Welcome to this blog. In today’s superficial and often deceptive world we all need positive, encouraging truth to guide us, train us, and assure us. I find that truth in God and I try to pass it on. As a father and high school teacher I have had the opportunity to listen to, empathize with, advise, and challenge my children and my students. The following notes capture some of those interactions. Hopefully they benefit you also.

In writing I have tried to be genuine, humble, and open to listening and learning from God. I also try to put the advice into practice by God’s grace and power. As a reader I hope you approach these notes the same way. I pray they bless you and inspire you to become all God has designed for you to be and to do for his glory. He believes in you and wants the best for you. So do I. The most valuable gift I can give is to build you and others up and to help you draw near to God through Jesus. In time I hope God becomes your closest friend, your brightest future, and your deepest love.

Your friend and teacher,
Greenelsh

149 Adjust Your Grip

149 Adjust Your Grip

Yesterday I used a kettlebell while exercising. It's a unique apparatus because the weight ball is off center from its handle. Kettlebells are portable, versatile and enable a total body strength workout, as well as, aerobic stimulation. The key to proper use of the...

148 Commit

148 Commit

At various times I've had a chance to discuss the topic of relationships with my high school students. Perhaps you have thought about relationships now and then also. It's an important topic, because life is made of relationships. Each of us needs to be loved and in...

147 Look Up II

147 Look Up II

This week in my Digital Art class I am having my students create a Notan art piece. Notan is a Japanese design concept which explores the interaction of light and dark. I hope it helps them get better at composition and the effective use of negative and positive...

146 Fan into Flame

146 Fan into Flame

This year for Easter break my family went camping at Pinnacles National Park with a couple of other families. We enjoyed hiking, tossing frisbees, and playing some board games. At night we gathered around a campfire to tell stories, laugh, and roast marshmallows for...

145 Hallelujah

145 Hallelujah

Early this morning as I prepared for the day I was overwhelmed with joy and adoration. I cried for several minutes as I reflected on what Jesus has done to save me. I am forever changed and grateful. Today is good Friday which has been celebrated by millions of people...

144 Face the Future Stronger

144 Face the Future Stronger

Crises can cripple you or make you stronger. Unfortunately, I feel like the United States is weakening in a time it could be getting stronger. This deterioration has been going on for several years, but globalists, foreign competitors, and corrupt leaders have taken...

143 Praise from a Heavy Heart

143 Praise from a Heavy Heart

If you have been following this blog/podcast you know I have been burdened by the state of my country, the United States. It's not just the challenges of the pandemic, but more so the decisions leaders at all levels of government have made which don't align with God's...

142 Advance

142 Advance

This morning as I drove to school where I work I got stuck on a steep hill behind a line of traffic because a semi-truck was stalled at the apex. I deliberated whether to turn around and take a longer route or wait and hope for a change in the traffic jam. Either way...

141 Ask Where

141 Ask Where

As a high school teacher I field questions every day. I'm glad my students ask questions, because it is an effective way to learn and grow. Although some questions are more relevant or consequential than others, every sincere inquiry has merit. What have you been...

140 Walk Not Alone

140 Walk Not Alone

It's been nearly a year since the high school where I teach has been closed to in-person learning due to the pandemic. I've been teaching all my students online. The social distancing and isolation policies mandated in the interest of public safety have taken a toll...