Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Real Christmas Story

The very first Christmas didn't have Christmas trees and lights, candy canes or turkey; -Santa wasn't even there! In fact, there weren't even any "nativity sets" because no one had ever heard of Christmas. Jesus started Christmas, and He really completes Christmas for us too.

In junior church today, we roll-played the Christmas story, word for word out of the Bible. It amazed me how many children had never heard about Jesus' birth before. When you include prophet's foretelling Christ's coming and the birth of John, the story is really quite long. The kids were enjoying it, even though we didn't finish the story- we'll finish next week. What a blessing to share the real reason for Christmas and how it can apply to them 365 days a year.

May the Reason for Christmas bless and keep you throughout 2011.

Merry Christmas
~Barbara

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A COURAGEOUS Soldier of Christ

The last couple of weeks, I have been sick and unable to teach junior church.  No worries!  My able little (BIG) brother, Mr. David, taught for me.  Reading the stories from Character Sketches, the class is now on the quality courage.  -Perhaps it is good that Mr. David is teaching!  He is wonderful at capturing guy's imagination and heroic desires and putting them into a dynamic wartime Bible story.  It's great!  Here's a few pictures...

 try a hat on for a size!

it's a guy thing

Sunday, November 28, 2010

All in the Name of Jesus

In the Name of Jesus who shed His blood,
I stand justified in His crimson flood.

In the Name of Jesus, my Mediator,
I pray the Father and come bold before.

In the Name of Jesus, my Lord and Master,
I'll follow His lead, obey Him and serve.

In the Name of Jesus, High Tower, Fortress,
I find relief from danger and stress.

In the Name of Jesus who loves me so,
I have joy, peace, rest, to depths of my soul.

In the Name of Jesus, God's Own Son,
I claim heritage, an heavenly home.

In Jesus' Name is Redemption and Rest
Through Him I find peace, and by Him I'm blest;
All in the Name of Jesus!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Worth More Than Money

On Wednesday, I was asked to substitute teach for a 3rd grade class.  The class was rowdy, but some of the kids were more trouble than others.  One child in particular "B" made my job difficult by being sullen and disobedient all day.  Waiting for music class to begin, I was playing "do this - do that" with the kids while we stood lined up outside the music room door, when B hits the girl in front of him as hard as he can.  Though I didn't see it happen, I saw the girl crying and asked B if he hit her.  He readily admitted hitting her for no reason, but refused to apologize.  Unfortunately, appealing to his conscience didn't work, so I tried a character approach to show right vs. wrong.  After a moment, he screams "I'm sorry" as loud as he could.  Another teacher stepped in to show me how to send him to the principal's office in that school.
      
Later, B comes back to class much subdued.  As long as B sat with me, they did fine, but they did require constant supervision.  Having a half hour of school time left with nothing assigned, I decided to do a character lesson.  The definition of attentiveness is showing the worth of a person or a task by giving my undivided concentration.  I asked the kids what worth meant, and one girl said it's like money.  "Exactly." I explained that If you have a 5 dollar bill, it's worth $5, and if you have a 100 dollar bill, it's worth $100.  Each person is worth something, because everyone is special, designed to do something that no one else can do.  B looks at me and says "Miss Sutton, I'm worth 200 million dollars."  To this I quickly answered "Oh no, B, you are worth much more than that!"  
 
The look on B's face was pure amazement, for B could not understand how I could still love them after they had been such a jerk all day.  What a joy to share the love of Christ with a child so hungry for it; even when I cannot say God's name or explain redemption, this child saw it very clearly.  Thank you Lord, for loving me when I did not deserve it, and help me to love others the way you love them.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Shining In Her Corner

Where is your corner? For Amy Vest, her corner is encouraging girls in their walk with the Lord.  She reaches out with Bible studies, conferences, and many hugs.  Recently, a friend of mine just completed a documentary about Amy's love and service for the Lord.  Check it out at:
http://gloryandgrace-hannah.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaway.html
To find out more about Amy and her ministry, visit her at:
www.lovingtheLordministries.org

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Numbers 14:18

"The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation."
Numbers 14:18

Lions, Clowns, and Elephants

The Circus has come to town!  I can see it already: lions leaping through fire-lit hoops, clowns riding in their stunt cars, and acrobats swinging high in the air, all under the big red and white striped tent.  But, what do you do when the food is delivered to the other side of a deep, rushing river and the bridge is miles away? You call on an obedient elephant of course!

At Character Club this week, the kids learned how crucial obedience is. Obedience takes what it learned through attentiveness and applies it.  Obedience wears a smile, works instantly, does more than is required, does not make excuses, but does not do wrong.  In the Bible, we saw that the opposite of obedience is willfulness.  Saul learned the hard way that God does not tolerate stubborn pride.  How important it is to heed what our authorities tell us!

Eagles VS Crusaders


For those of you who don't know, I assist the coach for the homeschool group's volleyball team.  They practice every week on Thursdays.  This Friday evening the homeschool's team GRACE Golden Eagles played the Christian School Crusaders.  Though we did not win, the kids played hard and coach and I were so proud of our team!  They were pretty evenly matched.  All of the games were close.  Our ref was fantastic- she did her job well, had fun, and taught the kids at the same time. To end the evening, the two teams mixed up to play a game just for fun and to give the teams a chance to meet each other.  
Go Eagles Go!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Making a Difference

Today in junior church, we had eight kids, including two visitors. It was so special to have them all participating and having a blast.  We finished a little early, so we went outside to play on the swings. All of the kids wanted to talk at once and tell me how life was going with them.

One boy, getting into his car, asked his mom "how does this verse start?" referring to our memory verse. Starting half of the verse, he quoted what he could remember. His mom says, "I don't know, ask your teacher."  It was so neat to see him excited to share what he learned with his mom...
"But when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:8

Another boy, who usually comes on occaision, but doesn't talk or really participate came today. His mom said all week long he talked about "Mr. David." This boy doesn't EVER really talk, so she decided to bring him again. This week is the first time I think I've ever seen him smile.

Sometimes, it seems that you're not doing anything out of the ordinary, but if you are where God wants you, you will make a difference. That's the wonderful beauty of serving the Lord!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

2010 Calendar


God has been gracious, and it is a thrill to introduce to you "God's Character Through Creation", a 2011 calendar portraying nature through God's eyes. They are $15 plus whatever s/h. Let me know if you want one. I'd love to send it to you!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

True Loyalty

Howdy all!

I'm sorry it has been so long.  The Lord is doing so much right now, and though I am busy with school and all, I know He's in control.

In junior church, we have been working through the Character Sketches. This month is about Loyalty, and it has been really neat to see what the kids understand about it.  Really, most of them have no idea what loyalty really means, and then there are so many facets to understand...

Anyway, this week, we discovered what obedience and service has to do with loyalty.  Elisha, Elijah's servant, was tested many times to see if he would really obey the calling of God on his life.  Determined, Elisha chose to serve God regardless.  In nature, we learned about a grizzly bear cub who ignored his mother's instructions, and paid dearly for it.

To learn more about the Character Sketches series, visit this link: Character Sketches book

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Base Things of Earth

Just the other day, as I went out to do chores, I almost stepped on this frost-covered dandelion.  Though I'm not particularly a fan of this annoying weed and would just as soon feed it to my goats, this one caught my eye.

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise: and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chose, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence."  1 Corinthians 1:27-29

This mushroom, on the side of a trail is so small, yet evidences that God takes pleasure in detail. He cares about the little things.  He loves to show His glory through weakness.

Once again, God reminds me that I am only who He makes me to be; He is my glory, and my All in All.  If God chooses to use a "base" weed, then He will only use me if I am poor before His Spirit. Lord, empty me of myself, that I might be full and overflowing with You.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

School in 1918

Step back in time to 1918. What do I wear? What do I make for lunch? What is the school going to be like? How far do we walk to school? Twenty-four homeschool students had the opportunity to explore all tese things and more when they walked to school this past Tuesday morning in Wibaux, MT to the one-room schoolhouse. There, with the faces of President Washington and Lincoln gazing on the classroom, they began their day, pledging allegiance to the 48 star flag of the United States. Lessons in reading, writing, and arithmetic followed as they opened their 1837 McGuffey readers. Our older students presented reports throughout the day to help us understand what life was like in that era.
A special note to the parents:
It was with a grateful heart that we had the opportunity to work with students that had been so well taught at home to obey, be resourceful, show enthusiasm, and honor their teacher. What a pleasure to teach them!
Sincerely,
Miss Watson and Miss Sutton

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sonnet on A Violin's Solace

While studying Analyzing and Interpreting Literature at Verity, one of the assignments was to write a sonnet. A sonnet is a 14-line poem written in iambic pentameter, usually about love or a difficulty in life, and giving the solution in the last couplet. (-and lots of other technical stuff...) Because I usually write in anapestic tetrameter, I found it a little difficult; but God is faithful, and I completed the assignment. Here are the results~

The solemn sound reflects of sorrowed heart
So sad, yet calls afflicted ones to hear.
Such melancholy chords fall as a dart,
On lives so filled with piercing hurts and fears.

And though the mournful sound so minor be,
It stirs so major of a dreadful terror.
Though minor, yet major. Ah, such irony!
But wisdom dictates both must be together.

A block of Poplar shaped by countless trials,
With ardor on her ebony platform pines,
From deep inside her twisted being sighs,
A solace noise from equine stem refines-

To soothe your stricken hearts she softly sings,
'Till dawn breaks darkness and your heart takes wing.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Trust the Lord

Leaky roofs, bedroom turned storage closet, broken washing machine, lost to-do list, preparation for college... Agh!!!  All of that would drive anyone crazy.  BUT GOD.  Those two words change any circumstance, because God's in the business of changing people.  He has taken a trying two weeks and turned it into heart preparation and practice in flexibility.  As I look forward to three weeks at Verity Institute, I have already seen God at work to change me and make me more like Him. 
Oh the joy of being in the center of His will! 


When you don't understand and you can't see God's hand,
Always keep His command; Trust the Lord.
When your world falls apart, Sadness fills your heart,
From this truth don't depart; Trust the Lord.

When you don't know your way and it's hard just to pray, 
Know a Love that will stay; Trust the Lord.
When your days turn to night and you can't see the light,
Walk by faith not by sight; Trust the Lord.

Trust the Lord, He is Faithful and True. 
Trust the Lord, for He cares about you.
Trust the Lord. What He says He will do!
Don't despair of His care. Trust the Lord!



Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pictures from VBS

Pictures from VBS- The Captain of Our Ship 2010!  
We had a great week at VBS this year.  Miss Meghan and I had lots of help from the young people in our church, as well as a few other adults.  30 kids attended, which is wonderful seeing we only have 4 members' kids at our church.  The kids were divided into 3 teams: Blue, Red, and Green, and visited various "islands" throughout the morning.  Each "island" was run by teens who did a fantastic job teaching stories, verses, songs, crafts, and games.  Praise the Lord for the seeds that were planted in the hearts of these children!

Miss Barbara and Miss Meghan getting prepared for a few extra kids...
Showing off the hats we made on Tuesday...
The green team lining up...
Listening to the story of Jonah...
Mr. Luke helping out with a ship's log activity...
Listening to teacher while coloring...
 Tug-of-War is always best when you get to play the teacher...
Some of the blue team hangin' out at Hawaii...
Singing songs with Miss Miriam and Miss Jolynne...
The red team learning their verse...
How clean is your ship?  (Swab the Deck relay)...
Working on memory verses...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Vacation Bible School 2010

 Come and join us at Bible Baptist Church next week as we sail the high seas and learn more about 
The Captain of Our Ship!
We're glad to be here at vacation Bible school, vacation Bible school, vacation Bible school. 
We're glad to be here at vacation Bible school 'cause it's the best place we could be!  
We're here to learn that Jesus loves us, and meet new friends who've come to join us.  
We'll share exciting stories and play some games at vacation Bible school!  
We're glad to be here at vacation Bible school 'cause it's the best place we could be!

Teacher, or ????

Someday I ought to write a book about what kids say to me.  I get some most adorable phrases!  The other day, I was teaching music to some young homeschoolers, which couldn't remember my name.  Instead of substituting my name with the all-general "teacher", one of them tapped my arm and said "momma".  So cute!  Anyway, they are such a good group of kids.  And I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching them.  I got quite surprised at how well the 5 year old did on note values! 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lillies of the Field

 He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star; He's the Fairest of Ten Thousand to my soul!

      Mom asked me to take pictures of the flowers in the garden, and as I did, this song and these verses kept running through my mind.  What an amazing God that makes His Word and His promises so memorable as to place reminders throughout His earth!



"  I am the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the valleys."
Song of Solomon 2:1

"  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Isaiah 40:8
 
"...Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, 
O ye of little faith?"  
Matthew 6:28-30

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Springs of Water

"They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for He that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them."
Isaiah 49:10

Another Week of Camp

What a week of camp!  God certainly worked, though to be honest, it seemed there was a lot of spiritual warfare.  But, though there were a few sad things that happened, God got the glory, and quite a few kids learned something.  My cabin had five girls, and what an encouragement they were to me!  Even though we lost cabin cleanup every single day, they kept a cheerful attitude as they continued to do their best. Brother Joe Mark preached at camp all week, and we were also blessed with singing groups from Crown and Heartland Baptist colleges.  River rafting was just a little cold this year (I fell in...).  All in all, it was a very intensely brutal week.  Wednesday felt like Friday, we were so tired.  Today, I am so sore from bruises and all... but it was SO worth it, because we had a kid get saved!!!  Let's do it again next year~ !

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Armor You Can't See

Being the 4th of July, there were a lot of kids in Junior Church this week.  What a blessing!  They were good kids too.  As we have been learning the armor of God, we sang our song, and went on to the story. 



The armor of God, what have I here?  This is my (heart keeper) I will not fear!  (Heart keeper, ...truth buckler) God gave to me; a soldier of Christ I will be.

Authorities do four things for those 
 they are over; they instruct, correct, protect, and provide.  Gideon was afraid that he had no authority among the people to lead them against the Midianites.  But, before he went to battle, God showed him these four things, giving him authority from the Lord.  Though Gideon did not go to battle with the usual armor, he had the shield of faith that you can't see because he was under God's command.

Quiet Week of Relaxing... Camp?

After going to Elisha's Academy, I returned home all set for a summer, then got another call or two concerning camp needs.  One being that they needed a dishwasher for Caleb's Kin- the senior citizen's camp who could train a younger up-and-coming dishwasher.  In actuality, there were very few dishes, but between dishes, kitchen duties, and team competition, I stayed so busy I fell into bed every night.  This was supposed to be a week of relaxation- but turned out to be just as intense as any other week of camp.

Here's a few pictures to give you the idea of what I did besides dishes:

Dishing icecream was WAY more work than advertised. (There were four of us working at it until I jumped to get my camera.)
It's Noah's Ark... (can't you tell???) waiting to be floated down river. 
We were supposed to be catching the boats but...






Skits...






CALM river rafting...





Ladies tea- British style...






No, I didn't win the target shoot.  I got beat by the cook's ten-year-old daughter!





I thought these games were for senior citizens.-They sure were an awful lot of work... and fun!







That was my week of camp, and I'll be back on Monday, doing... uh, I don't know.  Please pray.  This week is Senior High Camp (high school level), and there are usually a lot of decisions made.  Pray for God to bind the power of satan and for hearts to be open and broken to the Lord's work.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fun with Music

Updates from the Summer Music Club:

How well do you know your alphabet?  These kids wrote the music alphabet forward and back, filling in the blacks of a "train wreck"  They loved meeting the string family, (violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass), and asked if they could play it.  Some of them were quite good! Then, we had fun making notes, and other music related shapes out of edible play dough.  So cool. (sorry everything is so red... no matter what I did, my camera didn't like the lighting)


I think there favorite part was playing in the fort and blowing dandelions in each other's faces after class, though. Just can't beat God's nature!  It sure was a beautiful day for it...