Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

Summer Dreams June 25, 2008

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We all dream of lazy summer days with no demanding schedules;

cute kids in flip-flops along the shore;

or chasing lizards or butterflies in the backyard;

family reunions with great food (prepared by Aunt…..) and fun games (organized by Uncle…..);

luxury cotton linens;

and quiet escapes;

time to read a great book or flip through a magazine.

But, summer reality is a far different picture! Let the following turn your thinking from summer dreams to reality:

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you–that is, that we may be mutually encourage by each other’s faith, both your and mine” (Romans 1:11-12).

“…we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).

“Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16).

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us” (I John 4:16).

“In the beginning was the Word (God the Son), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made” (John 1:1-3 ( ) added by me).

I hope this will help you think straight. “Right” thinking leads to “right” living. Dreaming sometimes needs to be reined in like a spirited horse. Truth matters.

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Summer On the Rocks June 14, 2008

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Benjamin (my grandson) and I spent a morning at the beach this week. This is such a family tradition for me. I was flooded with memories of my own children and my mother. There was an opportunity to lay the foundation for a biblical principle and a thinking skill for understanding the Bible. It was really brief; after all, he is only two! But, we have to seize the moment with children. Here is a lesson adaptable to kids from 2-12. Talk about it as you “go in and out” this summer. Or use it in Bible school.

What We Did

Benjamin got a little scared when the waves lapped at his feet, pulling the sand out from under him. We then stood on some rocks (the ones without moss). “We’re standing on the Rock,” I said. “Look how the rock holds us firm. We don’t fall. The rock doesn’t move like the sand did.” Then we went from rock to rock until his mind moved on.

The Biblical Principle

God is like a rock to us.

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will trust:…The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.” (Psalm 18: 1-2; 46)

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)

The Thinking Skill

All good literature uses visual images. Children already have a wonderful ability to pretend. Let their imagination help with using the Bible’s images. Jesus as our Rock is one image. In Benjamin’s case, we were starting with what a rock is and what standing on one does. Start with their experiences and spring from that to concepts new to them. A rock can defend someone; it can make a person stronger because they stand firm on it or hide under or on it. Jesus is like that; He makes us strong against our own sin and life’s problems; He saves us from judgment and being condemned; we can hide in Him. This is one of the thinking skills all of us need to use when we read the Bible. Children love to move while they think, so hide behind a rock, throw rocks in the river, stand on the rocks, climb a mountain, etc. etc. and relate the rocks to Jesus as you go in and out all summer. It’s fun!

 

Grandchildren May 19, 2008

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“Children are an inheritance from the Lord.” Benjamin, Brandt, and John William.
What a gift!