I tried to post a picture of John-John enjoying ice cream with me this summer.
Read HABAKKUK by Walter Chantry (cvbbs.org); also delight in and discipline your children and grandchildren.
Fun With Grandmother August 26, 2009
PONDERING INSTEAD OF TELLING December 12, 2008
Mary had a lot to think about. She had spiritual experiences far deeper than most of us have had. Angels talking and singing. Wise men bringing valuable gifts. Prophecies made in the temple at the dedication of her baby. And she could have chosen to talk about them to everyone–exalting herself to a pinnacle of spiritual authority. She wisely chose to be quiet. It worked out for her own humility and for the good of those who might set her in a place she should not be.
John Newton, (one of my favorite dead preachers), warned us to be cautious in speaking of our spiritual experiences for the good of others and our own temptation to pride.
“…I would observe in general that there is a wisdom and caution to be used in speaking of our experiences–perhaps not all things, nor to all persons. We should endeavour to suit what we tell them of ourselves to what we judge is their state and attainment, lest we discourage when we would comfort and offend when we would instruct” (Mary Lynn Rouse, 365 Days with Newton, (Day One Publications, England), 10 December).
He adds, in the same sermon preached in 1770,
“It is right and our duty to declare upon proper occasions and within the bounds of prudence what God has done for our souls, but if he is pleased to lead us in an extraordinary way and to favour us with peculiar comforts, it is not always easy to preserve a right spirit where self is closely concerned.”
Sometimes it is just better to think about things, to be quiet.
Mary pondered all these things in her heart….What are you holding close?
Children’s Lesson From Isaiah October 9, 2008
Perhaps you can use this with your own children or when you have nursery duty (ages 2-4).
GOD NEVER DOES ANYTHING WRONG
Children’s Bible Stories And Bible Themes September 10, 2008
Let’s have some straight talk. If you think of “Noah’s Ark” and “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” as myths or Jewish cultural traditions, we’re not on the same page. If you look at the Bible as just some books gathered together by some religious men and cloaked in authority and rituals, we are a long way apart. I look at it as truth from God. I hope your journey will bring you to that opinion too.
There are so many details you could include when telling Daniel’s stories. But, if you look at them all, the main theme is that God takes care of His children. Try to focus on that theme instead of just relating many details or going off on some tangent. Instead, use the details to emphasize the theme. Benjamin, my grandson, got all interested in spears when he saw a picture of Daniel being thrown into the den. I am using that interest to ingrain in him that God will take care of him too.
Now Benjamin is not ready to ask the question: “Who are God’s children?” His children are all those who joyfully embrace the truth that God’s purposes are that His justice and His moral purity are fulfilled in Christ Jesus alone. That is the sweeping foundational truth under all these children stories we retell.
I wonder what Daniel’s mother was like. How did she tell him about God’s purposes and Moses and Joshua? He seemed to be pretty sure that God would take care of him and save him in this life and the next. Will your children know that too?
Book Order Update May 19, 2008
Amazon.com has used copies of my book, Old Paths For Little Feet. That might
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Don’t forget you can download chapters from my unpublished book about leading teens
(or yourself) into thinking skills that will help with Bible study. The download is free.
Just clink the link on sidebar: Old Paths For Little Feet. It will take you to CarolBrandt.net.
Hope this will help someone on a tight budget.