Friday, February 24, 2012


These are the verses that J and I learned with our fruit of the Spirit Tree during homeschool preschool.

Fruit of the Spirit Tree

The Tree:
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all he does, he prospers. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Love
Apple:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27

Joy
Banana:
The joy of the Lord is your strengthPeaceOrange:Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Patience
Grapes:
Rejoice in hope, be patient in trials, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12KindnessPlum:He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. Job 6:14

Goodness
Pineapple:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6

Faithfulness
Kiwi:
Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Psalm 37:3

Gentleness
Lime:
Rejoice in the Lord! Always again I say Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4-5

Self Control
Lemon:
For God did not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Watering Can:
No discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful. Later on however it produces a fruit of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Book Review

   I just finished reading, "Kisses from Katie" by Katie Davis, a 21st century missionary serving the Lord and loving on children in Uganda.  I have read many stories of missionaries but none that are currently serving.  I have read stories of William Carey, Mary Slessor, Lottie Moon, Jim Elliot, and others but I am still amazed at how God is still at work calling people to love those in what seems to us to be another world away.  Again I was blown away with just how God calls and prepared Katie's heart to love not only the people of Uganda but Uganda itself.  I know for a lot of people that I talk to about msisions and even myself the first response is fear.  What if God called me to move away from my family?  What if he forces me to live in another country?  But the wonderful thing is that when/if he calls you to do missions particularly in a foreign county even though it's hard you will love it.  I tell girls that I lead in a Bible study of disciple when these sort of questions come up that God will not force you dragging and screaming he give you desires and a love and a WANT to do it. 
  I was amazed and convicted at thinking about how this young girl (19 when she started) loved in such dirty, in so many ways, environment.  It got me thinking about what are ways I can love the hurting people in my community.  I pray the Lord willl give me a heart and a love for the people and community we minister in. In the words of Katie Davis,
  "Lord, may we choose you every moment of every day.  We want to be fully committed to you.  We want every day to become a day we say " yes" to you.  We repent for lukewarm-ness, from mediocrity, from normalcy.  We want ot shine so brightly for you that others can't help but see and feel you love.  Let us look at every encounter as an opportunity to show your love."  (page 248)
http://www.kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/

Friday, January 20, 2012

Shepherding

I have been listening to a series online on 1 Timothy 2 and I coudn't help but post this quote.

I think one of the biggest reasons, one of the killers of the faith of young people who grow up in Christian circles, is that they did not see that their parents’ faith had joy in it. Your kids will most likely reject your religion if it is a joyless religion.
Revive Our Hearts Ministry, Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Training Our Daughters June 13, 2006

www.reviveourhearts.com/radio/revive-our-hearts

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I will praise you in the storm!

   My husband recieved the blessing of helping a family who is rebuilding their home after the tornados on April 27th.  Our church recieved donations from different states; people wanting their money to go to storm victims and we were able to pass that along.  I don't know why I continued to be surprised at what God does but I am. 
   Here is the story...
   The husband and two little girls went to his parents house during the storm and the Mom was driving home from work.  The Mom actually saw their own house blow away.  The Dad, two girls, and his parents were in the bathroom of his parents house and after it was over the only thing left of that house were the four walls of the bathroom.  I actually saw this house and heard that was where the famliy was but I didn't hear the rest of the story until last night.  The little girl (5th grade) said she knew Jesus was with her during the storm becuase she heard him say, "ENOUGH" and the winds went away.  Two houses lost, two families possesions and dwellings destroyed but the four walls of the bathroom stood because he said Enough...reminds me of another story
  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. - Mark 4:37-39 ESV

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Funny Little Verse

Proverbs 14:4
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.


How many times do I wish things would just stay clean? Our children are the fruit of our lives, I hope to bring this verse to mind the next time I am having to sweep up the dirt clumps after my little oxen. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Importance of Family

I was a sophomore in college on Sept. 11, 2001.  I was in my dorm room when my roommates boyfriend called and told us to turn on the TV to watch what was going on in New York.  I never really realized the impact that Sept. 11 had on me until tonight 10 years later.  One of our youth from church had to interview different people about "how the world has changed since Sept. 11" and of course having to answer got me thinking.  I remember the changes in security, the hightened awarness, the fear but what did all of those things mean in my own life not knowing anyone directly affected.  I had however just begun my journey on my own, a big college student with all of the hopes and dreams that go along with that.  I loved freshman year and unlike many college freshmen I did not ever get homesick.  I love it, I loved the people, I loved being at school, and I loved the city where I was living.  However sophomore I grew homesick, and I realized tonight it was inpart because of the events of Sept. 11.  That would have been about 2 weeks after school had started when the day unfolded.  Most of all I realized I just wanted to be near my family I wanted to see them, hug them and know that they were okay.  Although the homesickness subsided and I still very much loved college I have never forgotten how important family is and the feelings I had that day.  Going from being senior in high school and having to get out of the house to realizing how precious life is and to not take for granted the people who love you most is a lesson I will never forget. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Yes, I am reading a commentary

I don't know if this further spurs me on toward the "dork" category but I was given a commentary on Philippians.  I love Philippians and this one is written by one of my husband's favorite professors, Frank Thielman.  We have come to love the whole Thielman family and so that is why I was so excited to recieve his commentary and would start reading one cover to cover.  Normally I would not read the Preface but since I know Dr. Thielman I was glancing over it and I am so glad I did.  He wrote this paragraph about growing up in his Christian home and it has encouraged me this morning. 
"The theologial perspective that emerges from this commentary originated with the patient teaching of my father and mother, Calvin and Dorothy Thielman.  My father was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) forty years ago, and for thirty-three years he and my mother have labored faithfully in the Montreat Presbyterian Church, Montreat, North Carolina.  Their congregation at home was always as important as their congregation at church, and so by word and deed they have shown me, my two brothers, and our families what it means to have the mind of Christ."
Wow, as a young family in the ministry how I long for one of my sons to say that last sentence about our family some day.  May we always remember to keep our congregation at home important and display the mind of Christ by word and deed.  Thank you for the encouragment and legacy you leave Thielman family.