"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."
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.