Monday, January 28, 2013

Cookie Baking Night 01/28/13

 Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan and Carissa and special guest, Diana (Ethan and Carissa's mom). Diana joined us for supper, so I invited her to stay for the whole evening. It was fun to have her with us.

In accordance with our theme this year, "the year of the cookie". Tonight we followed the plan we made last time and made Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies. 

Mmmmm. Yummy.

We also read our last lesson tonight from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Lesson 86 was titled "Praise to God Forever". Ethan read the Bible portion of our lesson from Revelation 21:1-7. I highly recommend this book for your family. If you don't already own it, I encourage you to consider purchasing it.

It's a systematic theology for children divided into 14 parts:

1. Looking For God
2. God is Very Great
3. All That God Does is Good
4. Sin Spoiled the World
5. God's Law
6. God Loves Us
7. What Jesus Did
8. About the Holy Spirit
9. How We Become Children of God
10. How God's Children Live and Grow
11. God Helps His Children Live for Him
12. When We Pray to God
13. About God's Church
14. Things That Are to Happen

Each part has corresponding lessons to support it, and each lesson has corresponding Scripture passages to support it, 86 lessons in all. It's well worth your time.

Another successful Cookie Baking Night has come and gone and, as usual, a fun time was had by all.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Retirement Larry!

My Dad-Larry retired from his job as a custodian at a local school district (17+ years) on December 31. Today we celebrated with a little retirement party. 
Larry took on a pre-made family when he married my mom, as I was 16 and my brothers were 14 and 12 years old at the time. He has honored God by providing so faithfully for his family these many years, so today we wanted to honor him (and with a little arm twisting, he agreed to let us). It was a lovely day. 
We love you, Larry! Happy Retirement!
May God grow you in Him in this new season of life. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Cookie Baking Night 01/14/13

Well, after a bit of a winter break, tonight was the first Cookie Baking Night of 2013. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. Tonight was Ethan's birthday choice (in two days, Ethan will be 10 years old). As is our tradition at Cookie Baking Night, the birthday person gets to choose what we have for supper and the "cookie" we make that night. For supper, Ethan chose BBQ pizza, chicken nuggets, and oranges. For his "cookie", he chose chocolate chip brownies (which upon clarification, means brownies with chocolate chips in them).

 To make the birthday brownies extra special, we frosted them and then sprinkled them with tiny chocolate chips, a most fun activity.

Tonight was a night of fun and a night of work. We have dubbed 2013 "the year of the cookie". You may have noticed we don't usually make cookies on Cookie Baking Night. We just bake something. This year (with the exception of birthday choices and pumpkin patch brownies, which I was informed is our autumn tradition) we will be making some kind of cookie every time. So, we sat down and planned out the year. All the children wrote down a list of cookies, I pulled out the Cookie Baking Night schedule, we consolidated our lists, and we assigned a cookie to each night. Stay tuned for our cookie choices throughout the year.

Tonight we also read lesson 85 titled "If I Should Die" from Leading Little Ones to God: by Marian Schoolland. This lesson led to a lot of discussion and opportunity to reiterate the Gospel message. We have only one lesson left, and we will be finished with the book (it has taken us 4 years, but it has been well worth the journey).

As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Workplace Musings (Purpose Statement)

My job has changed in the last year. I went from being a medical transcriptionist to a trainer of the electronic medical record. God is using this change greatly in my life. He has shown me:

  • I am not in control. God has that job, is qualified for it, and does it far better than I ever could. 
  • God is the one who gives employment, and God is the one who takes it away. 
  • I am often looking to put my security in things other than God, such as my knowledge. Since a complete, I-can-do-this-in-my-sleep kind of knowledge of the job I was performing was removed, God was able to reveal this sin to me.
  • When I don't know how to do something, I do nothing, out of fear. This has been a painful lesson for me, but God is faithfully teaching me along the way.  
  • Pride abounds in my life. God is using this job to humble me.  
As I have struggled to learn all the aspects of my new job, it was clear to me I needed to focus on my purpose and why I am there. With that realization, I wrote a purpose statement and posted it at my desk for reference and constant reminder. It looks like this: 

Training Coordinator
Purpose: To bring glory to God while honoring Him as a servant at MCN through earnest prayer and diligent preparation by dying to myself and my natural inclinations with the goal of training and equipping employees for service at MCN. 

The writing of this statement was informed by the Bible. Here are the passages that tell me this: 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, at present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2 ESV

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23-24 ESV

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11 ESV)

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2 ESV

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. Psalm 29:2 ESV

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

As well as Philippians 1:3-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Colossians 1:3, Titus 3:5-7, Philippians 4:6-7, John 6:44, John 15:16, 1 Chronicles 16:9, Psalm 34:9, Psalm 145:10, and a few others.

The verse I have turned to the most in the past year is Psalm 145:3: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. I have found that to be true, as well as His knowledge being incomprehensible and  His faithfulness enduring.

One more time everyone: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Katrina's Musings (Patience in Prayer)

E.M. Bounds on patience in prayer:

"Patience has its perfect work in the school of delay. In some instances delay is of the very essence of the prayer. God has to do many things antecedent to giving the final answer - things which are essential to the lasting good of him who is requesting favor at his hands."

Continue to pray, Christian. God is at work.

Cookie Baking Night 06/25/18

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, and Enzo (Allison and Rylar were attending a birthday party els...