Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
"Yesterday I helped a toddler clean up a 44 ounce cup of Coke Zero he’d spilled everywhere (yes, it was mine; and no, there were not 44 ounces left remaining in it when he found it). I answered forty questions about whether Jesus made Lego blocks (so stay tuned for my new sermon series on “The Logos and the Legos”). And I disciplined a tantrum thrower and a sulker.
All of that was about the end times.
When we think of Christian eschatology, we tend to think first of prophecy charts or apocalyptic novels, but nothing is more eschatological than parenting.
A parent disciplining a child, for instance, communicates to the child the discipline and judgment of God in ways deeper and more resonant than any Sunday school lesson (Heb 12:5-11). A parent who will not discipline a child for disobedience, or who is inconsistent in doing so, is teaching that child not to expect consequences for behavior.
In short, a parent who will not discipline is denying the doctrine of hell.
At the same time, a parent who disciplines in anger or with harshness teaches a judgment of God that is capricious and unjust. An abusive parent, worst of all, ingrains in a child’s mind a picture of God as a ruthless devil who cannot be trusted to judge justly.
Parental discipleship and discipline ought always to have repentance and restoration in view, picturing a God who is both just and the justifier (Rom 3:26). Discipline should be swift and fair with quick reconciliation between parent and child. Long periods of “time out” do not communicate the discipline of God; they communicate the isolation and exile of hell.
Parents who spend time with their children, especially at meals, demonstrate something of the harmony they want their children to long for beyond this life. It’s a longing to eat at another Father’s table in the kingdom of Christ.
Moreover, we should teach children to respect and acknowledge authority, attributes necessary for citizens of a democracy for a short time, yes, but more necessary for subjects of a kingdom forever. Teaching children to refer to adults as “Mr. Smith” or “Mrs. Jones” or “Pastor Doe” and to say “sir” and “ma’am” (or the culturally equivalent signifiers of authority) is about more than politeness. It is training children to recognize proper hierarchy and authority when the veil is lifted and we see face to face.
Those of you who are parents probably grow weary and discouraged sometimes. I know I do. It seems as though you’re not “getting through” sometimes, that your children aren’t responding the way you thought they would. Keep hugging. Keep kissing. Keep chastising. Keep teaching. This is a long-term project. You’ve got a long-term project in front of you. And there’s a lot at stake.
After all, parenting isn’t about behavior modification. It’s about Christian eschatology."
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
When they sputter back “oh no, the first black President” gently and in low tones remind them that is racist and it is not about the color of his skin but the content of his character!"
Well, this indispensable book takes the guesswork out of raising a dysfunctional child.
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* Your Needs Come First
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Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
No, it's not really Thanksgiving time yet. First we have to get through Reformation Day, or what most of you know as Halloween! :) But, it's coming, and since that last video was so emotional, here's a lighthearted one for you. :) Happy (early) Thanksgiving! Oh, and Happy Reformation Day, too! For some Reformation Day fun :) click here.
Reformation day, or October 31, also happens to be my daughter's birthday. So, also, happy 9th birthday to my precious baby girl! I love you so much! We celebrate each and every day God has given us with you. You are a sweet, compassionate, emotional child. You were blessed with a tender heart, and you love deeply. I pray that as you grow, that you will grow closer to our Lord Jesus and be a woman after God's own heart. I pray that you will walk in truth. You are my firstborn, the answer to my desire for a child, and part of God's perfect plan for our family. I hope I get better (I've been sick the past couple days) so we can still have your party! I'll do my best. Love you, baby girl! :) xoxo
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wow. Life has been good. We have been doing good in school this year. Today Myra got to go with my friend, Susan, to hear a weatherman from Lexington speak. She said she liked it but didn't understand most of it! So, I asked her what was the one thing she learned, and she replied that "Floods are the killerest of all the weather things that happen." I thought that was a good description! :) ha!
We're continuing our study of early American history and have now ventured into the Little House on the Prarie book, which we are totally stoked about. (that's a So. Cal. phrase for those of you Kentuckians!) Myra loves the movies, and so she's been a bit concerned that the books don't follow the movie that close. I think she's concerned that someone wrote the books wrong, because "Jack was not a bulldog!" But, yes, in the books, he is. And, Pa has a beard. That one just blew her away! :)
Myra has been doing some geometry in her math lately. (do they really start this in third grade? GEEZ!) But, she's been doing very well in it. Lizzie is working on her addition and subtraction skills, which Myra keeps saying is SO EASY, but I keep reminding Myra that it wasn't so easy for her a few years ago.
Lizzie is continually having to be reminded that she is a GIRL and that is a wonderful thing! She loves to be dirty, climb things, wear jeans, and be rough. But, she also continues to constantly bring us laughter!
We have now added some home ec. to our week (on top of what we normally do) and this past week we learned how to PROPERLY set a table and learned the rules of the kitchen. Soon, we will be doing some unit studies on ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and...something else. I'm feeling too lazy to get up and look!
Nehemiah is talking more and more. He went through a few weeks of being the sweetest angel...but has reverted a bit to acting like a normal two year old. But, that's to be expected. He's still alot of fun and ALL boy. His favorite thing is cars!
Myra, the other day, came to me and said..."Mom, am I allowed to say 'What the h_ _ l?' I quickly replied that that was not an appropriate thing to say and that it was cursing. She immediately started bawling and asked my forgiveness because that day at our CHURCH function, she walked around a corner and saw some kids spraying their hair purple and blurted out with the above statement! To which her friend, that was with her, quickly replied "OOHHH, you said the h_e_l_l curse word!" She said "mommy, I didn't know, I didn't know." Apparently she heard it on one of our family friendly movies that I had let her watch. (really, I hadn't seen it in awhile and didn't know, folks) It took everything in me to not fall on the floor laughing, picturing my sweet daughter blurting that out at the church function. Oh well, might as well be a pastor's kid! I kept laughing about that one all day, but did tell her that God knew she didn't know and that He forgave her and that from now on she was responsible if she ever said it again. That didn't seem to offer her much comfort, however, because she was so broken over the fact that she had cursed. Later in the day, Nehemiah pulled down an antique plate I had hanging on my wall and it broke, and she looked at me and said, "I know why our day is cursed!" :) hee, hee...poor girl! :)
Well, on a more serious note, last night I had my first NILMDTS call. So, I spent a few hours at the hospital with our area coordinator. She was amazing, and I was so blessed to be able to go and shadow her. Please pray for this young mother who has lost a child. It was an honor to go photograph this little one and bless this mother with these pictures. God was with me, and it went amazingly well. I didn't cry (and I cry over EVERYTHING). My stomach was in knots for several hours before I left, but once there, I had such a peace. I got in there and did what I needed to do to bless this family. They are in my heart, and always will be, I'm sure. I thank God for this organization and the opportunity to use these gifts He's given me to reach out to those who are hurting.
Don't mean to end this on a sad note, just to catch everyone up on life lately.
Oh, and HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY to my wonderful husband Shane tomorrow! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life these past 13 years. I love you so much and thank God everyday -(except on the days you get on my nerves!) :)-for you! Even on those days, I know that there is no one else who could fulfill me the way you do. Here's to every day I have had with you and every day I have yet to come! :) xoxoxo
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Wow. There's really not a lot to say about this video. It speaks for itself. It was sent to me by my worship leader today. He said he's looking for the sheet music and choreography to it. I'm just not sure our worship team is good enough to pull it off, however. :) Enjoy a good laugh! :)
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Now mark this: we have been describing the prayer of a divided heart. The psalmist would like to know a constant uninterrupted experience of God as his exceeding joy. But in reality there are times when he feels forsaken. He knows in his head that God has not forsaken him. But it feels like he has. So his deepest strategy to escape this most dangerous condition is to pray, “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.”
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
of human love-my spikenard of great price;
I kept it close within my heart of hearts.
And scarce would lift the lid lest it should waste
Its perfume on the air. One day a strange
Deep sorrow came with crushing weight, and fell
And broke the box to atoms. All my heart
Rose in dismay ans sorrow at this waste,
But as I mourned, behold a miracle
Of grace Divine. My human love was changed
To heaven's own, and poured in healing streams
On other broken hearts, while soft and clear
A voice above me whispered, "Child of mine,
With comfort wherewith thou art comforted,
From this time forth, go comfort others,
And thou shalt know blest fellowship with Me,
Whose broken heart of love hath healed the world."
-taken from Streams in the Desert, Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
Monday, August 04, 2008
Mom's Zucchini Pie
1 (8oz.) pkg refrigerated crescent rolls (I used the reduced fat one)
1/4 cup margarine
4 cups sliced zucchini
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups shredded mozzarella (I used a mozzarella/provolone mixture that was fabulous, but you can use any reduced fat cheese here as a substitute..I wouldn't use fat free, though. It never bakes well)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls, and press into a 9 inch pie pan, covering sides and bottom.
2. Melt margarine in a skillet over medium heat, and cook til the zucchini and onion are tender. Season with parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Remove skillet from heat, and mix in the eggs and cheese.
3. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until set. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
As a 1930s wife, I am