February 24, 2014

Forgotten Photos

I took some pictures of some birds that John has been fascinated by...I can't remember the name of them...and when I uploaded them onto the computer, I found pictures from Christmas! Sigh...I think I was in a fog for quite awhile after Christmas and the wedding. So here are a few of the pictures that make me smile.


We played a game called Heads Up...charades, but you only have one guesser and everyone else acts out what is on the card that is on your head. Hilarious!

Acting things out....???

Riding a bike maybe???





Have a great Monday...a Marvelous Monday!


February 10, 2014

Be Wary...Bible Reading Can Be Dangerous

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If you read your Bible (and I hope you are!), you read through the lens of your life experience and church world view. Here's the thing...there is wrong interpretation out there and it is easy to get caught up in it. Here are two types of interpretation as an example:

The Bible as an Instruction Manual.  Many use the Word of God as a list of do's and don't's. If it says to do it, they do it. If it says not to do something, they don't do it. It is a list of rules and regulations.

The Bible as a Formula for Life. Some use the Bible as a formula for the perfect, successful life. A + B = C. You take scriptures in the Bible and do them and you will have a successful, blessed life.

Both of these interpretations are wrong because:

1. They push Jesus away from the center of application. They take Jesus of the throne of our hearts.
2. They just don't work.

Using the Bible as an instruction book leaves out the heart of Jesus. The Pharisee's were great at following the instructions of the law perfectly, and yet they neglected the poor and needy to do it. Thinking the Bible is a formula book will just disappoint you. Doing everything right in life does not guarantee success. There are many godly people who follow Jesus with their whole being who are riddled with tragedy and heartache. There is no formula for the perfect, successful life.

If our reading of scripture leads us to alienation and self-promotion, then we are reading it wrong. We have missed the point. Some people read scripture and develop a fear of the world. But that is not God's personality. He sent His Son to the world to die because He loves it so much.

Jesus should be the filter of our Bible reading.

The Word of God is a huge letter about God's love for His creation. When you read the words, filter  them through the lens of Jesus. He taught us to love God and to love others as ourselves.

Love is the key.


*Thoughts taken from John Ketchersid's sermon at the Plymouth Park Church of Christ, February 9, 2014.


February 03, 2014

Anticipation: My One Little Word

I have been working some on my One Little Word notebook and am really enjoying it. The purpose of this notebook is to keep my One Word visible all year long...to look at each day through the lens of my One Word....ANTICIPATE. For $31, Ali Edwards will walk you through how to do your notebook. At the beginning of every month she sends you a link to prompts and downloads to use in your notebook. Fabulous!

As I've worked on this project, I have made the decision to incorporate Project Life into my One Word notebook. It seems appropriate. It seems a natural extension of the notebook and will help to document the year that I see through my focus on Anticipation.

So I thought I would share a few of my pages that were done in January. I haven't printed out photos for my Project Life section yet, but I just found a great tutorial for doing that and I will share that at a later time.







So there is the beginning of my One Word notebook. I be sharing more pages throughout the year, as well as the Project Life I am incorporating.

Have a blessed Monday.


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