Monday, January 21, 2008

Maybe I need to change my tactics...

Yesterday in Sunday School class (I teach the 2-3 year olds) we practiced our 10 Commandments song. I've been trying to get them to remember what song we're learning by holding up all ten of my fingers and saying "The Ten Commandments!" (very enthusiastically mind you...) Well, I decided to try and get them to think about the song a little more by asking them (like I didn't know) "How many Commandments are there?"
One of my three-year-olds (K.S.) promptly replied in a very confident voice, "THREE!"

Friday, January 04, 2008


This past weekend I went snowboarding for the first time. Maybe I should call it "butt-boarding" becuase I think I spent more time on the ground than standing up. It was fun though. :-) I also spent a lot of time laughing laughing at myself-I know I looked a sight!! I can't wait to go do it again.
(PS Thanks to Amy Shearer for helping figure out how to post pics!!)

New Year's Resolutions

This morning, my sister asked me if I had made any resolutions for the new year. I thought about it on my way to work and realized this:
Last year, I had made a whole list of goals/resolutions and looking back, I don't think hardly any of them were accomplished. I realized this is because I had set goals or resolutions while telling God that I wanted to do these things instead of asking Him for His plan for me and for guidance in my paths. Sure, I got a lot done this past year, and there were a lot of changes in my life, but those had nothing to do with myself or my strengths.
This year I hope will be different. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ~Phil 4:13. My goal or resolution for this year is kind of summed up in the words of this poem. I know it says "A Regular Man" but I think it applies to me as a Christian. I want to be able to look back on the year and be able to see ways in which I grew and give glory to God for it.

Lord, Make a Regular Man Out Of Me
~By Edgar A. Guest

This I would like to be – braver and bolder,
Just a bit wiser because I am older,
Just a bit kinder to those I may meet,
Just a bit manlier taking defeat;
This for the New Year my wish and my plea-
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be – just a bit finer,
More of a smiler and less of a whiner,
Just a bit quicker to stretch out my hand
Helping another who’s struggling to stand,
This is my prayer for the New Year to be,
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be – just a bit fairer,
Just a bit better, and just a bit squarer,
Not quite so ready to censure and blame,
Quicker to help every man in the game,
Not quite so eager men’s failings to see,
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

This I would like to be – just a bit truer,
Less of the wisher and more of the doer,
Broader and bigger, more willing to give,
Living and helping my neighbor to live!
This for the New Year my prayer and my plea –
Lord, make a regular man out of me.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!!

"Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with Thee.
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving Thy presence all the days.

Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face;
Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast;
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.

Another year of service, of witness for Thy love,
Another year of training for holier work above.
Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be
On earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee."

~Frances Ridley Havergal