Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
- What is going on? (the situation)
- What does the person do in response to what is going on? (the responses)
- What does the person think about what is going on? (the thoughts)
- What does the person want out of, or in the midst of, what is going on? (the motives)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Last week I read chapters 8 and 9.
Chapter 8 is titled "Building Relationships by Identifying With Suffering". In this chapter, (pages 143-144) the author identified 5 things the Bible has to say about the reality of personal suffering. They are as follows:
1. The Bible clearly declares that God is sovereign over all things--even suffering. (Exodus 4:11, 1 Samuel 2:2-7, Daniel 4:34-35, Proverbs 16:9)
2. The Bible clearly says that God is good. (Psalm 25:7-8, Psalm 34: 8-10, Psalm 33:5)
3. The Bible clearly says that God has a purpose for our suffering. (Romans 8:17, 2 Corinthians 1:3-6, Philippians 2:5-9).
4. The Bible explains the ultimate reasons why we suffer (because we live in a fallen world, because of our flesh, because others sin against us, because of the Devil, because of God's good purpose).
5. The Bible is clear that God's sovereignty over suffering never:
- Means the suffering isn't real (2 Corinthians 1:3-9, 2 Corinthians 4: 1-16).
- Excuses the evildoer (Habakkuk, Acts 2:22-24, Acts 3:14-23).
Chapter 9 was titled "Getting To Know People". I found this chapter extremely helpful. The author offered a lot of advice on how to listen to other people. I would say the theme of this chapter could be summed up in this phrase, "Don't assume--ask." After presenting this idea, the author spent several pages giving concrete examples on how to go about this task. This was my favorite chapter so far.
So, have you been reading this book? Please weigh in and tell us what you think via the comments section.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
After we finished our cookie baking project, I brought out a new book I purchased for Cookie Baking Night. It's called 365 Things to Make and Do by Usborne books. We thought we would try our hands at drawing some of the fun cars, trucks, and buses listed on one of the pages. I think we might have some budding artists here.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
- God has a higher goal for our relationships than our personal happiness.
- He wants our relationships to be the context for the change he works in and through us.
- We need to build relationships that encourage this work of change.
- God's redemptive activity always takes place within relationships.
- God's first step in changing us is to draw us into relationship with him.
- Our relationships are essential to the work God is completing in us and in others.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Recently I purchased the book 365 Things to Make and Do, an Usborne Activities book. It has a ton of great art projects in it. I plan to pick a few projects, purchase the materials, and try a few of them in the year to come. I know the kids will have a great time with it!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
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