Sunday, July 26, 2009

Under construction

I'm not sure what I'm doing here. But I wanted a new look. It looks a little crazy. I'll be working on it though, so don't worry. Any suggestions?

The Rebelution Was Good!

I went to this yesterday.
I was greatly challenged. One of my pet peeves is when people expect teenagers to have the attitude, be disrespectful, unhelpful and lazy. When the words, "Well you know, he's a teenager; you should expect that" come for an adult's mouth, it hurts me just a little. The reason is that the Bible never gives them that excuse. Up until about 100 years ago, children that age never had that excuse. No, we are called to live holy lives, whether we are 15 or 45. This is the message that Alex and Brett Harris are spreading to their generation. They need to do hard things. Young people need to rebel against the low expectations that society has for them and rise to the potential that God has instilled in them.

I would say more, but the Harris boys explain it much better on their blog. Click here to read about the Rebelution. I highly suggest that you also click on the links in this article to read about the myth of adolescence. They have also written a book called Do Hard Things that challenges young people in this same way.

I went to this conference not as a teenager, but as a sister, friend and teacher of teenagers. Lord willing, I may someday also have a teenager of my own. My desire is to challenge the young people around me to Do Hard Things. During the conference, the twins' father, Greg Harris, spoke to the parents, asking them to encourage their children to pursue their talents and to do what the Lord lays on their hearts to do. I'm not a parent, but I can still encourage the young people around me to live up to their potential, to serve the Lord with all of their talents and abilities. I'll be praying about this and thinking about ways to serve my little brothers and sisters in Christ in this way. I'll be sharing in the future here on Brand New Teacher because maybe it will give my readers some ideas to serve in their own ways.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Here are some things that made me smile, may have given me goose-bumps even, or maybe even made me tear up a little...and all just today!

*Hearing our church sing--I am sick again, so I couldn't sing today. But it was a good thing because I got to hear our church sing out together to praise God. So cool!

*Seeing my little sis and her boyfriend teasing each other in the back seat of my car---I was their chauffeur. :)

*Eating at In-n-Out for the 3rd time in 1.5 weeks--not so sure it is good for the waist, but good for the taste buds!

*Hearing about Papua New Guinea from our friend Amber--she is here on an 11 hr layover on her way back to Michigan.

*Hearing that Leilani got her hair cut--she's been wanting it to happen for a while now.

That's all I can think of right now off the top of my head. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009