My Next Adventure: TEACHING!

Like most college students, I changed my major after my freshman year. I switched from Music Education to Music Performace, and I can vividly remember the conversation I had with Dr. Bigley about the decision. Well. Not really that vividly, it was 10 years ago. But I do remember the concluding sentence. He told me,

“Betty,  it doesn’t really matter what you choose. If God wants you to teach, he will have you teach. And if God wants you to perform–it doesn’t matter what your degree says-you’ll perform.” 

Now, here we are a decade later, and I am fulfilling that very “prophesy”. I don’t have a degree in Education (I wish!), and I don’t have any real classroom experience, but God has wonderfully, graciously, and randomly made a way for me to be a teacher.

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On Monday, I start teaching fulltime at East Hill Christian School! I am a 6th grade Science, Math, and (my favorite subject) Bible teacher and I am pumped! Oh, and terrified. I am very aware of my lack of knowledge when it comes to classroom management, lesson plannings, and let’s be real-6th-grade science.

But, depending wholeheartedly on the Holy Spirit, I am going to joyfully, humbly, and creatively teach my 6th graders. And by teach, I mean guide, learn from, love, encourage, challenge, pray for, evaluate, and disciple the dear students God brings my way.  I am excited to learn from other teachers,  learn from my many mistakes, and grow in knowing how to best guide young people to understand and treasure truth and intellect. I am very passionate about Christian education and cannot wait to interweave the character of God into our lessons to help cultivate children who delight in their Creator.

I am very grateful to God for giving me this opportunity, and as aforementioned, completely dependent on Him to use me and teach me to be a master teacher! And from y’all I welcome any resources/tips/words of wisdom/encouragement/etc. that you may have for me!

As always, thanks for taking the time to read and hear my heart!

Much Love!

Mrs. Bacon 🙂

 

Education is the Most Powerful Weapon by Nelson Mandela - 8 1/2 x 11 art print signed by Aimee Ferre

 

Checking off the standards you've taught becomes the focus, but the reality is that this quote perfectly describes our true purpose as teachers.

 

My teacher thought I was smarter than I was - so I was.

You teach what you know,  but you reproduce what you are.  -- Howard Hendricks pic.twitter.com/oNRVmS2qOr

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Principles and Benefits of a Classical Education

Healthy Body-Healthy Betty!

I love improving!

Really in anything! Intellectually through classes, seminars, or conferences. Socially-through meeting new people. I love trying new things! Growing as a musician, constructive criticism through a friend. I love reviews at work-so I can know areas that I need improvement in! I like growing, and learning, and being better! I never want to stop!

Another way that I constantly want to get better and better is in my physical health. Not to “lose weight”, “be hot!” or “get thin”-those aren’t my goals! But simply to have the healthiest body I can have for the glory of God. To be able to serve Him and long as possible! If He calls me to build houses in Ecuador when I’m 60-I want to do everything I can NOW, to make sure I’m ready then!!

So, in the spirit of the new year, here are my health related things I want to work on:

  • Be consistent in cutting out coffee drinks that are loaded with sugar (chai chargers/caramel macchiatos are the death of me!)
  • Eat more natural foods and less processed foods!
  • I want to be able to do pull-ups!  (I got a pull-up bar for Christmas!)
  • Do CARDIO (spin class!) three times a week
    • I LOVE weight lifting and strength training-so I normally just do that! Cardio is a challenge for me to do! Below is a picture of me before doing a glow in the dark 5K…there isn’t a picture afterwards because I felt awful -I hadn’t run 5k is FAR too long!

    Oh! And this is me after my Spartan Race last year! Super fun! Jumping over walls and under ropes for 5k is much more enjoyable than just a regular ol’ trail!

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So that’s me! Nothing too earth shattering here-just a few simple things I want to do to be improving all the time. And if I do keep adding little good things all the time, and taking away little bad things all the time, I figure that is a really good thing! (Also, I’m up to 2 pullups! ;))

P.S. I have a “gym buddy”, and that is seriously one the best things I have ever done for my workout! Accountability is KEY!

P.P.S. Always keep your heart and mind focused and the right purposes and reasons for being healthy and working out!

Salvation Story

One of my favorite classes I ever took at LBC was called “Pastoral Epistles” with Dr. Johnny Miller. I loved pouring through 1st and 2nd Timothy and Titus. I vividly remember studying for my final after midnight breakfast in the ODC thinking while pouring over my notes, “This is worship”. I wanted to breakout in the doxology at the end of every class, and the 3 hours each week would fly by as I thought, “amen, amen, amen!”.

I remember one day in particular where in the middle of a monologue Dr. Miller stopped and pointed around at the class, “Someone, tell me your salvation story.” He made eye contact with a young man in the 3rd row. “You, tell me your story”. He adjusted his posture and sheepishly said something along the lines of “Oh, its really kind of boring. I, uh, grew up in a Christian home, have good godly parents, said the prayer of salvation when I was four”. He chuckled, “Nothing really exciting, sorry.” Dr. Miller said not a word as he walked back to the center of the room and held onto the wooden podium there. He began to tell his story of salvation, explaining how he ran from Christ until the age of 30. He told how when his children were born his constant prayer for them is that they would come to know Christ at a young age. That they would not have to feel the separation that he felt. Save them from the painful years apart from God, yearning for peace, yet unable to attain it. He looked at our class, “Young people,” he said, “crossing the line of faith at a young age is one of the biggest means of grace God can bestow upon his child.” He started to cry. “Please, please, do not belittle this precious gift. Please understand that the story of a child’s repentance is one of the most beautiful ones that can ever be told.” He wiped the tear off his cheek and said, “I’m sorry…it’s just that my salvation is so dear to me.”

Those words continue to echo in my head. As I think about how often I lack gratitude and understanding for the enormity that is my salvation. I urge you not to downplay the significance of God choosing you to be his child, allowing you to know Him, and sustaining you to grow in Him.