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Archive for the month “November, 2012”

New Thru 30 – Day 18

Day 18 – Read Luke 1-7

(Luke 2:25-35 NLT) “At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”
Even after all of the prophecy & foretelling before Jesus’ birth his parents were still amazed at what Simeon told them. I can’t imagine trying to understand that my son or daughter was the child of God!

(Luke 3:21, 22 NLT) “One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy. ”

Oh to have been there!!

The Savage Dilemma

Okay so, in High School I was quite the thespian at Fayetteville High School. I was in Our Town, Will Rogers (musical), and The Curious Savage. For those of you who’ve known me for 20+ years you also know this was not a shock to anyone as I was Little Red Riding Hood in Little Red Riding Hood (the play) in the 1st or 2nd grade but to those who know me now as the wife of Justin and mother of Addyson and Owen it is quite a shock.

Me (center in the blue dress and wig) as Mrs. Savage in The Curious Savage at Fayetteville High School

So…I assist in leading in High School girl’s community/discipleship group at our church and always want to let the girl’s know that I love and support them in all they do so I decided to go to opening night of a play that one of the girls (Lauren) was in. She had told me little about the part and the play but enough that I should have known…she was in the sequel (The Savage Dilemma) to the Curious Savage (the play I was in my Senior year of High School). I was so excited when the curtain went up and the characters began their dialog. I immediately knew the backstory and started filling in my friends around me. WOW, what a God thing. I love Lauren and now we truly have a great commonality :).

She was AMAZING as Mrs. Patty (see below photo).

Lauren playing Mrs. Patty in the Savage Dilemma at North Crowley High School

New Thru 30 – Day 17

Day 17 – Read Acts 18-28

Gonna be honest…today was hard. I had very little alone or down time with the kids BOTH being home all day and Justin at work from 8:30am – 9:30pm. Today was really the first day that I read to check it off. I was blown away by Paul’s ministry kahunas :). He was truly committed and went to the ends of the earth to tell others the Gospel message.

Whining Jar

Our new whining jar (Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without complaining and arguing”)

So I ran across this idea on Pinterst AND a friend of mine tried it so I waited until she had done it for a few weeks before I tried it:). We’re going on week 3 and I think it is a success (at least for a time period) in our house.

I took a left-over Spaghetti Sauce jar (see picture), put piece of decorated paper over it (see amazing design in photo), and put their choice of candy in it. The original pinner of this idea used nickels but our kids are not currently motivated by money so candy it was. With every whine, complain, arguing, questioning, or unmotivated cry-fest a piece of candy is taken out of their jar and placed into another jar without a label (so they can see how much of a difference there is in each jar).

The first week we used gummy worms and at the end of the week there were 7 gummy worms left and they were divided up between the two kids. The second week we used gummy worms again and at the end of the week we had 9 left. This week Addyson wanted to change it up so we got Tootsie pops.

If you’re looking for a way to help curb the whining in your house, I highly suggest this method.

New Thru 30 – Day 16

Day 16 – Read Acts 9-17

Acts 9:1-31 are amazing to me. To know that Paul had been convicting, testifying and condemning Christians just days earlier and yet the Christ followers such as Ananias trusted God and helped Paul. WOW!

Another passage that God just shows His amazing power and saving grace is Acts 12:6-19, “The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered. So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him. Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!” When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer. He knocked at the door in the gate, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to open it. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, “Peter is standing at the door!” “You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.”
Meanwhile, Peter continued knocking. When they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. He motioned for them to quiet down and told them how the Lord had led him out of prison. “Tell James and the other brothers what happened,” he said. And then he went to another place.
At dawn there was a great commotion among the soldiers about what had happened to Peter. Herod Agrippa ordered a thorough search for him. When he couldn’t be found, Herod interrogated the guards and sentenced them to death. Afterward Herod left Judea to stay in Caesarea for a while.”

Summer of the Sea Serpent

Summer of the Sea Serpent (Magic Tree House book #31)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are off on another mythical mission at the request of Merlin the magician. Luckily, they have a young sorcerer, Teddy, to help them. From underwater caves to a Spider Queen, from mystical selkies to a magical sword, this is a Magic Tree House adventure kids won’t want to miss!

Jack and Annie travel in their magic tree house to the land of the mystical selkies to seek a magical sword for Merlin.

We actually listened to this book on CD in the car. Addyson loved it!

New Thru 30 – Day 15

Day 15 – Read Acts 1-8

(Acts 4:1-22 NLT)
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men, not counting women and children. The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves. “What should we do with these men?” they asked each other. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it. But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.” So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.” The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot. For everyone was praising God for this miraculous sign—the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years”

New Thru 30 – Day 14

Day 14 – A GRACE DAY!!

Today in our Worship Service we discussed Mark 6-8 from our reading this past week.

Chris’ points were:
Jesus has never been limited by what you can do with what we have.

The Bottom Line: Am I trusting in Jesus or expecting Jesus to trust in me?

Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve

Haunted Castle on Hallow’s Eve (Magic Tree House book # 30)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie have traveled all over the world in their magic tree house. But they’ve never been anywhere like this. In the distance, a haunted castle looms dark against the light of the moon. No candles burn in its windows. No laughter rings through its halls.

What has happened to the castle and the people who lived there? Merlin the magician asks Jack and Annie to find out. But are they brave enough to brush the cobwebs aside and step through the creaking doors? And are they smart enough to solve the mystery of how the castle became haunted?
Great book AND we got to read it around Halloween!

New Thru 30 – Day 13

Day 13 – Read James & 1 Peter

(James 1:19-27 NLT)
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

(James 2:14-25 NLT)
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God. So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works”

(James 3:13-18 NLT)
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

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