Monthly Archives: April 2013
The Disadvantage of Spring
I woke up yesterday morning not understanding why I was in such a pissy mood, then the headache and sinus pressure began, and I fully understood the reason. My nose began to burn, my head felt like it would explode, and I found my temper to be getting shorter and shorter. I never feel that a sinus headache is a reason to miss work, so off I go to teach again today. I doubt my mood will get any better today than yesterday. I will do my best though to keep my temper in check and not take it out too much on the students.
Shakespeare’s R & J
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The Daffodils by William Wordsworth
When we were in the woods beyond Gowbarrow park we saw a few daffodils close to the water side, we fancied that the lake had floated the seed ashore & that the little colony had so sprung up — But as we went along there were more & yet more & at last under the boughs of the trees, we saw that there was a long belt of them along the shore, about the breadth of a country turnpike road. I never saw daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about & about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness & the rest tossed and reeled and danced & seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the Lake, they looked so gay ever dancing ever changing. This wind blew directly over the lake to them. There was here & there a little knot & a few stragglers a few yards higher up but they were so few as not to disturb the simplicity & unity & life of that one busy highway — We rested again & again. The Bays were stormy & we heard the waves at different distances & in the middle of the water like the Sea.—Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal Thursday, 15 April 1802
They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude
Keep in Step with the Spirit
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
The Holy Spirit empowers us, guides us, and enables us to grow and endure in our relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. Often the most misunderstood member of the Trinity, the Spirit should be of great focus and attention today.
When we talk of being led by the Holy Spirit we need to make it clear he directs us primarily through the Scriptures he inspired. Through them he brings revelation, guidance, correction, vision, conviction, answers, encouragement, challenge and freedom to our lives as well as principles and doctrines we can build our lives on. All of this helps us to grow in relationship with God and keep in step with his will for our lives.
The Holy Spirit never bypasses the Holy Scriptures he inspired. This means we cannot be led by the Spirit if we undermine or undervalue his book. For this reason an open heart with an open Bible reveals and expresses a persons desire to be led by the Spirit. Likewise a closed heart and a dusty Bible reveals and exposes a persons desire not to be. The Holy Spirit and my open Bible led me to contemplate patience this week. One of my students once made me a sign that hangs on the wall of my classroom, “God, please grant me patience, because if you grant me strength, I might hurt someone.” Thankfully, God does grant me patience. I could not be a teacher without patience. Thankfully, the fruit of the Spirit includes love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control along with patience.
Moment of Zen: Matt Lanter
Would Reagan Have Supported Gay Marriage?
Thoughts on Marriage Equality From a Bible Thumper in the Deep South
Marriage Equality: I Can’t Be Switzerland AnymoreMy Facebook feed is worse than it is during football season right now. Lots of indignation and passion and red signs for equality, lots of red crosses– which oddly confuses me because I don’t know if those people are against same sex marriage or just pro-Jesus or what?
I don’t want to write this post. I want to be Switzerland. I want to keep my mouth shut. But I made myself a promise– I promised that I wasn’t going to hold back anymore. That I wouldn’t let fear of what other people think of me, keep me from speaking my truth.I don’t WANT to be controversial, but here is the thing: I have gay friends. Good friends. People I love. And if I was sitting at a table eating lunch with one of them and you walked up to them and started saying things like, “You are disgusting. God is disgusted by you. You shouldn’t be able to be next of kin for your partner. You don’t deserve to be a parent. A child would be better off in foster care than being raised by you.”
If you were saying these things, to one of my friends? To their face?? I daresay that I would STAND up from the table, take my earrings off and tell you where to step off.Maybe you don’t have any gay friends. Maybe you don’t know anyone who lives a lifestyle a little different from yours. That lifestyle might not be the same as yours in one significant way, but I’m willing to bet my bootie and the booties of all the booties that MUCH of that person’s life IS the same as yours. Because, you know, it’s a human life. They have a story and a family and struggles just like you. And maybe, just maybe, if you got to know someone who is a little different from you, instead of labeling them, you’d start to see how beautiful, vulnerable and human they are, too.
So here’s the thing. I know this isn’t going to win me any cool points– especially in the South– but I’m not going to sit at the table while people yell stuff at my friends and not say anything. Lately, I’ve found that I’m having a hard time making eye contact with them because I’ve been sitting on my hands saying nothing.
I don’t believe same-sex marriages are a threat to my marriage. I believe same-sex couples can and do raise healthy, happy and beautiful children. Sometimes even better than heterosexual couples and INFINITELY better than the foster care system can.And y’all know I am a Bible thumper, right? I sort of came out of the Jesus closet here in the last few months and promised you and myself that I wouldn’t hold back anymore– so here’s the thing– WHO CARES!? I get it. I know what the Bible says, and even if that’s what you believe WHY would you spend so much time fighting against something you disagree with instead of fighting FOR something you are passionate about?
Last time I checked there were still a ton of kids in this country and all over the world who are starving and orphaned. People are still homeless. There are people hurting in our communities, people who need to be loved unconditionally, who need a friend. And sadly, for the church, a lot of those people are in the gay community because the church as a whole has made it CLEAR that they aren’t welcome or wanted here unless they repent.
And all I’m saying is, I’m really glad that’s not how Jesus loves me.
We need to remind ourselves that this issue isn’t being put before the church. It’s being put before the Supreme Court and I, for one, am thankful that our country was founded in a way that how someone else feels or believes, doesn’t affect my right to live my life the way I choose.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” In my Bible that’s in red print ’cause Jesus said it and I want to be like Him.
Things I Never Thought I’d Say To My Students
- I don’t care who made that mess, I’m telling YOU to clean it up.
- Don’t ask me to repeat myself! I will repeat myself three times.
- Deal with it. I don’t have the time or patience for your complaining.
- Go to your room, or in my case “Go to the office!”
- Stop it.
- Hurry up!
- Say “please.” or say “thank you.” (I live in the South, I should not have this problem, but kids are not raised the same way I was.)
- Shush! Or more likely “SHUT-UP!!!”
- What did I just say? or What did I tell you?
- When I was your age…
- You’ll understand when you have kids.
- Because I said so. (Why do kids always have to talk back. I used to always talk back to my parents, but never a teacher.)
- My Classroom, My Rules! (The way my dad used to say this is “My house, my rules.”
- As long as you are in my classroom, you will follow my rules! (The way my dad used to say this is “As long as you are under my roof, you will live by my rules.”)
- Were You Born in a Barn? Just shut the door.
- It’s Not My Problem! (The other way of saying this is, “I don’t want to hear your excuses!”
- Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?! (I’ve also caught myself saying, “Don’t turn away from me when I’m talking to you!”)
- 1, 2, 3 … Though I usually just hold my fingers up. (By now they know I don’t even have to verbalized it.)
- Listen to me!
- Huh? (My mother always has the habit of half listening to me and then when I want an answer, she says “Huh?” I catch myself doing that too often.)
- Quit being a smartass!
- Shut the fuck up!
- Get the hell out of my room!
- Quit your bitching!