Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Memorizing Scripture

I am trying to memorize, Proverbs 16: 32: "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." It has helped so much to draw pictures! I drew a turtle for slow, a stick figure with muscles for mighty, a ghost for spirit, and buildings for city. Derrick has been teaching the kids the Presidents by having them draw pictures, such as a straight face for George Washington. He is learning Hebrew and said it is symbols. Another good verse related to anger is, "It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel." Proverbs 20:3.

Memorizing scripture and writing it on your heart is so wonderful because you can think on it when you don't have a Bible around. When you are laying in your bed before you start your day or can't sleep at night...In the car on the go...Donald Whitney was talking about the benefits of it in his book, " Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life," and said little by little by meditating and memorizing the word you will see growth. He quoted Dallas Willard saying, " As a pastor, teacher, and counselor I have repeatedly seen the transformation of inner and outer life that comes simply from memorization and meditation upon Scripture."

A Snowy Day!

Derrick called this morning before the kids were out of bed. He wanted to be the one to tell them it was snowing! They were SO excited. ;) Here are Isabella and Olivia eating cinnamon toast (I have fond memories of my mom making it for us) and oranges.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Valentines Day

Valentine morning Derrick gave me a sweet coffee mug that said, "Mrs." on it. In the inner rim it had a Song of Solomon verse saying, "The one my heart loves." I had the idea for the kids to decorate the house and "serve" us a Valentine dinner. I had heard of others doing that and Mia has even cooked for Ryan and Dana and given them a date night at home. They enjoyed decorating the house with balloons, streamers, and some Smarties Conversation Hearts scattered on the table (which Livi went around the table trying to eat as many as she could). They watched Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I got Derrick's favorite mexican takeout, Cranberry tea from Sonic, and they served us puppy chow and some yummy Ben and Jerry's ice cream for dessert. Derrick and Bailey went to the store when he got home and brought a whole bunch of flowers home for all of us girls. The kids enjoyed the treats and ice cream and had eaten pizza before Derrick got home. The kids woke to a surprise of special Valentine Puppy Chow that morning.

Lili is Recovering!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

gracenotes~*: courage

gracenotes~*: courage: I've had these thoughts going around in my head for at least a week now, and I've debated about whether even to post this... Recently afte...

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Meditating on God's Word

In Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Whitney suggests finding the time. Concerning reading just before bed He says, "There's value in reading the Bible just before you drop off, but if this is the only time you read Scripture then you should try to find another time. There are at least two reasons for this. First, yoku will retain very little of what you read when you're so tired and sleepy. And second, if you're like me, you probably do very little evil in your sleep. You need to encounter Christ in the Scriptures when it will still have an impact on your day." Emphasis mine. He suggests finding a word, phrase, or verse to meditate on every time you read so that you don't just close your Bible and not remember anything you just read. He pointed out that if this happens, your Bible reading is not likely to change you and your Bible reading can become a chore rather than a "Discipline of joy." Then he says, "And the more you apply the truth in Scripture, the more you'll become like Jesus."

Monday, February 4, 2013

Bible Reading

In Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Donald Whitney said that a 1980 survey by Christianity Today and the Gallup Poll showed that regular Bible reading was the most important factor in forming a person's moral and social behavior. He says, "If you want to be changed, if you want to become more like Jesus Christ, discipline yourself to read the Bible." He talks about how often we should read it and quoted a British preacher John Blanchard, in his book How to Enjoy Your Bible, "Surely we only have to be realistic and honest with ourselves to know how regularly we need to turn to the Bible. How often do we face problems, temptation and pressure? Every day! To catch all these felt needs up into an even greater issue, how often do we need to see God's face, hear his voice, feel his touch, know his power? The answer to all these questions is the same: every day! As the American evangelist D.L. Moody put it, 'A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God's boundless store of grace from day to day as we need it.'"