Monday, October 31, 2005

Another Great Selection from Elisabeth Elliot

Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: Keep A Quiet Heart
Scripture: John 14:27 Psalms 27:14 Isaiah 25:9 Psalms 40:1

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry" (Psalm 40:1, NIV).

The tests of our willingness to wait patiently for the Lord come almost daily for most of us, I suppose. Probably I am among the Lord's most impatient servants, so the lesson has to be renewed again and again. A tough test came when my daughter's family (of ten) was searching for a house. Southern California is not a place where one would wish to conduct that search. It's a long story, but at last, all other possibilities having been exhausted, a house was found, an offer made. That night word came that two other offers, of unknown amounts, had also been made. Dark pictures filled my mind: the others would surely get the house, the Shepards would be reduced to renting and we'd been told that rentals start at about $2000 per month (imagine an owner willing to rent to a family with eight children!).

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord" (Psalm 27:14, NIV).

I lay awake in the wee hours ("when all life's molehills become mountains" as Amy Carmichael said), repeating Scripture about God's faithfulness, trusting, casting all cares, waiting. I had to keep offering up my worries and my impatience. At four I was up reading the story of Abraham and Isaac. Abraham called the place where he had offered up Isaac "The Lord Will Provide." I took that as the Lord's word to me that morning.

Before nine o'clock, my son-in-law Walt called to say "Offer accepted. Other offers, both higher, turned down." No explanation. It was the Lord's doing.

Waiting requires patience--a willingness calmly to accept what we have or have not, where we are or where we wish we were, whomever we live or work with.

To want what we don't have is impatience, for one thing, and it is to mistrust God. Is He not in complete control of all circumstances, events, and conditions? If some are beyond His control, He is not God.

A spirit of resistance cannot wait on God. I believe it is this spirit which is the reason for some of our greatest sufferings. Opposing the workings of the Lord in and through our "problems" only exacerbates them. It is here and now that we must win our victories or suffer defeats. Spiritual victories are won in the quiet acceptance of ordinary events, which are God's "bright servants," standing all around us.

Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands. "Peace I leave with you; I do not give to you as the world gives" (John 14:27, NEB). What sort of peace has He to give us? A peace which was constant in the midst of ceaseless work (with few visible results), frequent interruptions, impatient demands, few physical comforts; a peace which was not destroyed by the arguments, the faithlessness, and hatred of the people. Jesus had perfect confidence in His Father, whose will He had come to accomplish. Nothing touched Him without His Father's permission. Nothing touches me without my Father's permission. Can I not then wait patiently? He will show the way.

If I am willing to be still in my Master's hand, can I not then be still in everything? He's got the whole world in His hands! Never mind whether things come from God Himself or from people-- everything comes by His ordination or permission. If I mean to be obedient and submissive to the Lord because He is my Lord, I must not forget that whatever He allows to happen becomes, for me, His will at that moment. Perhaps it is someone else's sinful action, but if God allows it to affect me, He wills it for my learning. The need to wait is, for me, a form of chastening. God has to calm me down, make me shut up and look to Him for the outcome.

His message to me every day
Is wait, be still, trust, and obey.

And this brings me to the matter of counseling. Upon our return from a trip to England I found a pile of mail, so many letters asking me what to do about things, for example: a wife's critical spirit, unemployment, a wife who has abandoned husband and children, a single mother doing a job she hates, an unfaithful husband, a woman (who tells me she is Spirit-filled) having an affair with her pastor, a farmer who'd like a wife, a mother-in-law who is nasty to her daughter-in-law, a stepson who is angry because "we don't spend enough money on his children," a wife who snaps at her husband each time he tries to snuggle up, and a husband who "drinks like a fish, curses like a sailor, and says he loves God."

I wish I could write the same letter to everybody: Wait patiently for the Lord. He will turn to you and hear your cry. It is amazing how clear things become when we are still before Him, not complaining, not insisting on quick answers, only seeking to hear His word in the stillness, and to see things in His light. Few are willing to receive that sort of reply. "Too simplistic" is the objection. One listener to my radio program, Gateway to Joy, wrote, "I got so upset at what you were saying I ripped the earphones out and aid, 'I'll do what I want to do!'" But there are those who can say, "This is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isaiah 25:9, KJV). Here are two testimonies:

"I've lost my mother, my brother, my husband, and my baby. My song is More Love to Thee, O Christ."

"God picked up the scraps and pieces and made us whole--a whole woman, a whole man, a whole marriage."

What's Up with Halloween?

What's Up with Halloween?
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the evil powers of the world. So why do you keep on following rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle, don’t eat, don’t touch.” Such rules are mere human teaching about things that are gone as soon as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, humility and severe bodily discipline. But they have no effect when it comes to conquering a person’s evil thoughts and desires. — Colossians 2:20-23 NLT

At HomeWord, we receive questions from time to time about Halloween. Should parents allow their kids to “celebrate” or not? To avoid “giving the devil his due,” so to speak, some Christians change the name of their festivities from a “Halloween” party to a “Harvest Party.” (While pretty much everything looks exactly the same!) Churches throughout our country use Halloween as a means for outreach to the community. So what’s up with Halloween?

There is no doubt that Halloween's origins can be traced to pagan beliefs and rituals. Satanic groups have also attached meaning to Halloween, celebrating it as a special holiday. These origins and meanings can be researched pretty easily on the Internet. Christians of good conscience differ on their views of whether or not believers should have any participation in Halloween celebrations. Certainly, Christians should not participate in the "dark side" of Halloween – to in any way approve of the satanic or the focus on paganism, evil, death, etc.Yet, the reality of Halloween participation for many, believers and unbelievers alike, is that of exercising a bit of fantasy, dressing up in costumes and having fun "trick or treating" around the neighborhood. To many, this is what Halloween is about, without any connection to occult or pagan practices. I have a hard time saying that there is anything wrong with this.

Let me give an illustration: We know the source and heritage of Christmas. We also know that for many people, Christmas is a very non-religious holiday. People give Christmas their own meaning, regardless of its origins. We would never say that everyone who celebrates Christmas is a follower of Christ or honors God. Halloween, I believe, is similar. People give Halloween their own meaning, regardless of its origins. Consequently, because people participate in Halloween, does not necessarily mean they are promoting or encouraging occult or pagan practices and beliefs.

Whatever conviction you hold about participating in Halloween, live it out for God’s glory! In all these things, a person should follow his or her own convictions, while understanding that Christians may differ in their beliefs about this issue. So, if you run into those fellow believers who differ from your stance on Halloween, give them freedom to live out their own convictions. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “Who are you to condemn God’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him tell them whether they are right or wrong. The Lord’s power will help them do as they should.” (Romans 14:4 NLT)

1. Responding to today’s culture can lead to two extremes: either isolating oneself entirely from the culture or immersing oneself totally in the culture without using any discernment. How can either of these extremes be destructive to God’s work your life?

2. What do you believe about participating in Halloween and why?

FURTHER READING:Romans 14; 1 Corinthians 8; 1 Corinthians 10:23-33; Colossians 2:6-23
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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Busy Day

A lot of was accomplished today on this beautiful, crisp Autumn Saturday. The sky was blue and there was a chill in the air this morning. My dh and I went out to breakfast and then did some shopping together. We went to Lowe's, Pet Smart and Staples. At Lowe's we bought some parts to fix a lamp I broke and screws to fit the new handles I bought for me kitchen cabinets and drawers. I would really like to have new cabinets because mine are dark brown and not even real wood but that fake laminate stuff. But cabinets are expensive so I decided to buy new handles for them. Wow! What a difference it makes. At Pet Smart we had to pick up bedding for the gerbils and while there we looked at birds. I'm thinking about getting some finches. They are really cute and would make a wonderful addition to our little family We browsed in Staples but didn't buy anything.

After lunch at home, I went back out to shop at Walmart and Sam's Club. I bought some nice mums to go up my front steps. They are a light purple and so pretty. I also bought some more bird feeders and seeds. I have two finches feeders out back and I added two more. I bought regular seed for our large (and very squirrel-proof) feeder on our deck. I also bought a cute feeder that sticks to glass and I put that on our kitchen window. I'm curious to see if they will come. I know the squirrels definitely can't get up there. I cleaned out our birdbaths and also added more seed to our feeder in front. It is right next to my desk in our schoolroom and we have lots of different birds visiting us during the day.

JK doesn't know it but I bought an easy pattern to make her a poncho for Christmas. I looked over Walmart's materials but they didn't have anything I liked. I'll probably try to go to Hancock's one day next week. I also need to start on some of my other sewing projects. Christimas will be here soon!!

After I got home, I took care of all the birding needs and then JK and I cleaned the gerbil cages. I helped; she cleaned! By then, it was dinner time so we each helped ourselves to whatever leftovers were in the fridge LOL! After dinner, we watched the movie Luther, which was very good. I was very surprised that it was given a fair treatment. I knew a little about Martin Luther before I watched the film but now I know a lot more. I would definitely recommend this to anyone--especially if you are studying the Reformation.

When the movie was over, I did a thorough pick-up of the downstairs and finished up the kitchen work. Now I'm ready for bed. Good Night!!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Chicken Pox, Cheering and Chilly Weather

Tuesday night JK came to me and said she had a bug bite under her arm. I lifted her shirt and there were lots of bug bites there! Chicken Pox! How do I know this? Because many children at our church have them also. It started about a week or so ago and has spread quickly through the children! I didn't think Julianne would get them because she had them when she was younger. It was a mild case so I guess it didn't build up her immunity. Another reason I was surprised was that I had just had her tested in June to see if she was immune because she hadn't had the vaccine. My doctor told me that she was! I haven't had a chance to call her this week but I will next week. I did call the orthodontist to let me know as she was in there Tuesday after before I knew. She was also at bowling Saturday and I think she was contagious then. All the children on her team go to public school so they've been vaccinated.

JK is doing fine. I let her take the week off school although she could have done some today. Next week we get back to business!! She still needs to stay home for a few more days. We don't need to go anywhere until Tuesday so she should be fine by then.

JM had the semi-finals of cheering competition on Wednesday night and they made 4th place! That means they'll be in the finals next Wednesday and if they get 4th or better, they will go to the regionals. That would be really excited. Jared told me today that he'll be glad when competition is over because they'll only have one practice a week. He's having a hard time keeping up with his homework. He's doing it but not as well as he would like.

Autumn has definitely arrived. The temperatures have been in the 60's in the day and 30's at night. Tonight there is a frost advisory for our area and a freeze warning for areas west of us! The leaves are finally starting to turn. I'm looking forward to the cooler days and nights. I love to make soups and stews. Tonight I made chicken pot pie. On his way home from his side job, my dh stopped for ice cream sundaes at Friendly's. It was good dinner and dessert.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What Shackles are Holding You Captive?

What Shackles Are Holding You Capitve?
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer…For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin… In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. — Romans 6:1-2, 6, 11

When a captive elephant is young, its handler will place a shackle around its leg and chain it to a tree so that it will not escape. At this age the elephant is too small to pull the tree over. Try as it might, the baby elephant cannot get away. However, when the elephant is full-grown the handler can chain it to a stick in the ground and it will not escape. The elephant still thinks itself to be chained to an unmovable tree.

Think for a few moments: Is it possible that a “shackle” of some kind of habitual sin is tied around your leg? What is it that holds you back from experiencing the freedom found only in Christ? Perhaps the problem is your eating habits, your prayer habits or your thought life. It might be that your priorities are all messed up, or you are caught in an unhealthy relationship. It might seem like you are tied to an unmovable tree. Yet, I’d like to challenge you to consider that instead, that “thing” that holds you might only be a small stick in the ground. If you become comfortable with your captivity, you may be just like an elephant that was trained to believe it could not break free.

Even as Christ-followers, we’re still susceptible to sin and its natural consequences. But according to the Apostle Paul, the truth is that, by our relationship with Christ, we have died to sin. The fact is that the old shackle around your ankle can no longer hold you, if you will just recognize that you are a new creation and are no longer a “slave to sin.” While Christ can and has miraculously changed lives and immediately “set captives free” from habits and addictions, for most of us, old habits die hard. It takes a lot of work and prayer to accomplish change. But if you find yourself struggling, understand that you can break free. Christ’s death and resurrection has made it possible. In Christ, your old self is gone, your spirit has been made alive, the new has come, and freedom is within your reach.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Pep Rally

My son (16) is a junior and cheerleader at the local high school. Today they had a pep rally since it is Homecoming Weekend. Was it ever loud! JK and I went after lunch to see how the cheerleaders are doing and just to join in the excitement. My son's school is very big, about 1800 students, so it can get very, very loud in the gym with the crowd, the band and everything going on. They only have a few pep rallies each year so we make sure to go to them all. They are so full of excitement. The students at his high school are very supportive and enthusiastic. It's really refreshing to see.

JM did a whole series of back handsprings across the gym. It was awesome--if I do say so myself! He also did his back tuck. Yeah!! He has really come a long way since he joined the squad last year. I took my video camera so I'll be able to show dh tonight.

Speaking of tonight, of course it is the big game. It's raining right now but the game will go on unless there is thunder. I'm working at the "spirit table" tonight so I hope it's not too rainy or chillly. The spirit table is just some of the parents selling sweatshirts and other items from the school.

There were various reasons in our life that culminated in sending our son to ps and at first I was very nervous. He had never been to school except K and 1st so I wasn't sure how he would do. I also wasn't sure what would happen because there's so much negative publicity about public school and how horrible it all is. Well, his experience has been wonderful and my dh and I are very pleased with the school. The teachers are very open and eager to communicate. In the course of communicating via e-mail with his chemistry teacher I found out that she is a Christian and she is praying for JM. Isn't that awesome? I know that ps isn't an option for a lot of people; I thought it wasn't for us either but circumstances change and I'm glad we were open to what the Lord had for us.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wednesday Here At Home

The temperature is about 84 right now and fall shows no signs of coming. I did notice a few (a very few) trees are starting to turn but most of them are still green. It just hasn't been cool enough in the evenings! Summer has gone on long enough this year.

JK had art class today in a neighboring county. As I was driving on a very busy road, my car died. It just stopped! Fortunately, I was able to turn off into a parking lot. It is so hard to steer without power steering! I called my hubby who was still home and he came and fixed the problem. A battery cable came loose (or something like that). Normally he wouldn't be home that late but he was driving to Virginia Beach today so he didn't have to go into the office. Praise the Lord for His provision and for my hubby!

We got to art class just as they were setting up. Whew! I thought we were going to be late. Today's picture was a sailboat on the water and it turned out really well. JK was excited to see her friends again because the class hasn't been held since spring due to the teacher's illness. But she is well and the class is on again. The class is from 9:00 to 12:30 so I had the morning free. I thought I would do some errands but I came home and cleaned instead. How exciting!

After I picked her up it was time for school. The fractions are getting harder this week as she is learning about improper fractions, adding and subtracting unlike fractions, renaming, etc. Happy, happy, joy, joy!! She does get frustrated at times but in today's lesson she did very well and that made a big difference. Right now she's upstairs working on a report about Mars for her notebook.

She doesn't know it but when she's finished I'm taking her to see the new Wallace and Gromit movie. It should be fun!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Monday at Home

It was back to the routine today! I had lots of laundry to do and, as usual, straightening up from the weekend. It wasn't as bad as usual because I'm trying to stay on top of it.

In math, JK is learning to add and subtract like fractions. This is so easy and she is loving it! It's a welcome break after the struggle of division for the last two weeks. In language arts we're finishing up the book study on "Sign of the Beaver". She has really enjoyed reading that. Today she started on her Daniel Boone books while I read the Landmark. She also started "Editor in Chief" and I hope that will help train her eye to look for mistakes when she writes. She is doing very well with spelling (I use Spelling Power) and I'm pleased with her progess.

My husband just had his 25th anniversary with The Associated Press and we got to pick a gift for his celebration. We decided on a mini stereo/CD player that we could put in the family room. It is wonderful! I put on some instrumental hymns this evening and it was so nice to hear that as we went about our work and play. I didn't have it loud but enough where we could pick out the tune. I'm really going to enjoy having it to listen to each day.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable

Several Ways to Make Yourself Miserable

1. Count your troubles, name them one by one--at the breakfast table, if anybody will listen, or as soon as possible thereafter.
2. Worry every day about something. Don't let yourself get out of practice. It won't add a cubit to your stature but it might burn a few calories.
3. Pity yourself. If you do enough of this, nobody else will have to do it for you.
4. Devise clever but decent ways to serve God and mammon. After all, a man's gotta live.
5. Make it your business to find out what the Joneses are buying this year and where they're going. Try to do them at least one better even if you have to take out another loan to do it.
6. Stay away from absolutes. It's what's right for you that matters. Be your own person and don't allow yourself to get hung up on what others expect of you.
7. Make sure you get your rights. Never mind other people's. You have your life to live, they have theirs.
8. Don't fall into any compassion traps--the sort of situation where people can walk all over you. If you get too involved in other people's troubles, you may neglect your own.
9. Don't let Bible reading and prayer get in the way of what's really relevant--things like TV and newspapers. Invisible things are eternal. You want to stick with the visible ones--they're where it's at now.

From Keep a Quiet Heart by Elisabeth Elliot

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Daniel Boone

Just exactly how many books on Daniel Boone do we need? In our TruthQuest History Guide we will studying Daniel Boone soon. I went to my bookshelves and here's what I have:

~The Story of Daniel Boone (Signature Book)
~Daniel Boone (Landmark Book)
~Daniel Boone, Boy Hunter (Childhood of Famous Americans). This one has the black silhouettes as illustrations.
~Daniel Boone: Taming the Wilds (Discovery/Garrard Publishers)
~Daniel Boone by Esther Averill; illustrated by one of my favorites, Feodor Rojankovsky
~Let's Be Early Settlers with Daniel Boone by Peggy Parish. Nice book of crafts and costumes to make.

They're all good but I had to decide which to use. I'll read the Landmark for our read-aloud time, JK will read the Signature and Averill for independent reading, and we'll look over the others. JK has already read the Dan Frontier reader series, which is based on the life of Daniel Boone. This was one of the first series that she read. The grade level starts at kindergarten and goes to 4th or 5th.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Columbus Day (A Little Late)

Here's some encouragement for those of us on the homeschooling journey:

Beyond him lay the gray Azores,
Behind the gates of Hercules;
Befdore him not the ghost of shores,
Before him only shoreless seas.
The good Mate said: "Now we must pray,
For lo! the very stars are gone.
Brave Admiral, speak, what shall I say?"
"Why, say, 'Sail on! sail on! and on!"

"My men grow mutinous day by day;
My men grow ghastly wan and weak!"
The stout Mate though of home; a spray
of salt wave washed his swarthy cheek.
"What shall I say, brave Admiral, say,
If we sight naught but seas at dawn?"
"Why, you shall say at break of day,
'Sail on!, sail on! sail on! and on!"

They sailed. They sailed. Then spake the Mate:
"This mad seas shows its teeth tonight.
He curls his lip, he lies in wait,
With lifted teeth, as if to bite!
Brave Admiral, say but one good word;
What shall we do when hope is gone?"
The words leapt like a leaping sword:
"Sail on! sail on! sail on! and on!"

Then, pale and worn, he kept his deck
And peered through darkness. Ah! that night
Of all dark nights! And then a speck--
A light! A light! A light! A light!
It grew, a starlit flag unfurled!
It grew to be Time's burst of dawn.
He gained a world; he gave that world
Its grandest lesson: sail on!
~Joaquin Miller

"As soon as the soles of the feet of the priests...shall rest in the waters...the waters shall be cut off." Joshua 3:13

The people were not to wait in their camps until the way was opened, they were to walk by faith. They were to break camp, pack up their goods, form in line to march, and move down to the very banks before the river would be opened.

If they had come down to the edge of the river and then had stopped for the stream to divide before they stepped into it, they would have waited in vain. They must take one step into the water before the river would be cut off.

We must learn to take God at His Word and go straight on in duty, although we see no way in which we can go forward. The reason we are so often balked by difficulties is that we expect to see them removed before we try to pass through them.

If we would move straight on in faith, the path would be opened for us. We stand still, waiting for the obstacle to be removed, when we ought to go forward as if there were no obstacles.~Evening Thoughts

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Tuesday at Home

Another somewhat rainy day. I'm glad we have the rain but I miss the sun. I can only go so many days without before I still feeling very tired all the time.

JK and I did not get muffins made today but we did get a lot of work done. We vacuumed, dusted, de-cluttered and thoroughly cleaned the downstairs except the schoolroom.

After lunch JK watched "Making the Thirteeen Colonies" on our local PBS station. I had meant to tape them to watch later but since we're right in that time period I let her view it today. Our local PBS station has Instructional TV in the morning and afternoon. If you go to their website, you can download the schedule and a review of each show. I put all the shows I wanted to tape on my PDA and set the alarm for 15 minutes before so I'd have time to get a tape ready. Sometimes we watch the shows as they are on but most of the time I tape them. Later this week is a show called "A Spin Around the Solar System" which I'm going to tape and we'll watch it when we finish our Astronomy book. On Wednesdays at 2:45 the station carries a 15-minute current events program that we've been trying to make a habit of watching. It's really pretty basic but it has a quiz at the end which is fun. I don't know if most PBS stations offer ITV but I'd
definitely check it out. It's a great (free!!) resource!

I found out today that a new Pride and Prejudice movie is coming out on November 18. Some friends of mine are going (in costume, of course) and I'm planning on joining them. I don't think I'll be in costume, though, unless I want to look like Mrs. Bennett! I watched the trailer today and it looked interesting but it seemed a little modern. Can anything compare to the A&E production with Colin Firth? I think not but it will be interesting to watch and fun to go to with friends!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Children's Missionary Program

Well, I can't show you any pictures from the children's program last night because I forgot my camera but I can give you a little update. Throughout the conference, all the children ages 3-13, went downstairs and stepped back in time to learn about God's plan for Christian Missions in America and throughout the world. They met historical figures such as Dr. Marcus Whitman, Lottie Moon, Fannie Crosby (who was there each night) and Dwight L. Moody. All of these people were talented members of our church. We are so blessed with people who love the Lord, love missions and have a passion to pass that on to our children! There was music, movies, crafts, food and games pertinent to each period in history that allowed the children to really experience how God in his sovereignty has directed His gospel throughout history to the ends of the earth.

The downstairs of our church was transformed into various time periods and it was wonderful. It is so neat how the Lord puts a body of people together to form His church and how those people work together to serve Him!!

Monday at Home and My Week Ahead

The day started out chilly and raining and it has ended that way. The rain is much needed so I'm glad! We had planned on going pumpkin picking but that had to be postponed. Lord willing, we will try again sometime next week.

Here at home we relaxed all day. JK read and read and read. Since she does not usually read that much, I just let her go with it. She finished The Sign of the Beaver and tomorrow I'll have her start on one of the Daniel Boone biographies. I haven't decided which one yet. That was school today!

I worked at my desk most of the day. I finished my history lesson plans for the next six weeks and also our science. Yeah! It feels good to get that done. I also worked on some of my Mailbox Club lessons. I even wrote letters to two of my penpals!

Our days this week will be spent at home accomplishing what needs to be done around here. JK wants to make her dearest friend some presents for Christmas so we'll be working on those. Tomorrow I'd like to teach her to make some muffins. They are so easy to make and I'm sure it's something she'll enjoy. I need to work on laundry and general straigthening up. On the other hand, my nights this week are full, which is unusual. Tonight was our small group meeting which usually meets the 2nd Sunday night of the month but was postponed because of our missions conference. Thursday night I'm helping host a baby shower for a member of our church and Friday night I am speaking at a local homeschool support group. Well, sort of local--about an hour away. Last but not least, my dh and I are planning on going out to dinner Saturday night.

So, that is what I have planned this week--but the Lord may have other plans! I pray that I will trust Him in everything I do and remember that His plans are more important than mine!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Weekly Update

I am finally feeling better although I still have a cough. Not much was accomplished this week since I was so sick. We did do school each day although no reading aloud because my throat was sore. JK finished her poetry project and she told she felt good that she had accomplished something. She loves to read "Favorite Poems Old and New" and will sit with it for hours reading the poetry. Every home needs to have a copy of that book!

I did manage to get all the laundry done and in one day. That's a first! Maybe I should be sick more often LOL!

I had a coupon for a free rosterrie (?) chicken so my dh picked it up for dinner one night. After we ate it, I stripped the meat and then threw the bones into a pot with some veggies and made a delicious stock! Tonight, I used it to make chicken noodle soup, althought I use orzo instead of noodles. We had that along with cornbread. It was very good and tomorrow I'll be able to have cold cornbread. A quirky thing that I like very much!

Our missions conference is this weekend and ourspeaker has really been giving us some challenging messages about being involved in missions and how the mission of the church is missions. One statistic he mentioned was that 3 billion people have never heard the gospel in their own language! It seems like that number is getting larger rather than smaller. It's really sobering to think about.

At our ladies' tea this afternoon one of the missionary wives' spoke about what we can do to encourage missionaries on the field. She used the acronym SOCKS, which came about because someone once sent each of her family members socks and she was so blessed by that.

S=send stuff: cards for birthdays, devotional books, bulletins from church (she shared that she really enjoyed reading these), pictures, tapes or CDs of music and sermons. It doesn't have to be anything big or expensive just something that shows you care. Be creative!
O=open your heart. Share what is going on in your life and be real.
C=connect monthly. Keep in touch by phone, snail mail or e-mail. Missionaries love to hear from the people that are supporting them.
K=know their ministry. She said to be involved with what they do so you can better pray for them and it's an encouragement to them to know that you care enough to know what it is they are doing on the field. She told how she meet someone at a church that supports them and the person asked, "How is your work in China?"--they are missionaries in Japan!!
S=struggle or suffer together. This goes along with the "O" but she encouraged us to share our struggles so they can get to know us and to better pray for us and we can do likewise!

Lord willing, Monday I'll tell you about our Children's Missionary Program and hopefully have some pictures. There are so many talented people in our church. It is so neat to see how God brings all these people together.

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Not Feeling Well

Sunday night at church I could tell that I wasn't feeling well. Sure enough, I woke up yesterday morning with a terrible cold. I feel a little better today but not much. This is such a bad week for this! Our church's missions conference is this weekend and I was planning on helping with the decorating, etc. this week. Hopefully, I'll be able to go tomorrow. I also have to pick up JK's painting at the State Fair before 6:00 pm tomorrow.

Please pray that I'm feeling better soon. Thank you!!