Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!
If you’ve never seen The Gospel of John, this would be a great week to see it. Keith & I watch a Jesus movie during passion week every year & declared this one our favorite when it came out a few years ago. It shows the real human emotions Jesus would’ve felt, not a stuffy wig-headed guy that’s usually portrayed. It is also taken word for word from John & is narrated by Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music). My favorite part is chapters 15-17, Jesus’ last words with His disciples & praying for them. Powerful!! This was the only clip I could find, but it’s a good one, too…
PS – OK, so I’m excruciatingly behind in LOST. Just found out this guy is Desmond in season two. Don’t tell me any more!! I want to be surprised.
For Anders’ party this year, we thought it only fitting for the two soon to be four year old boys to spend some time at Great Uncle Jim’s excavating business. Sam & Anders had a blast! They came home with great big plans tucked under their arms, JT hard hats, & big voices filled with stories of their adventures.:) I love it! Thanks again, Charley & Sara for all the planning & giving up your office! Sara’s office became Anders’ for the evening.
This weekend will be just Anders & me for a change. Callie’s off to see Uncle Paul with Thelma & Louise, I mean Mom, Charley, Grandma Jean & Sara. Word was going around the neighborhood that cousin Carson would join them, but he must’ve chickened out – can’t understand why! Nate & Daddy are off to try their first father-son fishing extravaganza. They bought waders & everything. They are planning on eating & bringing home fish for us to eat. So, that leaves me to snuggle with my little guy. We need some “mending fences” time after this last week. He has tried my patience in a number of areas!! He’s such a sweetie one on one, so this will be good for both of us.:)
I’ll post Flicker pictures when I get a chance. Right now, I’m pooped! Here’s a replica of Anders’ cake this year…
“A spiritually alert man
with a clear vision for his part in furthering God’s Kingdom
who possesses both the God-given abilities
& the relentless persistance to accomplish
all that God has called him to do.”
Namesakes: Andrew, the first disciple who shared Jesus with his brother Peter, Brother Andrew, William Tyndale, William Carey, Billy Graham, William Wilberforce, Bill Gothard, Bill Bright, & Bill Gaither – all men of God who were used in mighty ways when God gave them a clear vision & they followed that path relentlessly in His strength.
– to be sung to the tune of “Jesus loves Me”,
Anders’ all time favorite…
Andrew William is God’s man.
Valiant protector in His plan.
God gives Anders all he needs:
Vision, persistence, & abilities.
Yes, God made Anders.
Yes, God helps Anders.
Yes, God gave Anders
A special job to do.
“O my people, listen to my teaching.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past
– stories we have heard & know,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children
but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord.
We will tell of His power & the mighty miracles He did.
For He has issued His decree to Jacob; He gave His Law to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them
– even the children not yet born
– that they in turn might teach their children.
So each generation can set its hope anew on God,
remembering His glorious miracles & obeying His commands.
Then they will not be like their ancestors
– stubborn, rebellious, & unfaithful,
refusing to give their hearts to God.”
I love this passage! Just finished listening to Nancy Leigh DeMoss of Revive Our Hearts use it on Counter-Cultural Women, part of her series on Proverbs 31. If you get a chance to read the transcript or listen to the broadcast, it would be worth your time. You can also subscribe to her free podcast – she just finished going through Proverbs 31 & you can find the whole 25 part series on her site – excellent stuff!!
After giving it consideration, I’ve decided that a children’s church ministry blog would be handy. This WordPress is so easy – it only took a couple hours to get it pretty much done! I think the parents & teachers that use the computer are going to like it. I am very excited about how organized & connected it could get us!! That is, if we can all get accustomed to checking in on it every once in a while. We’ll see how that goes. If you want to see what it is & what it does, check out Pass The Baton.
The kids & I saw the dress rehersal of Beauty & The Beast yesterday at Gilead Christian. Excellent job!! Callie fell in love with the Beast & thought all of Belle’s dresses were wonderful. We knew most of the orchestra pit from church & the kids’ babysitter was a giggly towngirl. Also a couple little girls who are in Nate & Callie’s class at church were wolves, so that made it extra fun knowing people in the cast!
Had to take Coach Hines off. My conscience was bothering me too much. There’s so much wrong with that skit. He’s a combo of a few teachers I have known; that’s what is so funny! But he is so inappropriate! So my better judgment won & off he went. If you got a chuckle out of him, good. If you were offended by him, sorry. I’ll try to control myself next time.:)
I always love a live production any day over any movie! There’s just something about the theater. In late April, we’re scheduled to attend Sleeping Beauty at The Ohio Theatre. Callie will go absolutely nuts at that one! Her favorite princess! Will post afterwards.
PS – The other musical we took in this spring was Honk a couple weekends ago at the school where Keith works. It was cute, too – the ugly duckling story. It’s getting to where more & more of Keith’s former students are in the cast now – fun!
I just finished listening to the last two of the three part series on Focus on the Family. Julie Ann Barnhill wrote a book called “Motherhood: The Guilt That Keeps On Giving”. If you’re anything like me & at times get down on yourself because you’re not all you want to be as a mother (don’t we all?), this is for you! Good stuff. Listen to the three parts here, here, & here.