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The Discipline of Serving Others

There is a secret discipline appointed for every man and woman whose life is lived for others. No one escapes that discipline, nor would wish to escape it; nor can any shelter another from it. And just as we have seen the bud of a flower close round the treasure within, folding its secret up, petal by petal, so we have seen the soul that is chosen to serve, fold round its secret and hold it fast and cover it from the eyes of man. The petals of the soul are silence.

--Amy Carmichael

Cookie Baking Night 05/08/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. We made peanut butter pretzel bars.


We started by crushing the pretzels. We put them in a plastic bag and used a rolling pin to crush them. 

Next measure out some peanut butter.

Add the powdered sugar. Mix. Spread in a pan. Melt some chocolate to put on top. Throw on a few M&Ms for color. 


And Voila! 

Tonight we made flower-garden pictures. My mom, Clara, spends her days coloring flowers that she uses to minister to others in various ways. One of the ways we used them today was in our pictures. The kids glued the flowers to large pieces of paper and used colored paper or markers to add stems. 


I think they turned out beautifully. It blesses my heart to see the generations coming together here and each glorifying God with what He has given them. 


For our Bible lesson this evening, we once again turned to the book "God's Names" by Sally Michael. Tonight we learned the name J…

Cookie Baking Night 03/13/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Just the little ones tonight. We made M&M cookies.








We went for our first walk of the season tonight. It was warm enough to walk but cool enough to dress warmly. They weren't anticipating going for a walk tonight, so no one had mittens with them. I gave Allison a pair of my knit gloves to wear, and the boys wore socks. They weren't too excited about that are first, but they warmed up to the idea (as did their hands). 

We walked to the local gas station for a treat. 






And ended our evening snuggled on the couch watching a little "Finding Nemo". Awww.
As usual, a fun time was had by all. 

Cookie Baking Night 02/27/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made s'mores.



S'mores in the oven couldn't be easier, and they're just as tasty as the kind made over the campfire.  First, you line up your graham crackers on a baking sheet. Then distribute mini marshmallows on top of the crackers. 


Then you place the pan in the oven under the broiler for approximately two minutes, just till the marshmallows are brown and toasty.

Then you place the chocolate bars on top of the toasted marshmallows and back into the oven for about 2 seconds (literally only 2 seconds) to get the chocolate a little more melty. 

Then you put the final cracker on top. 


Sometimes you stop to make a puzzle out of your graham crackers (and chocolate bars) along the way, but that is optional. 

And voila! S'mores.
Cookie Baking Night 101. As usual, a fun time was had by all. 


Cookie Baking Night 02/13/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan, Carissa, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Since it was the day before Valentine's Day, it seemed only right to have a heart-shaped theme to our cookies. We decorated heart-shaped sugar cookies with red and white frosting and pink and red sprinkles.














For our Bible time tonight, we read from God's Names by Sally Michael. Tonight we learned the name Jehovah-Jireh meaning "The LORD will provide". We talked about all the ways that God has provided for us in our lives, and how most importantly he provided us with a way to know Him and be in relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. He is so good!


At the end of the evening, we played a new game called "Hedbanz". The kids loved it! Ethan and Carissa had played it before, so they were able to teach us about the game. The gist of it is: Each player is given a plastic headband to wear (that was great fun for the kids right there). Then everyone is given a c…

Cookie Baking Night 01/30/17

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night: In attendance this evening: Emily, Allison, Rylar, and Enzo. Tonight we made chocolate covered marshmallows.







I know, kind of makes you wish you were here doesen't it?







Emily had the day off of school today, so she came over early. While, I was at work, she made supper for us, and she organized a craft. The craft hanging on the wall has the Bible verse John 15:12 on it. "This is my commandment that you love one another". She cut out heart shapes in pink, red, and white, and the rest of the kids colored them or wrote the words from the verse on them. 
Allison was able to write out every word, and she loved it. Rylar lasted through three hearts, and Enzo made it through one. But everyone got a ribbon on it, so they can hang it on the wall. 






For our Bible time tonight, we talked about the gospel since last time we talked about the law (10 Commandments). After we learned the bad news about what sin is and how it separates us from God, we learne…