Friday, July 13, 2018

Kids' Favorite Chapter Books

I've been doing lots of reading aloud this summer, too. Here are a few of our favorite recent chapter books:

The Book of Dragons, E. Nesbit. Short-stories from a fabulous British author. Nesbit uses language beautifully. My only complaint is that her stories are usually too long to be read in one sitting.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, Betty MacDonald. After the first book, I found these repetitive and silly. Probably why my children love them so much.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis. The Gent's favorites of the Narnia books. The kids love these--we are reading through them slowly because I don't want to run out too quickly!

The Ramona books, Beverly Cleary. We all love Ramona and the way her precious mind works. These are sweet family books that make us all laugh and cry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

My Summer Reading Favorites

Here are some of my favorite books from this summer. I've still got a big stack to go!

The Read-Aloud Family, Sara Mackenzie. Love books about books. And more book lists.

Under Our Skin, Benjamin Watson. Thoughtful look at race in America.

The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg. A tribute and collaboration with his Mama. And some really delicious recipes, along with a few I would never, ever eat.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi. Nabeel's intellectual and spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. A poignant account.

Destiny and Power, Jon Meacham. Biography of George Bush. I didn't know much about H.W. and I enjoyed learning more about him. While I don't agree with all his views, it was refreshing to read about an American statesman.

Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas. Metaxas's writings flow easily and he weaves a fascinating story. The last third of this book reads like a spy novel. What a fascinating life.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Prayer in Romans

"Always in my prayers, my heart's desire and prayer, be constant in prayer." This is the prayer theme of Romans. Prayer is the underpinning of Paul's work, this continuous communion with the Lord.

Romans 1:9-10
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you 10 always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.

Romans 10:1
Brothers,[a] my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

Romans 12:12
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Beach Trip #2

Annie had the most photos this time. I used to try to make them all even . . . but now I just snap pictures of whoever is cooperative. This trip it was Annie. Can you figure out who everyone is? A little tricky with the hats and sunglasses! Thankful for another fun trip to the beach!

Annie's favorite: sandcastles
Jacob's favorites: snorkeling and the boogie board
Sophie's favorites: jumping in the waves and the boogie board
Nora's favorite: sand, sand, sand

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Prayer in Acts

In summary, the early church prayed a lot about everything.

They prayed for direction from the Lord.

They prayed for Him to confirm their steps.

They prayed as a united congregation.

They prayed before choosing leaders.

They prayed for the presence of the Holy Spirit.

They prayed intercessory prayer for sinners.

They prayed for healing.

They prayed for deliverance.

They prayed for those in prison.

They prayed for the unsaved.

They prayed for their leaders.

They prayed over journeys.

They prayed over partings.

Acts 1:14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Acts 1:24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen."

Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

Acts 4:3-6 Therefore, brothers,[b] pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 8:14-15 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8:24 And Simon answered, “Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

Acts 9:11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying.

Acts 9:40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.

Acts 10 - Peter's vision and Cornelius's prayers

Acts 11:5 "I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me."

Acts 12:5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.

Acts 12:12 When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

Acts 13:3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 14:23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Acts 16:13-16 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us. 16 As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 

Acts 16:25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

Acts 20:36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Acts 21:5 When our days there were ended, we departed and went on our journey, and they all, with wives and children, accompanied us until we were outside the city. And kneeling down on the beach, we prayed.

Acts 28:8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Prayer in John

Unless I missed it, the word "pray" was never used in the translation (ESV) of John that I read. There are several occasions of Jesus speaking as if in prayer, but the P word isn't used specifically, even when Jesus gives what we call the High Priestly Prayer before His crucifixion. Prayer encompassed Jesus's life so much it was part of Him, not something separate that He did.
John 17
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.
20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Monday, June 11, 2018

Spring Salad

Here's another restaurant recipe I was trying to copy. I think I did a pretty good job--and the homemade dressing is especially yummy!

Toss together:
Romaine
Spinach
Arugula
Thinly sliced radishes
Sugar snap peas
Thinly sliced strawberries
Feta cheese
Blanched asparagus (I left these off the second time and didn't miss it)
White balsamic dressing
Candied slivered almonds