Happy Sunday evening, all! I’m writing to you from my recliner with my ankle propped up on a pillow with a lovely ice pack on the side. Why, you ask? Apparently, jogging down my driveway has become a challenge for me in my old age (34 feels like 86 some days!). I rolled my ankle last Saturday and I figured I would just be able to walk it off as I have done dozens of times when I rolled my ankles during volleyball and basketball. However, this was NOT the case with this particular injury! After a few hours in the Emergency Room and a trip to a specialist last week, I have a second-degree sprain and am sporting a lovely walking boot (waaaay better than the splint and crutches combo of the early part of last week) with strict orders to stay off of it and ice/elevate as much as possible for the next three weeks. Boooooooo! As someone who works out daily and runs around 10 miles each week, being immobilized has been TORTURE! However, I’m finding JOY in my situation – which happens to be the topic of an eight-week devotion I’m currently doing – and using the time I would normally be working out (30-45 glorious minutes a day) doing other things that I love … hence the reason for this Sunday evening post!
As a high school teacher, I’ve found that the months of February and March can be particularly … how do I say this … challenging. With limited scheduled school breaks during this time, I’ve found myself often checking the 5, 10, and yes, even the 15-day forecast, praying for a sign that a snow day is on the horizon. There is NOTHING to be found, friends!
March is also the beginning of the standardized testing season that so many teachers around the country dread. We’re frantically trying to keep pace with our pacing guides, prioritize the content from our priority standards, and do all the prep and review everything that we’ve taught in, well, an entire YEAR to students who are looking forward to their summer break, much like their teachers.
No biggy, right? 😉
Though I have SO MUCH to be thankful for in my career, I find myself feeling less than motivated around this time of the year. I’m sure you’ve experienced this feeling at some point in your life and can “feel my pain!” Last year, I challenged myself to post one thing I was thankful for each day leading up to our Spring Break. These items included my Keurig in my classroom and the one in my kitchen – I’m fine … no coffee problem here! – ponytail holders and bobby pins (for the mornings when I just couldn’t get up to fix myself), and dry shampoo and concealer to help with the teacher tiredness 🙂
This year, I’m carrying what I’ve learned in my devotional into a new Scripture writing challenge. For the month of March, I’ll be writing a specific passage from Scripture in my planner (I have a Happy Planner and LOVE IT!). I’ve spent the last few days choosing my favorite verses that share motivation and encouragement, both of which I NEEEEED every single day, and I’d love for you to join me!
Check it out and join me for the next 31 days as we take a few minutes from of our SUPER busy, hectic lives to read and take to heart a few words of motivation, encouragement, and inspiration from the Good Book!
Thanks for reading 🙂