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Thursday, October 14, 2010

teaching the Bible in oral form

This is a place where I will be keeping an online journal of my experience teaching the Bible in oral form. Everytime I have a storying session, I will give a brief summary here. The journal starts with a couple of groups already in progress, and I am looking to start a few more groups as time passes. The end goal is to plant reproducing local churches with baptized members who seek to obey Jesus above all others. Names have been changed to protect privacy.

advice from Belinda Letchford

why do housework?

when to clean the house?

but i’m not ready yet!

“Over the last few days I’ve written about cleaning house – why we clean house and when we clean house.  To summarise:

  • We clean house in order to provide a retreat for family and friends
  • We clean house to prepare for relationship time with family and friends

But what happens if I just don’t get there.  What happens if Friday night comes and the house is still a mess?  What happens if people pop over and the house is in disarray or even chaos?”

a better gift giving guide

“It’s that time of year again.  You know, still a few weeks away from Halloween, and yet Christmas trees and decorations are available in retail stores, and holiday gift giving guides are popping up all over the internet.  Invariably, they are lists of the hot toys and gadgets of 2010 – the things that your loved ones will supposedly want and appreciate the most this holiday season.

But are any of you tired of the commercial feeding frenzy that seems to take over the last couple months of the year?  Do you ever complain about the crowds, the lists, the effort required to find just the right gift, the stress, and all the hoopla?  Do you struggle to rid your house of clutter only to find that it comes crowding back in – nicely wrapped with bows on top – during the holidays?  Do you ever spend more than you can really afford on gifts, and then find yourself stressed about money in January?  Do you get so excited about the holiday season that you build it up in your mind to be far bigger than it is, and then find yourself a bit let down after it’s all over?

It doesn’t have to be this way.”  (click here to read the whole article - )

preserving family memories the simple way

Skills we should learn …

DIY store offers lessons in basic household jobs to under-14s
Read more:

A DIY chain has become the first to offer classes teaching children how to do basic jobs around the house.

B&Q has launched the hour-long sessions to help plug a 'skills gap' that has opened up in under-35s, compared to people from older generations.

Just one in five of people born after 1975 know how to tile floors or walls, for example, compared to 58 per cent of over-50s

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There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.  He was given a slingshot to play with out in the  woods.
He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target.  Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.
As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck.

Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, 'Sally, let's wash the dishes'.  But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.'  Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?'  So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, 'I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.'  Sally just smiled and said, 'well  that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.
She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?'   So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he finally couldn't stand it any longer.
He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.  Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.'

Thought for the day and every day thereafter:
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done... the devil keeps throwing it up in  your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)...whatever it is...You need to know that:
God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.

He has seen your whole life... He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just  wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.
The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness;
He not only forgives you, but He forgets.
It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.
Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today.
Share this with a friend and always remember:
God is at the window!

*author unknown to  me*