Enduring Understanding

Testimonies of a Christian and lessons learned on the journey. Psalm 119:2

Archive for the month “June, 2015”

The Name of My Blog

Well dear reader, I FINALLY got my “About” page finished.  Yeah! I wanted to share the section about how my blog got it’s name for those who are curious.  To read the full “About” page you can click here.

Take care,

The Name
Lots of blogs have cool and catchy names, but why would I pick a name like Enduring Understandings? A while back I had an amazing opportunity to work at a school in Colorado called Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center.  It is an alternative high school and one thing the staff focused on teaching students when I was there was Enduring Understandings. The idea is that each class has a curriculum and concepts that students will need to master to complete the class.  However, each class should have a lesson or two that will endure/last long beyond the class.  The lesson should be something meaningful that a student will remember long after high school graduation.  Something that will endure.  When I got to thinking about a title for my blog I thought about how all the things God as Rabbi (teacher) has taught me.  They have been helpful tests and lessons that have lasted long beyond the moment that He taught me.  My hope is that my testimony on this blog will be lessons that will help you understand yourself and understand God better and that will endure.  I pray that you will run this race strong! My hope, dear reader, that your own journey will bring you closer to the Eternal Teacher because that is the best lesson learned.

And because I’m a teacher at heart, below are some definitions and scriptures.  Lol! There are lots of scriptures to talk about enduring and the power of a believer’s testimony, but here are two to think on.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.

Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.

  • Enduring understandings are statements summarizing important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom. They synthesize what students should understand—not just know or do—as a result of studying a particular content area.
  • The word “curriculum” began as a Latin word which means “a race” or “the course of a race” (which in turn derives from the verb currere meaning “to run/to proceed”).
  • Testimony: The statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court; evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof; open declaration or profession, as of faith. From the Latin meaning to function as a witness.

Paying the Cost of Staying in the Past 


Today a dear friend was celebrating her birthday. I was looking forward to spending time with her and celebrating her victories. Since it was a special occasion I decided to go all out.  Now in my world, that means eye shadow and lip gloss. Lol! I had laid out my clothes the night before because I am time challenged and I really wanted to be on time for the festivities. Today I took my shower, got my shirt on, did my “make up” and agonized over which flip-flops said “birthday fun”. By this point I knew I was cutting it close with my time. But I breathed a sigh of relief as I looked at the time. Whew! I got the hard stuff over, now just to put on my shorts and I was good to go.

Well dear reader, you may be anticipating this, but this is where the plan fell apart. Read more…

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