Saturday, February 27, 2010
Francis Chan said something that impacted me so deeply I want to share it with you. Do you remember playing Simon Says? Simon says jump on one foot and you jump on one foot? Why don't we do what Jesus says? We memorize His words and study them but we don't DO them. Chan's illustration (he used his daughter, I'll use my son): If I ask my [son] to go clean his room, he comes back and I say "Is your room clean?" "Um, no Mom, but I memorized what you said and I can even say it in Greek," is that going to fly? What if he says "I called five of my friends over and we studied what you said and we came up with a plan of action."? No! You told him to clean his room, you expect his to clean his room!
Jesus said GO and MAKE disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. He didn't ask us to pray about it, study it, form a focus group, discuss it, memorize it. Go. That's it. Why is that so hard?
Friday, February 26, 2010
I was perusing Ambleside Online's website and came across a link to an article titled Why the KJV? by Lynn Bruce. I was not raised reading the KJV and I'm going to be honest with you, it is quite difficult for me to read and comprehend. I don't doubt that KJV is the most accurate version, although I am very fond of the Amplified Bible. When it came time to buy bibles for The Thinker and The Reader Mr. Steady stood firm on needing KJV for the boys.
After reading this article I wholeheartedly agree that KJV is best for teaching your children with. And if you, like me, struggle with KJV or have ceased teaching your children from KJV the author includes some tips for the transition:
Some ideas to choose from to help you ease the transition . . .
~Begin to choose memory verses from the KJV. Studies have shown that it is
more easily memorized than other versions, due to its rhythm and meter - that
"fine roll" to which Miss Mason referred.
~Continue for a time with your current version for daily Bible study, and
add a brief oral reading of the KJV Psalms each day. Read passages such as the
Ten Commandments, the 23rd Psalm, the 100th Psalm, the birth of Christ in Luke,
the Beatitudes, the various parables, the Sermon on the Mount, "The Lord's
Prayer," and others such as John 3:16, Galations 5:22, and Philippians 4:8.
Later, you may wish to journey into Isaiah, which flows with lyrical and poetic
~Consider "weaning off" by using the KJV along with the version your
children are accustomed to, reading the same passage from both so they can
compare and pick up unfamiliar phrases.
~Have morning readings of familiar Bible stories from the KJV, followed by
a bedtime reading of the same passage from a good, literary story Bible, like
the one by Catherine Vos. In this manner, the story Bible essentially provides a
narration of the daily Bible reading.
~Many children have benefitted greatly from listening to audio recordings
of the KJV by seasoned professional readers like Alexander Scourby. "The World's
Greatest Stories from the World's Greatest Book" is a series of recordings by
storyteller George Sarris, reading word-for-word from the King James text. These amazingly vivid readings are widely available from various homeschool vendors
and Christian bookstores. My children have enjoyed them for years.
~Although most difficulties with King James language can be overcome with
context clues, it's helpful to keep a good (and preferably old) dictionary at
hand, such as Webster's 1828 Dictionary. Definitions from Webster's 1828 may be
searched online at http//www.christiantech.com/. Another
good choice is the Oxford Dictionary, which is unique in that it gives word
histories, and thus can often helpfully illuminate what a word meant in the
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The children all played and had a great time.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I remember vividly laying in bed one night, tears flowing like the Nile, arguing with God that I am not ready, not equipped, not prepared, not good enough, not holy enough, just not. He is the great I Am and I'm the great I Am Not. I tried convincing Him he had it all wrong and then I tried convincing myself I had been duped and had not been called at all.
Because of some circumstances in our life we knew we wouldn't be going anywhere for several years at the minimum and because we knew God works all things together for those that love Him we gave it to God to work out the details.
This week I was in that ugly place again. Maybe you've been there, the one where self-pity and loathing threaten to strangle you until you cry "uncle". I feel like our church should just put "Please pray for Mr. Steady's family because they are one messed up group of people." in our prayer concerns on the bulletin.
I was washing the dishes this morning and listening to In Touch. Dr. Stanley's teaser as the show went to commercial was "Do you ever feel like your umbrella can't withstand any more rain?" (my paraphrase). And I said "Yes, Lord! I do! Enough is enough! I don't know why you are allowing all this in my life but I'm obviously not going to be a better person for it and I'm obviously not learning anything so you can just turn it off now."
God allowed me to continue to listen after the commercial break. And God used Dr. Stanley to speak to me"You said you weren't strong enough, I'm giving you things to make you stronger. You said you weren't compassionate enough, so I'm giving you opportunities to reach out to others with empathy and love them because you love me. You said this so I did that. You will never be enough, but I am. I will give you my strength and my grace the moment you need and not a mite before."
In essence I heard God say "***BUZZ*** wrong answer, dear daughter of mine. You don't get to retreat and sign out. You become pliable, you become teachable. QUIT RUNNING AWAY!"
And through my tears that seem to be my constant companion these days I nod and agree with Him. Knowing that running away from the Master Creator is not going to make me who I want to be. And who I want to be is the daughter He already knows I'll be in the end.
Monday, February 22, 2010
#1 Family nights
#2 A warm house
#3 A God who collects all my tears (Psalm 56:8)
#4 A God who knows who I really am and loves me anyway
#5 A God who knows every thought I have and forgives me when I ask
#6 My beloved husband who loves me even when I am unlovely
#7 The Thinker who is becoming a very responsible young man
#8 The Reader who never fails to amaze me with his capabilities
#9 The Entertainer who is growing and changing everyday
#10 An earthly father who is trying to find a new normal and includes me in it
Thursday, February 18, 2010
"My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I, whom you have redeemed." Psalm 71:23 (NIV)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Mark 8:34 And Jesus
called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone
intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and
lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and
[joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me
[continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me].
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Dawn is the winner of the Beth Moore Esther Study! Dawn, I sent you an email so as soon as I hear back from you I will slip this in the mail to you. I pray that you are as blessed by it as I was.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
If you've never done a Beth Moore study before, let me tell you, you are in for a real treat. You will laugh, you will cry, you will meet your Heavenly Father and learn more about his Word in ten weeks than you ever thought possible. God has anointed Beth Moore to take a 10 chapter book out of the Bible and make it shake you to your very core. You can see a sample lesson here.
Want a chance to win? Just leave a comment here by February 13 at midnight. You can leave an anonymous comment but you need to make sure I know who you are. If you don't have a Google account you need to leave a way for me to contact you. If you want to enter twice, just post about the giveaway on your blog or Facebook page and then come back to tell me that you did so. Winner will be announced February 14 - my Valentine to you.