Monday, April 28, 2014

Cookie Baking Night 04/29/14

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, and Alli. 
Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota, and the snow has melted. We decided to celebrate with flower-shaped sugar cookies. 

I made the cookies ahead of time as making dough, rolling and cutting out cookies, baking and cooling them, and then frosting and decorating them would have been more than we could have comfortably accomplished in our 3-hour evening together. 

However, the children made the frosting and colored it. 




Then they decorated

And decorated 

and decorated

Pretty Fancy!

Tonight we finished our book Sammy and His Shepherd by Susan Hunt. We read chapter 11 "And I Shall Dwell in the House of the Lord Forever". It was a beautiful ending. I cried. The author did such a nice job of summing up the role of the Good Shepherd (Jesus) and the role of other sheep in the flock (His Church). 

This is what Precious (a sheep) said she learned about the Good Shepherd. "He's merciful. He bought me when I was sick and dirty, and he has cared for me so that now I'm strong and healthy. He's good. He always does what is good and right for me. He has forgiven me when I've disobeyed him, comforted  me when I've been fearful, and rescued me when I've wandered away. I have finally realized that I'm a precious jewel to him, and that I will dwell in his flock forever."

This is what Precious said about her friend, Sammy (another sheep from the flock). "You have shown me that the more we know our shepherd, the more we become like him. He is good and merciful, and when we live with him we become good and merciful, too. Being with him changes us from silly sheep to faithful followers."

This book was based on Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul. 
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, 
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 

I highly recommend adding this book to your bookshelf and revisiting it with your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, neighbor children, etc on a regular basis. 

That sums up the Cookie Baking Night report for this time. As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cookie Baking Night 04/14/14

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evneing: Ethan, Carissa, and Alli. Since spring has arrived to Minnesota and the snow has melted (for now anyway), we thought we would celebrate with our "Spring Bird Nests" cookie. Chow mein noodles, peanut butter, choc chips, butterscotch chips, and some candy eggs, and you have quite a cute and tasty treat on your hands (literally).

Tonight we worked on a little art project that we'll be using during the Cookie Baking Nights ahead. Phase 1: Decorate a paper heart. Check. (More to come on that later). 

Instead of reading from Sammy and His Shepherd tonight, we talked about Good Friday which falls at the end of this week. We read (lesson 40) "Jesus Died For Us" from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Scholland. In this candy egg culture that we're living in Good Friday is certainly being ignored and why we celebrate Easter at all is getting pushed to the background (even among the church-going crowd). We talked about why the Friday when Jesus died could be called "good" (forgiveness of sins) and what happened the following Sunday (he rose from the dead). Ethan read John 19:11-18 for us from the Bible. 

As usual, a fun time was had by all!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bible Musings (66 in 66 in review)


I have completed reading all 66 books of the Bible in 66 days. As I was going through the journey, I kept track of how long it took to read each book, so I could gauge it for the future. My results are posted below. Not all books are created equal. Each one has different amounts of chapters and all chapters vary in length. The books are different genres of literature, so they don't all read the same (which might explain why it took me longer to read through Genesis than it did to read through Psalms). Sometimes the content and flow of the book merited more (or less) time spent on it in order to digest it. I'm also not a fast reader (I'm probably an "average to slow" reader if you had to put a label on it). That being said, no book took me longer than 4-1/2 hours to read. If you set your mind to reading through the Bible in three months, that's a very doable process (roughly 50 minutes a day), which would allow you to read through it 4 times in a year. I guarantee you it is worth it. God's overarching theme of redemption through Jesus Christ is all the more clear when you read through the entire Bible in short succession.

So, now you know how long it takes to read through the Bible (or at least how long it took me), but no matter how doable the time frame is, there is no substitution for diligence. If you do not set the time aside to read it, you will not read it. If you do not die to yourself and the desires that can pull you away, you will not read it. If you skip a few days and do not press ahead, you will stop and abandon the process. If you forget your goal (to know God and love Jesus more) you will get lost in the duty of it.

Press on, my friends! It is worth it (I learned that in the Bible).

Old Testament
  • Genesis (50 chapters) = 4.5 hours
  • Exodus (40 chapters) = 3.75 hours
  • Leviticus (27 chapters) = 1.5 hours
  • Numbers (36 chapters) = 2.5 hours
  • Deuteronomy (34 chapters) = 2.25 hours
  • Joshua (24 chapters) = 1.75 hours
  • Judges (21 chapters) = 1.5 hours
  • Ruth (4 chapters) = 10 minutes
  • 1 Samuel (31 chapters) = 2.5 hours
  • 2 Samuel (24 chapters) = 2 hours
  • 1 Kings (22 chapters) = 2 hours
  • 2 Kings (23 chapters) = 2.25 hours
  • 1 Chronicles (29 chapters) = 2 hours
  • 2 Chronicles (36 chapters) = 2.25 hours
  • Ezra (10 chapters) = 10 minutes
  • Nehemiah (13 chapters) = 35 minutes
  • Esther (10 chapters) = 25 minutes
  • Job (42 chapters) = 2 hours
  • Psalms (150 chapters) = 4 hours
  • Proverbs (31 chapters) = 2.5 hours
  • Ecclesiastes (12 chapters) = 30 minutes
  • Song of Solomon (8 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Isaiah (66 chapters) = 3.75 hours
  • Jeremiah (52 chapters) = 3 hours
  • Lamentations (5 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Ezekiel (48 chapters) = 3 hours
  • Daniel (12 chapters) = 40 minutes
  • Hosea (14 chapters = 40 minutes
  • Joel (3 chapters) = 7 minutes
  • Amos (9 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Obadiah (1 chapter) = 3 minutes
  • Jonah (4 chapters) = 7 minutes
  • Micah (7 chapters) = 10 minutes
  • Nahum (3 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Habakkuk (3 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Zephaniah (3 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Haggai (2 chapters) = 5 minutes
  • Zechariahs (14 chapters) = 15 minutes
  • Malachi (4 chapters) = 7 minutes
New Testament
  • Matthew (28 chapters) 2.5 hours
  • Mark (16 chapters) 1.75 hours
  • Luke (24 chapters) 2.5 hours
  • John (21 chapters) 2 hours
  • Acts (28 chapters) 2.5 hours
  • Romans (16 chapters) 1.25 hours
  • 1 Corinthians (16 chapters) 1.25 hours
  • 2 Corinthians (13 chapters) 1 hour
  • Galatians (6 chapters) 15 minutes
  • Ephesians (6 chapters) 15 minutes
  • Philippians (4 chapters) 10 minutes
  • Colossians (4 chapters) 10 minutes
  • 1 Thessalonians (3 chapters) 7 minutes
  • 1 Timothy (6 chapters) 15 minutes
  • Titus (3 chapters) 7 minutes
  • Philemon (1 chapter) 2 minutes
  • Hebrews (13 chapters) 30 minutes
  • James (5 chapters) 12 minutes
  • 1 Peter (5 chapters) 12 minutes
  • 2 Peters (3 chapters) 10 minutes
  • 1 John (5 chapters) 12 minutes
  • 2 John (1 chapter) 2 minutes
  • 3 John (1 chapter) 2 minutes
  • Jude (1 chapter) 3 minutes
  • Revelation (22 chapters) 2 hours

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bible Musings (Revelation)

And ... so here we are at the last book in the "66 in 66" journey, the book of Revelation.
This is only the second time I've read Revelation. I grew up going to church and acting the Christian part but wasn't truly converted until I was in my early 30's. Even as a false convert I read the Bible, but one book I stayed far away from was Revelation. It scared me half to death. I didn't want to think about judgment, death, martyrs, or the end of the world. It's obvious to me now, I wasn't reading much of the Old Testament either. The Bible is very consistent. Much of this prophetic language that appears in Revelation also appears in Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and other Old Testament books. I won't pretend that now I understand all the words that are contained in the book of Revelation. There are still mysteries there for me. But, I don't fear it anymore. Fear of judgment went away for me when I repented of my sins and placed my trust in Jesus Christ for my salvation.

My favorite passages in Revelation are those that contain descriptions of angels, creatures, and people worshiping Jesus. I'll leave you with one of those passages today:

"And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power, 
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created."

Revelation 4:8-11

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bible Musings (Jude)

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen."

Jude 1:24-25

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Bible Musings (3 John)

"Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God."

3 John 1:11

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bible Musings (2 John)

I didn't want to take a verse out of context just to post it on my blog. It's short enough to post the entire book.

"The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever. Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked work. Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.The children of your elect sister greet you."

2 John

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bible Musings (1 John)

The beginning of the first letter of John is a bit reminiscent of the beginning of the Gospel of John. Hmm ... a theme perhaps.

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life--was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us--that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too many have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that your joy may be complete."

1 John 1:1-4

Katrina's Musings (1,000th post)



This is my one-thousandth post to this blog. I praise God for sustaining it thus far. May it bring Him glory or may it cease to exist forever. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bible Musings (2 Peter)

"His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."

2 Peter 1:3-8

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bible Musings (1 Peter)

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes through it is tested by fire--may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do no now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

1 Peter 1:3-9

Cookie Baking Night 06/25/18

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