Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Titus 2 Tuesday

I have decided to join in with the Titus 2 Tuesday. I saw this on Belinda's blog and I just loved the idea, so like all good teachers, I "borrowed" it and am going to participate!

First, Titus 2 says this about older women:

1-6Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.

So, the Titus 2 challenge is to tell the blogging world about a woman who has had a positive influence in my life. And boy, is that hard. Not because my choices are so limited, but just the opposite; they are so infinite, I will have many Tuesdays to fill! So, get ready!

This first Titus 2 Tuesday, I have chosen to tell you about the influence of my high school Biology teacher, Mrs. Valerie Pena. She also was my junior high life science teacher and I just loved her. We were always doing something interesting, and something thought-provoking, but beyond the classroom, Mrs. Pena led an amazing life. She has one daughter, who was critically injured in a biking accident and is now in a home for adults with mental disabilities. She drives every Saturday to see her daughter and never complains. She has nothing but unconditional love for her.

Mrs. Pena is also an Aggie and a very intelligent and accomplished woman. I have always wanted to go to A&M, so I would stare at her Aggie ring in class, knowing some day I would be there.

Most of all, Mrs. Pena always made me feel like I was special. She never hesitated to help, even if she wasn't asked, and I always felt like I was her favorite (which I'm sure most of her students felt, as well).

I pray there will be at least one student in my teaching career I will impact the way Mrs. Pena has made a difference in my life.

I challenge you to join the Titus 2 Tuesday club and tell us all about a woman who has been a guide in your life!


  1. You know I always knew Mrs. Pena was a special woman, but I never had the opportunity to get to know her that well. She just has a glow about her. I felt very similiar feelings towards Mrs. Cabada. It's amazing how one teacher can make such a lasting impact. I am sure you make a great impact on your students

  2. This Titus 2 thing is great! Love ya! Hey how did the prayer key chains go at school?

  3. Gload to see another member to the club LOL. Great post, can't wait to read next weeks. I am already pondering mine.

  4. This makes me want to join!!

  5. Hey, I think this is a great thing to think about for Tuesdays. I can't wait to post something on this subject.

    I think it is certain that if you give of yourself to a young person, they will always remember.

    So, how did the prayer key chains go?

  6. I'm sure that having had such a wonderful role model that you will influence others amazingly as well!

    What a wonderful woman Mrs. Pena has been in your life! Such a reminder to us all to look at the postives in what appears to be negative situations and the power of love...

    Thank you so much for joining us today! I'm looking forward to hearing about all of the other wonderful women of influence in your life!

  7. ditto about mrs. pena! she was the best.

  8. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I know when the time is right the good Lord will bless us, he already has! Thanks for the sweet sweet words! Talk to you soon. Love love the blog!

  9. Aww Char, that is great! You guys did always have a special bond. She is a great woman, blesssed with the kindest nature, she truly cared about sudents learning.

    I like this Titus 2 Tuesday too.


  10. Great post and blog.
    I wil try to read as my health allows me to do so.
    Keep up the great work!

  11. Hey! I'm having a ask and answer blog over on my blog. when you get a chance stop by and ask away. it's a good way to learn more about people :)

  12. What a great idea!

    I never knew all of those things about Mrs. Pena! I, too, felt like I was one of her favorites! I always felt so lucky that I got to have her in 7th grade and then again in high school.


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