Summers are the greatest, aren’t they?
It’s all relaxing and eating bon-bons and sipping iced tea. …Yeah, not around here either. But that doesn’t mean that summer’s not fantastic.
Our summers are filled with fun, but they’re also filled with lots of service opportunities. If we’re not heading to a camp, we are hosting a team of people.
I heard a story recently about a young man who was out in his father’s watermelon field working, with strict instructions not to eat any of the fruit. Giving in to temptation, he attempted to hide the evidence by burying the remains off in another part of the field. He was sure he’d gotten away with it until his father noticed watermelons growing where they didn’t belong. The evidence was irrefutable. Undeniable. Once the fruit appeared, the son could not hide that he had buried the seeds in just that place.
It seems like an almost daily occurrence to learn of the sexual indiscretion of some well-known male celebrity. The #MeToo movement has facilitated the unleashing of a flood of accusations. A prominent ancient king named David would undoubtedly be singled out by one Bathsheba for such an accusation. Rather than resigning in disgrace, David did that which few men seem to be doing today: confessing and repenting.
I find words fascinating. We just watched Dead Poets Society tonight with the boys. There’s a scene in the movie in which Mr. Keating says, “Avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted.” Say what you really mean.
If your child’s textbook taught that bloodletting, heroin, and mercury were effective medical treatments, I imagine you’d take issue with that. After all, those practices were proven falselong ago. Well, did you know that science textbooks from elementary school through college continue to print “facts” that were patently proven false (by mainstream science) decades ago.
One time I was at a model horse show with my late wife Gaylene, though at the time she was my girlfriend.
Guessing that most of you reading this have not had the pleasure of attending one.
No one has ever, or will ever, love me as much as my dog. This is not to demean my husband’s love for me … he totally agrees with this assessment.
Even a word like ‘unconditional’ doesn’t do justice to the complete, every inch of his soul adoration that a dog truly smitten offers. I’m pretty sure if he could speak, what Scout would say to me is, “My whole life is in you…all I am and do are wrapped up in you…my sun rises and sets on your existence.”
Are you the kind of person who
- Loves ice breaker activities?
- Is looking for a creative way to get to know a group of people?
- Has a Sunday School class that could use a fun prayer time activity?
- Is often negligent and forgets to plan lessons, thus requiring you to come up with activities on the spur of the moment?
As of 2015 if you buy a John Deere tractor, you do not own it. You only have an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate said vehicle.
You are not supposed to do any repairs yourself, only use authorized John Deere service representatives.
When I was in college, I was part of a youth ministry team. We taught classes, led activities, and were tasked with mentoring the young people in our community. Part of the training we received in mentoring encouraged us to spend time with the teens outside of class. Real discipling happens in the day to day. The “Hey, I’m going to the mall, would you like to join m?” and, “Let’s cook dinner together” moments.
When I was in college, my roommate and I had a giant sign on our closet door that said, “ALL Things”. And when we needed a little pick-me-up, we would play The Donut Man song and sing along with him, “I can do all things, all things, all things…I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 4:13” while marching around our apartment.
I still like to have encouraging words hung up around the house.
I don’t know a single mother that would let her child play near a street without supervising him. We make sure that our whole family is buckled in before we leave the driveway. I could make a list of 100 things we all do to protect our families every day.
Why in the world do we let our computers, cell phones and other devices go un-monitored?
or the past 9 years, every June, my family spends a week in Indiana at Midwest Family Camp, held at lovely Camp Mack on Lake Waubee. Last week was that week!
During our first worship service, I prayed that God would direct my conversations for the week. I’m a talker, and I so look forward each year to good conversation with Godly individuals. I prayed that God would lead who I talked to and what we talked about, that I would hear and receive what I needed to and that I would share with others what He wanted me to.
I think most families have traditions around the different holidays. How many of your traditions were intentional? How many of your traditions were not intentional, and just kind of sprang up and you embraced them?
We put our Christmas decorations out this weekend. I really treasure the memories that I get to unpack and remember each year at this time.
“That was our first nativity set. We got it at that little store I worked at when we first got married.”