Let Stress Be A Signal | Debbie Hannah Skinner

During my years as a public school teacher, I noticed the most effective educators were those skilled in two areas: their subject content matter and classroom management. One particular teacher, my friend, Laura, was a genius classroom manager, particularly with her use of signals.

Signals are prearranged gestures or sounds teachers use to elicit specific behaviors from their students. They’re especially helpful in guiding students to transition from one activity to the next.

When it was time for students to move, Laura used a simple hand signal to let them know it was time to make the shift. If the class was too loud, she would clap in a rhythmic pattern, making a sound signal her students would repeat back to her. Soon their chatter was replaced by clapping and their attention was recaptured.

At other times, off task students were refocused on the lesson by a simple signal as Laura stopped talking mid sentence and pointed to her eyes, a gesture her students were trained to mimic. Laura’s signals were brilliant and her smooth running classroom was the fruit of her labor.

Have you ever considered that feelings of fear and anxiety could actually be “signals” from the LORD to help redirect our attention? If we look at our feelings in this way, our stressors can actually help us refocus on Him in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” 

The next time fear and anxiety creeps up in your soul, try using these often time negative emotions in a positive way. Let them serve as signal to lift up your eyes and look toward the LORD for help and hope.

** an excerpt from Debbie’s Fear Fighting Scriptures Devotional Coloring Book

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