nice little trip…a story of clumsiness

I just mailed out my January Support/Newsletters. It was past 4pm when I finished working on them so the post office closest to our office was already closed. So I drove to the next closest office because its cold outside, being downtown I had to park a few blocks from the office and pay for parking. I got in, got my stamps, mailed my letters and got out in 10 minutes. 

Then as I was walking back to my car, turning to cross Main street, I almost face-planted into traffic. I went on a nice little trip over a construction sign on the edge of the side walk straight into the cross walk. Thankfully I caught myself before my head hit the pavement but I am definitely a little scraped up and I definitely got a few strange looks from the people around me. 

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Dare to Make the Wise Choice: Speak Up

It has been awhile since I have shared one of the stories from the curriculum that I am writing. This story involves a lot of motions that help listeners pay attention and it is fun to see children interact with the story.

Jesus Calms the Storm

Matthew 8:23-27

Today’s story takes place in the New Testament (the second half of the Bible) and it is about one of the miracles that Jesus did while he was on earth.

This story is going to require some action from the listeners, when the story teller says certain words the listeners need to make motions and sounds to go along with each word.

Words Motions
Sleep/asleep Pretend to be asleep
Storm Move arms like wind

and make noise like a storm

Stop Stop all the motions

One day, Jesus had been teaching on the edge of a lake all day and when it came time for him and the disciples to leave they got on their boat to cross the lake. After speaking all day, Jesus was tired so when they got on the boat he laid down and fell asleep (let the listeners pretend to be asleep for a few seconds).

While Jesus was sleeping night came and so did a huge storm (let the listeners stomp their feet and wave their arms for a few seconds). The boat the disciples had probably was not a very stable one, it was probably made of wood. The storm caused the boat to shake because of the waves and wind, and water was getting in the boat. The disciples were scared that the storm was going to destroy their boat. When they went to Jesus to see what he thought, they found that he was sleeping. How could he sleep during a storm like this?

The disciples new that Jesus was tired from teaching all day but they were worried about the storm. They probably figured that if the storm did destroy the boat then it would be better for Jesus to not be sleeping. So they woke him up. Surely when they woke him up he asked them why they did that. When they told him that they woke him up because of the storm and they were scared, he asked them, “You of little faith, why are you afraid?”

Then Jesus stood up and rebuked the storm. He told the wind and the waves of the storm to stop. And they stopped.

Memory Verse for the Week:

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I originally wrote this curriculum for a day that I was planning on being a part of this past summer, for this post I chose to change parts that address the campers to be listeners because while it was originally for a camp, I intend to use it other situations.

This was one of the last stories that I got to teach at this camp before choosing to leave the camp I was a part of. The week I officially decided to leave the camp was easily one of the most discouraging weeks I have had in a long time. I had spent most of my senior year of college writing this curriculum for this camp and I felt uneasy about returning to the camp but I really wanted to see the curriculum that I wrote be used. But almost as soon as I got to the camp I felt unappreciated and unwanted there and ultimately knew that that was not where I needed to spend my summer.

The memory verse that I chose for this week of lesson was Joshua 1:9 which talks about how God has commanded us to be strong and courageous, to not be afraid or discouraged because no matter where we go or what happens God is with us. That was something I really needed to be reminded of that week.

Discovery Bible Study

Yesterday the Interns and I started our class on Disciple Making. We learned about Discovery Bible Study, which is writing a Scripture down word for word, then writing it in our own words and then writing down what we intend to do in response to the scripture and share it with people. Here is an example:

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV)

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorpost of your house and on your gates.”

My Own Words

Listen, the Lord our God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and might. Keep these words in your heart. Teach these words to your family in everything you do: in your home, when you go out, before bed and when you wake up. Keep these words close to you and never let them leave your mind. Write them on the door and gate of your home.

I will in response

  • Write scriptures and hang them where I will see them in my bedroom. I want get better with my scripture memorization and in the past it has helped to have scriptures written and hung around me, so that is what I am doing again. In my room I have a collage of pictures of friends, family and other things that are important to me above my bed, and that is where I am hanging the scriptures I want to memorize.
  • I also want to pray more. I know I don’t do well when I try to set a particular time to pray or read the Bible, my schedule is constantly changing and is very flexible. I want to be spending time with God throughout my day rather than penciling him into set time in the day and checking it off like everything else in my life.

Time at Home

I got to spend the second half of last week with my family in Indiana. It was great to be home and see most of my closest family. I got home Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

The first day I was home was a bit of a lazy day in the house then we went to the movies and saw The Justice League, which was good. Then on Friday, Cory and I went to the Red Cross and donated blood. Donating blood is something that has been really important to me since I started in high school, so it was cool to do that with my little brother while I was home.

On Saturday, we hung out at my grandparents on my mom’s side. I got to see my Gma and Gpa, my Uncle Alan, Aunt Janessa and Uncle Randy. I also got to see my favorite kiddos Jasmine, Jayden and Willow. I also got to get dinner with one of my friend Mariah who is more like a sister to me, it was good to catch up with her.

On Sunday, my dad and I went to my Aunt Tina’s house and we had breakfast with her, my Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Theresa and my cousin John. We played cards like we always do, which was fun, I even won once. Then I got dinner with my friend Hali, and we got to catch up with what is going on in our busy lives.

I am glad that I got to go home and see my family and friends.

Happy Heavenly Birthday Josh

Facebook reminded me that yesterday was your birthday, but I didn’t need the reminder, you have been on my mind all year. Especially, this month because it was around this time when I saw you last year, at Gma and Gpa’s house. I don’t remember what I said to you, I hope I told you that I love you. I know I was upset with some of your choices, but I had no right to judge, especially without seeing the pain you were in. I am sorry. I wish I could tell you that in person. 

I had no idea that that would be the last time I saw you. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news and it still hurts everytime I remember. I don’t want to make anyone sad by writing and posting this but I miss you and wish I could talk to you. 

I smile every time I see your kiddos, they are healthy and growing so much. I love getting cards from Jasmine and Jayden. I have their pictures hanging up by my desk at my internship. I saw pictures of them and Willow opening up their Christmas presents earlier this week. I hope and pray they all grow up to know how incredibly loved they are. I hope I’ll get to see them this weekend while I am home. 

I have been thinking about what I would write all week, I love you and I miss you don’t feel like enough. But I will always love you and miss you. 

Love, Booger (I remember how you used to call me that when I was little)