I first heard the term “life verse” when it was used by my 7th grade youth pastor. His was I John 3:18, “Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and the truth.” It’s a good one, and something that at 24 years old I still have memorized. And I’ve found that life verses are really quite a popular thing, especially with youth pastors. I think...
It was Spirit Week at Open Bible. This means each day was a different dress-up day. Because I’m only there on Wednesdays and Thursdays, I had no idea. Wednesday was old-fashioned day or pick-your-favorite-decade day, so we had hippies and civil war soldiers and everything in between. I didn’t know until I got there, or I would have worn my swing dancing dress. I was texting before...
Basic Instrument Repair for the Band Director
Handout from the OMEA 2012 Conference Session by Lindy Wunn This will help you become acquainted with basic emergency repairs and more importantly, what to do and what not to do. These ideas an methods will help you through a concert or contest but will not be a PERMANENT solution. All repairs you perform should be referred to a professional repair technician. The products we will be informing...
Many are the strange chances of the world and help oft shall come from the hands...– J.R.R. Tolkien from The Silmarillion
Exodus 5 tells the story of when Moses and Aaron speak to Pharaoh for the first time. In verses 22-23 we see a frustrated Moses complaining to God because nothing has happened the way it was supposed to. Moses held up his end of the bargain, so why didn’t God? Since we know how the end of story goes, it’s easy to pass Moses’s protests off as whining. But Moses had no idea how...
I mean, computer science majors listen to weird music too, but at least we use...– cbodnar on the difference between engineers and computer scientists
Seezit here is a friend from college who was kind enough to share her notes from a session at the OMEA convention in January, and I’d like to follow suit. This session is a little hard to share since I don’t have video or audio, but it was the best one I went to, so I’ll try to explain as clearly as I can. Musical Extensions of Children’s Literature (Grades 4 - 6)-David...
Most people think that communication has been clear and complete when what the...– David Lim from Spiritual Gifts
The Soft X →
This is probably my favorite post on Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff. I feel like God has spoken this to me many times, and though it’s hard, it’s also comforting. (The title is a link.)
For the last two months I’ve been having my students write short essay responses to questions based on their lessons. They turn the journals in, and I respond to the questions and hand the journals back to them to edit previous responses and add more. At the end of a unit I give a final grade for the journal. The purpose of this is to build writing skills and encourage critical thinking....
Finish Year-Week 6
Finish SNAP application Find another source of income: Got unemployment sorted out. Sending email tomorrow to get on the sub list. Finish and stick to budget: Budget is made and being enforced. Record an album: Talked with Christian. Trying to find time to play music together. Read 52 books and review them: 12 books read and 8 reviewed! I’m on page 34 of 192 in The Other Walk and 377...
The people, however, soon found God’s unmediated presence too awful, too...– Richard J. Foster from A Celebration of Discipline
I was chaperoning at the OMEA/All-State conference a few weekends ago. As I was waiting for the elevator at the hotel, a group of high school boys walked up and asked.
Boys: Hey, can you tell me where the girls' floor is?
Boys: Why not?
Sharayah: You really think I'm going to tell you where the girls are sleeping?
Boys: Well, you're a girl, aren't you?
Sharayah: I'm also a grown up. Go to bed.
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.– Abraham Maslow
In Luke 21:1-4 we find a story I’ve been hearing all my life, The Widow’s Offering, and it wasn’t until now that this story really disturbed me. I grew up in Sunday School hearing this story and being told that the right thing to do is, like the widow, give all I have to God. But now as I read, I find that I have more questions than answers. What happened to the widow after...
At the Oregon Music Educator's Conference I overheard one music teacher telling this story to another. A student had given a note to this teacher.
Teacher: Student, what does this say?
Student: 'You are my favorite teacher.'
Teacher: That's very nice. How do you spell 'favorite'?
Card: You are my fart teacher.
Prophets proclaimed a message of exhortation, edification, and comfort to the...– David Lim from Spiritual Gifts
The Whole Dang Thing is one of the blogs I follow, and one recent post struck me as interesting. It was point 2 (verse 20) that caught my eye, and I wonder if I can relate it to the perceived lack of ‘blessing’ in my life. Ever since I was little I’ve been intrigued by the Levites because they were special. What if my allotment and inheritance is God? Sometimes I’m...