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, […]
Category: Object Lessons
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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). […]
“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?
“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 […]
“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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.” […]