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Monday, March 19, 2018

Daily Devotional: The Art of a Grateful Heart

Monday March 19, 2018 by Joe Stowell           
Read: Psalm 118:1–14, 26–29  | Bible in a Year: Joshua 1–3; Mark 16

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.  Psalm 118:1

On our wedding day, Martie and I gladly vowed to be faithful “in good times as well as in bad, in sickness as well as in health, for richer or for poorer.” In a way it may seem strange to include vows about the bleak reality of bad times, sickness, and poverty on a cheerful wedding day. But it underscores the fact that life often has “bad” times.
So what are we to do when we face life’s inevitable difficulties? Paul urges us on behalf of Christ to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As difficult as that may sound, there is good reason why God encourages us to embrace a spirit of gratitude. Gratitude is grounded in the truth that our Lord “is good” and “his love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1). He is present with us and strengthens us in the midst of trouble (Hebrews 13:5–6), and He lovingly uses our trials to grow our character into His likeness (Romans 5:3–4).
When life hits us with hard times, choosing to be grateful focuses our attention on the goodness of God and gives us the strength to make it through our struggles. With the psalmist, we can sing, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 118:29).

Lord, I realize that focusing on my troubles causes me to forget that even in the midst of trials You are good. Teach me the art of a grateful heart.
Thanksgiving is a virtue that grows through practice.

The writer of Psalm 118 knew about the struggles of living in a fallen world. Even when surrounded by enemies, the psalmist’s confidence in the Lord remained strong (vv. 8–9, 13–14, 28). Note the opening and closing verses. Despite the dangers he faced, the psalmist begins and ends by choosing to praise God: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Are you in the midst of a trial? Meditate on the Lord’s goodness and His enduring love.

Mark Your Calendar:

March 19: Parental Conferences (3:15 to 6:15 pm)
March 22: Open House 6 - 8 PM
March 15-29: Scholastic Book Fair

March Birthdays:

A Happy March 2nd Birthday to Samantha B.! A Happy March 2nd Birthday to Tyler Go.! A Happy March 10th Birthday to Ashli S.! A Happy March 12th Birthday to John Henry B.! A Happy March 15th Birthday to Jackson R.! A Happy March 24th Birthday to Katia B.!

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO update; tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Wednesday: Senior Chapel Talk with Hunter H.
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Tutorials


**You can still purchase the long-sleeve flag shirts. Please let Mrs. Anderson know if you are interested!!!

*Senior Cap & Gown, Kindergarten Cap & Gown, Senior Class Picture, Baseball, and Softball Pictures will be taken April 10. . **This is a change. Softball, Baseball and Senior Class pictures will need to be paid for when they are taken. Cap & Gown pictures can be previewed before purchase.

Mrs. Berry is looking for help during the Scholastic Book Fair.
Help is needed for : March 15 – Set up 8:30 – 3:30
March 19-23, 26, 27
March 28 for packing up

The 9th Grade is selling Pork BBQ Dinners on March 19th, the night of Parent-Teacher Conferences. The meal includes a pork bbq sandwich (condiments for sandwich include cole slaw and bbq sauce), macaroni & cheese, baked beans, and a homemade dessert by Mrs. Edens. Meal is $9 and you can dine in or carryout from 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm. BBQ can also be purchased by the quart for $10 per quart. Please see Mrs. Butler or any 9th grader for more details or to reserve your food. You can also contact the front office. Deadline to purchase is Thursday, March 15.

The following students have overdue library books: Nick P., Sam B., Kam F., Brent C., Chase L., Maria B., Emma H., Alana P. Fines are now being accrued.

Teachers & Students that drive- Please remember to drive slowly and carefully when you pull in or out of the parking lot. Children can be anywhere, arrive early, and stay after school.

Students and parents of students who ride the bus: Please be at your stop early. Buses run on a tight schedule, if you make the bus wait they are late to the stops that follow you. ALSO: parents, please be at the pickup point on time in the afternoons . . .

Announcements for Teachers:


All basketball uniforms need to be turned in ASAP to Mrs. Anderson.


Monday: Practice
Tuesday: Practice
Wednesday: Practice
Thursday: Game ~ Home vs. Brunswick Academy
Friday: Practice



Monday: Practice
Tuesday: Practice
Wednesday: Practice
Thursday: Practice
Friday: Practice


Baseball & Softball 2018 Schedule:

3/22 (Thurs) Kenston Home 4:30 (Baseball only)
3/26 (Mon) Brunswick Home 4:30
3/27 (Tues) Richmond Christian Away 4:30 (Softball only)
3/29 (Thurs) Southampton Away 4:30
4/10 (Tues) Tidewater Home 4:30
4/12 (Thurs) BSH Home 4:30 (Baseball only)
4/13 (Friday) Kenston Home 4:30 (Softball only)
4/17 (Tuesday) Brunswick Away 4:30
4/24 (Tuesday) Kenston Away 4:30
4/26 (Thurs) Richmond Christian Home 4:30 (Softball only)
5/1 (Tues) Southampton Home 4:30 (Senior Game)
5/3 (Thurs) Tidewater Away 4:30
5/7 VCC Quarterfinals at Higher Seed
5/8 VCC Semifinals at Richmond Christian
5/9 VCC Finals at Richmond Christian

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