Monday, August 24, 2015

All Things New

All Things New

by Mary Manners

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!"

~ Revelation 21:5 ~
Some of you may know that in addition to being a writer, I am also blessed to have spent twenty-seven years educating children as a public school teacher, and am currently in my third year as a school administrator at a local intermediate school. As I head into the second full week of this new school year, I am warmed by the eager smiles on the faces of the young children that are entrusted to my care each day. These youngsters have a passion for life and learning, as well as an eagerness for all of the adventures yet to come. There is a pep in their step and an enthusiastic, sing-song tone to their voice as they wish me good morning. It’s a wonderful thing…a true blessing to me as I greet them at the front doors of the school as the sun rises each weekday. I watch them rush down the hall, their backpacks filled with fresh supplies and textbooks, and wonder what each child might grow up to become. Every day is important; each moment—every word—counts.

Often, I consider my good fortune to be blessed with two professions that I hold so dear to my heart…educating children and writing books. The two seem to go hand in hand. A new school year is much like the adventure of embarking on a fresh story; both unfold with a great deal of anticipation as well as a sprinkle of surprises along the way. Opportunities abound and a sense of fulfillment unfolds as all thoughts and plans come together. Even so, one never knows what a new day—or the turn-of-a-page—might bring.

Everything new…that’s our gift each day in education, whether we are on the teaching or learning side of the desk. It’s also our gift with each book we open, whether we are on the writing or reading end of the page. I choose to embrace the newness, and take joy in the blessings that each opportunity brings. Will you join me?
Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus. She loves swimming, running, flavored coffee and Smoky Mountain sunsets.
Mary believes everyone has a story to tell, and she loves to share hers. She writes inspirational romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels—something for everyone.
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  1. Hi Mary, as a former school teacher, I understand every word!I always feel I learned ore as a teacher than I taught. Best wishes at this start to another school year (I kind of miss it LOL) and of course, even more success with your wonderful books. xoxox

  2. Thanks for this great post, Mary. I can feel the seasons changing, both in literal terms and proverbial terms. So glad for the hope that points the way.

  3. Thanks for the post, Mary. There's nothing like the brightness and light of a child's smile. I'll never forget how our special needs granddaughter gave us hope on 9/11.


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