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Scripture @ Sunrise 1.13.09

So I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to share a little blurb from my journal that my friend Ashley got me for my birthday.  It is a unique journal because every other page contains three passages from Psalms followed by a place to reflect on a topic presented in the verses!  I love it!  Even though my major is journalism, I don’t really sit down to write too often, but when I do, I really enjoy it and I learn more.  Like Abraham Lincoln, I write to find out!  Don’t expect anything profound, but the Lord laid it on my heart to share with you what He has been making me meditate on lately! 

[This is from my January 11 entry on “Delight in the Lord”]

“Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.  He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.”  -Psalm 37:4-6 NASB

When my delight is in the Lord, my will lines up with His, therefore our desires coincide and He gives me the desires of my heart. 

“Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in His salvation.  My whole being will exclaim, ‘Who is like You, O Lord?  You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them.'”  -Psalm 35:9-10 NIV

When my delight is in the Lord, I realize no one can compare to Him and learn He is my Protector and Provider. 

“I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.  My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.   Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together.”  -Psalm 34:1-3

When my delight is in the Lord, I can praise Him at all times, realizing every situation in my life -whether good or bad- is working for my good and His glory. 

“I will not boast in anything: no gifts, no power, no wisdom; but I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection!  Why should I can from His reward?  I cannot give an answer…”  (from “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend)

Psalm 19:14; Nehemiah 8:10

Kids Class (11.19.08)

Summary of Wednesday Night Kids Class 11.19.08
Warning: This post basically ended up being a journal for me, preserving the memories of this evening’s kids class.
Thank you so much for letting me teach your kids.  I always feel so inadequate for the job, but the Lord always gives me grace in preparing the lesson and helping me through the actual class.  Tonight was just one of those nights where I wanted to freeze time for a second and keep your kids at that age for the rest of their lives.

Hannah, Joseph, Olivia and Conner were there.  They were missing quite a few of their friends, but we had a lovely time together anyway.  I love the way God arranges our class.  The chemistry is always different because it’s always a different combination of kids.  This week was neat because Hannah was making some really deep interesting observations which got Olivia and Conner thinking and helped them understand more, too!  And Joseph took it all in as well!  He was so cute…our lessons have been coming from the book of Mark and this lesson was on the calling of Matthew.  So when I said Matthew’s name, Joseph said, “Mark, Luke, John.”  It was precious!

We have such a fun time singing Scripture together.  Tonight alone, we sang Ephesians 6:7, Matthew 6:20-21, Isaiah 61:1 and about John 10/Psalm 23.  We learn crazy big new words like omniscient, omnipotent and perseverance.

We’ve been trying to learn the names of the disciples.  Another light bulb turned on for some tonight: Simon Peter is one person.  :o)  Just like Conner Riley is one person, Hannah Renee, Joseph Kenneth, Olivia Grace and Sarah Caroline (yes, kind of like the state!).

They’re so precious and you never know what they’re going to say.  I love them each very much and am so thankful the Lord has placed them in my life.  It is my prayer that they will have a deeper desire to learn more about Christ and grow in Him daily through the short time we spend together on Wednesday nights.
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Kids Own Worship Summary
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Mark 2:13-17
Matthew Follows Jesus

We learned:

-About a tax collector named Matthew who Jesus chose to follow Him.

-Following Jesus is worth more than all the money in the world.

-Jesus wanted everyone to know of God’s love and forgiveness of sin.

-Jesus came to earth to invite sinful people.

-Tax collectors were considered “sinners,” a label that caused people to stay away from them much like they stayed away from lepers.

-Jesus knew people’s hearts (because He’s omniscient=all knowing) and knew that all people have done sinful things.

-Jesus can change us and make us into a new person.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

We sang:

♪       He Leadeth Me (Psalm 23; John 10)

♪       Treasures (Matthew 6:20-21)

♪       Work (Ephesians 6:7)

♪       I’ve Got a River of Life (Isaiah 61:1)

Other things to talk and think about:

o        Review the passage.  See how much your child can recall.
1. What did Matthew do before Jesus called him to be a disciple?
(He was a tax collector.)
2. What did people think about tax collectors?
(They thought they were stealing their money; “sinners.”.)
3. Jesus said He came to help what kind of people?
(“Sinners” – those who knew they needed Him to forgive them.)

o        Key Verse: I have come to get sinners to follow Me. (Mark 2:17)

A Note from Sarah:
I really enjoy teaching your kids.  Since they have probably heard a lot of these stories in Sunday School already, I try to throw in a few little “extras.”  For example, as we have been going through the book of Mark, I have really tried to highlight the geography.  Ask them this week what country these stories have taken place in so far.  (Galilee)  Another thing I have been emphasizing is the names of the disciples and how some of them are related.  (So far, we have Simon Peter and Andrew who are brothers.  We also have covered James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who are brothers.  Tonight, we added Matthew.)  And…a comment on the lesson: It thrills my heart to know that Jesus came to ransom sinners ’cause I are one!
“Guilty, vile and helpless we; Spotless Lamb of God was He.  Full atonement, can it be?  Hallelujah, what a Savior!”

Oodles of Love in Christ,

I misspelled a word (and here’s the reason why…)

So in my notes from the evening message of November 9, I realized I had misspelled a word: despicable. It’s very rare for me to do this, but I found it to be ironic that it was this word in particular. I spelled it dispickable. (Hooked on Phonics apparently did not work for me!)

One day when I was in 2nd grade, we had to write an acrostic for the teacher’s name: Mrs. Raider. We were supposed to look up words in the dictionary that described her. The kid I was sitting next to, David, was looking up a word for the “D” in Mrs. Raider’s name and the word at the top of the page in the Merriam-Webster Elementary Dictionary was “despicable.” He was like, “Hey, this is a funny word: despicable. I’m going to use that for my D.”

I pictured the word in my head being spelled d-i-s-p-i-c-k-a-b-l-e…like a pickle that wasn’t any good. Well, when David looked at the definition and found out it did not fit sweet little Mrs. Raider’s personality, he found another word. I’ll have to search for my Mrs. Raider acrostic poem to see what I ended up writing for the “D.”  I can almost guarantee you it wasn’t despicable!

Now you know the many thoughts that go through my head every time I hear that one word…no wonder I spelled it wrong!  You better believe I won’t misspell it again. “Despicable. d-e-s-p-i-c-a-b-l-e. Despicable.”

Monthly Manna from the Pastor’s Family Table

As promised for over two months now…

Sarah’s Fettuccine Alfredo

16 oz. Fettuccine
3 C. heavy cream
12 TBSP. sweet cream butter
1 C. shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook fettuccine according to package directions; set aside. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat cream, butter, salt and pepper. While stirring almost constantly, cook over medium low for approximately 10 minutes so that butter and cream mixture is hot, but not boiling. Do not overcook. Add Parmesan cheese and stir constantly until cheese melts completely and sauce begins to thicken, approximately 10 more minutes. Add cooked pasta and mix until pasta is well coated. Serve immediately.

Serves 6-8.

Bread & Boaz Dip

1 Loaf French Bread
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
I don’t know the measurements…start small. If our taste buds are the same, you’re going to want more vinegar than oil, a couple dashes of oregano, more garlic, and a little bit of pepper!
Learn Why I Named it Boaz Dip.

I put everything in my salad. You name it, I’ve probably had it! My basic salad starts out with either baby spinach or a really green leafy lettuce like Romaine. Then I add anything and everything: blueberries, pecans, English cucumbers, red bell pepper, sweet onion, mandarin oranges, celery, radishes, strawberries, carrots sometimes pineapple, etc. My favorite dressing is just a basic oil and vinegar with just a few seasonings such as garlic, sugar, salt, & pepper. However, I really enjoy the one below, too!

3-Cheese Vinaigrette

1/2 cup olive oil
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese
2 tablespoons grated Asiago cheese
3 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper

In work bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Add oil and vinegar to taste. Makes about 2 cups.

“We Be Limin'” [a phrase used in Trinidad for “hanging out”] Key Lime Pie

5 TBSP butter, melted
1 ½ C graham cracker crumbs
½ C slivered almonds

Preaheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine and pat into 9″ pie pan. Bake for 5-10 minutes.

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
½ C key lime juice
2 tsp. grated lime zest
2 eggs (separated)
¼ tsp. cream of tartar
¼ C sugar

In a medium bowl, combine the milk, lime juice, and 1 tsp. zest, blend in the egg yolks. Pour in crust.

For the meringue, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar and remaining tsp. of zest until the mixture is stiff. Spread the meringue over the filling; spread it to touch the edge of the crust all around. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.
*Compliments of Paula Deen

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New Attitude Slideshow

Here is a slideshow from our trip to Louisville for the 2008 New Attitude Conference. Hope you enjoy! 
(Click on the picture to jump to where you can see captions.  Some of these were really fuzzy and indistinguishable because it was really dark in there!) 

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Summing Up Sunday

What a great day in the Lord we had yesterday! 

My Sunday started off with a momentous occasion: I beat my dad to church for the first time ever (so it was only by a few seconds, but it still counts)! 

Steve D. brought an encouraging Sunday School lesson, as always.  It was from 2 Timothy 2.  He mainly focused on the first two verses and discussed different ways to guard the Gospel.  (1. Through strength given through grace.  2. Through delegation.  3. Through suffering.) 

Then my dad preached on “The Priesthood of the Believer,” from 1 Peter 2:5 and 9, emphasizing direct access to God, a privilege indeed!  He also talked about our function as priests: to offer up spiritual sacrifices. 

Nick and Jennie

After that, I went to lunch with all the Sparkseseses, Travis, Nick, and Jennie at Wendy’s before heading to the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore for services there.  There were probably about 20 people in attendance (once again, guesstimation is not my forte).  Bro. Wayne brought an excellent message from 1 Kings 18, showing the power of God. 


Horses on the way back from the Nursing Home

After a few minutes at home and giving a flute lesson, I returned to church for the evening service.  What a wonderful surprise!  The Hatchers were there when I arrived!  Their presence was an extra-special blessing that added a whole new layer of memories to my day. 

The Hatchers

My dad preached from Exodus 16:21 and on.  He emphasized that the Promised Land is resting in Jesus Christ and talked about the importance of the Sabbath.  As if all this was not enough excitement for one day, John and Sarah C. both came forward for baptism!  What a blessing!  They will be baptized along with Hannah on May 18! 

My family and I ended the day with a trip to Bob Evans.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship with the Hatchers, Rileys, Rings, Jennie, and John!  It’s a good thing the service was a tad slow (she was new!)…that gave us more time to talk! 

Me with the Hatchers

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures from Stella’s Baby Shower that was on Saturday… 


Robin in Becky\'s Flowers


Stella\'s Baby Shower