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Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Mailbox Club


I've spent most of the afternoon working on The Mailbox Club lessons that I've received over the last two weeks. I'm glad there are no clubs this week as it's given me a chance to catch up. I had about 20 lessons to complete which involved entering their data into the computer, grading the papers and sending out new lessons.

I was discouraged somewhat that most of the children who have been coming to our backyard Bible clubs are children who already go to church. I know these children need to study the Word and learn more about the Lord but I know most (if not all) of these children are getting that at church and home.

When we had a club last year, it was so hard to get the neighborhood children to come. They were just not interested. There's still a few more weeks of clubs and I pray that they will be able to reach children who have never heard the gospel.
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Here's a little bit about The Mailbox Club from their
website:

Since 1958, The Mailbox Club has found innovative and effective ways to minister primarily to the spiritual needs of children around the world. We use “through-the-mail” Bible lessons, stories, and games as a tool for spiritual teaching and encouragement.

We believe we are living during a very exciting time. We are overwhelmed to see how God is using our correspondence tools with individuals, churches, children's ministries and with missionaries around the world. Last year, we, along with our global partners distributed over 18 million Mailbox Club lessons in over 100 countries. To date, The Mailbox Club lessons have been translated into over 100 languages and the list is growing. We feel very blessed.
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Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

I'm so thankful the Lord has allowed me the privilege of working with these children and to help in making them disciples of Jesus Christ!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

100!!


The temperature got up to 100 degrees today. I forget what the heat index was but it was oppressive. After doing chores and taking JM to carpool for practice, JK and I headed to the pool. It was so refreshing. Usually I spent most of my time sitting and reading under a canopy but today I stayed in the pool. It was too hot to be out--even in the shade. Above is a picture of the pool we attend. On the left side of the pool there are now shade canopies. I don't like to sit out in the sun and those are the perfect place to sit, read and relax.
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I worked on more
Mailbox Club lessons tonight and hope to get them all out by the end of the week.

All in all, it was a very relaxing day.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Heat Wave


The temperature tomorrow is expected to reach 104 and feel like 118. We are under an excessive heat warning for tomorrow and Wednesday. I wish I were staying home (and cool!) tomorrow but I've got to take JM to practice, go to my weight loss group, pick him up and take him to work. I'm so thankful the air works in my car.

Tonight we had some great thunderstorms with lots of rain. It was hard driving home from stamping class but it was beautiful to see. The storm was lighting up the sky and there were some large bolts coming near. It reminded me of how awesome God is!

Remember that you should exalt His work, of which men have sung. All men have seen it; man beholds from afar. Behold, God is exalted and we do not know Him; the number of His years is unsearchable. For He draws up the drops of water, they distill rain from the mist which the clouds pour down, they drip upon man abundantly. Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, the thundering of His pavilion? Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, and He covers the depths of the sea. For by these He judges peoples; He gives food in abundance. He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark. It's noise declares His presence; the cattle also, concerning what is coming up. Job 36:27-33

Friday, July 22, 2005

I Seek to Lift Your Load

I'm at the library today and stopped by to say hi. The girls are at the in-laws and I am alone . I have been enjoying my time away.

The Lord has really been ministering to my heart through His Word and other devotional readings. It has been so nice to get up and have a quiet time for as long as I want! Just spending time reading, praying, meditating and praising. I really needed this!

I'm reading "Come Away, My Beloved" in my quiet time and it is so good! I wish I could give everyone a copy.


I SEEK TO LIFT YOUR LOAD

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10

Seek Me early; seek Me late; seek Me in the midst of the day. You need Me in the early hours for direction and guidance and for My blessing upon your heart. You need Me at the end of the day to commit into My hands the day's happenings--both to free yourself of the burdens and to give them over into My hands so I may continue to work things out. And you need Me more than ever in the busy hours, in the activities and resonsiblities, so that I may give you My grace and My tranquility and My wisdom.

I do not ask you to take time for Me with the intention of placing a burden on you by requiring you to do so. Rather than adding a requirement, I seek to lift your load. Rather than burdening you with a devotional obligation, I desire to take the tensions of life from you.

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My prayer is that I may always seek Him early, late and in the midst of the day!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Vacation

The girls and I will be leaving for vacation tomorrow morning. We'll be back next Sunday night! I'm driving them to my in-laws to stay for the week and I'll be at my parents. I have one scheduled visit to a friend that I haven't seen in a while and I hope to see another one while I'm there. I'm looking forward to it. Even though I don't drive it, Interstate 95 will be closed around Springfield. I'll be on 301 but I hope the traffic doesn't spill over to there. Pray for us!

I will be without the internet for the week so I'll check back with everyone on Monday morning. Have a great week!!

Monday, July 11, 2005

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Friday, July 08, 2005

Decisions, Decisions!

I have two blogs and am having trouble keeping up with both! I just started one for homeschoolers. Please check it out:

www.homeschoolblogger.com/ServingHim

I'll keep this one for now but be sure to visit my other one. If it gets to be too much, I'll have to decide which to go with.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Still De-Cluttering

I'm getting rid of more! I have been e-mailing all the homeschool moms at church to ask them to help me de-clutter my house by taking things for free. I gave a mom of 4 little ones our Duplo sets (a huge Rubbermaid bin) and our Veggie Tales ship. Her children were so excited--almost as much as I was. I also gave her a big grocery bag full of Bible story and picture books. Another mom requested our set of Adam Raccoon and Building Christian Character books. Another mom took away my extra set of Universal History of the World by Golden Press, an excellent history encyclopedia set. For more information, check here.

I also took three grocery bags full of books to the Goodwill along with various other "stuff". I am so glad to get that out of the house. Tomorrow, Lord willing, I'm going to work on my pantry closet. Half of it is used for a pantry and the other half is storage, mainly for homeschool supplies. I know there's a lot of wasted space in there and a lot of stuff that needs to be thrown out such as old arts and crafts supplies.

Next week the woodworker, a friend of ours, comes over to start building our bookcases and mantle in the family room. I'm so excited! Today I picked out the wood, stain and style of mantle I wanted. It is really going to lighten up that room. I wish I knew how to post pictures so I could show you the before and after. I'll have to work on that.

Anyway, I am having so much fun giving all these things away that we never use but that are still quite useful. It's been such a blessing to me! I still have more things to give away and I'm looking forward to it--not just because it's de-cluttering my house but also because I'm enjoying sharing it with others!

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21