awful a sinner I was today. Sigh...

I thank God for grace and forgiveness because I'm needing both tonight.

Thankful His mercies are new every morning and calling this day over and  done.

Pray for me, that I would live my faith out better tomorrow than I did today.


  1.'s so tough to have bad days...especially when we teach.

    If it makes you feel any better, today sucked for me as well. Two of my classes were full of hellions bent on complaining and disrupting every procedure I'd sent in place.

    God is faithful, though, and we do grow stronger through these times.

    Don't give up on those kids. That's exactly what they think they want. They really desire someone to love them despite their crazy antics.

  2. Anonymous10:58 AM

    I follow your blog with great interest (have missed it lately)- and I want to let you know what a great blessing you are to myself and several others I know who are following it. You do not know us personally but you have encouraged us in so many ways to examine our relationship with the Lord and our proprieties with our time, talents, and resources. You have challenged us to have a burning desire to see people come to know Christ; that we would be sold out to making a difference in our county - that our church would become indispensable in the community and that we would glorify Christ in all we do.

    Brother, I would like to leave you with a word of encouragement:

    As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13

    But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 2 Tim 1:12

    Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12

    and know that you have people you don’t even know praying for you -
    To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12