A Teacher’s Prayer

MelanieToddEngagement-63
Photo Credit: Adrianna Joy Photography

 

I first drafted this blog at the beginning of a new school year. That is when I begun my last step of college and student teaching. Every morning I prayed this prayer on my drive to work. As I approach the last month of school I have a new role, a substitute teacher. This prayer is still on my focus because honestly I have no idea what my class will need that day but the awesome thing is that the Lord knows!

doublearrowvector

Lord,

My students are your children. You know them by name. 

Enable me to be aware of each of their needs. 

Help me to be exactly what they need each day.

If they need extra love, may I love them like you love them.

If they need discipline, may I give them correction.

If they need forgiveness, may I be forgiving.

If they need to be encouraged, may I encourage them. 

If they need to explore, may I give them time to discover.

If they need to be nurtured, may I be like their mother.

I do not know what each of my students need but you do.

Help me to see needs and meet them in your strength.

Thank you for allowing me to take care of your children.  

Amen. 

doublearrowvector

 In Christ, Melanie

Advertisements

Dollar Tree Crafts: Chalkboard Meal Plan

This project began when I was searching the internet to buy a meal planning board. They varied in price from 20-30$. I am extremely cheap so I could not justify spending this much. One day while shopping at Dollar Tree I stumbled upon tiny chalkboards. In that moment this idea was born.

Total Cost of Project: $10

Supplies not pictured: -1 Measuring Tape -8 Small Command Strips

Supplies you will need are pictured below: (All found at the Dollar Store)

DSC_0307

Step 1: Super Glue two magnets on each chalk boardDSC_0315

Step 2: Put two command strips on top corners

DSC_0320

Step 3: Measure and plan out the space

DSC_0321

Step 4: Meal plan and write ideas on index cards

DSC_0324

Disclaimer: I did not add the days of the week because I liked the simplicity. However, you could add the days of the week by adding a sticker or writing on the chalkboard. I just go left to right for the days of the week.

 

-Happy Crafting, Melanie

Dear Anxious, Overwhelmed, Fearful, and Stressed,

Dear Anxious, Overwhelmed, Fearful, and Stressed,

DSC_0151

I know you probably don’t have time to read this. You may end up reading this because you are avoiding your massive to-do list. I don’t really have time myself but I am going to write this anyway.

Day after day I watch and hear people repeat. “This is awful! I stayed up all night. I am the busiest in this class! I am barely surviving. I don’t think I am going to survive. Help me!” I hate that we have to endure this. I hate that anyone ever feels this way. I hate that people are missing life. There is more to life than running a rat race. I am right there with you, I love my to-do list. I can relate with you, there are days where I feel like I am NEVER going to get through. I get anxious, I get overwhelmed, and I get cranky. But at the end of the day I end up going to bed, at the end of the week I can celebrate, and at the end of the semester I feel accomplished. Starting today let’s decide today to….

STOP the GLORIFYING of BUSY and START the GLORIFYING of PEACE!

You are going to make it!

You are going to make it to tomorrow!

You are going to make it to the end of the week!

You are going to make it to the end of the semester!

You are going to make it to graduation day!

You are going to leave a legacy!

I am not saying give up your busy life. I am saying stop missing the point of life. Which is joy. Decide whether you are going to check off your to-do list in joy or distress. Your circumstances should not and don’t have to change your peace. Please know that you hold the complete power to keep your joy and peace.


My To-Do List for You:

  • Enjoy these days as you can
  • Do what makes you at peace.
  • Allow time for self-care.
  • Then accomplish the to-do list.

The to-do list will always be there but people won’t.

In Christ, Melanie

Message in a Balloon: How to Ask Your Wedding Party


inviteimage



I wanted to ask my wedding party in a creative way. I searched different ideas from all different levels. There are so many great ideas! I came across this idea and thought it was so easy and fun!

Message in a Bottle Message in a Balloon

13140649_10153427147831090_631776249_n

Directions: Print out invites for each person. click this link to access the printable document.  Cut each invite into strips and roll around a pen. Put a balloon over the end of the funnel. Fill balloon with confetti and stick the rolled up paper through the funnel. Blow up the balloon up to fit the box. Tie ribbon around balloon. Create tags to tie to the other end of ribbon. Mine said “He popped the question. Now it is your turn to pop this!“.  Tie a safety-pin onto string. Enjoy as your watch each of your wedding party pop their balloons! 🙂

Materials: 

  • pack of 6 small boxes $3.99
    • I found mine at Michael’s craft store in the baking aisle
  • pack of 15 balloons $2.99
  • confetti $3.99
  • funnel $1
  • pack of safety-pin $1
  • cardstock $1
  • ribbon $1
  • felt tip pen $1
  • wasabi tape $1 (just for decoration on tag)
    • I found mine at the dollar store.
  • scissors
  • Printable Invites on printer paper

 

Happy Crafting, Melanie.

Tea Tree Facial Toner

For the past two years I have battled acne. I have tried everything my doctor recommended from Cetaphil cleansers to prescription pills. The recommendations didn’t work, gave me terrible side effects and bleached my skin. About two months ago, I got hooked on the essential oil craze. After reading blog success stories about natural toners I decided to order tea tree oil. I made my own toner using natures “miracle liquid” (Apple Cider Vinegar) and Tea Tree Oil. I have had incredible results after using this all natural face toner.

Recipe: 13152705_10153416511106090_429055029_n

  • 1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-4 drops Tea Tree Oil

Mix in glass jar and apply to face with cotton round 1-2 times a day.

 

Why does this work? 

  • The Apple cider vinegar facial is made from raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar balances the natural pH of the skin, clears away excess oils, and exfoliates to keep skin pores open. It also can lighten sun and age spots, and can improve acne and acne scars.
  • 13115526_10153416509666090_1220577299_nTea Tree oil, also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia, is often used in skin care for its cleansing properties. Use it topically for infections such as acne and/or fungal infections.

-Melanie

Greater Than Your Heart

Within the past year, at times I tend to run off my emotions. Do not get me wrong, emotions are great. They are wonderful indicators and warning signs of what is happening. However, from experiences I know that running off of emotions only fog our thinking and never ends well. I was given the wisdom from a friend, Liza, about three things that are on our spiritual train; faith, facts and feeling.Faith should lead, facts come second and feelings follow behind.” I try my best to sort out facts and faith from my emotions, but I am not always successful. I was recommended to watch Judah Smith’s teaching titled, “Greater Than Your Heart“. The principles of this teaching have totally shaped my spiritual and mental well-being. Prior to listing to this teaching, I found myself thinking, “”God, I am so unworthy.” “God, I can’t give you the praise you deserve.” “God, I feel like I am not good enough in everything I do.””. These are all feelings. From here on out I am choosing to act in faith and facts over my feelings.  Sure, these thoughts will and have returned but I can replace them with the truth of God. God’s word says, “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” Proverbs 24:16 Despite how I “feel” I will rise again. I can’t rise on my own strength but God’s! I repeat, despite how you feel, you will rise again! You can’t rise on your own strength but God’s!

arrowvector

I encourage everyone to listen to this teaching. If you don’t have time to watch the full 45 minutes, at least watch the last 15 minutes.

“Greater Than Your Heart” – Judah Smith from The City Church on Vimeo.

“When God gives up on me then I can give up, but he won’t give up.”– Judah Smith

arrowvector

19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him,and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us1 John 3:19-24

mountain

♥Melanie

“Be Content My Child”

From the second I wake up I think, “What will I eat for breakfast? What am I going to wear today? What am I doing tonight? What is happening next month? Where will I be a year from now?”. All throughout middle school I wanted to be in high school. All throughout highschool I wanted to be in college. All throughout college I wanted a real job. As I look back on my years I think to myself, “The grass always seemed greener on the other side.”. Growing up and maturing is no doubt an exciting part of life but I am faced with the conviction to be content in the present moment. I need to learn how to take in exactly what is happening in the moment, not looking ahead and not looking back. Recently, I have arrived at the root of my lack of contentment. I believe that if I don’t think about the future it will never come or my future won’t be successful. God has so gently given me Matthew 6:25-27 to help me out of my false thoughts. The passage reads,

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? -Matthew 6:25-27

831e99aa1a272d215493636a33fb52ad

To follow my conviction to be content my prayer each morning has been, “Lord, I am choosing to live in the present moment. I want to see what you are doing in this minute. I don’t want my thoughts to wonder what you will do in the next thirty minutes or the next hours. I want to see what your doing with my life in this minute. Help me Lord! “. I often have to pray this throughout the day because I go back to my natural way of thinking. Twice this week God has taught me contentment through two different situations.

After talking and praying with my boyfriend, Todd, about my lack of contentment we walked into his mom’s house. His 4 year old niece was whimsically riding her scooter in circles outside. The next minute she asked someone to get her bike and began riding her bike in circles. Then the next minute she was laughing and running around. Todd looked at me and said, “This is how God wants you to to be!”. No, I am not saying God wants me riding scooters and bikes in circles. I am saying that God wants me to be free! He wants me to enjoy the present moment, right where I am. Even if that present moment doesn’t seem “productive” or future worthy.

After praying during my  drive to school I arrived at school. I was stopped by a fourth grade student. [The conversation went like this, Student-“Is college fun?” Me-“It is fun but somedays it can be boring and other days it can be really challenging.”. Student- “I can’t wait to be in college!” Me- “Why? College isn’t much different than fourth grade. Enjoy fourth grade while you can!” Student- “No, I bet college is awesome! Fourth grade is no fun!”] I thought to myself, “God, this is exactly what I sound like, isn’t it? How pathetic!”

sparrow.png

Whatever stage of life you are in, enjoy it. Whether you are in a season of joy or a
season of trial, enjoy it. Soak in every moment. You will never get back this minute. Hear and believe God say, “Be content my child.”

Life after Death Craft

12910793_10153354326786090_122379139_n
I am a huge fan of receiving flowers. I even buy myself flowers because they are so beautiful. Unfortunately the flowers eventually die. I never know what to do with flowers once they die and don’t have the heart to throw them out. Most of the time I dry them out then they collect dust and I end up throwing them out anyways.

Valentine’s Day I received roses from my boyfriend. Once they died I was dreaming up of what I could do with them. After a pinterest search I was inspired by many different ideas. I decided to combine ideas and make the dried flower petals into one giant flower shadow box. I ended up making the pretty little gem to the right. It was super fun and easy to make! May I add, It is a heck of alot much more functional and attractive than a dead bouquet of flowers too!12939348_10153354326811090_275285248_n


Materials:
total cost is under $10

  • shadow box [I found mine on sale at Michaels for $5]
  • 1 piece of scrapbooking paper of your choice [I bought a gold metallic sheet at Michaels for $1]
  • Scissors
  • Glue [I found that a hot glue gun worked best.]

Instructions: total time- 30 minutes

  1. Hang dying flowers upside down to dry. Once they are mostly dry, peel the petals off of each flower. I found that the inside of the petals had more moisture than the outside. Place petals on a flat surface to dry some more. (It took about a week or so.)
  2. Cut a scrapbook piece of paper to fit shadow box.
  3. Once all petals have fully dried, starting in the middle of the paper begin hot glueing them on. Have fun with the glueing this process! There is not a right or wrong way to create this craft.
  4. Hang on a wall or set on bookcase to enjoy!

Happy Crafting, Melanie!