God's Grace for Teachers

God's Grace for Teachers

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Overview

If God’s grace could talk . . .

Actually, it already has. And is. And does.
And here’s what it sounds like.
It sounds like hope for days when life feels absolutely overwhelming. It sounds like promise that speaks into every relationship, no matter how desperately in need or how dear to your heart. It sounds like sufficiency in all those places where none of us is ever good enough. It sounds like confidence that would make no sense at all except the full weight of God is steadfastly behind it.
If God’s grace could talk, it would sound exactly like what this book says in every Scripture on every page. And it wouldn’t sound nearly as old as it actually is, because it’s new every morning and within instant reach at every moment.
It would sound like God, talking directly to you. Because He is. And does.
And always does it with grace.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535917629
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

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CHAPTER 1

ANGER

In the classroom, there may be many moments that provoke anger, but the key is to speak and act with love.

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Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated — it can only bring harm.

Psalm 37:8

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A patient person shows great understanding, but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness.

Proverbs 14:29

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A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

Proverbs 15:1

"But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Whoever insults his brother or sister, will be subject to the court. Whoever says, 'You fool!' will be subject to hellfire."

Matthew 5:22

* * *

Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger, and don't give the devil an opportunity.

Ephesians 4:26–27

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Lord, may Your Holy Spirit guide my words and actions when I'm feeling angry so I can show grace to my students each day.

ANXIETY

Beneath the anxieties that torment us is a need to feel in control of our circumstances — but our peace is found in remembering that the Creator of the whole universe has us safely in the palm of His hand.

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"Therefore I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to his life-span by worrying?"

Matthew 6:25–27

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"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don't let your heart be troubled or fearful."

John 14:27

Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6–7

* * *

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

2 Timothy 1:7

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Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:6–7

* * *

Heavenly Father, I entrust to You my family, my students, my finances, and my well-being, knowing that Your peace will guard my heart and mind.

AUTHORITY

As a teacher, you hold a particular position of authority over your students, and in this role, you have the opportunity to reveal to them the very character of God.

* * *

Then he said to them, "Give, then, to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Matthew 22:21–22

* * *

Jesus came near and said to them, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth."

Matthew 28:18

* * *

Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God.

Romans 13:1

For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9–11

* * *

Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God's will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.

1 Peter 2:13–15

* * *

Father God, please grant me wisdom and grace to be a mirror of godly authority in my school, and I willingly submit to Your authority in all things.

BEAUTY

All of creation is ablaze with the beauty of the Lord — look for it in sunsets, the night stars, blooms of flowers in spring, and the glowing face of a happy child.

* * *

I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

* * *

I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well.

Psalm 139:14

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

* * *

You are absolutely beautiful, my darling; there is no imperfection in you.

Song of Solomon 4:7

* * *

Don't let your beauty consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and wearing gold jewelry, but rather what is inside the heart — the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.

1 Peter 3:3–4

* * *

Heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You for the beauty You have poured out on this earth, which heals and blesses the hearts that behold it.

CARING

Teachers play a special role in young people's lives. You reflect the nature of God as an instructor, a nurturer, and a refuge in hard times.

* * *

"I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 13:34–35

* * *

Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

Galatians 6:10

* * *

Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4

* * *

Dear Jesus, grant me the opportunity to extend caring and compassion to the young people who may need encouragement today.

CHANGE

Every new school year can bring new people, changed rules, uncertainty, and unease, but we can rest in the promise that Christ is eternal and unchanging.

* * *

There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

* * *

"Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert."

Isaiah 43:18–19

"Because I, the Lord, have not changed, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed."

Malachi 3:6

* * *

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

2 Corinthians 5:17

* * *

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

* * *

Lord Jesus, no matter what the future brings, may I take heart that You are with me until the end of the age.

CHILDREN

Outside of their parents and grandparents, teachers are some of the most important symbols of love and trust in children's lives.

* * *

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, offspring, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one's youth. Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. They will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.

Psalm 127:3–5

* * *

Even a young man is known by his actions — by whether his behavior is pure and upright.

Proverbs 20:11

When Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me. Don't stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

Mark 10:14

* * *

Fathers, don't stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:4

* * *

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Colossians 3:20

* * *

Heavenly Father, please guard and protect all the students in my care with Your tender love and mercy.

COMPASSION

The Lord has commanded that we love our neighbors as ourselves and also love our enemies. We demonstrate compassion by acting out of love in the best interests of others.

* * *

Yet he was compassionate; he atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them. He often turned his anger aside and did not unleash all his wrath.

Psalm 78:38

* * *

When he went ashore, he saw a large crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then he began to teach them many things.

Mark 6:34

Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

* * *

And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

Ephesians 4:32

* * *

Lord, may Your Holy Spirit fill my heart and soul with concern for my students and colleagues so I may be a willing conduit of Your love.

CONFIDENCE

No matter what challenges you may face, the power that created the universe and raised Christ from the dead lives inside of you.

* * *

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10

* * *

It is not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.

2 Corinthians 3:5

* * *

I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

So don't throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised.

Hebrews 10:35–36

* * *

This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows all things. Dear friends, if our hearts don't condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commands and do what is pleasing in his sight.

1 John 3:19–22

* * *

Heavenly Father, grant me the kind of inner strength and confidence that only comes from trusting in Your love and provision for all my needs.

CONFLICT

One way we can walk in the Spirit, rather than according to the flesh, is to resist the pride and need to be right that we often feel in conflicts with others.

* * *

Therefore, putting away lying, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger, and don't give the devil an opportunity.

Ephesians 4:25–27

* * *

"If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he won't listen, take one or two others with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. If he doesn't pay attention to them, tell the church. If he doesn't pay attention even to the church, let him be like a Gentile and a tax collector to you."

Matthew 18:15–17

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone's eyes. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Romans 12:14–18

* * *

A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

Proverbs 15:1

* * *

What is the source of wars and fights among you? Don't they come from your passions that wage war within you? You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and wage war. You do not have because you do not ask.

James 4:1–2

* * *

Lord Jesus, may I imitate Your grace and gentleness in any disagreement or confrontation with other people in my life.

CONTENTMENT

The quickest route to contentment is through gratitude and trust — by recognizing the abundant goodness in your life and trusting that God never fails to provide for your needs.

* * *

"So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Matthew 6:31–34

* * *

He then told them, "Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions."

Luke 12:15

I don't say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.

Philippians 4:11–12

* * *

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. If we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.

1 Timothy 6:6–8

* * *

Keep your life free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for he himself has said, I will never leave you or abandon you.

Hebrews 13:5

* * *

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your unfailing love and faithfulness and may You grow in me a godly contentment.

COURAGE

Having courage doesn't mean that you feel no fear — rather it means you're having a willingness and readiness to proceed despite the fear.

* * *

"Haven't I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

Joshua 1:9

* * *

I always let the Lord guide me.

Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16:8

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous.

Wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14

* * *

Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.

1 Corinthians 16:13

* * *

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

2 Timothy 1:7

* * *

Dear God, grant me a sense of Your strength and presence that I may face this day and its challenges with courage.

DISCERNMENT

The Holy Spirit is our ever-present Helper who grants us wisdom so we can know and do the will of God.

* * *

So give your servant a receptive heart to judge your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?

1 Kings 3:9

* * *

And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, so that you may approve the things that are superior and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ.

Philippians 1:9–10

Don't stifle the Spirit. Don't despise prophecies, but test all things. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:19–22

* * *

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God — who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly — and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

* * *

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 4:1

* * *

Holy Spirit, may my spirit be open and receptive to Your prompting and leading so that I discern what is right and good in all things.

DISCIPLINE

As a teacher, you're faced with enforcing rules on a daily basis, so let the tender heart of God be your guide as you instill discipline in your classroom.

* * *

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but one who hates correction is stupid.

Proverbs 12:1

* * *

The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.

Proverbs 13:24

* * *

Foolishness is bound to the heart of a youth; a rod of discipline will separate it from him.

Proverbs 22:15

Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:27

* * *

No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:11

* * *

Heavenly Father, may Your hand guide me and correct me so that all I do and say will glorify You.

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Introduction,
Anger,
Anxiety,
Authority,
Beauty,
Caring,
Change,
Children,
Compassion,
Confidence,
Conflict,
Contentment,
Courage,
Discernment,
Discipline,
Discouragement,
Dissatisfied,
Encouragement,
Failure,
Faithfulness,
Family,
Fear,
Forgiveness,
Friendship,
Gentleness,
Grace,
Grief,
Guilt,
Happiness,
Honor,
Hope,
Humility,
Integrity,
Joy,
Justice,
Kindness,
Knowledge,
Laziness,
Leadership,
Loneliness,
Mercy,
Motives,
Obedience,
Patience,
Peace,
Perseverance,
Prayer,
Pride,
Reliability,
Righteousness,
Savior,
Self-Control,
Service,
Sovereignty of God,
Speech,
Stability,
Strength,
Stress,
Success,
Teaching,
Thankfulness,
Theft,
Trust,
Victory,
Violence,
Wisdom,
Work,
Worry,
Verse Index,

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