Love in action

She could have ignored me or let me be

No time to investigate or see about my history

She could have let me sit and never find out what I knew

Or teach me anything just to see what I could do

She could have given up because my class was too loud

Or walked out and not turned back because that was surely allowed

But she decided that I was worth it all and she hung around to see

I bet she didn’t know her teaching, was actually breathing life into me

As I looked into my classroom this afternoon, I thought of my 7th grade teacher. As I made every effort to help a couple of students who didn’t seem to want to be helped, I thought of her. I tried to think of those days when she taught me, loved and cared for me. This poem is a dedication to her and all that she did for me, and so many others on the south side of Chicago. I will always be indebted to her tireless days and nights she devoted to me. Her inspiration lives on within me as I aim to be the teacher to my kids, that she was to me. As the Lord gives me strength, I aim to put love in action, as she always did so beautifully. #payitforward

In Love,

MLB

John 3:16

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I am a wife, mother of three, poet, author, teacher, and speaker. The first ministry God has given me started at home with my husband of 27 years. We have grown up together and become dear friends over the years. The Lord added three kids to the ministry, Elijah, Nehemiah and Amaziah. They have blessed us beyond measure in so many ways. We pray that we will be examples of the kingdom who they will want to always follow. In addition to family ministry, for the last 20 years I have taught Language Arts in private, public and home school settings. Throughout my years of teaching, God has given me a sincere heart for teachers. Therefore, I am on a divine mission to help the world appreciate and support teachers. It is an honor for me to encourage teachers by using the knowledge, skills, love of poetry, experience as a teacher that the Lord has given and match it with wisdom from the master teacher, Jesus Christ. I had the privilege to express some of this wisdom in my book entitled, “The Unforgettable Teacher’s Journey.” In this book I write about the truth of the miraculous ministry of Jesus to encourage and inspire teachers in their journey. Each chapter paints a beautiful picture of how the journey of a teacher is remarkably similar to the ministry of Jesus. Teachers will be inspired by the eloquently crafted biblical truths as well as the peaceful poetry that is strategically positioned throughout this book. I pray that all that I do, whether in family or public ministry, be a blessing to those who hear it!

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