A Woman Not of This World.

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“If you belong to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19.

Growing up in a Christian home, you always hear about being “not of this world” or the persecution that Christians will one day face. As a young child you think, “This is not true. All my friends care about me! No one is out to get me or hurt me. Doesn’t everyone love Jesus like I do?” But as you grow older, you face much more reality. Not everyone is kind and compassionate. Not everyone loves Jesus like you do.

In very recent events, a march that was for Women has began to turn heads, and frustrate and infuriate everyone, including women of God. There are signs that discuss feministic sayings, while sporting female reproductive organs as costumes, discussing the right of abortion, and even slandering the God Almighty that we all love and adore… but let me rewind and back track. What is all this commotion about? What does all of this boil down to? Is it really that we are second to men or have we completely forgotten why women were even created?

Just today, a post was on Facebook, and it was a photograph of two women, holding a hand made sign, at this march, that read:

“If Mary had had an abortion, we wouldn’t be in this mess.”


After seeing that, every Christian woman went through multiple emotions: anger, resentment, fury, unexplained hurt. My Lord and Savior, once again has been stripped down to nothing more than a man with a humanly mother. And apparently, that mother should have aborted him. What is this world that we are living in today?


As I watch and read everything going on, and as I try and control my own emotions, I can’t help but think that, “God still loves them.”

And then, I see another post and my emotions go wild, I hear a small voice that silences my worldly thoughts and views. That voice says, “My Child, I still love them, even if tears are falling. I still love them.”

Then, stopping dead in my emotions and thoughts, I think, “I have to be Christ-like. I must be Christ-like. I need to remember what our plan and purpose is on this earth.”

We have enough women who are tough, rude, course, full of fame and fortune, greed, vanity, and popularity. Why not, Women of Christ, Women Not of This World, why not be meek and mild, tender, soft-hearted, compassionate, ordinary, humble, and have virtue. We need more women to have a compassionate side, to embrace ones that are hurting. If we really want to make a change, love has to be the foundation. We are called to love everyone, just as Christ did. We are all the sinners, the soiled, so why are we passing blame and judgement on each other?

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

{Let that verse be your anthem, let it be your battle cry, and if you have to walk into battle, and least be clothed in as much love as you can possibly contain.}

Dear Women Not of this world,

Instead of slandering the march and the ones in the march. How about sending prayers their way. Instead of bashing abortion, why not send out a loving hand to a woman or girl who is having one or who had one. Instead of running in fear of women who are of other religions, why not invite them over for lunch. Instead of saying “well she deserved to be raped,” how about raise awareness amongst boys and girls alike on how to identify serious situations and how to remove yourself or someone else. How about just love. Love others with your whole heart so that Christ shines through constantly and so that satan cannot put out your light. And bless as many people as possible.

Bless the woman who had an abortion. Bless the Muslim woman. Bless the woman who loves another woman. Bless the woman with an outwardly opinion. Bless them all.

“A kind hearted woman gains respect…” Proverbs 11:16

Forgotten Classes.

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Now, before there is a freak out from educators saying that every class in the school system is needed to succeed, I would have to agree. Math, Science, Social Studies, and English are all important. The thought process of algebra or being able to dissect a sentence have important use for every student, across the nation. But with a simple google search of “things I wish I had been taught in high school,” those lessons were not pulled up. The things that most wish they would have learned are things not written in a textbook or even taught on a projector. They are life lessons. Real life things.

These were some of the repeated items that were pulled from multiple blogs/websites when the line “things I wished I had been taught in high school”:

-How to deal with stress-How to change a tire-How to balance a checkbook-How to write a resume- Handy skills-Time Management-How to think for yourself-

Now, to the title of “Forgotten Classes,” slightly dramatic, yes, but not near as off the wall as many would think.

There is an eleven letter word that sums up all of the “I wish I had been taught” moments, this word is slightly deceiving based on the connotation that many have placed on it.

Agriculture.

Whaaaaaaaat? Agriculture. No way. That is where you learn about cows and farming, not checkbook or time management or dealing with stress…. Oh but it is.

Agriculture classes and the extra-curriculum that comes along with it FFA events and SAE projects all teach those moments. And here is how:

  1. Agriculture classes are based on real life experiences and have multiple teaching moments, both inside and outside of the classroom.

These teaching moments happen, even when the teachers were not meaning too. Road tripping to a stock show, a tire blows on the trailer, truck full of students, time to teach. Get them out and show them, in the moment, how to quickly and safely change a tire. Quick lessons. Along with that, agriculture classes teach that not everyone needs to go to college. WHAT. Pump the brakes. Rewind… what!? Yes. Not everyone is cut out for college, many learn, that they need to head to a trade school (which is nothing short of a remarkable education). They learn with their hands. These are the guys and girls that go on to become amazing horse trainers, welders of all trades, the plumbers, the electricians, the dog groomers. The jobs that many look down on as insignificant, but without them, life would become a mess… and pretty quickly.

2. There is more professional development involved than many would assume.

Those blue and gold jackets that FFA students wear every day not only symbolize the organization that the members are apart of, but they also teach how to be poised and polished in rain, snow, or extreme heat. Ask any member of the Texas FFA if corduroy is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, they will tell you a list of stories, but they always laugh and smile. They wear that because they know it is required of them, and it is a part of their job. Also, there are multiple times when, standing at a cattle show, you could strike up a conversation with the owner of a large breeding operation. Networking happens in the least likely places, but happens so quickly you never saw it coming. Resume building? No problem. There is a contest that is called, Job Interview. Yes you read that correctly. Job Interview. Students write a resume and cover letter, and also go through a mock phone and in person interview. They are then critiqued and judged based on that. HOW COULD YOU NOT WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR JOB INTERVIEWING SKILLS?!

3. Lastly, how to deal with stress and time management skills.

I know, every day there is a small part of stress that we all like to refer to as life. It happens. But in the agricultural classrooms around the country, stress is shown in different ways and ideas are found. These “stresses” are short lived because, usually there are many others involved. The stresses that happen are followed with quick reaction times and solutions to the problem. Along with time management skills. Most in agriculture programs have at least one or two projects whether those projects are animal or mechanics or something entirely different. They must balance core curriculum classes, then head to ag classes where they keep up to date on record books (pretty much a check book… holy heck they learn how to keep balances of that), then are handed a list of dates that they will be gone for contest or show or all of the above, oh wait, did I mention that most are highly involved other parts of the school! These can include but not limited to one act play, FCCLA, Student Council, Athletics, but then throw in outside activities like church youth group or rodeo and these students have a full list of items on their plate, constantly! But they learn time management, but they also learn a valuable lesson, when to say “Yes” to a task and when to know your limit and say “No, I am full, but I know someone who would be incredible at that job.”

 

So, for all of you saying that you missed out on those opportunities, hopefully you can share some light for future high school students. Agriculture classes are not just about cows, sows, and plows. These classes development your leadership skills, time management, learning the quality of life, friendships that last lifetimes, and most of all, your willingness to succeed in life… not just high school.

When curious about what classes develop you into an adult that can survive and strive in performance in the real world, remember those forgotten classes.

 

Bless the Ag Teacher’s Husband.

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Yes, You read that title correctly.

Bless the Ag Teacher’s Husband. 

Everyone knows the Ag Teacher’s wife. The lady who is practically perfect in the eyes of the students. The one who’s hair is always perfectly done, make-up is just right, and always sporting the latest fashion, but incorporates National Blue and Corn Gold into their fashion collection. The lady who is at almost every event. They show up to help decorate for banquet; they constantly lend a helping hand; they try to make it to every stock show or state convention that they can. They even show up for events not directly incorporated with the Ag program or the FFA, such as football games, PTA meetings, school board meetings, decorating for homecoming or prom. And every Ag/FFA member knows that the Ag Teacher’s wife, inevitably, becomes your second mom, and they dang sure will discipline like you are one of their own.

But, in this day and age, there are women Ag teacher’s, so… What about their Husbands? Where do they fit in? Do they truly understand what they are getting into…? Is it different for the Ag teacher husband as compared to an Ag teacher wife?

Like:

Do they volunteer with the booster club? Will they help on clip day? Are they going to get mad if my shoes smell like crap? Will they decorate for banquet? What about helping get the boys collars straight in official dress? And snacks?! Will they make snacks for trips? Will he be upset when we say we will be home in 5 minutes, but in reality, we haven’t even left the school? What about when we send pictures that we think are SO cool? Will he be just as stoked? Will they listen to judgers practice? Or watch, over and over, the Ag issues team? Can they possibly begin to understand the excitement of getting hotels at a discount during stock show season? Will they get annoyed when we begin to recite the creed without even thinking? Will they be able to understand the spreadsheets we put together for everything in life? Do they understand that the children will grow up in the back of an Ag truck because FFA kids provide free babysitting?! Will they understand!?

The answer, to every question I feel is… yes. They will gladly take on any role that they volunteer or, are volun-told to do. However, there will always be a slight difference between how they perform the duties that they will be assigned.

-They will show up for booster club meetings, because there is usually free food. Which is a BONUS, because that means leftovers get to stay in the fridge just a little longer.

-Making snacks.. probably not, however, they will make a midnight run to walmart to be sure that you have at least something to snack on while waiting in line to unload at stock show. Beef jerky, Pringles, and Gatorade anyone!?

-Even with FFA contests and official dress! He will grin and bear it when he hears, for the 12 millionth time, the Ag issues team script or the creed. He, will not, voluntarily, listen to these speeches… that one of those volun-told moments that tend to happen. Oh, and FFA colors, he definitely will be wearing, as long as you make sure he has that shirt on before he leaves for the day.

-And decorating for banquet, of course! They can toss some table cloths and pretty emblem center pieces along with the best of them. Always remember, there will be an FFA momma coming right behind him, to “tweak” on the decor that he so graciously put up!

Those Ag Teacher Husband’s will be some of the most patient men you will ever meet. They will  be able to jump in and deal with a stressing hog, or listen to the tears of a teenage girl who just broke up with the love of her life. He will know and love those kids, just like you do. He will stay caught up on all the gossip and will have his own opinion on disciplining the problem child in 3rd period. Keep in mind, they will put aside their masculinity for a minute or two to help purchase extra sets of panty hose for official dress, carry a purse or bag, and cut flower steams to help prepare you for the next’s days lesson in floral design.

So thank you to the Ag Teacher’s Wife who help so much,

but bless those Ag Teacher’s Husband’s.