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Becoming Diamonds and Pearls

T. Jensen Lacey - Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hello again, dear and faithful readers!

 For those of you perhaps wondering what's been the delay in my posting a new blog, it's that I'm teaching full-time AND working on my next book, which I hope to have "out" by next May 2019. That sounds like a long time away, but if you're already putting in 50+ hours a week in one job, that leaves you little time for your other job--and just living a life. Plus, I've been sick for some months now and am just now getting better! I'm not a very "patient" patient, so I know I've been trying the patience of everyone in my household!

 In my teaching "life," I've been hearing many of my students talking about how stressed they are with the pressures of school. Often they also have a job, younger siblings to care for, extracurricular activities, etc. 

 One of my best students came to me in utter frustration one day. "Mrs. Lacey," she said breathlessly, "how can we handle the stress of life now, when it's not nearly as stressful as it's sure to be later, when we're adults?"

 I thought for a minute or two then addressed her question to the class, and this is what I told them: "Think about a diamond. It begins its life as a piece of carbon, deep in the ground. With the pressure of the weight of the earth, combined with intense heat, it becomes a diamond."

I thought for a second or two, then, seeing I had the entire classes' attention (a rare thing), added this: "Now think about a pearl. A pearl begins as a tiny grain of sand, which somehow gets inside an oyster. The oyster reacts by secreting a substance around the grain of sand, to protect itself from the abrasive effects of the sand. After a time, the secreted substance becomes smooth and round as it hardens around the grain of sand."

I continued, "The oyster and the carbon both reacted to something that stressed them. What resulted from that stress was a pearl and a diamond. So think of this as you, making pearls and diamonds!"

All of a sudden, the atmosphere in the room seemed to feel less tense, and I think this helped most of them see that we all have stress, but need to bring something positive out of it.

What about YOU? What stresses do you have, that you can make into diamonds and pearls? I'd love to see your comments about this!

Until next time,


Julia commented on 30-Jan-2018 09:44 AM
Love you miss Lacey! You're my sweetest teacher.
Zane commented on 30-Jan-2018 09:44 AM
Whats going on Zsully here saying this a great piece of work.
Devin commented on 30-Jan-2018 09:26 PM
As one of her students, I can say that Mrs. Lacey is a great teacher and an amazing writer. She provides a great reminder here in pointing out that such beautiful things in God's creation became so as a result of some struggle and a little tough grinding. Not in her words, but in mine, I believe that this lesson parallels with Scripture. Romans 8:28 states that "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose"! In all things, meaning not just the enjoyable things, but also including the stresses and hardships of life, God promises that it is for good and that He has a plan or a resulting pearl in mind as you experience that grinding. I encourage all that are facing these pressures to allow Christ to make diamonds out of them!
Makayla commented on 01-Feb-2018 08:06 AM
This is a great blog post. I love you and your writing!
katie commented on 01-Feb-2018 08:08 AM
This is a great article, Mrs. Lacey!
Josh cain commented on 06-Feb-2018 08:32 AM
In love with this article
jackson romandine commented on 06-Feb-2018 08:33 AM
I loved it <3
Tyler commented on 06-Feb-2018 08:35 AM
This is great writing. Love the work Mrs. Lacey!
Angel commented on 06-Feb-2018 08:37 AM
This is amazing, Mrs. Lacey! I’m blessed to have such a great teacher like you!
Jake commented on 06-Feb-2018 09:44 AM
I’m in this class
andy commented on 06-Feb-2018 09:45 AM
such great writing! love it!
Morgan commented on 06-Feb-2018 09:46 AM
This is great Mrs.Lacey
Lizzy Bankester commented on 06-Feb-2018 09:46 AM
Not only a great teacher but a great friend!
Faith Mcnorton commented on 06-Feb-2018 09:47 AM
Luke Bezeredi commented on 06-Feb-2018 09:48 AM
Great job Mrs. Lacey! Keep it up!
Maddie Ard commented on 06-Feb-2018 01:59 PM
This is great Mrs.
lacey! Good job!
Kyle Wallace commented on 08-Feb-2018 08:27 AM
This is great Mrs.Lacey!!
Bailey commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:50 AM
You're an amazing writer, Mrs. Lacey!! Thank you for continuously inspiring us! We love you!
Sarah Shipp commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:51 AM
This is such a great piece of work!!
Holly Wilson commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:51 AM
So inspirational! Mrs. Lacey is a wonderful teacher and her writing is just as amazing as her teaching. Thank you for being such a great teacher to us!
Tristian commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:52 AM
Wonderful Writing Mrs.Lacey!!
Anonymous commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:52 AM
Writing for the soul! Amazing :)
Alaysia commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:52 AM
I always enjoy my class time with Mrs.Lacey. She is one of the most caring and giving teachers I have had in all of my school career.
Tyler V. commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:52 AM
This article is Cool Beans!
Cassie Miller commented on 19-Feb-2018 09:52 AM
Your MTV favorite teacher!!!!

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