My Kids Got Talent

People don’t hide your lamp under a bowl

Talents give us the natural ability to do something well or easily. However, to master a talent, it must be put into action (practice and nurtured). Talents are labeled as gifts and everyone has at least one gift. Speaking, reading, writing, music, art, building, thinking, making others feel safe and/or happy are just a few. As we can be reassured that we are all unique and needed, no matter what, still, there are three very important steps to effectively utilizing these great gifts.

  1. Contact ~ Awareness of our gifts.
  2. Observation ~ Gained information about our gifts.
  3. Training ~ On-going process and investment to further improve our gifts.

In the “Parable of the Talents,” Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man going on a journey. Before he goes, he gives three workers different amounts of talents. “To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. [Matthew 25:15-18] The third worker in that parable, the one who “dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.” This is what is said about him ~ “Take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” [Matthew 25:28-29] In other words, what we refuse to use, we loose. Our talents are God’s gift to us and what we do with it is our gift back to God. We may carry the smallest gift, but just like as the mustard seed, nothing can be judged by its size:

It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches. [ Luke 13:1]

Giving my class a better visual to the meaning of this parable, I shared with them a story of a woman, who was greatly inspired by her friends exquisite landscape of flowers. This dramatic and eye-catching view brought on her own personal epiphany to start and plant her own garden. After buying all the supplies, cultivating the soil, planting the seeds and watering; day after day, week after week, she waited with anticipation and nothing happened. I asked my class how they would feel, if this happened to them? Then I asked, “How does God feel, when we refuse to grow?” After all, we do get a clear vision from scripture.

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good…” [Genesis 1:31]

“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then He said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard Him say it.” [ Mark 11:12-25]

A proud teacher moment is when you watch the motivation in your students, as they encourage each other in deeds and words. This year, a class has not gone by without one of my students putting their skills into action to bless others. In the book of Luke 11:1-2, we read, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your Name, Your kingdom come…'” This gives me the visual to if Jesus said to pray, “Father,” then God is looking down on my students and saying, “My kids got talent!

Cecilia Grace, singer songwriter. who currently live in LA not only blessed us with joining our class on zoom this week, singing a few great songs, but leaving us with these moving words; “I always feel like it is the Holy Spirit who writes it for me; like I am just a pencil.”

We are never too young or too old, to discover hidden talents within us, the Bible makes that very clear. Learning is a treasure that will follow us where ever we go, if only we receive it. My beautiful Aunt Mae, gave me these thought provoking words to share; “Everything you do, you learn.” So people don’t hide your lamp under a bowl, as your light is a gift that was meant to help others see!

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. [Matthew 5:15]

A teacher is not so much responsible for what our students know, but more so for the seeds we plant to help them grow. As God’s word says:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. [Jeremiah 29:11]

Let us ask the Father in the Name of Jesus, by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, to open our eyes so we may see the exquisite landscape, He prepared in advance for us. We know we have been given the ability to meet the calling, Lord get us motivated, and may we have an God fearing attitude to carry us the whole way.

Until soon ~ Many blessings,

Deanna Danielle

Deannadanielle.com

What Is Needed For Today’s Lesson Plan – Loot bag of talents
• A Bible
• Colored paper
• Markers
• Scissors
• Tape
• String or ribbon

Creator of Heaven and Earth

Understanding what really happened at the Cross.

Three in one: ~Body, soul and spirit = one person. ~Matter, space, and time = one universe ~Appetizer, main course, dessert = one meal ~The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit = one God.

Seeing is believing: ~We can not see the Coronavirus, yet, its impact has made it clear that it does exist. ~We can not see Radio Waves, still, satellites, computer networks and radio, make it pretty obvious that it is there. ~We can not see Air/Oxygen, though amazingly up to now it is responsible for keeping us alive. ~We can not see, God almighty, creator of heaven and earth, who is before all things, created every thing and holds it all together, nevertheless, no other explanation makes sense to everything there is that exists.

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. [John 1:3]

The greatest need for every man, woman, or child today is to have a fresh stream of the Holy Spirit from our living God pouring into us. This incredible gift will fill us with the strength we need, so that we can be confident in the uniqueness of who He has created us to be. We have all been given special skills and abilities to serve God and proclaim His love to the world. Gifts of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness wisdom, knowledge, healing, discernment, organizational skills, communicational skills, miracles all work in agreement with God’s principles and guide us in accomplishing His plans for our lives. As my 3rd grade class and I gathered on Zoom, l always love to hear what they have to say. Out of the mouths of babes, here is my students understanding of what happened at the Cross

An observant generation taking notice:

*“I learned from God’s love that He’s done so many wonderful things for us, because of His love”
*“When I see the cross I think of love and joy”
*“If you believe in God you can go on so many amazing adventures and He could help you so much.” *“He gave up His life for us so we wouldn’t have to suffer through death.”
*“If you love God, He will love you back and help you”
*“He will help you”


From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise. [Matthew 21:16]

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

The first step in understand what happened at the Cross is to Humble ourselves and seek forgiveness. Life is a gift that has been given to us, what we do with it matters. Spending time with God allows us to recognize that our weakness is just a steeping stone to becoming all that we were created to be. That is if we ask God to intercede in those shortcomings. And if we do, we can be sure that the seeds of potential within us will never be wasted.

*What Scripture teaches us about God, Creator of heaven and earth:

As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. [Matthew 3:16-17]

If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. [John 14:15-31]

*Understanding what really happened at the Cross:

For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. [John 3:16]

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. [Jeremiah 29:11]

A teacher is not so much responsible for what our students know, but more so for the seeds we plant to help them grow. 

Let us ask the Father in the Name of Jesus, by the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, for a fresh stream of living water to pour into us and like a river flow from within us.

Until soon ~ Many blessings,

Deanna Danielle

Deannadanielle.com

Creator of Heaven and Earth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hqeO2HOGVQ&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1qk42NJgsFEHK1nrUhfhNnVeONrcRYRBtEZpgPiKXwSpjmLneT_HTSwAQ

When God Provides, We Need To Take Action

Pass the torch and let your light shine bright for all to see.

Light has always held great necessity for humans. It helps us to see our way through the dark, it provides us with many health benefits, it leads us to being more productive in our work and play. As athletes pass a lit torch to one another, the Olympic flame burns bright throughout the course of the games until they have reached the finished line.

This past week a member of the Care Coalition (Lovenevergivesup.com) dropped off painted stones in primary colors for our class. This provided my class with an opportunity to take action. With acts of kindness they wrote words of encouragement on the stones and placed them around town, in front of the hospitals and kept one to share with each other. As my 3rd grade class and I gathered on Zoom, I was impressed. They truly engaged in the meaning of passing the torch and letting their light shine bright for all to see!

Here are some of their words of encouragement:

*“Love”
*“Stay safe”
*“Stay strong”
*“It May be hard but you can power through”
*“Jesus gave you this life because He knew you were strong enough to live it”
*“Stay home”

It is said that our sky’s brightest star is 8.6 light-years away.

Is it possible for the light that lives within us to shine that long, that bright?!

*What does Scripture teach us about how God Provides?

And God said, “Let there be light,”and there was light. And God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.… [Genesis 1:3-4]

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. [Luke 9:1]

*What does Scriptures teach us about taking action?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. [Matthew 5:16]

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. [Hebrews 12:1]

A teacher is not so much responsible for what our students know, but more so for the seeds we plant to help them grow. “When God provides, we need to take action!”

Let us ask the Holy Spirit to fill us anew, and to release in us His wonderful gifts. May He, “produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”  [Galatians 5:22]

Until soon,

Deanna Danielle

Deannadanielle.com

Pass the torch and let your light shine bright for all to see!

When God Provides, We Need To Take Action

Nothing Can Stop Jesus’ Healing Power!

Nothing Can Stop Jesus’ Healing Power:

Navigating Reality by Way of Taking What is “Old” and Making it New

As each vessel has a chain of command, starting with the Captain and following with a Chief Mate. I can tell you for sure, my class is filled with Chief Mates! They are ready, willing and able to take charge of their responsibilities with faith, hope, trust and love. This is a strong lesson in itself, as I watch them take the Scriptures of old, and apply it to their daily living .

As my 3rd grade class and I gathered on Zoom (what teaching looks like during coronavirus days), Team ‘A’ read Mark 4:35-41 and Team ‘B’ read John 9:1-15.

Mark 4:35-41 reads: Jesus Calms the Storm – A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”

John 9:1-15 reads – Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind – As He went along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said. The Pharisees Investigate the Healing They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “I was blind, and now I see!”

After they got the opportunity to read the scriptures out loud, I followed up with these questions:

*What do these Scriptures teach us about God?

*How do these Scriptures teach us about how we should live?

Through these Scriptures we learn that when we stay close to God through prayer, communion and repentance, we will rise to the challenges of life. We can take comfort in knowing that “even the wind and the waves obey Him!” These principles were true then and they are still true now.

We learn that nothing can stop Jesus’ ‘healing power.’ Our God encourages us to come together to offer compassion and support to one another. To share solutions and learn together as we navigate our way with Him (not apart from Him) through all circumstances, new and old.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”    (Galatians 6:2)

A teacher is not so much responsible for what our students know, but more so for the seeds we plant to help them grow. Making connections in any way to see our students is just as important for them to feel seen, and more importantly know God is with them always!

Psalm 13, A Psalm of David, may sound like our prayer today:

How Long, O Lord?

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide Your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in Your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because He has dealt bountifully with me.

May you day be wonderful and blessed; filled with the knowledge and love of our gracious God!

Until soon,

Deanna Danielle

Deannadanielle.com

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What Is Needed For Today’s Lesson Plan:
• Bible
• Construction paper
• Crayons
• Glue
• Band-aids (at least 2 )

Disciples In The Making II

In order to be a really good teacher, I believe you must continuously be a student. I see quotes, parables, and metaphors, all having one mission in common, and that is to help visually guide.

I once read that the famous quote, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn,” derived out of a Chinese philosophy book. The original paragraph read, “Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.” I am not sure I agree 100% with the original paragraph, as much as I do the quote that came from it. After all, some things are better off when not seen, nor heard, or practiced. However, it is all good when it serves us well.

Every year, I do my best to put together a fundraiser, theatrical play and video, with my class. It’s in hopes that they can learn more about God’s love for them through involving them in tasting it, feeling it, and seeing it. Through these events I realize that we were not created to walk by ourselves, but with each-other. It is said that fruit rarely grows in isolation, but only together with others, being connected by the vine that gives it life and fruitfulness.

This year before our Easter production, I reached out to my students that are not fans of being on stage. I delegated the responsibilities of opening the curtain, playing the music, and filming. I have to say, they did an awesome job, I couldn’t have done it without them! From my performers to my crew, they are all truly disciples in the making. After all, we may be the only bible that the people we meet will ever read, or the last message given, through word and deed.

In the presence of God, we are sure to be protected, directed, and even corrected. My Mother-in-law once said it best, as she was helping me fold some clothes. I was just about to go up the steps when she handed me a stack, saying, “Don’t go up empty handed!”

Matthew 6:19-21 Treasures in Heaven “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. May His Risen, giving, loving presence fill us with every joy, motivating us to do our part to bring His Good News to others.

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve, to protect us, and to defend this great nation. In celebrating this Memorial Day, may you and your family be blessed in abundance!

Deanna Danielle

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 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…”                                                      John 15:5

One hand reaching out to hold another…

 

National Anthem

One by one, their steps were quick and their faces were brightly smiling. Their arms were stretched out carrying trays of banana bread, muffins, donuts, brownies, cookies, and cupcakes beautifully decorated with colorful sprinkles, as they entered into the auditorium. They were prepared for service. Kids helping kids, they put on their aprons and were ready to raise money for St. Jude children, to help them fight cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The rush was on. As the other teachers gathered their students to go to class, we had our first customers; one very generous teacher and her group. Then the silence came and the clock was ticking, uh-oh… I thank God for the gift of prayer. We prayed, and as I shared with them what a wonderful thing they were doing to help others, the sound of pitter patter was in the hall and we were up and running once again. When the younger class that came to purchase sat to enjoy their treats, out of the blue, my students started singing…

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?…

This is the beauty of having the privilege to teach. It’s when your students “WOW” you, no money can buy that!

There are times in our lives when we hear a song, a national anthem, and it moves us. As I see our world today and wonder what we will leave behind for our children, I express warm admiration for the words of Mandela in the movie Invictus:

“I couldn’t help noticing the empty offices as I came to work today, and all the packing boxes. Now, of course, if you want to leave, that is your right. And if you feel in your heart that you cannot work with your new government, then it is better that you do leave, right away. But if you are packing up because you fear that your language, or the color of your skin, or who you served previously, disqualifies you from working here now, I am here to tell you, have no such fear. What is verby is verby. What is past is past. We look to the future, now. We need your help. We want your help. If you would like to stay, you will be doing your country a great service. I ask only that you do your jobs to the best of your abilities, and with good hearts. I promise to do the same.”

May God bless our Country and everyone in it always. May God bless our world that there may be peace, happiness and perfect health. May God bless you and me. For we are all a part of God’s great big family, if only we want to be…

Deanna Danielle

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For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

 

When God Came To Earth

I am so proud of my 4th grade class, they gave all they had to present a beautiful Christmas Pageant. Christmas is a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His unending love for us, as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child.

God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought magnificent joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this extraordinary event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

There is a pome that reads:
Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today.
He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way
He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died
He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.

As we lifted our hands to pray before the curtain opened, it was our prayer to share this life given message, about a time when God came to earth, to share His love with us. A love that truly can not be expressed in words.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1

Merry Christmas Blessings,

Deanna Danielle

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4th grade 2016