It's not just back-to-school for Janna and Sam, but for me too. I'm not taking a class, but working again. It's been a bit of a slow start. No work the first week, but I ended up with six jobs (two a week) by the end of the month. I like this pace. It's a little slower, but I have lots to do at home and elsewhere. So it gives me time to get other things done and earn a little extra money which is especially helpful right now.
My first job was a class of autistic children. It's a classroom I have subbed in before. It was mostly the same kids from the previous year. None of them are particularly verbal, but you know me; singing is always on my agenda. As we sang some songs together, I started to get requests from one boy in the class. He was taller than the other children and could talk better than any of them. I felt like he was stepping forward as the class spokesman. He remembered the songs I had sung with them before, even Halloween songs from last year. What a surprise! I understood what he wanted, so we sang his desires.
I was in their classroom for two days. At times it can be a difficult class to handle, but with one child's enthusiasm he spurred us on to greater singing heights. It all went well. I'm hoping for a great school year.
Hello! I'm Martha, welcome to my blog. You'll find some highlights posted here of my family, religion, art, photos, music, musing, whatever. These pieces of my daily living are "THE BOOK OF MARTHA", a glimpse of me.
Martha Reynders Blair Lancaster, California
"I thank God that I live in this day and age of the world, when my ears have heard the sound of the fulness of the gospel of Christ."
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
“Search the scriptures—search the revelations … and ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, to manifest the truth unto you, and if you do it with an eye single to His glory nothing doubting, He will answer you by the power of His Holy Spirit. You will then know for yourselves and not for another. You will not then be dependent on man for the knowledge of God; nor will there be any room for speculation.”
"It is the Holy Ghost who testifies that Jesus Christ is the Beloved Son of a Heavenly Father who loves us and wants us to have eternal life with Him in families. With even the beginning of that testimony, we feel a desire to serve Him and to keep His commandments. When we persist in doing that, we receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost to give us power in our service. We come to see the hand of God more clearly, so clearly that in time we not only remember Him, but we come to love Him and, through the power of the Atonement, become more like Him."
My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness—be they family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.
". . .I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day."