School Tips – Prepare and Follow-up

school-tipsHere are tips for your child’s first day of school… Gathered from several sources including the experience of six kids, who made it through school:

1. Help your child be familiar with what to expect – classroom, teacher, etc.
2. Talk about positive aspects – help your child look forward with excitement, and take away the “unknown.”
3. Be prepared ahead of time – lay out clothes, backpack, and breakfast. *Don’t have a rushed morning.
4. Know what they’re learning, and help them apply it to their world. Show them that learning is for everyone (including you) for all of life.
5. Get involved – attend open houses and know the calendar.

Feeling Unimportant, Angelina Art Alliance, Tax Clarification, Connection Faith, Friendship Video

Power Thoughts

  1. “Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to sucess.” ~ Dale Carnegie
  2. “The key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby
  3. “Always remember the future comes one day at a time.” ~ Dean Acheson

Feeling Unimportant

It happens to most of us at some point in our life. The feeling that our existance doesn’t really matter or we aren’t any more special than the next person.  In  fact we often believe that others are far more important and talented than us.  We’ve been to a thousands services, seminars, retreats and group meetings and we’ve heard the statement at least twice that many times that  – YOU ARE IMPORTANT… GOD LOVES YOU… YOU ARE SPECIAL.  Yeah, yeah, Blah, Blah! Maybe we’re feeling good that day so we agree with those statements but, in our heart of hearts, we don’t really believe it or our actions would show it. We don’t want to be prideful so instead we go the opposite direction and insult God by denying His wisdom and brilliant creation.

Recently I attended a seminar and once again God used others to let me know He values me and others do, too.  I felt like the smallest, youngest and least experienced in the room.  I was surrounded by people who had accomplished great things and had years of higher education that exceeded the number of years I’ve even been alive. At the end of the evening several of these “brilliant” people came to talk to me about my life and found it inspiring and wonderful.  I know you probably think I should be over all that or maybe your asking the question of yourself, “How could someone like her feel that way?”

The answer is I’m just like you… I have dreams, disappointments, challenges, and obviously insecurities. I’m hoping as I share my very personal story that you will find out the same wonderful truth God is determined for me and you to learn. He loves you, He designed you for a UNIQUE purpose! Whether you believe it or not you are an inspiration to someone!  You have something to offer! You have value!

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 and “…you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NLT

ANGELINA ARTS ALLIANCE WELCOMES NEW VOLUNTEERS: The Angelina Arts Alliance will soon begin their exciting Tenth Anniversary Season. The organization seeks volunteers, people who would like to become part of “The EnCorps”. An open house/ reception will take place Tomorrow (Thursday, August 26th) at 5:30pm and Sunday, August 29th at 4:30pm. You may choose to attend either of the orientations, which ever is most convenient for you at the Temple Theater on the Angelina College campus.

Fact Check: Health Care Law and W-2 Forms. A listener e-mailed us yesterday and pointed out a contradiction in the statements we posted on the blog yesterday and suggested we check it out and make sure we had our facts straight.  So I did a little digging at  Here’s what I discovered… It’s true that the value of employer-paid health insurance will be added as an information item on W-2 forms. But contrary to this widely circulating chain e-mail, it definitely will not be considered taxable income. (

Your Faith Matters: Scientists See Connection Between Faith and Transplant Survival. The statistics suggest that the mortality rate for a liver transplant patient who does not believe in God is three times higher than for those who do. “This is a statistically significant difference,” said psychologist Franco Bonaguidi, who led the probe. Previous studies charting the effect of religion on health have suggested that faith tends to promote healthy lifestyles, for example discouraging tobacco, alcohol and sexual promiscuity. Belonging to a church or a religion can also help provide patients with a sense of purpose and a close support network, researchers have observed. (Christian Breaking News)

Video: A Love Story Between an Elephant and a Dog – A wonderful example of God’s love, through his creatures. (Youtube)