100th Day Of School

Today was the 100th day of school and the kindergarten class celebrated it with doing things in one hundreds!

James wearing his 100 days of school crown and paper glasses

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his;[a] we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

I love Jesus, Mom!

One of those heart warming Mom moments.....

praying with my son, Ben, last night....

after praying we were talking and he just spontaneously said to me,
"I love Jesus, Mom!"

a blessed moment knowing God is answering the prayers I pray for him and each of my children to have a passion for God, for His Word, to grow in wisdom and grace....

My son, I pray for you to be a man after God's own heart
to have a passion for Christ and His word all the days of your
life. To walk humbly with Him, to love kindness and to do justice.

Morning Prayer from Metropolitin Philaret of Moscow

I may have shared this prayer before, but I really like it and pray it often. Especially the part about treating all that comes my way with peace of soul and remembering that all that happens is sent from God's loving sovereign hand.

O Lord,
grant that I may meet the coming day in peace.
Help me in all things
to rely upon Thy Holy Will.
In every hour of the day,
reveal Thy will to me.
Bless my dealings with all who surround me.
Teach me to treat all that comes to me
throughout the day with peace of soul,
and with the firm conviction that Thy will governs all.
In all my deeds and words,
guide my thoughts and feelings.
In unforeseen events, let me not forget
that all are sent by Thee.
Teach me to act firmly and wisely,
without embittering and embarrassing others.
Give me the strength to bear the fatigue
of the coming day with all that it shall bring.
Direct my will.
Teach me to pray.
Pray Thou Thyself in me.

Japanese Fan

Kirsten really enjoys putting puzzles together. She received a beautiful Japanese fan 1000 piece puzzle for Christmas and put it together over the holiday break! (sorry the pics are on their side!!)

Japanese Garden Fan puzzle

Hope For The Family

We occasionally stay home on Sunday and have a church service at home. We have really been enjoying the sermons of Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.

We have been listening to the "Hope for..." series (4 messages).
Today was about Christian marriage.

The synopsis of this sermon is "The premise of Christian marriage is that two people are filled with the Holy Spirit and are committed to serving one another. Wives are to grant husbands leadership in the marriage. Husbands are to use that leadership not for their own selfish desires but to sacrificially serve their wives. The purpose
of Christian marriage is not for individual self-fulfillment,
but to work for the growth and sanctification of the spouse. Lastly, Christian marriage is not an end in itself, but a pointer to Jesus Christ, the ultimate spouse who will never let us down."

The web address to listen to this sermon is http://sermons2.redeemer.com/sermons/hope-family"

I was greatly challenged by this sermon and plan to listen to it again as well as study the scripture passages quoted in the message.

Ephesians 5: 21 - 33

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do
to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ
is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church
and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing
her by the washing with water through the word, and to
present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed
and care for their body, just as Christ does the church-- for
we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two
will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.