Asking For Suggestions

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I have been working on writing this blog for several years now and am very pleased with the number of followers. I started off with just writing the daily devotional blog, going through the entire Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter.

Later I added in the Promise of God verses, Give Thanks verses and Memory verses to the blog. On and off throughout the time of doing this blog I have written about some personal experiences, books I have read, and movies I have seen.

The Lord has laid it upon my heart to expand it again in a new direction. I would like to do a specific study on some subject or topic and see what the Bible has to say.

I would like to ask all of my readers what topic they would like to have studied. Are there any questions you may have about the bible, the Christian faith, or just about anything else?

Talking about a topic may be a one time post or one over a series of posts, depending on what the topic is and how much it would take to cover it. I want to keep all of my posts about the same length, around 400-700 words or so. My daily devotional is usually about 400 words in length, to give you an idea of how long that would be. I do not want one post so long it takes forever to read it. If you are anything like me, you don’t have 20 minutes to read one blog.

Doing these topics would only occur as one blog per week and will not replace anything already done on a regular basis. I would probably release them on Monday mornings.

If you have anything you would like to hear about, please like this post and leave a comment below or click on the contact me button and send me a message. I will consider everything and may or may not do it, however, this can give me some inspiration as to what you, my readers, want to hear.

Thank you for your time, your reading, following, and any responses. Have blessed and wonderful day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Request For Help

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I normally would never ask for money on this blog, for anyone or anything, however, I feel I need to make this request.

On January 19 of this year, the husband (Brandon) of a daughter (Emily) of a very good friend of ours was hit on a motorcycle by a drunk driver while he was stopped at a stop sign. We have known Emily and her parents since she was just a little child, over 20 years ago. They have been married for a little over 3 years and have an eight month old little boy. They are very active in their church and community.

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Brandon was just a few weeks from graduating fire fighter school, his dream job.

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In the accident, Brandon had to have part of one leg amputated. In addition to that, he has many internal injuries to the spleen, kidneys, vertebrae, and more. He is still in the hospital, stable, but going through a lot of surgeries.

The Columbia Fire Department, in South Carolina, has set up a fund raiser to raise funds to help meet the hospital expenses, and living expenses, since Brandon is unable to work.

Please pray for them and if possible can you help support them financially with anything you can. In this fund raiser, Emily and Brandon will receive 100% of the money that comes in. Neither the fire department or any one else will receive any of this money. Below is the link to support.

Thank you for your support in prayers and finances.

Support Brandon

Teaching Online

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Due to various things going on with teaching in a public school that made it very difficult to stay there, I felt God lead me to step out of public school teaching. I do miss the children a lot, but I have been blessed in the process.

The very next day, after my last day in the public school, I was called to sub as a Theatre Teacher in a small private school for the next day. I took the position and enjoyed it. After classes that day, the head director of the fine arts department asked me if I would be willing to take the class as the full teacher for the rest of the year. They only met one day a week, but it was something, kept me working with children and doing theatre. I took it and enjoyed it during this semester.

A few days later another friend told me about teaching online. She taught English Second Language (ESL) to Chinese students online. After some prayer about it, I decided to give it a try. It is with VIPKid.

The requirements for the job are a bachelor’s degree, in anything, experience with teaching, a computer with webcam and good internet.

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With this job I can set what hours I want to work. There are hours that are considered very high prime time hours to work, but I can choose from 8pm-8am, any half hour time frame or groups of timeframes. I have to work on Beijing China time. Each class is only 25 minutes long. It is one on one with a student.

One of the great things about the teaching is that I do not have to do any real lesson planning. The company I am with provides all the lessons. They show up on PowerPoint type slides. When you enter the classroom, the laptop screen will show a me and the student in 2 different spots. On the left will be the slides. I click through each one do what it requires.

Depending upon the level of the student will depend on what is being done. Students who are level 2, are usually still learning letters and small words. The teacher does about 1/2 the talking. By the time the student gets to level 5, the student is doing about 75% of the talking, and the teacher is doing very little talking. At the higher levels there is a lot more discussion.

In each of the lessons, each of the core subjects are touched upon in learning English. Math, Social Studies, History, Grammar, and Spelling. Some of the classes I have taught talk about insects, both benefits and problems; wild animals; domestic animals; jobs; culture in China; culture in America; and large mathematical word problems. I have actually learned a lot about Chinese culture in teaching them also.

Within 12 hours after a class is finished, I have to fill out a feedback on how the student did, both for the parent and for the next teacher. It also fills in for VIPKid for deciding what level the student is at, or if the student needs to move up or down a level. On average it only takes about 5 minutes to fill out that report for each student.

Some of the benefits of working this job is that it is done from my home. I do not have to travel to work or wear special clothing for it. It is a contract job, so purchase of internet, laptop, webcam and any other things that one thinks is needed can be tax deductible. The base pay is $14/hour, but can go up to about $22/hour. From the base pay, they give a lot of bonuses based off of several different factors.

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In the first month I have made several hundred dollars working just a couple of hours each day. Some people work it full time and make several thousand. I only work about 12-18 hours a week. And they pay monthly. Throughout the month you can see exactly how much you have made and how you made it.

Another benefit is seeing the students eyes light up when they speak correctly or learn a new word.

I have also had several students who are my regular repeat students. Several get excited when they see me each time. Parents have left feedback saying they also enjoy seeing me each time.

I enjoy getting paid while helping parents help their children be the best that they can be. I don’t have to leave home and most of the children are in great behavior and love learning English.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and may be interested in doing this type of teaching, please click on the following link: VIPKid

If it asks for a Referral code: 07P5EQ

I will receive a referral bonus if you sign up. It is free to look at and if you have any questions on it, please click on the contact me link above and send me your questions by email.