insights from a daughter of the King, teacher, farmer's wife, and Mommy

5.02.2012

all in a days work


Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
 
its easy to start my day with patience and kindness
as i stand at my door and greet my students
good morning i say as they pass my way
 
Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves

but as the day continues and the complaining begins
the arguing, the disgrutle comments come my way
my work becomes weary
and my sunshine falls in the shadows
and i question my calling
and pray for patience (sometimes out loud)

Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

and i cry out to my collegues and complain of my plight
i force my self to smile, to forgive, to love despite
then i walk down the hall and an eighth grader gives a hug
and another says "I miss you Mrs. Combs"
and i rejoice and remember
to rejoice in my labor
because it is worth it to one


things you can do for the teachers you know:
pray for them
pray specifically for your child's teacher
send them a note, an email, or even chocolate!
say thank you
give them a new pen, i'm sure someone has borrowed theirs and not returned lately
offer them grace
pray for them again









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12 comments:

  1. i have much respect for teachers...it is a tough job...i was one for a few years...now i do counseling...and i have days just like this...and those moments make it worth it for sure...smiles.

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  2. You're a strong woman. I taught 6th grade for one year. 'Twas a miracle I made it through that one year. Now, I can teach adults all day long and twice on Sunday. But kids? No way, Jose! I barely like my own, some days. :)

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  3. P.S. We just sang that hymn in church a week or two ago. Very appropriate for teachers...

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  4. Thank you for this call to pray for our teachers. I think they are some of the most important people in our country and so underappreciated.

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  5. What a great reminder to keep our attitudes and words kind and generous, and also to remember to pray for all of the teachers in our lives. You guys have a tough job, but one with eternal rewards. :) It was so great to get to meet you Saturday. You seem like a very sweet, fun person to hang out with, and I have to say, those chocolate-covered strawberries were the absolute best! Thanks for sharing them with us. May God richly bless you and your family, and continue to give you wisdom, direction, and passion as you live your life for Him. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. Oh, I was reading and thinking "yup, I've been there too." It was the best of days, it was the worst of days, nearly every day, right? We are a sisterhood, us girl teachers. And the whole dang day can change in one minute when a kid comes down the hall and hugs you or you get a note that says: "you're my favorite teacher." And then you are undone.

    Thank you for working with these little ones. They need a prayerful teacher.

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  7. A good reminder for the teachers in our lives. You are making a difference, I promise! <3 xoxo

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  8. I love this reflection :) For one, the hymn is one that's always sung on "Little House on the Prairie" and it's one of my favorites. Funny that they sing it in the Church, which serves as the schoolhouse, too - a happy marriage of the things you've brought up. I can only imagine that teaching is a hard, rewarding job. Thank you for reminding us to be thoughtful and prayerful of those who help raise our children :) And thank you for stopping by my blog hop!

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  9. I'm a teacher too and can so relate with what you say here. Despite themselves, students bring out the best in me. Us teachers should be proud, we help create the future. Awesome responsibility yet what an awesome privilege too!

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  10. Oh, I can relate, first because I was a teacher and now with my own children!!

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  11. it is worth it to one... oh yes, friend. it is. my husband is a teacher, and i highly esteem the work you guys do. there is nothing like it... the way you love on those children. bless you.

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