Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving 2011

I asked the kiddos tonight at supper what three things they each were thankful for and here is the results in order of how they shared

Sophia:   1.  Boots (the girl loves her cowboy boots!)  2.  Syrup.  (the girl is funny!) and 3. Milk. (yah cows!)
Tobias:  1. My Family  2. Church and 3. Jesus.  **Heart sighs**
Courtney:  1. My family  2. Teachers and 3. Jesus. (this was hard for her so copying was OK!)
Anthony:  1.  Sutff   2.  Food  and 3. Dead turkeys that are ugly (Ok - not serious "teen" who only wanted to eat supper and the last one is a little family joke.....and all the good ones were taken?) 

Berkley:  1, 2 and 3 - a warm blanket in a warm place called "Home."

The kids asked me what I was thankful for and I told them:  1.  Salvation and the promise of eternity through Jesus Christ, 2.  Family - includes all friends, church family and family family, and 3. Snow days when they come!

Whatever your plans are, may you take time to Thank the good Lord for the blessings in your life....I am! Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Heart of a Giver

The Heart of a Giver
This past month was Mission Harvest Festival in church.  We usually pick a charity to donate to outside of our normal budget and get in a mission speaker as well.  We had John and Elaine Ratzlaff share about their passion for “Lifeline for Haiti” and the work they’ve done with them.  They are a non-profit organization benefiting children in an orphanage in Haiti.  Their stories and photos were moving.  We as a congregation share a fellowship meal as well.  When it was over, my son Tobias leaned over to me and said “some day I want to go there and help those people.”  It moved me to tears. 
Tobias has the heart of a servant.  He is a giver.  Someday I know he’ll do great things, great in the sense of growing God’s world and making it a better place in some way that he’ll be led.  It excites me when I see the spontaneous desire in him to be called, to serve.  
He is my helper at home too, doing what I ask without argument 99% of the time, being the first to volunteer and pitch right in, even when it isn’t a pleasant job.  He does this with a cheerful heart.  Now don’t think I’m putting him on a pedestal…he is a normal 13 yr old boy who makes rash poor choices in life as well….and learns from them most of the time. 
Are you a giver?  Do you recognize giver’s around you?  Don’t we all seem to know who is generous and who isn’t?  I can drive a hard bargain but I can also fold over like a limp noodle quickly when moved.  As a parent sometimes I’m trying to hold the line and then I totally cave into the moment and release with grace. 

So I’ll continue to nurture Tobias in his walk with the Lord, praying for his safety and that his path leads him to continue to be the heart of a giver like he is now.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cross in the sky

On this morning’s commute I’m driving along….thinking “oh, here comes the sunrise…” then I notice two planes had make a cross in the sky and as the sun rose it became illuminated. (I used my work camera – believe me it was more glorious in real!) I thought to myself, “Yes God, you are here and reminding me of your son’s sacrifice for my sins.” It was great to have that reminder and some driving prayer time to focus my day on what is truly important in life.

Judges 5:31…..But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.

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