Sunday, February 28, 2010

Goin' Campin'

Okay, so it is still February.
But, we did enjoy the story about Jesus' travel (i.e. camping trip) to Jerusalem and how He chose to honor His parents even though He didn't have to. We learned that just obeying isn't honoring, it is having a good attitude and doing their wishes as well as commands.
The kids are picking up so much, and I'm excited about that. During review time today, some of the older ones were telling about past stories, and explaining the story line some, but mainly sharing the concepts behind the stories. Wow! God is really working. When we went to sing our theme song, half of the boys had it memorized. That's great, because it is taken word for word out of Scripture. They just memorized Psalm 119:97&101, and they didn't even know it. Most of them keep up easily on Exodus 20 too, which is fantastic, because the previous teacher had trouble getting them to learn verses. I had one visitor, as well as a few that don't usually come. One of my students' family wouldn't come, but since she wants to go to church, they all come.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Creator's Inspiration

God's creation is so beautiful, and it often makes me think of His Word. Isn't it so amazing that God illustrates His truths in nature? Feel free to download these backgrounds to remind you of our Awesome God!

Mission Impossible

Well, someone asked me about my dog, and so I decided he deserved a quick blog. He wrote a book a couple of years ago, but has stayed out of the spotlight in the last year or so because of his age, and because of having to take over the full farm duties. :)

After Shadow died, he has become quite attached to his master, and almost never leaves my side when I'm out of doors. He will even go out in a bad storm and walk through drifts over his head just to be with me. At night, he comes in after chore time and lounges on an overstuffed chair. (Okay, so maybe he's a little spoiled.) He always waits for permission though, so I figure he's okay.

Chasing the "little nannies" is probably his favorite chore now. They get out all the time, and so I'll tell him to "go put them in". He loves it! Though, I think it scares my nannies to death as they jump over the fence and dash for the barn.

Very rarely does he get a chance to get treats, so he really looks forward to Friday night bath time. Of course, that also means he gets a free ticket to sleep in the house, which may be why he likes it so much. And if he's really lucky, he'll get a nice bowl of warm milk too.

So, there's the update for all you Mission fans. Sorry he didn't write it himself- he's out of office right now. :) Keep checking back though- his "friends" the goats are getting ready to publish their book!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sarcasm Study part 5

IV. What to do when you encounter Sarcasm.
After all of that study, I felt like... so what now? Maybe you feel like me and are asking yourself these questions. Everyone uses sarcasm. What am I supposed to do? Be the goodie-two-shoes that exposes sarcasm for what it really is?
Thankfully, God has given us an answer for that too! For one, we are to pray for every one, whether friend or foe. Secondly, we are to bless them, to overcome evil with good.
"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)
And finally, understand that those whom you are friends with will influence you, so don't be close friends with sarcastic people.
God bless!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Value of a Heart

While working as a Character Coach, I come across many children. Some greet me with a smile, some run up and give me hugs, and still others send me notes and phone calls, just wanting to know me. How precious it is to have these lives placed in my care by the Father. He knows what they need, and it is so neat to watch Him work in their lives.
Recently, I talked to a young friend of mine, (who will remain nameless for security purposes). Since I hadn't heard from her, I called her up. Even though she had been sick, she was able to talk to her, and we had a short chat. She was all excited about her cat, and valentines day, and a few other things that catch little girls' fancy. I may never see this girl ever again, but praise the Lord, I still can talk to her. What an influence!
To those who are reading this, this is not just the ramblings on of a twenty year-old. This is a reminder. Your life will influence people, and no matter how great or small it is, you can be sure, you do not live an island unto yourself. God places people around you on purpose. Use what he gives you wisely, and live a life worth following.
Through Christ,

Monday, February 8, 2010

Lessons from a Talking Donkey

"Miss Barbara, donkeys don't talk.... well, they go brraayy." I assured the kindergartener, "Normally, Gunner, animals don't talk, but the Bible says this one did."
This week's Junior Church was a blast! The boys really got into the story, one kind of "jumped in" to the story and played the part of the death angel for me. (I think he just wanted to hold the sword.) And of course, all of the boys wanted to ride Balaam's donkey.When we began to talk about what Balaam should have done, and what Christians are expected to act like, my boys really came alive. They loved filling in the blanks of our little chart, and even asked for a copy when we were done. We talked about what to say instead of swearing when you're hurt or surprised. So precious to see these boys grow and learn!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

His Hands Over Mine

The sky is white, the ground is white. All I can do is watch for telephone poles and mailboxes and try to stay between them. Daddy dropped me off at home after HE had gone into the ditch. (You have to understand... my daddy can get through anything.) Even though I'm in the pickup with four-wheel-drive, it is still all I can do to stay on the road.
Drifting is usually worse on corners and I wondered what it would be like when I got to the corner at the end of our road. "Lord, bless me with wisdom, a sound mind, a peaceful spirit, and a safe journey. Help me stay on the road all the way to the Nefsger's house!"
Amazingly enough, I made it there, but the whole way, I had this overwhelming feeling that God's hands were over mine on that steering wheel. There's no way I should have stayed on the road- check out my tracks!
Although my amazing driver daddy succombed to the ditch, My Heavenly Father is very interested in the welfare of His daughter, and He kept me on the road! What a God I serve!

Here's some pictures to illustrate:

Yes, we are of the road. Because the car high-centered, we couldn't go anywhere, and the snow was about halfway up my door (and drifting more!). Thank God for good neighbors like Uncle Dan who pulled us out!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Colossians 2:6-7

"As ye have therefore recieved Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."

"Why does it make a difference?"

How exciting it is to teach children about my Lord! This week at Junior Church, we learned about Don't Bow Down or Serve other gods. This week, as we were quoting the verses...
"Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them, for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me, and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments." (Exodus 20:4,5)
...when one of the boys asked: "Why does it make a difference to my children whether or not I follow God?" This boy is 9 years old! So, we got to talk about the influence of a godly home, praying for your children, and living in a way that honors God.
Yes, Junior Church DOES make a difference!
This is a picture of what getting ready for Junior church looks like: A box full of story props, candy, balloons, lesson plans (!), Bible, snack, and object lessons. Usually, I look like I'm moving to church, but we always have a blast, and the boys are learning.