So I quite literally just returned from three weeks of traveling through 8 states doing inservices for approximately 50 Christian schools on the east cost. It was a wonderful, eventful and dramatic three weeks as flights were canceled due to mechanical failure, lightening storms, earthquakes and hurricanes!! But I still managed to enjoy some Jersey pizza, Maryland crabcakes, and Philly cheese stakes.
My husband did a great job playing Mom and Dad off and on for three weeks as I was able to come home for long weekends. Luckily, I was able to see Johnny off to his first day of Kindergarten.
Speaking to these schools was so incredibly rewording. I offered techniques for students with learning and behavioral challenges and differences. But most of all, I could share the message that God laid on my heart about "the least of these" in our schools. If you've been one of my students, you know what I'm talking about here. If not, you'll have to check out my old blogs on this message - Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
I was so encouraged by the response of these schools. A few teachers and a principal at different locations came to me crying letting me know that it changed their attitude about teaching. Another teacher shared with me that her son had to leave their Christian school after becoming a quadriplegic in a diving accident last year. And then another teacher telling me that her son with autism can't attend their Christian school. But my favorite was watching one school join hands in a circle after a session and praying that God will bless their upcoming year with a heart for the challenging student. It really doesn't get much better than that! It even makes the drama, weariness, travel, being away from the family worth it all. It's such a blessing to be used by God!