Aug 13, 2012

Staying Focused

A few days ago I went to do some work in my classroom.  School isn’t officially opened yet but somehow a few of us teachers are always back early organizing and beautifying our classrooms as if we are hard pressed to stay away.

As I stepped through the door I immediately felt overwhelmed. Everything just seemed in such chaos that I wasn’t sure where to begin.  I’d come with a plan to simply organize my cupboard and put away some papers and books.  However, I saw so much other things that I needed to do that I was tempted to take on the whole room.  I didn’t though because I knew that I’d fail miserably and go home feeling as if I accomplished nothing.

So I grabbed a stack of papers, sat behind my desk and started putting them in order.  As I worked I blanked out the chaos of the room and refused to let it distract me from my goal.  At the end of the few hours I was there the room still looked a bit chaotic but I knew I had accomplished the one thing I set out to do instead of failing at many things.

So many times I am guilt of similarly wanting to take on the world.  There seem to be so many people hurting I wish I could help, numerous projects worth being a part of, countless inspirational books I just have to read… and before I know it I’m exhausted.  I’m burnt out and worst yet I can’t see what I’ve accomplished with so many incomplete projects before me.  So I take a break and ask my father just what is it I need to focus on in this moment of my life.

He directs, he guides, he tells me to focus on him because, Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it… Psalm 127:1

Trusting Him,

A few pics of  my class from  two years ago.  


  1. Such wise advice from a young sister...I needed this reminder so badly this evening!

    Your classroom pics look lovely!

  2. Bernadine, thank you for sharing. Blessings.

  3. Came back Bernadine to re-read and be blessed. By the way, you have such a beautiful smile in your profile picture.

  4. Precious Bernadine,

    I was shouting, Yes, Yes! to your last paragraph for you nailed spoke truth!! So encouraging!!!

    I have missed my visits with you here and I pray an absolute blessed beyond measure school year for you and the children. Beautiful classroom photos!!! :)

    Love you bunches!

  5. Hi Bernadine,
    I thought I would stop by, before emailing you, and what a blessing it has been. As Lisa Shaw, stated;... " You nailed it..."

    Wow, sharing what the Lord has put on your heart, has been a blessing and a reminder for me about how to go about the day.... so I will keep redirecting my focus on Him...

    Bernadine, I love getting a glimpse into your classroom, it's awesome!!!
    Sending you Love and hugs, and always in my thoughts and prayers


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