Monday, June 30, 2008

Brian: The exalted?

Noticed while reading in 1 Chronicles:

"All these were sons of Heman the king's seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters."

"Obed-Edom also had sons: [8 listed] (For God had blessed Obed-Edom.)

Interesting wording.

Somehow I think children were viewed differently "in those days".
What a line to give someone asking if all those children you have were "planned"!
"Oh, God chose to exalt and bless me. You can't really plan that!"

Mmmm, cake

Papa George's 60th! Coconut cake and chocolate cake

Sam and Aunt Theresa (creator of the cakes)
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Puppy love

One of Noah's favorite things on the farm was Sadie.
They got to have quite a relationship!
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Stand up, stand up for Jesus

Yesterday in church I was having a hard time with Caleb. He was too tired to stand, he wanted to lay down across the seats, he was kicking Sam, he was sitting backward on the seats staring at the people behind us, he fought me whenever I dragged him up again.
I have recently thought that kids cannot be expected to know how to worship if they are not taught. Therefore, I'm pretty strict about the behavior I expect from the boys during the service. They're only in there for the first 25 minutes or so, and then they go to children's church, so it's not an unreasonably long amount of time. They've also been told the expectations beforehand. But Caleb's SO tired, he can't see, Sam's in the way, blah, blah, blah. Sam, on the other hand, is really starting to participate. I know that this is mostly an age issue, but I still feel like I should be at least enforcing the "Stand up, this is one of the ways we show respect for the Lord in His house." rule.
Any ideas?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The truth according to Prince Caspian

Brian and I went to see our once-a-year movie at a theater while we were in Arizona. "Prince Caspian". Due to the fact that I'd heard it described as, "Not nearly as good as the first one", I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of symbolism. Some had been in the book originally and some appeared only in the movie. If you haven't seen it yet and want to find these on your own, stop reading now!

Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list

1) In the first battle to take place in the movie, the "good guys" actually lose. They have to withdraw and many lose their lives. Because Peter went on his own initiative and did not wait for Aslan. Hmmm, a common mistake of the impatient follower of Christ.

2) This is my favorite. I'll just loosely quote because I can't recall exactly, but when Lucy is talking to Aslan toward the end of the movie, Aslan asked her why she didn't follow Him when she saw Him at the beginning. Her answer was that the others didn't follow him. He basically says, "So what? What is that to you?" If she had followed him at the beginning, many lives could have been saved (my speculation). Now, there is the obvious symbol: Follow the Lord even if everyone around you is not. But even more, if you are led by the Spirit in a direction not commonly travelled among your fellow Christians, follow the Spirit!

3) Water judgement is used in the form of the god of the sea, which Aslan awakes and lets unleash his power. My first thought was "pagan beliefs". Then I remembered Daniel and Revelation (hey, even Genesis), which both describe in vivid picture, judgement using terms like "the waters of the deep were stirred".

I know there are more than these 3, but finding these in particular made me want to see the film again and search for more.

Now, I know that some of these may have been unintentional. So? Does that make them any less real? God is sovereign over EVERYTHING! Even humans creating films - some in which they think there's no inkling of God whatsoever.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Up close and personal

Grandma Sarah's fishpond lured Caleb this afternoon, where he sat at the edge enjoying the goldfish. A few minutes later, Grandma came to the front door in time to see Caleb climbing out of the pond, dripping wet and sobbing. When inquired about how he entered, he said he leaned over and fell in head first.
No bath for Caleb tonight!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Highlights from our Ohio trip

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Driving me crazy

We're back from our car trip to Ohio! If you're looking for an interesting and spiritually enriching vacation spot, I have to recommend the Creation Museum.

One good thing about a car trip where you're in the car for 2 days (!!) is that at least all the kids are strapped in....right?


"Don't kick your brother!"
"Don't touch your brother!"
"Don't look at your brother!"

"Be quiet!"

"Don't bang your alligator against the window!"
"Don't stick your straw up the air vent!"
"Stop poking yourself with your pencil!"

"No, you cannot have a treat!"
"No, it's not lunchtime yet!"
"No, it's not time for dinner yet!"
"No, we just stopped at a rest stop!"

"You'll have to hold it!"
"We JUST stopped!"
"Get it all out this time!"

"Give it back to him!"
"Give it back now!"
"I said..."

"Please don't put your stuffed animals in your mouth."
"Don't spit your milk out onto sheep."
"Don't hit each other with your stuffed animals - that is NOT a fun game!"
"Stop giving Noah your blanket and then ripping it away from him - that is NOT a fun game!"
"Okay, enough screaming! That is NOT a fun game!"

Then there was Noah, who for the entire return trip was pretty miserable due to a croupy cold. He would scream and scream and scream, and finally I (driving at the time) would reach back and put my hand on his leg. As long as I left it there, he was fine. The second I moved it an inch, he would tug it back up again. He was definitely not satisfied with Brian's hand. My right arm is now a few inches longer than my left.

All in all, the kids actually did a pretty good job! And it's a good thing, because off we go to Kansas on Friday.