Learning from History

WOW…I had no idea (or actually had forgotten) how cool the library is! I have enjoyed more presidential biographies including…

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, T. Woodrow Wilson, Ulysses S. Grant and James Madison!

It’s amazing to have read all this American (primarily presidential) history last spring and into the summer.  It’s fascinating for me and for my kids (at the dinner table) to talk about these men and the American events around them.  It’s like “home-schooling” without trying!  It made the Fourth of July and the childrens’ attitudes different in understanding what it means to live in a “free” country!
I have decided the Theodore Roosevelt biographies are my favorite. (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt  and Theodore Rex  by Edmund Morris).  What an intriguing and amazing leader!
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So far!

When dealing with children on Summer Vacation: (From the desk of STUDENT Tristie Fisher)

Having a 7 year old boy on summer vacation and his “do what he does” 4 year old kid sister is radically different than last year!

We don’t have cable and oops! PBS just went off…we have to figure that all out…so creativity is required. (When I say “creativity”, I mean using my brain and that means coffee in the morning.)

What’s great is that they are the age that they can entertain themselves! Games like….”See how much milk you can drink” when Mom’s not looking or the Daily Pillow/Blanket Fort are the main games of the day.

The biggest 2 things “Saving my Bacon” as they say in the South…
  1. the blow-up swimming pool (2-3 feet deep in our yard!)
  2. the Library…where (no kidding) we check out up to 22 books at a time!
It has been a JOY to sleep a little later, be together all day (they truly love being together,…as many of you know we like to say….”It’s God that made them for each other!”), and to look at their freckles get more numerous. I LOVE freckles! They are getting big and I like them so very much.
Mommy is tired , older, but hopefully can still “play”..that’s one of my personal goals for the summer. Play with them more…be silly more! (You would think with my personality this would not be a problem, but you are not in my family…aha!) They see the real deal..the Martha focused on cleaning and cooking.
Jesus….make their summer memorable. They are swimming stronger, doing things braver, and loving and fighting each other more. This is the beginning of a life friendship.
Meanwhile, I will try to remember (paraphrase!) that G.K. Chesterton quote that we have grown old but God has not!

No Such Thing as Multi-Tasking in the Kingdom!

My mind has been consumed with ministry planning for the next year.  I have been convicted and GOD gives this wonderful reminder in my daughter’s children’s Bible.  May it bless you and refresh you with Living Water!

This came from a seminar called “How to Teach a Bible Study” that I got to teach.  Literally, my mind has been filled with this story.

Luke 10:38-42

Chief Characters:  Jesus, Martha & Mary (Lazarus somewhere?)

(This is a topical, not as exegetical observation… your kids won’t miss application!)

3 Things We See (Observations are “obvious”!)

  1. Martha is busy
  2. Mary is sitting
  3. Jesus is teaching

The fun part came when I shared my daughter’s comment after being taught this passage and the importance of listening to Christ first before serving Him….

“MMM and Jesus didn’t even say “He was hungry”!

Application:  The good part is…

  1. Listen
  2. Obey
  3. Practice Giving Him your attention
  4. Don’t be busy FOR Him

You cannot multi-task in the Kingdom.  It’s on or the other.

Yet, have you noticed His gentleness with Martha?  No scolding or reprimand.  Simply an invitation for something more profitable.  I struggle constantly… because I am human serving an eternal God… but Mary gives me hope… with the power of the Spirit, I can sit, listen and obey.

Mary has chosen the good part and it will not be taken from her.