Good morning, and welcome to His Encouragement Thursday! I don’t know about you, but Thursdays are my struggle day of the week. By Thursday, I have already been working hard at school and at home, and I just wish it would hurry up and be Friday already. LOL! I definitely need a little extra Jesus time on Thursdays.
Trisha, my blogger friend at Joy of Reading, and I decided on calling this post “His Encouragement” because our real source of peace, strength, and security can only come from Jesus Christ. He, and He alone, is our constant! We pray and hope that these Thursday posts become a real encouragement to you and help you end your week strong in God’s love and purpose for you. God bless!
Today’s Thursday Encouragement comes from:
Psalm 42:11 (ESV)
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my Salvation and my God.
I have been an English teacher for 14 years. For the last 12 of those 14 years I have taught AP English Literature and Composition. It is essentially a college course taught on a high school campus. There is an exam in May, and if a student passes the exam he/she can receive college-level credits. It’s a fantastic program; one I support wholeheartedly. I feel it is my mission, especially in today’s society, to teach kids how to think, read, and write critically. When they leave high school as an “adult,” I want them to be as equipped as possible to not be fooled by this world.
The AP Lit exam that is held every May consists of two parts. The first part is a 60-minute multiple choice exam, followed by a two-hour essay portion where students write three, 40-minute essays. Yesterday, we did a practice 40-minute timed essay in my class and it was a dismal failure. My AP students wrote like they had never written an essay before. To put it into better perspective, yesterday’s essay was the 13th essay of the year in my class. But my students acted like they had never heard of a thesis statement before. Body paragraphs?! What are those? Evidence to support my claim?! Never heard of it.
I chose Psalm 42:11 today because I need some serious encouragement. My soul is weary and in turmoil. I walked away from school yesterday feeling like a COMPLETE failure. I get that school is only a small part of a person’s life. I get that on a large scale, the onus falls on the child to be responsible for the work they need to get done in school. But, I am still disappointed. I use my entire summer to plan and attend professional development. I haven’t had a “free” summer in 12 years. I also use my Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks throughout the year to tweak current plans or make new ones. Just because school is over at 2:37 pm everyday, and June 7th is the last day of this school’s year, I never stop being in teacher-mode. I am always thinking about my kids and bending over backwards trying so desperately to reach them in meaningful and lasting ways.
I appreciate Psalm 42:11 for the final part of the verse — “Hope in God; for I shall praise Him, my Salvation and my God.” While I can so very much relate to David feeling in a place of frustration and disappointment, and I totally get what he means when he recognizes that his soul is cast down, it is the direction in the final part of the verse that I really needed to hear today. No matter what is going on in our lives, no matter the disappointments, frustrations, or traumas, we need to HOPE in God. Why? Because God is our SALVATION. God will be our Savior NO MATTER WHAT. And because of this fact, our souls don’t need to be depressed.
So, yes, I am really frustrated and disappointed with my students. I’m nervous that 17 and 18 year old humans are NOT ready for this world. BUT, it’s OK. God’s got them just like He has me. God SAVES no matter what!
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN!
WHAT BIBLICAL VERSE IS ENCOURAGING YOU TODAY?
Check out more Thursday Encouragement from my fellow blogger friends:
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Becca @ The Becca Files
Gina @ Stories by Gina
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes