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Dayspring 1Through the tender mercy of our God with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us. To give light to those who sit in darkness & the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. ~I John 1:78&79~

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CPhoto Backstory: The first pic is from last year, when my students pulled out all the stops to decorate our little corner of the school. I created the second graphic with I’ve been playing with how to use the site for school & made a few graphics for myself. (As always, feel free to download & share any graphics.)

Dayspring is one of my favorite names for Christ. I found this little story from an unknown writer to explain the concept of Dayspring . . . 

“The picture is borrowed from the caravan which has missed its way in the desert. The unfortunate pilgrims, overtaken by the night, are sitting down expecting death, when suddenly a star brightly beams above them. They take courage at the sight. The whole caravan leaps to its feet.

It is the Dayspring, the herald of the coming day, and soon they see the great orb himself filling the east with orient pearl and gold.”

Such a beautiful thought! How have your lives been illuminated by the Dayspring this week, sweet friends? I’d love to hear! Continue Reading…

Wednesday Wisdom

Renee Ann Smith —  December 4, 2013 — 22 Comments

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Which Christmas is the most vivid to me?  It’s always the next Christmas.  ~Joanne Woodward~ (Click to Tweet)
The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young. ~Phillips Brooks~ (Click to Tweet)
For the spirit of Christmas fulfills the greatest hunger of mankind.  ~Loring A. Schuler~ (Click to Tweet)
The worst gift is a fruitcake.  There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.  ~Johnny Carson~ (Click to Tweet)

Photo Backstory: This week I thought I’d gather some Christmas quotes and share the little Christmas corner of my classroom & my holiday bookshelves. One of my students, a boyscout, made the green wreath. It smells heavenly! And the crazy singing stocking is one that I hung in my mom’s nursing home room last year for her last Christmas. It never failed to make her smile!

Have you begun decorating, friends? What’s your most precious ornament? Continue Reading…

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Glory is the supernatural signature where God has been at work. ~James MacDonald~ (click to tweet)

Photo Backstory: This is how a small stream on my school campus looks now that Fall has arrived in upstate NY. What beauty have you soaked in this week, friends?  Continue Reading…

Wednesday Wisdom: Seeds

Renee Ann Smith —  September 18, 2013 — 20 Comments

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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson~ (click to tweet)

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. ~II Corinthians 9:6~

But the seed that fell on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. ~Luke 8:15~

Photo Backstory: Here’s the lake at Camp Iroquoina in Hallstead, PA, where my students & I spent half of last week. I soaked in many lovely sights, and my coworkers were kind & left me at the lodge with a book and hot chocolate during the Mission Impossible game—which the kids played at night in the rain & mud! But best of all, I spent some valuable downtime with my students, playing Scrabble, taking walks, and chatting about all our favorite things. What seeds have you been planting lately, friends?

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Wednesday Wisdom: Set Free

Renee Ann Smith —  September 10, 2013 — 16 Comments

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I run in the path of Your commands for You have set my heart free. Psalm 119:32 (click to tweet)

Photo Backstory: I love this path beside a little bungalow in my hometown. I enjoy imagining it leads to a secret garden. This is one of my last pics from this summer, and now Fall is right around the corner here in upstate NY! I’m heading out of town to chaperone a field trip. Hope to catch up with you when I return. Blessings, friends!

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For those who leave everything in God’s Hand eventually see God’s Hand in everything. (Click to Tweet)

If I go up to the heavens, You are there.
If I make my bed in the depths, You are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there Your Hand will guide me, Your Right Hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139:8-10

I thought these were good words for my students’ first day back at school. I know God has great things in store for them-and for you, sweet bloggy friends! Blessings! Continue Reading…

Breaking Silence

Weeping may endure for the night,
But JOY comes in the morning.
~Psalm 30:5b~


But just think . . .
Of stepping on shore
And finding it Heaven.
Of touching a hand
And finding it God’s.
Of breathing new air
And finding it celestial.
Of waking up in glory
And finding it home . . .
We’re finally home.
from Finally Home
by Don Wyrtzen


Photo Backstory: Last week my author friend Beth Vogt invited followers to share their creativity by crafting Spine Poetry. I put these entries together on a whim & ended up encouraging myself along the way. Amazing how powerful words can be!

curriculum map 1aNow this week I’m working on my curriculum mapping as I make ready for another great school year. (This is not for the faint of heart—any teachers out there? You know!) Prep can be tedious. But it also makes me eager for Fall & all that it brings—especially seeing my wonderful students again! And I think I may use the Spine Poetry idea as a way to enliven English class. Can’t wait!

What are you doing today, friends? I’d love to hear.

[For the Curious: The books used to make this poetry encompass Christian fiction, popular fiction, true stories & inspirational studies in the Word—The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello, Edges of His Ways by Amy Carmichael, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (true story, graphic), The Blessed by Ann Gabhart, Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo (crime drama, gritty, strong lang.), Choose Joy by Kay Warren, We Shall Not Sleep by Anne Perry, Coming Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams, Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts, Radiance by Anne Maybury, Blinded by Travis Thrasher, and Heaven by Randy Alcorn.]

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This is what happy looks like . . . nieces and nephews version . . .

“A good laugh is sunshine in a house.”