I have had so many aww-worthy moments. But I thought this is worth blogging about.

I have 3 musketeers in my class. They are BFFs and will always talks to each other by shouting across the classroom. I won’t go one day without shouting their name and asking them to pay attention. They are the biggest contributors to my collection of confiscated items.

But this past 2-3 weeks, one of them had a total change in behavior and attitude. He pays attention in class and his work is excellent. I can’t pinpoint what happened (writing a note to his parents didn’t help previously) until now while keying in their conduct report for the term.

  1. I gave him the chance to redeem himself when he did something really bad. I didn’t call his parents but got him to write his apology in his pupil’s handbook. I told him I will let him tell his parents his version of the incident so he won’t get punished.
  2. I caught him scribbling in a book during lesson. I confiscated the book and found out that he had a fight with his BFFs. Instead of scolding him, I asked him what happened and he very shyly told me that they kept calling him names so he decided not to friend them anymore. I asked if he wanted me to help him and he said no.

I think reason 2 must have played a bigger role. I AM SO PROUD OF HIM! He is super eager to participate in class these days and has done rather well for the exams. Moments like this just makes me smile (:

Devotion 25/10/2015

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

벌서 10월의 마지막 주 입니다…In a flash, it’s the end of October soon. Time for me to change bedsheets again. Though with the haze situation, I might postpone it to a week cos I need to open the windows to ventilate my room during cleaning. The last time I did that with the haze, I ended up sick. Meh.

PSLE marking week is over just like that. I spent my week marking as well (and I’ve still got some more markings to do!). I think days are harder to pass when the kids are not around. It almost felt like corporate life – go to work, wait for lunch, wait to go home.

Things aren’t too chirpy at home either. Mum kept saying hurtful things to me and venting her anger/negativity on me too. It’s starting to feel like I am being taken for granted. Wait, that’s nothing new. But I guess I am done with being taken for granted for? I don’t know. Lord, I don’t know what to do with this. I hand this over to you because You care for me and You have a plan for me. I will trust and worry no more.

Coming week is going to be hectic with exams incoming and I need to key in stuff into the school cockpit. May this week be super blessed and filled with wisdom, grace and happiness. Amen!

They will know you by His love. – #Struggles

Always remember that God does not have to bless anyone at your expense. Nor does He have to bless you at anyone’s expense. – Joseph Prince’s Devotional

Think of the challenges you face at this moment, and then write these words beside each one, “For this, I have Jesus.” Thank You, Jesus, for being near to me right now. I’m grateful for Your faithfulness. – ODB, 23 October 2015

Let others see your love by your presence, not your wi-fi coverage. – #Struggles

Lord, fill us with such a love for You hat we think first of what will please You, not ourselves. Free us from the subtle captivity of our own pride. Pride leads to every other vice: It is the complete anti-God state of mind. CS Lewis – ODB, 21 October 2015

Throw all your anxiety onto him, because he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7

When God looks at us, He is more interested in our hearts than our height, the state of our soul than the structure of our face. Dear God, help me to value what You value. As I follow Your examples, I pray that You will be pleased with what You see in my heart. The true measure of a person is what’s in the heart. – ODB, 20 October 2015

I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13

We have to wait on God when we pray. We may not know how or when He will answer but we can put our hearts constantly before Him in prayer. Sometimes, the answer to our prayers don’t come when we would hope. Things may even go from bad to worse. But we have to persevere, keep believing, and keep asking. Waiting is never easy, but the end result, whatever it is, will be worth it. Keep seeking, keep trusting, keep asking, keep praying. – ODB, 19 October 2015

In the morning, I will shout out loud about your faithful love because you have been my stronghold; my shelter when I was distraught. – Pslams 59:16

Devotion 18/10/2015

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

Been a little over a month since I’ve started in the new career. Time sure flew by. Still a lot to learn especially now that I’ll be on my own soon. It has been fruitful, rewarding and tough (: Tried marking composition for the first time for SA2. Marked till 6pm for 2 days o.o More to come as SA2 arrives.

It’s PSLE marking week. Time to clear up my marking backlogs! I’ll miss my kids (in a weird way) but enjoy the silence.

Here’s to a fruitful blessed week ahead (: Amen!

Heavenly Father, when I rely on anything other than love in my efforts to initiate change in people, I am neglecting to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I choose today to exchange my strength for Yours. – ODB, 11 October 2015
Been praying a similar version the entire week to remind me that everything I do should stem from love. 

Lord, You know there are times when I get really scared. And I forget that You have promised that You will never leave me to face difficulty or loss alone. Help me to trust. Worry ends where faith begins. – ODB, 12 October 2015

Thank You, Father, for the promise of forgiveness made possible by Jesus. May that promise lighten the darkest of our days. – ODB, 14 October 2015

Father, we don’t see the end of the road, but You do.We trust You for what we can’t see. We know that You are bringing us through it. Our path may have obstacles, but God will lead us. – ODB, 17 October 2015

Ask where the good is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. – Jeremiah 6:16

Devotion 11/10/2015

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

I made it through another week (: The kids loved my Children’s Day presents – it’s $60 well-spent. Yes, a little extravagant but it made the kids’ day. I have been extremely strict with my kids this week while I feel bad, I guess it’s a necessary evil for now. I just need to familiarize the kids with my limits and once we get used to each other, I can be the nice teacher again 😀

This weekend, my brain kept thinking about how I can better teach the kids volume, how I can help them with their multiplication and division, how to rush finish the curriculum without compromising the ability of the kids to learn. Tried to access some information at home but realised it can only be read with the school’s intranet -.- Guess it’s a sign.

With that said, I’m having a bit of mixed feelings now that I won’t be spending as much time with the kids in the coming weeks. And I really need someone to teach me to be a form teacher! I keep getting things piled on me with zero idea of what to do. Going to start asking (:

Oh and I am starting to see the dark side too. I think there’s a bling-bling close by. No, it’s okay. I don’t want them. I just want what’s best for the kids, you can have the rest (:

Another week full of learning opportunities ahead! Lord, ingrain your wisdom, perseverance, grace and love into the depths of my heart this week so I can do good. Here’s to another fruitful and blessed week! Amen!

God is not behind anything bad or ugly. When those things happen, know that He can make all things work together for good. – Joseph Prince’s Devotional

Thank you, Lord, for Your faithful love and for the love of family and friends. Please help me find ways to show Your love to others today. – ODB, 10 October 2015

Lord, help me to trust You, especially when my life seems discordant and out of tune. I thank You because I’m part of Your symphony and Your song is perfect. Faith in God’s goodness puts a song in the heart. – ODB, 9 October 2015

Dear God, please give me self-control through Your Holy Spirit when I am tempted to retaliate with words. A soft answer has often been the means of breaking a hard heart. – ODB, 8 October 2015

God knows every single care you have and He has all the time for you as if no one else exists. – Joseph Prince’s Devotional

I will give thanks to you with a heart that does right as I learn your righteous rules. – Psalms 119:7

Lord, I praise You for the work You’ve generously given. I pray that You would bless the work of my hands as I seek to work with excellence. May Your Holy Spirit recall to my mind Colossians 3:23 when I am tempted to give less than my best. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. – The Leadership Style of Jesus

I always put the Lord in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side. – Psalms 16:8

Devotion 04/10/2015

Sometimes, I find meaningful words/verses/phrases and I do a screenshot of them. But somehow, an idea struck me today and I thought, “Why not just do a weekly Sunday thing?” Just in case the phone dies and the screenshots disappeared *choy!*

Things are ‘escalating’ quickly. Had 3 full days on my own. Not easy. Especially the classroom management. At one point, I really wanted to cry out of frustration. Different levels need different methods. Still learning and fine-tuning. But there are awww-worthy moments too. Having the entire class apologizing to me, receiving an apology card, having the kids running up to me in the morning and giving me a smile (: I still feel awful for scolding them and putting my foot down but they say it’s necessary. At least at the start.

Another week of lessons on my own. I’ll get better and try even harder. I love my kids (: Here’s to a fruitful and grace-filled week ahead! Amen.

Father, help me to create God-honoring expectations for those I lead. I pray the guidelines I set forth for my team would be to their benefit and not be created out of any fears or insecurities I may have. In the name of Jesus. Amen. – The Leadership Style of Jesus

Awaken my heart, Lord, to those You care about, including the poor and the helpless, the hungry and the homeless, the troubled and hopeless in our world. Open your heart to learn compassion, and open your hands to give help. – ODB, 27 September 2015

There’s no need to compete, to put others down, or to steal the contributions of those around us. God watches, God knows the work you’ve done, and He is the most gracious boss you’ve ever had. – The Leadership Style of Jesus
(Words to remember be it in the corporate world or elsewhere.)

Lord, the world around us is sometimes so dark that it is difficult to see Your power and goodness. Thank You for the reminder that the darkness does not and will not last forever. – ODB, 29 September 2015

Father, thank You for calling me a friend and for equipping me to be a leader in Your story of salvation. I pray Your blessings be on me and my team as I seek to share the experience and wisdom You’ve bestowed on me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. – The Leadership Style of Jesus

Lord, in the daytime, stars can be seen from the deepest wells, and the deeper the wells, the brighter Your stars shine; let me find Your light in my darkness. – ODB, 30 September 2015

The prayer that I made the day after I wanted to cry. This message popped up just at the right time and this will continue to be my prayer this week. –

Father, I cast all my worries about managing my classes into Your loving hands because You care for me and love me. Father, I would like to be able to better manage my classes and let them see my care for them. Father, I thank You that You will always be there for me. I am not going to worry about this. You are the source of all my blessings. Amen. – Joseph Prince’s Devotional.

Because the Lord is good, his loyal love lasts forever, his faithfulness lasts generation after generation. – Psalms 100:5