Blogstitute 2017: Sticky note strategies for transitional readers – The Stenhouse Blog

This article is useful for those working with students who need some alternative strategies to help them become more thoughtful readers. It contains a variety of ways to use sticky notes to aid comprehension, set and achieve reading goals, and make connections with the text.

Reading Only Books By Women? This Year, It’s Easy

I ran across this hashtag #readwomen2014 in a tweet asking for an explanation of its purpose. Hmm. Okay. I’ll bite. What’s up with it? Seems it’s an initiative to read books written by women in 2014 — just because they’re women. I paused a moment. No. I never decided to read a book just because the author was a woman, or a man for that matter. Another pause. Hmm. Maybe this will be the ticket to encourage someone to put down the remote and pick up a book. Well, to each his own. If this initiative gets you reading, go for it!

Haven in the Cold

Everyone should have a plan for blustery days, whether they be the result of sleet, snow and rain or from dark nights of the soul. I enjoyed this post on Dash of Pink. I hope you will too.

Dash of Pink

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about hibernating.  I’m sure it’s not that unusual, since most animals are probably doing exactly that this time of year, and back in simpler times even humans would have food and resources stored up so they could stay indoors, rest a bit more, and plan for the coming warmer times.

Right now, though, especially as we face another deep freeze from the arctic here in Toronto, my thoughts are deeper than simply the act of storing up energy and sleeping more – though we could all use some more sleep, I’m sure.  What’s been calling me lately is not just finding an escape from the cold, but rather seeking and resting in a source of warmth, comfort, and peace.

Where do you turn when the cold winds of life start whipping around you?  Where do you go when you feel yourself being overtaken by…

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‘100 Words Expert Authors Should Know’ by EzineArticles (photo)

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A Good Samaritan.

It is good to be reminded that there still are Good Samaritans in this world. Thanks for sharing!

Carrie's Cravings

Deviating from my regular Monday posting to tell a little story. A happy, positive story that shows there are still good people out there (aside from you and I).

I was so stoked this morning. Easy day at work, job interview shortly after. And for a job I want, to boot.

All was going great until I jumped in my car to leave and had three people shout at me that my tire was flat. Awe hell. Now I’m gonna be late, I thought. “I don’t even know where my spare is!” I cried. And “Goodness I hope they (potential employer) doesn’t hold this against me”.

I stopped and got out to take a look. Flat as a pancake, she was. With a big ol’ chunk of steel sticking out. God knows where it came from, but it surely was there. And flattened the sucker out.

I stood there, contemplating…

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Where are Your Eyes?

My happiest days have been the ones where I have kept my eyes on my Father. Good post. Worth the read.

Up, In, and Out

Those who look to God are radiant– their faces are never covered with shame.

Psalm 34:5

I recently spoke to a group of women.  I shared some of my personal story.  Stuff of past shame.  Of lies that kept my eyes downcast and my heart heavy.  A testimony of a time in my life when I looked down in shame, fear and condemnation; and about the change that happened when I began looking up to Him in trust.  

My story is a story of learning to look at Him daily, and about the freedom and peace I found as a result of looking at Him.

Then, I asked them the question – “Where are your eyes?”.

Those who LOOK.TO.HIM are radiant.

If we look at God, we are God-conscious.

If we look at ourselves, we are self-conscious.


The enemy wants us to be trapped in…

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Clear Thinking

Even without trying to prove yourself, you do matter: to God, to others and to me. Be blessed today.

Just Trim The Ends

It’s a beautiful morning here on the East coast.  Dreams are blooming like the plant life outside.  What are you inspired to accomplish today?  I learned over the last 24 hours that life tends to shift right before our eyes and we have to take the time to think about what is before us and where it will lead us.

Sometimes we have to deal with the hard stuff, transitions, and playing in the dirt to realize we will come out on the other side happy, clean, content and satisfied.  Sometimes that has to be enough, even though we over stuff our lives with things, activities and people in an effort to make sense or matter.

Remember that you do matter, you are loved and it will all be okay in the end.

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addicted …

Addiction has such a negative connotation, but in this reblogged post it’s all good.

floods of mercy

You could call me addicted. I have all the symptoms.

I’m becoming habitually devoted and surrendered to drinking the wonderful intoxicating love of Jesus. The wilfulness to do so is increasing.

I note symptoms of withdrawal if I don’t at least imbibe at regular intervals during each day … anxiety, irritability, and other unlovely traits.

EPHESIANS 5:18-20   Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.   MSG

I’m saying, “Jesus … You make me happy! Your love is sweet. Your Spirit intoxicating. Your Word empowering. Your wisdom enlightening. Your strength exhilarating. Peace and an overwhelming sense of well-being are always in Your presence. Each taste only…

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Amazing Grace – God’s design for humanity

I got to hold my 6-day-old niece for the first time today. Her name is Grace. She is so amazing. God’s pretty amazing too, how He knit Grace together to form a perfect baby girl. I don’t know how He does that but I sure can’t get over it today. God’s grace is already here for you, for me and for baby Grace. God is so much more than enough.

Walking on Waves - Josh Robinson

1153288_52572910God speaks to us through the Psalmist telling us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Our creator has formed us in our mother’s womb…we are not a mistake or happenstance, but rather perfectly and uniquely designed by God and created for a purpose (read more in Psalm 139). WOW! This is such an amazing fact that we so often miss. We were created by God for God.

In the New Testament we learn about the GRACE of God. I have come to understand grace as the wonderful free gift of God that He has always desired to give us. His love is free, His mercy is free, His forgiveness is free, His peace is free, His joy is free, all that He has for us is free…and He wants us to have it all. So what does it take to receive all of these free gifts? Faith…for we…

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Struggling as a Christian Writer?

I first read this post as reblogged by Prodigal Chick. Thanks! This is so important to understand and internalize.

Larry Who

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A  lifetime ago, I normally preached three times per week. Although I wasn’t a pastor of a church, I preached wherever a door opened.

Once, I taught a series on Christian business practices in a small Iowa town hall. On the second evening, I sat alone, wondering if anyone would show up. At five minutes till seven, a woman walked in and sat down in the middle of fifty chairs. The clock creeped forward, but no one else showed up.

“Sir,” said the woman, “will you be starting on time?”

I nodded my head. “Sure,” I replied, moving toward the stage.

At seven o’clock, I prayed and began teaching to an audience of one. My teaching lasted forty-five minutes and a few others arrived in the last five minutes of it.

I closed the meeting and asked the lady if she needed personal prayer. She did. When I prayed…

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