Thursday, October 21, 2010

Holy in the Ordinary

“It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God—but we do not.  We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people—and this is not learned in five minutes.”

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Saturday, October 9, 2010

God’s Love

“Every single thing that happens to us expresses God's love to us, and comes to us for the furthering of God's purpose for us. Thus, so far as we are concerned, God is love to us--holy, omnipotent love--at every moment and in every event of every day's life. Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God's dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so we can rejoice always, even when, humanly speaking, things are going wrong. We know that the true story of our life, when known, will prove to be, as the hymn says, "mercy from first to last" -- and we are content.”

J.I. Packer, Knowing God p. 123


Charlee watching one of her favorite “movies” of all time.  Clearly, Andee’s not quite convinced yet…IMG_3622


Seriously, if you are looking for a DVD with some awesome Christian music that is all about Jesus (with some cheesy graphics thrown in to make it even better!), I highly recommend this DVD.  I love these songs myself and clearly Charlee them too!

Play-N-Worship: Play-Along Songs for Toddlers & Twos

Friday, October 8, 2010

…so that it may go well with you.

The Lord totally blessed me today when I heard my Charlee repeat to me words that I often say to her, but that up until now I thought were falling on deaf ears.  I had just told her not to take her “ni-night” (ie blanket) out of her bed and she said to me, “When you obey things go well for you.”  I thought to myself, “Did I really just hear those words from my child’s mouth?”  After all, this is the same little girl who not two minutes before had tried to order me to get her a marker.  I’ve been working to remind her of Ephesians 6:1-3 when I instruct and discipline her.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised to see fruit from my efforts, but I honestly never expect it because sometimes I think I’m working with the most stubborn strong-willed child on the face of the planet…it takes one to know one! =)

Thank you, Jesus, that she does hear me…which serves to humble me and to remind me at the same time that she looks to me for direction even though she doesn’t want me to know it!

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.

                                                                Ephesians 6:1-3


But you, take courage!  Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.

                                                                2 Chronicles 15:7


This afternoon while playing with noodles, Charlee asked me to get her a “cupspoon.”  With absolutely no idea what she was talking about, I asked her to show me where I might find her a “cupspoon.”  When she led me to where the “cupspoons” are located I laughed out loud.  In case you weren’t aware of what a cupspoon is, the following picture will show you so you know for future reference…


Looks like a cupspoon to me…basically a big cup with a spoon handle.  What a crackup!  I absolutely love how literal a child’s mind is…it provides a whole new perspective on life! =)

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