Jan 20

Lent 2016 Readings

lentJoin me as I participate in the 2016 readings for Lent, beginning February 10, 2016. Click this Lent readings to see the readings each day.

I got a head start on the February 10 reading and found it a fascinating study on Luke 1 about the announcement of Elizabeth’s pregnancy and Mary’s pregnancy. Mary, then, spent some time with Elizabeth as they reflected on both of them being chosen to birth two very special sons.

Click the link above, sign up for the readings, and join me as we prepare for Jesus’ resurrection.


Nov 17

No Guessing Games with God


Do you ever have those days when you feel you have to guess what to do? Are you guessing about decisions? We are never alone in the decision-making process. We have someone who knows what to do and is just waiting for our questions.

Think of holding a small rock in one hand and asking another person to choose in which hand the rock is held. After he picks the hand, open both hands and show if he is correct. Then you can put your hands behind your back and place the rock in either the same hand or another hand and play the game one more time, choosing another person to pick the hand in which he thinks the rock is held.

That game can go on and on, switching hands or retaining the rock in the same hand each round. Guessing games are fun but we never have to play guessing games with God. God can speak to us about decisions and directions through the Bible, prayer, other adults, believers, and teachers. He never makes guesses and makes us guess ‘which hand’ when we are wondering which direction or the best decision.

We learn in James 1:5 (The Message): If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.

Hold the rock in your hand and ask God which hand it is in. He knows and He will instruct you regarding the best choice for that rock or task in your ministry area.

Nov 02

Where do we go for help?


Where do we go when things get too tough and get to be too much for us? How do we relax and keep our focus on Jesus?

Think about how Jesus got away and knew how to keep his focus on His Heavenly Father. We must follow the example of Jesus and get away to focus on our Heavenly Father as well. When we maintain our focus, we are better able to minister and meet the needs of the children and families within our ministry areas.

We all know that a key is used to unlock a lock and a pencil sharpener is used to sharpen a pencil. We wouldn’t use a key to sharpen a pencil or a pencil sharpener to unlock a lock. Each item has a specific purpose. We each have a specific purpose and a job to do. God created each one of us for a specific job and He equips each one of us with the proper tools and skills to perform the duties of that job.

Sometimes we need help to do our jobs. Just like Jesus needed help for His jobs, too. Where did He go for help? Where can we go for help?

Luke 5:16 explained that Jesus decided to go away to a quiet place and talk to His Father. Jesus knew where to go to ask for help. He knew He needed time away to listen and pray.

As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer. We all must learn where we can go for quiet time and learning.

Apr 22

What do you do for Stress Release?

What do you do for release, to relieve stress? Life happens, the grass is not always green, and things do not always go our way. We must all find ways to deal and cope with stressful situations or we will explode and snap at others. For me, my release is running. Thank you to my friends and colleagues who started me on the running adventure. Your encouragement pushes me to press on and go for it. Many evenings after work I run with friends, and many Saturdays you can find me at a 5K (sometimes a 10K) race event. I am loving it and loving the running community. I feel happier and healthier than I have ever felt in my life. When stressful events happen at work and in the classroom, I find it much easier to deal with situations. My friends and colleagues are more important to me than an argument or a fight. I let it go and go with the flow while following policies and procedures required to operate a Christian preschool learning center and positive work environment.

Children are no different from adults in stressful situations and often react because of adult reactions as well. When adults learn to appropriately handle stressful times, they model appropriate reactions to children. In preschool, we teach children to think before they speak, to speak up for themselves when something or someone bothers them, and to walk away from unkind situations with potential for arguments and disagreements.

Yoga is an excellent way for learning to handle stressful situations. Yoga teaches us how to breathe and calm our feelings and emotions. When we learn proper breathing techniques, our bodies are calmer and we are less likely to snap at one another, which makes for smoother reactions with friends. Brain research shows us that movement and breath help to alleviate stress and anxiety. Our bodies are designed to move. Everyone can be happier and healthier.

Try these yoga movements:


“I am strong.” Pretend to be a surfer.

To do Warrior 2 Pose: From standing position, step one foot back, placing the foot so that it is facing slightly outwards. Take your arms up in parallel to the ground, bend your front knee, and look forward. Pretend to be a surfer and use your strength to catch tricky waves.

“I am kind.” Pretend to be a tree.

To do Tree Pose: Stand on one leg, bend your knee, place the sole of your foot on the opposite inner thigh, and balance. Sway like a tree. Think of trees being kind by offering shade, creating oxygen, and providing homes to animals.

“I am brave.” Pretend to be a skier.

To do Chair Pose: Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and keep a straight spine. Hold your hands out in front of you, pretending to grasp ski poles as you fly down a ski run like a brave and fearless skier.

“I am friendly.” Pretend to be a dog.

To do Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Bend down and place your palms flat on the ground. Step your feet back to create an upside-down V shape with your buttocks high in the air. Straighten your legs, relax your head and neck, and look down between your legs. Think of being an eager and friendly dog.

“I am wise.” Pretend to be an owl.

To do Hero Pose: Drop your knees to the ground and come down to rest upright on your heels. Then pretend to be a wise owl perched on a tree. Twist your upper body one way and then the other.

Start slowly and focus on your child’s success. If your child doesn’t click with using movement as a calming down strategy, don’t push it. Leave it for a while, and then try again. Just like every strategy, nothing is a one-size-fits-all solution, so feel free to adapt and change the yoga method to suit your child’s interests and needs. Introducing the idea of using movement and breath to help their brains to re-boot and re-focus is what’s important.

Try these yoga movements and begin your exercise routine for your release and meet me at the next 5K race. See how much healthier and happier you feel, too.

Feb 19

Thoughts from the Baby Sister

The following was written by Doris Boring, in loving memory of her sister Ruby Culbertson who went to be with Jesus on February 14, 2015, in Forest City, North Carolina.



Thoughts from the Baby Sister


Life as the baby sister was joyful and challenging. The twins, Norris and Doris, were always together and wanted to include Ruby in their fun and schemes, yet Ruby rarely wanted to be involved. They all had different interests. The twins always had fun together: riding bikes, skating, playing games, walking through mud puddles, and going to friends’ birthday parties.

Ruby was different from them. She wanted to do different things, and she had fun with other friends.

Ruby graduated from high school and went on to begin her life-long career at Roses Store. She went from one Roses to another and worked in many positions from clerk to office positions and to store management.

While not only working full-time at the store, Ruby devoted her entire life to caring for their mother and then caring for their older sisters. She spent a life of caring for others. She was always there for them.

It was not until their adult years that Doris and Ruby really enjoyed one other. They enjoyed sisterhood after Doris married and had a daughter. Ruby, being the caregiver that she is, devoted much of her time to helping Doris and loving on her niece. She made many visits to Florida for Disney and beach trips. She loved adventures and a good time.

Ruby was always ready for a good time. She loved family gatherings and trips. She spent many long hours on car rides to visit family. Her family was her life and she loved to have a good time.

We will always remember our Ruby Duby and the good times we had at the place where she called Home.


Dec 31

Book Review: Born to Learn without Schooling

borntolearnBecause of my passion and interest in creative education techniques, I was asked to read and post a book review on Born to Learn: How Children Learn Without Schooling by Kytka Hilmar-Jezak.

The author is very passionate about how children learn and showing creative teaching and learning methods. Her book gives a good description of how her own children were educated and encouraged to express their own interests and learning styles. They were not educated in traditional classrooms and schools and were encouraged to learn and grow at their own levels. The author expressed her teaching strategies that worked for her family. Although her writing tended to sound biased, she encouraged readers to put their own education preferences and styles aside while reading the book. Her writing style would be best incorporated with other educators who show similar teaching techniques and interests. There is a lack of references to support her creative teaching strategy; therefore, readers must invest time in the book by understanding the author is telling her story, not so much writing for persuasion.

Finally, I recommend reading this book for educators who are interested in creatively investing in the education of young children. The author gives a good description of her children’s educational journey from childhood to the independence of adulthood. Allowing children to explore their worlds and learn by doing enables them build an understanding of real-world experiences. They are free to learn in ways in which God ultimately created them.


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