Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart

Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart by Glenys Nellist tells the stories of important women in the Bible such as Eve, Hannah, Ester, Mary, and Mary Magdalene, just to name a few. Along with the women’s stories, each page includes a Bible verse and a little letter from God that relates to each lesson taught.

This picture book is perfect for young girls to learn about the heroic women in the Bible. The pictures are very beautiful and colorful. Each female Biblical hero’s story includes a little pop-out letter from God that can be addressed to the reader. The letters relate to the story and then give some advice that is applicable to the young readers. The lessons are very easy to understand and show girls of all ages that they can make an impact in this world just like the women in the Bible did. I highly recommend this book to all young female readers.

I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers. All ideas are my own.

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Burned Out Teacher

I am burned out. I am not sure how I am supposed to make it through 3 1/2 more weeks of school. Every day gets longer and longer. I count the hours before it is time to go home. Then, to make things even worse, they went and canceled my only special on Friday. That means that except for lunch, I am with the students all day. I am thinking that I should put in a sub request for the afternoon just so that I can go home and have some time to myself. The bad thing is that I get bored and lonely on the weekends. Do I really want to add some extra time to the weekend?

On My Way to Happiness

I turned in my letter of resignation today. I also told a few people that I was leaving so that they would be prepared when they saw it in the school board minutes tomorrow. To some degree, it has been difficult telling people. It is difficult telling people that I have no job lined up because it is very obvious then that I am leaving because I do not like my job.

It is the truth though. I have been unhappy for awhile. I was stunned last fall when my counselor asked me why I was still a teacher when I did not like it but she asked a very good question. It has not been an easy question to answer though. I am giving up a stable job and everything that is familiar. That has been terrifying. It has also made my mind wrestle back and forth about whether to give up teaching or not.

Finally, I just called my mom and talked to her. The second I told her that I was considering leaving teaching, she told me that she knew I was unhappy. She doesn’t know the half of it since she doesn’t know that I suffer from depression. But, I thought I hid it well. We talked a little and in the end, I knew that I needed to leave. And ever since then, my mind has settled down and there has been no more wrestling about what to do.

I still have five more weeks of school left. And in some ways, it feels like an eternity. But maybe I can go forth a little differently since I know that I am leaving a job that has made me so unhappy.

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets Review

In The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets, by Mike Berenstain, all of Bear Country’s pets are invited to church to be blessed. The Bear family takes their dog, cat, fish, and bird to be blessed. At first, everything is going all right. Then, a dog scares one of the cats which starts a chain reaction among all the other animals. In the end, God calms the animals through the preacher and the animals are able to be blessed since they are a gift from God.

I definitely recommend this book for all children. The plot is very interesting since it deals with animals, which most kids love. There are also some funny parts of the story like when it talks about some of the animals the kids bring and also when all of the pets go crazy. The glossy pictures of the animals, as well as the Bear family, are very entertaining and help tell the story. The spiritual message is very clear as well: God created all creatures and we need to thank Him for the gift of pets. This book is a must-read for all fans of The Berenstain Bears.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers to review. All ideas are mine.

Teacher Contract Deadline

It has been awhile since I have last written. I have been busy and did not have much to say. Pretty much anxiety has consumed me. I have started taking Ativan in addition to my daily medication without my doctor’s approval. I still have the pills left over from a long time ago and thought that they might help with the extreme anxiety.

What has gotten me all anxious? Well, it is almost time for teacher contracts to be signed and I still am at a loss about what to do. I hate teaching but at least I have a steady paycheck, a job, and health insurance. If I choose to not sign my contract, I am choosing to give all of that up because I do not have another job lined up. I keep telling myself that if I cannot find a job, I will go work at Walmart.

I am at such a loss about what to do. My friends are no help either. They clearly want me to stay in teaching. But they do not understand the depression and anxiety that consume me each day because of teaching. It will be hard to leave them but I just don’t think I can do another year of teaching.

What should I do?