Category: Object Lessons

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Having Sight But No Vision

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”–Hellen Keller

Faith is about taking first steps toward doing God’s will, even when it seems very much impossible. Is that the kind of faith we show? Do we confess Jesus with out feet?

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Obeying Spiritual Nudges

I love to give children cart rides with our miniature horses. Once I get them in the middle of the pasture  I begin my Deuteronomy-6-by-the-way-object-lesson. To turn a right or left means a tiny gentle tug. I use this to teach the children how we need to listen to God’s gentle tugs. I point out […]

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Be the Branch

If you want to produce fruit remember your job is to be the branch. The branch is a growth from the main stem or root of a plant. Various Hebrew words are translated as branch or shoot. The most common one can be defined as any sprout of vegetation (Gen. 19:25; Ezek. 16:7; Ps. 85:11). […]

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Go to the Ant Lesson Plan

Last Sunday at children’s church I taught about ants, based on on Proverbs 6:6. Here is my lesson plan, based on Heart of Wisdom 4-step plan:

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Springtime In My Father's Vineyard

“In My Father’s Vineyard” by Wayne Jacobsen  is an inspiring gift book that beautifully captured the Love of our Father. Here is an excerpt: Spring Time in the Vineyard In springtime, the vineyard can almost take care of itself. That is, it grows without needing the farmer to take care of any of its immediate […]

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How to Become a Kinder, Gentler Mother

What mother doesn’t want to become kinder, gentler, and more loving?

Remember how Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was searching for a way home and finally found out she had the magic slippers that won the whole time? You have the answer inside you now.

I received a visual object lesson of this promise this week.

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

Jesus taught lessons with items from Creation. Light, salt, lilies, seeds, sparrows, all take on new significance. Bread and wine take on new significance because he made them symbols of his death.

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Prevent Anger, Resentment, and Bitterness 70X7

“Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21,22). The foundation of Christianity is a based on forgiveness. […]

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Flowers Without Roots Die

My daughter, Regina brought me a beautiful vase of flowers while I was in the hospital last month. I brought them home and they brightened my kitchen with cheer for two weeks before they died–then they dried out, got  ugly and produced a nasty stench. We all know cut flowers die because they are cut […]

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A Better Heart

Beloved friends, I am home again after a five day hospital stay. God is doing something very special in me.

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My Birthday Gift From God

Today is my birthday. Last night was Prayer Meeting at church. I couldn’t get my mind off family problems. I sniffled through the prayers and wiped away tears quickly before anyone raised their head from praying to catch me crying. After the service I scurried to the bathroom to fix my make up. God forbid […]

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Caught In The Do-Dos

The Businessman and the Begger Two men approached Jesus on his last journey to Jerusalem–a businessman and a beggar. The first was a righteous man who had meticulously kept the law all of his life. He only wanted to ensure that his efforts would be enough to secure him eternal life. Tragically, he went away […]

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Recall Notice from God

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the Heart.

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God Uses Everything, Even Red Ants

Near Extinct Blue Butterflies I love butterflies. They are God’s flying flowers. The blue butterflies on the top of this blog are not just pretty. They are a reminder to me that God uses everything. The insect world declares the glory of God. Jesus created the earth and all that is in it. His universe […]

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Lessons from Peter

If I walked on water with Jesus you better believe I would be blogging about it within the hour. I would immediately be thinking how could put it into 140 characters for a Tweet on Twitter. But Peter never mentions this or the other miracles he was involved with in his epistles! What a lesson […]

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If I Have Diplomas and Not Love, I am Nothing

If I have the language ever so perfectly and speak like a pundit and have not love that grips the heart, I am nothing. If I have decorations and diplomas and am proficient in up-to-date methods and have not the touch of understanding love, I am nothing. If I am able to worst my opponents […]

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Pride is a Cheater

My Name Is Pride, I Am A Cheater “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” C.S. Lewis

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The Desensitization Boxes

Has your child seen an autopsy? Professor Masserman created experiments with cats that made them “neurotic” by giving them electric shocks in a certain box.  Soon the cats acted anxious whenever they were put in the box. In the second part of the experiment, Masserman observed that the cats lost their “neurosis” if they were […]

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Walking in the Light

Late one night, our goats got out of the barn. I was a wakened by their barking protectors, our Great Pyrenees dogs.

I ventured out into the darkness. in my PJs. I found the four animals behind the barn (very dark behind the barn) and started the roundup. I did not see a three foot steel corner part of a fence. I fell into and over it and proceeded to roll.

My accident occurred becasue I was walking in the dark. If I was walking in the light, I would have seen the obstacle and avoided it, the pain, and aggravation that followed.

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A Wisdom Parable

Once upon a time there was a village far away in a remote location, which had experienced a hard year of severe weather. A group of missionaries worried that the villagers’ crude huts would not be able to withstand the strong weather any longer. The missionaries wanted to help by taking supplies to the village, […]

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Changing Seasons & Spiritual Encouragement

We are going through a lot of changes. As a result, you may not see me here as often. I’ll be writing as the Lord leads. Changes Changes in Marriage: My hubby retired this year, so we are getting to know each other 24/7. It is a blessing. We have coffee together every morning on […]

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The Battle of Good and Evil

There are two trees in the Garden of Eden—the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. When Adam and Eve ate from the poison tree they infected mankind. Before eating they did not even realize they were naked—their focus was on God. The knowledge of good and evil distracts us […]

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Spiritual Lesson from a Run-Away Horse

I have a mental defect. I don’t do left and right very well. I cannot make a two-sided copy of a document on a copy machine to save my life. When my children were in car seats I could never remember which one went into the right and left car seat (after 4 years!.) I […]

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Fruit Comes After the Storm

How do you respond to life’s trials? Do you feel sorry for yourself and get depressed? Do you cast blame and grow bitter and angry? Or do you turn to our Father and ask, “What is Your purpose in this?” Our responses to difficulties are powerful lessons not written on a blackboard. Our students are […]

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Allowing God to Chart Your Course

This week I am teaching Outrigger Island Vacation Bible School . Based on Psalm 86:11, the goal of this tropical adventure theme is to help kids develop faith in God and His Word. Here are my boys and others in their class singing about being unshakable in a world of shifting sands. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0PA7b2Lo2U[/youtube] Keeping with […]

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Brick Walls Are There for a Reason

This week’s quote is from The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, a young professor dying of cancer. See the video here. “….the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people…..Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance […]

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The Woman with the Issue of Blood

The woman with an issue of blood is one of the most heartrending of all Bible stories. My recent hemorrhage, blood transfusions, and weekly blood infusions have brought this story close to home. Blood loss is but one of many things that leave us physically and spiritually weak frail, anemic, haggard, overwhelmed, and fragile. Heartbreak, […]

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View from the Back of an Ambulance

Is there anything more sobering than an hour ride in an ambulance with flashing lights and screaming sirens? Yes, there is. When the paramedic in the back of the ambulance takes your BP and says to the ambulance driver, “You better speed it up” SPEED IT UP? Yep, that is even more sobering. Rejoice: This […]

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A Reminder of the Blood Covenant

A few days ago I was hospitalized to receive a blood transfusion. What a difference! I received two units of iron rich blood and feel 20 years younger (a fountain of youth!) Last week, I was so anemic I couldn’t walk up the stairs. Well, I could kind of–I could take three steps, then rest […]

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15 Third Day Events in the Bible

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his death. “God raised him from the dead on the third day” (Acts 10:40). “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” […]