Christ is coming. He has come, and He will come again.
This is the message of Advent.
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A. Through two world warsGod truly sustained and carried my Dad through all that and more. What an amazing God!
B. Through the Great Depression
C. Through the death of both parents, all eight siblings, his first wife & most of his childhood pals
D. Through the ups and downs of working at and leading a trucking company for seventy years
E. Through smoking cigarettes for sixty-five years
F. Through running after a newborn son starting at the age of sixty-two
G. Through being a Cubs fan for nearly a century
H. Through the often inexplicable decisions of seventeen U.S. Presidents
I. Through app. four BILLION heartbeats, 35,000 days of life on earth & driving over one million miles
J. Through being confined to a wheelchair for the last twelve months
A. Honest characterSuch a masterpiece as my Dad was not cranked out in any heavenly assembly line factory. No, such a man as my Dad was made as we all are: by the very Hand of the Father, the Ancient of Days, with the closest attention to detail and the creative flourishes of spiritual gifts also shared by God Himself.
B. Genuine disposition
C. Generous spirit
D. Affable personality
E. Kind manner
F. Unconditional love
G. "Kid at heart"
H. Enthusiasm for life
I. Loyal faithfulness
J. Sincere/devout faith in God
|MJ with his Dad, Mat, at Wrigley Field.|
Idea #4 Mother's Day Letters
Being the fanatic about record keeping that I am I love to write letters to my kids. I want them to have a record of how much I adore every little thing they do. When Max and Elle were little I was great at it and I'd write to them all the time. But then it got harder and harder to set aside time to do it. So a few years ago I decided I'd ask for a couple hours alone in my room each Mother's Day so I could write a special love note to each of my kids. I love knowing that I have those compiled for them. I want them to forever remember how much I love them at every stage and what I've noticed about them each year.For more ways you can cherish the moments you've been given as a mother visit 71 Toes: 7 motherhood ideas I love:
|Drew in his "comf-terble"|
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33 ESV)
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant[b] does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
"I Can't Do It!"
Sooner or later, every parent hears these words, usually uttered with a pitiful whine and slump to the floor. Try these tips to help your youngster turn "I Can't" into "I'll Try."
- Set Clear Goals. Explain to your child that his bed doesn't have to be made like Mommy and Daddy's, but he should straighten the blankets and put his pillow in place.
- Divide the Project into Manageable Pieces. Instead of telling your child to clean her room, tell her to put away "all the animals" or "every toy that is blue or green." Continue suggesting different categories until she is finished.
- Reinforce Past Successes. Point out specific things your child does well -- setting the table, kicking a ball, feeding the cat, and so on. Tell him you can't wait to see what he does next.
- Don't Shield Your Child from Failure. Let your child work through some frustrations, learning appropriate ways to deal with challenges. Give her time to wrestle with a problem or try a task a few times before you offer assistance.
- Encourage Kids to Try, Try Again. Talk about perseverance and what it means. Share a story about someone in the Bible or in your family who showed determination.
- Assume Your Child Will Succeed. Optimism is Contagious! -- Cheryl Gochnauer