When I was getting ready to take this photo Jerard was
looking away. I asked him to look at me and he turned his
head toward the sound of my voice! That is cause for major
Psalm 20:7Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
8They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
I hired a local carpenter that had been recommended to us to build a standing table for Jerard. I showed him a picture of a standing table from the "Disabled Village Children" book and he made this for Jerard. He delivered it yesterday evening.
James and Jerard would like to say THANK YOU to all the people who sent them clothes in the box we recently received!
Here James and Jerard are in new Sunday clothes!
2 Cor. 9: 10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every
way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
In the 1930's Battle of the Books (B.O.B) was a Chicago radio program. Today it is a reading incentive program in elementary, middle and high schools across the USA.
The Librarian here at Faith has been running the Battle for the past few years for the 3rd - 7th graders. Its a voluntary program.
Miss Van explaining the rules of the competition.
Kirsten chose to be in it this year and she had to read many books.
She enjoyed reading the various selections.
Today the Battle played out!
All of the questions in the competition begin with the words "In which book" and the correct answer is always the title and author of the book.
Kirsten's team won the 6th and 7th grade competition.
It was enjoyable to watch the battle! Thankfully, no blood was spilled!!!!
Kirsten answering a question.
The overall winners - the red team is in the 3rd - 5th grade
division. The green team is in the 6th - 7th grade division.
Each of the overall winners received a bag of candy and a
gift certificate to a local bookstore here!
Ecc. 12:12...Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
Ben has struggled a bit this school year with reading.
But the Pizza Hut Book-It! program was highly motivating to him to read 15 minutes a day and record it in a log.
Monthly he earned a coupon for personal pan pizza. He and I would go for a 'mother-son date' to the local Pizza Hut (yes! There is a Pizza Hut here!)
Today he was awarded a certificate and a medal for completing all six months of the program.
Ben's reading is better. And he has learned an important life skill of sticking to a task even if it is hard.
Keep praying for him as he works on his reading, writing, and arithmetic! Thanks!
Hebrews 12:11 For the moment all discipline seems painful
rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
My Bible reading schedule has me reading through Job right now.
This passage from Job 23 has struck me, again.
I can just picture Job standing on his ash heap like a soldier at attention and saying that though his world seems to be falling apart, he knows he is being held in the loving arms of his Saviour.
When we were in and out of hospital with Jerard this passage became very special to me.
I've been talking with our kids about hard times in life.
God does ordain them, but He is there. He knows what He has planned. He understands our moods......
And eventually in our Christian growth we get to the place where, though we don't enjoy the heat, we relish the Refiner's fire; knowing it is for our good and growth and for His glory.
God is with me....
He knows the way I take
and when He has tried me I shall come out as gold.
My foot holds fast to His steps
I am keeping His way - I am not turning aside
I am not departing from the commandment of His lips.
I treasure the words of His mouth more than my portion of food
He is unchangeable
What He desires, He does
For He will complete what He has appointed for me and my family.
and many such things are in His mind.
Therefore I am terrified in His presence.
When I consider Him I am in dread.
God has made my heart faint
He has terrified me
Yet I am not silenced because of the darkness
nor because thick darkness covers my face (Job 23: 10 - 17 - paraphrased by me)