The Hardened Heart

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What Kind of Heart do you Have? Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world and can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them if needed. A hummingbirds heart is about 2.5% of their total body weight and is about the size of a pencil eraser. This makes the hummingbird’s heart in relative to it’s body, the largest heart in the animal kingdom. It can beat up to 1,260 times per minute while feeding or flying, 250 times per minute at rest. They are tiny little birds and their hearts beat … [Read more...]

Light Moves

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The sun rises in the east but it sets in the west.  It moves.  If you go outside to stand in the sun in the morning but you do not move, soon you will be in the shade.  We are to follow the light of the world, Jesus Christ, but if we don’t move we will not be following any longer and soon we will not be in the light anymore, but in darkness.  Follow is an action word that means MOVE! When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never … [Read more...]

A Rude Awakening

5:10 AM Being an early riser by nature, it’s not an unusual time for me to be up. But those particular red numbers from the digital clock are now permanently etched in my brain. That’s what happens when four rapid-fire gunshots so loud they could be in the next room serve as your wake-up call. There was this fellow named Pierce Lee Gaddy who decided to search the cars in the parking lot of my hotel…except he failed to get the owners’ permission. Spotted by an alert guest who called … [Read more...]

Rejection Hurts

They were told not to move, but what if moving would quell another’s feelings of rejection? Lunch room rules state a student must remain in the same seat. New students often feel uncomfortable regardless of where they sit, especially if they don’t know anyone—and Scarlet didn’t. One student, however, took the initiative to break the rule. I assumed she was coming to ask permission to go to the bathroom, but instead she asked, “Dr. Wiles, can me and ____ go and sit by the new girl?” Last year, … [Read more...]

Knowing the Pruner

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I was given the opportunity this week to really reflect on the inspiration behind my blog. Sometimes, it’s good to just remember your roots, to get back to the place it all began, and that’s exactly what I did. This time I found myself at the beginning of John chapter 15 where it talks about Jesus as the true vine. Verse 2 is what caught my attention. “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” I’m … [Read more...]

Confessions of a High School Teacher in August

So we are halfway through August--how are you doing?  The blog on "Top Ten Words of Advice" had nearly 800 views, so we teachers are desperate for encouragement or humor.  Either way, I am praying for you,  and here's an offering in the name of teacher desperation   We are bonded in our effort to stamp out ignorance and still have a piece of sanity when June rolls around. So here are a few confessions that are working for me.  Some seem quite normal  or maybe just normal to me. 1.  I seem … [Read more...]

Lesson from Haiti: Do God’s Will–Now!

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God called me to Haiti for two weeks to work with a wonderful ministry called My Life Speaks (www.mylifespeaks.com).   I knew why.  I have been praying that God would “slay the beast” in me called pride and vanity.  I have an abundance of it.  We all do; it can be so subtle that we don’t realize it.  Our worlds revolve around us, making ourselves look good and always looking for a chance to take center stage.  If you feel that this does not typify you, consider your motives lately.  All … [Read more...]

The beauty of God wrecking my plans

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Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. I cannot tell you how many times in my life this verse has applied to me. It's pretty much a daily thing. I'm a very schedule-oriented gal so I normally have a list of things to do. Let me tell you, God definitely likes to throw my schedule out the window and keep my life interesting. I want to share a story with you: I had the same plan throughout high school. I was going to go to the … [Read more...]

The Past is Behind Us – A Back To School Game

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This game will help kids understand that they shouldn’t dwell on past mistakes. As a new school year approaches, and we face new situations, challenges and opportunities, children need to remember that they should move on, accept Christ’s forgiveness for all, and embrace the future. Materials Two empty tissue boxes Eight Ping-Pong balls Two belts Scissors Object Kids will have to jump and dance and shake as hard and fast as they can to be the first person to get all four … [Read more...]

Enjoying Your Time In Your Singleness

I know many of you especially to my Christian sisters and brothers, who desperately want to get married are probably thinking, “how can you enjoy your time in your singleness?”. Trust me, it can be done. Before you can truly enjoy your life to the fullness during your single years, there are two things that must be done. Now I’m not saying that your desire for a mate will disappear but these two important things will give you a peace about your situation. When these two things are met, you will … [Read more...]