Oliver the Pig

I made a new friend today, Oliver the pig. He is awesome! I always wonder why/how God just can’t stop surprising us with joy!😱

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The Looking Glass

Through the looking glass of nature we can learn much about the spiritual things of God.

The other day I had just come home and I walked out to the screened in porch. I heard a slight commotion on the screen. When I looked closer there was a tiny hummingbird with his beak caught in the screen and his little wings beating frantically trying to free himself to no avail. I tried to ease his beak out of the screen but it wouldn’t budge. I didn’t know if I should touch him or not.
In an instant I thought he will die so I rushed to the other side to free hm. I gently pulled him out of the screen. He flew away as fast as his little wings could carry him.

Earlier this summer I was pruning bushes and down among the limbs, I saw something yellow. When I picked the pile of limbs up the yellow was a yellow butterfly. I thought I had killed him when I picked the branches up. I proceeded to pull the branches away from his body. Oh no, was he dead. He laid e perfectly still with wings extended. I gently placed him in the palm of my hand and said a prayer for him to be healed. Suddenly his little body climbed from my palm and up my wrist and flew away.

With all that has been happening in Houston and Florida and adjoining states, we can certainly see the same kindness shown to the beautiful people who needed help so desperately and the loving helping hands that snatched some from certain death or carried others from a bad situation, giving a loving touch and prayers to God to give healing and hope to each person and freedom to fly again. Thank you God for those who serve others tirelessly and lovingly.

Philippians 2:4 …not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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Fall is Near

Change is in the air here in Northern Virginia. The night temps are lowering, some leaves are starting to change colors, summer flowers are fading while fall flowers are getting a kick-start. Hardy winter pansies are beginning their bloom cycle that will take color into the winter and next spring. Fall mums are putting on a show that will last four to six weeks. Ornamental cabbage and kale are frost-proof additions to pots and garden beds as are grasses, asters and cold hardy fall annuals.

If you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area, you will find all these and more at the Monroe Technology Center’s annual Fall Plant Sale. Agriculture department students are eager to help you make selections and proceeds from the sale help support their scholarships.

The dates and hours are Wednesday, Sept 13, 10-6pm; Thursday, September 14, 10-5pm; and Friday, September 15, 10-4pm. You will find us at 715 Childrens Center Rd, SW. Hope to see you there!

Children’s Prayer Guideline for Sunday School

The first day of Sunday School, I was as excited as the children. The class was made up of all girls. I asked the girls, “Do you think prayer is important?” They said, “No, not so much.” The girls quickly learned that was not the right answer in Ms. O’s class.

I’m sharing what worked for me in getting children excited about talking to Jesus. It took the whole Sunday School year. The growth which occurred is amazing. Blessed to have them again this year.

The chart below gave the girls structure for praying. Before beginning we sing one of their favorites: “Good Morning God”. It goes, “Good Morning God, this is your day, I am your child, show me your way, and teach me to obey. Each part of the song is accompanied with sign language.

1. First step in our journey in talking to Jesus was to write prayers the girls wanted to pray on sticky notes. Their prayers were for teachers, safety in schools, missionaries, others, family, and pets. Wow, some pretty good prayers.
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Prayer Chart on Poster Board Paper
2. First couple of weeks, I role modeled the entire prayer, beginning with praise, prayer request, and closing the prayer which I always did.
3. After many weeks of this type of placing prayer request on sticky notes and my role modeling of talking to Jesus, one of the children
asked, “Ms. O may I pray my request.” Then another asked and then another.
4. The following weeks ahead, they all
wanted to pray their own request, after I modeled talking with Jesus on the items on the circular chart.
5. A short time later the students asked if we could discontinue the sticky notes and they would just pray their own request. I role modeled talking to Jesus still at the beginning and end of the prayers.
6. After a few more weeks, near the end of the Sunday School term,
the students started saying can we pray for the world, the USA/those in authority. Can we pray for President Trump and staff, missionaries who are suffering for Christ, teachers, school safety in school, weather disasters, missionaries, unsaved friends and people they knew, parents, people who were ill and in the hospital, pets, safety in travel, and what they wanted Jesus to help them in their own personal lives. They were growing in their own personal relationship with Jesus. They, in other words, were walking and talking with Jesus. This process takes the whole Sunday School year.
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This is part of our group praying. This is what it looks like in our classroom as we pray. We bend down before the Lord Jesus. We pray with one hand on top of another as a sign of agreement in prayer. When we end the prayers, we say 1, 2, 3 Praise the Lord (the latter was suggested by a student.)

My Song for Psalm 71

Lord you are my rock and my fortress.
I have found you listen to me
and you draw me close to you
You have loosed the chains that bound me
that nearly squeezed the life out of me
You are my hope and salvation
Please Lord never leave me.

Lord you have been my strength and protection
I thank you every morning for what you have done for me
I thank you for the storms of the past which have
Drawn me into a closer relationship with you
and at the same time have molded me into the person I am today.
I tell everyone what you have done for me
whether they want to hear or not.
Please Lord never leave me.

Lord now that I’m old
What beautiful memories I have had with you and continue to have..
The verse I have played over and over in my head is from Genesis 50:20
“What others intended for harm, God intended for good.”
Being old enough on this journey of mine,
the storms have caused me to dependent on God and as he never fails me.
I now have begun to ask the Lord, “What are you trying to teach me in this storm?”

Please Lord in this season of life, I say again:
Never leave me. I need you every hour.

My Song for Psalm 102

Lord are you there?
Are you there….
Please bend down and hear my prayer.

Lord my heart is breaking
The tears continuously flow
Please bend down and hear my prayer.

I remember the story of Moses and how you bent down and heard their prayer of brokenness.
Please bend down and hear my prayer.

As I continued to cry out for help, the Lord spoke to me. I am in your sorrow. I will hold your hand through it all. My peace I will give you. My presence will surround and my arms will hug you. Then you’ll know I’m with you through it all. I’m always here, right beside you and I have heard your prayer.

Again, I cried, but it was because of God’s great LOVE for me.

My song on Psalm 103

Lord are you there?
Are you there….
Please bend down and hear my prayer.

Lord my heart is breaking
The tears continuously flow
Please bend down and hear my prayer.

I remember the story of Moses and how you bent down and heard their prayer of brokenness.
Please bend down and hear my prayer.

As I continued to cry out for help, the Lord spoke to me. I am in your sorrow. I will hold your hand through it all. My peace I will give you. My presence will surround and my arms will hug you. Then you’ll know I’m with you through it all. I’m always here, right beside you and I have heard your prayer.

Again, I cried, but it was because of God’s great LOVE for me.
Let all that I am Lord
Praise your holy name
May I never forget what you did
at Calvary

Because of my faith in you oh Lord
I have been forgiven
I praise you with a thankful heart
You are my Lord and King of Kings.
You saved me that day at Calvary
of all my sins

Now all is done here on earth
Heaven’s doors are open wide for me
I enter in and fall at your feet
Worshiping and praising you

How glad I am that I put my trust and faith in you!!!
Now I’ll be with you forever.
Hallelujah, and Amen! and Amen
Thank you for saving a sinner like me.

Wont you let Jesus into your heart today?
You will never regret it!!!!!

Awesome Thought-Wisdom

Wisdom is a fountain of life to one who has it. (Prov. 16:22, NRSV)

How is wisdom dished out? Is it only for world leaders? Did only President Roosevelt have it? Is it available to Presidents, kings and queens? How about you and me?

(James 1:5-8 ESV) gives great insight to this awesome thought, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Did you ever stop and think when an annoying person stopped by your coffee chatter table and asked you a question it just might be God using you to impart wisdom to one that needs from one that has? Or, maybe we have gladly taken the step to ask God for wisdom on an issue and He sends the neighbor we don’t want to be seen with to impart a great truth. Do we humbly receive or reject and try to continue to live on without understanding, intellect, or thought to gaining what we have asked for?

Surely we need wisdom on how to pray and help our fellow Texans after this disastrous Harvey left parts uninhabitable. Our Nation drumming war here and there and the sounds seem everywhere. It’s beginning to seem to me wisdom is freely given to those that have the compassion to restore, rebuild, heal, transform, awaken not only individuals, but communities and nations. Add your wisdom and see what God will do!

Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Acts 8:30 (NIV) Do I? img_0387z
Photo by Chris M with his Scottie, Rocket @Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial DC with his Scottie, Fala.