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...]

Compassion=Compassion

In the book “Derailed” by Neta and Dave Jackson the question was asked: “Why do we go through trials?” The pastor in the story referenced: II Corinthians 1: 3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” It is a passage many of us have heard before. It is one that I need to hear often. It is … [Read more...]

Lessons from Haiti: Grateful

As the plane left the Port Au Prince airport in Haiti headed back to the United States, I cried. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions. One of them is gratitude. As soon as we entered the airport, I was grateful for air conditioning. Living for two weeks in extreme heat with very little relief was difficult. I learned to love my little battery-operated fan. I am grateful for a hot shower. There were only moments of no water, and for that I am thankful. When I would hop in the cold shower, … [Read more...]

Anxiety Can be a Heavy Burden

Anxiety can be a heavy burden, but as the song states, “I don’t know about tomorrow;…..I don’t worry o’er the future, For I know what Jesus said. And today I’ll walk beside Him, For He knows what lies ahead.” We need to remember on a daily basis that God knows what is ahead. Although it’s easier said then done, we don’t need to worry about our future when we walk with Him. In Isaiah 41:10 the Bible says. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen … [Read more...]

Faithful Wounds

“Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful." — Proverbs 27:6 While looking for a very old email, I stumbled upon this “Love Letter” I wrote to some friends I was counseling about five years ago.  I read it and found it to be applicable in many lives today.  I decided to share  it with you in hopes it will help heal someone’s marriage.  The couple I wrote this letter to is thriving now, after much prayer, sacrifice, work and self examination.  The names … [Read more...]

The Importance of Praying for Others

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Day-to-day, God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to talk to him about all things: good, the bad and the ugly. Yes, it’s true he knows everything about us but he wants us to talk to Him, just like when you talk to your best friend face-to-face. Prayer is important for our everyday Christian life. But what about praying for others? Is it essential? Did you know that many people in the Bible prayed for others? Here are some examples: • Abraham prayed for Abimelech, his wife and other … [Read more...]