Walking in Freedom

Miscellaneous musings along the way

In case you were wondering… January 31, 2012

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Spaces and commas are important.

For example: Mans laughter vs. Manslaughter (I’ll concede that there would need to be an apostrophe in there too- “man’s”- but you get the point)

Love this one!!!
















And as a math teacher, I’ve gotta include a few numbers among all this grammer stuff!










Perhaps a more informative/ substantial post next time… perhaps! 🙂


Be My Everything January 22, 2012

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Church was canceled this morning because the parking lot was apparently more like an ice skating rink.  Roads are totally fine though so I checked out another church with a good friend.  We sang this song by Tim Hughes called Everything which I’m listening to as I work on some school stuff.  If you like Jesus, you’ll probably like it too! 🙂


Also, I heard a song by Jeff Deyo on Pandora which led me to youtube to listen to some more of his songs… I’m loving this one called Keep My Heart


On a side note, can I just say how great it is to be able to catch up with a good friend at a coffee shop?!  Got to do that twice this weekend!






Just another week in room 715 January 20, 2012

Three day weekends are nice… the fact that they are followed by 4 day weeks is pretty great too! 🙂

After a refreshing weekend which included a visit to a new coffee shop in town, I managed to get a pretty nasty cold.  But, not enough to keep me home- just enough to make me sneeze and cough on my students a lot and push my bedtime up a couple hours because I was so tired!!

Thought I’d just share some random happenings from the week:

  • Two senior (as in 17 or 18 year old) guys happily helped me grade some quizzes in exchange for some glittery Disney princess stickers.  One was planning to give them to his girlfriend…


  • In one of my classes, several students who I had 1st semester only (they were making up a credit) have stopped by to visit this week since it’s the first week of the 2nd semester.  Guess they’re just going through withdrawal!  haha!


  • In that same class, some of the girls wanted to know how I folded my scarf a particular way.  I showed them a couple weeks ago but someone wanted to see again, so I jumped at the opportunity to demonstrate.  Since it’s a Geometry class, I explained how “you find the midpoint and fold it in half so you have two congruent segments.  Then… etc. etc.”  After my animated explanation, I quickly racked my brain- ‘how can I transition to diagonals of a parallelogram??’  Then I had it… “So, just like the midpoint divides the scarf into 2 congruent segments, the diagonals of a parallelogram bisect each other- forming two congruent segments.”  Good times…

  • I’ll finish with one more: I have a student, I’ll call him Eric, in one of my classes and he somehow got this idea that he wants to have me as his math teacher again next year.  Well, there’s been a lot of talk with scheduling for next year already and he was asking me what math class he could take so that he could have me again.  He wanted to know if he’d be able to take the senior math class I currently teach.  Time will tell what I end of teaching (there will be lots of changes in the department next year), but it does make you feel like you’re doing something right when a student is trying to have you 2 years in a row.

More stories for another day… 🙂


Emmanuel… still January 16, 2012

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So, here’s the “more reflective post about Christmas” that I alluded to a couple posts ago.


You may be thinking, Christmas?!?!  That was forever ago!  You’ve gotta wait another 300 or so days before you start talking about it again… Well, this just can’t wait that long.


It’s pretty crazy how the hype about Christmas crescendos the month or two before the big day.  And then all of a sudden it’s Boxing Day (aka Dec. 26th) and it’s like a subito piano when it comes to the dynamics of the holiday hype.  It’s not such a bad thing that the mad rush of shopping and gift giving is over, but I quickly forget the message of Christmas along with all the materialism.  Maybe you do too?


In part through a great song by Casting Crowns titled God Is With Us, God was stressing to me this Christmas that it should be a reminder that God is near.  And not just for one day, but every day of the year.  But don’t take my word for it, let’s check out some passages in His Word:

In Matthew 1, an angel appears to Joseph letting him know that Mary is pregnant by the Holy Spirit.  This fulfilled prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 where it says: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  (Immanuel means God with us.)  Jesus’ birth was a celebration of God coming to dwell with man.  We sense John’s excitement when he writes, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)


This was great cause to celebrate for the people in those days, but Jesus no longer walks on this earth.  So, is he still with us?  Can we still sing songs giving God the name Emmanuel?  The final words of the gospel of Matthew address this reassuringly.  Just after Jesus commissions his disciples to go forth and make disciples, he finishes with these words: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:20 b)  And how will he be with us?


When Jesus is having a heartfelt conversation with his disciples, he assures them that “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)  And later, Jesus explains that “Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you… But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:7b, 13a)


What a great truth to hold on to: God is with us!  By now, maybe you have already forgotten the presents you gave and received this past Christmas, but may you never forget His presence!  Emmanuel! 🙂


Satisfied? January 9, 2012

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“Contentment is not found in having everything we think we want, but in choosing to be satisfied with what God has already provided.”

-Nancy DeMoss


Not sure where I stumbled on this quote, but I’m glad I jotted it down. 🙂  And while it is good to be satisfied with what God has provided, I desire to be satisfied with God himself.  I’m definitely not there yet.  John Piper has definitely said a few things about treasuring Christ and being satisfied in Him.  Most notably, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”


The words of Psalm 90:14 inspired the song “Satisfy” by Tenth Avenue North:

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
   that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”


And another good song- “Only You Can Satisfy”


The truth of God’s word through these songs is refreshing and calming.  I think I’ll be playing these songs on repeat indefinitely… 🙂