Outside my bedroom window there is a field. Sometimes when I get up in the morning I look out. I just want to look at it. It's so peaceful. An empty field where the grass grows long and wild. I enjoy the quietness as I watch the wind gently bend the now golden blades of varied lengths.
I then breathe a small sigh of relief as I study the familiar scenery. Yeah, it's still there. I mean freedom. Then I say a small prayer. Thank you, God, I'm an American and thank you America is still free today.
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"We had Bible reading and prayer right after supper, even before I cleaned up the kitchen," says Mrs. Graham. "We all got down on our knees and prayed, yes we did, sometimes from twenty to thirty minutes. That was the main event of the day in our house."* Billy Graham's mother gave a peek into her family life when her son was young through that quote. Surely God would smile down on such dedication as their entire family gave regular disciplined time to the One who made them a family.
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Here's my list I'm using for our family study of the Bible this week. Your welcome to use it if it makes it easier to spend time with your family learning about God (:
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This week I plan to sing with my family the hymn Blessed Be the Name. It is found on page 50 of one of our old Baptist Hymnals. I did some research on The Cyber Hymnal website and learned a few facts about the songs origin.
Blessed Be the Name contains words written by Charles Wesley.The words are similar to those found in the hymn O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing which originated in 1739. Charles lived from 1707 to 1788. He and his brother, John wrote around 6000 hymns in their lifetime and help founded the Methodist movement which has become the Methodist church of today.
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What did you do for Saint Patrick's Day? Or as some say Saint Patty's Day. Did you wear green, drink green beer and listen to the once-a-year old favorite When Irish Eyes Are Smiling? One year I won some green money in a radio contest. Last year my friend's daughter had to make a trap for a leprechan for school. What about Saint Patrick did he really chase the snakes out of Ireland like they say? Well, just like Christmas and Easter, the true meaning of this holiday must stand against the imaginative myths that have gathered throughout time. Except most people never learn hear who St. Patrick really was. I finally heard when I was in my late 20's and listening to a Dr. D. James Kennedy sermon on the radio.
This year the story was retold in a three minute talk given by Chuck Colson on his interesting radio program called Breakpoint(.org). I also found a few excellent books about this unsung hero at his site.*
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Hey, did you know Joseph was ruler second only to Pharoah, King of Egypt? Did you also know he spent time in prison after being falsely accused?
And did you also know Moses survived a baby massacre because Pharoah's daughter found him floating in the river in a homemade basket and then she took the baby and with the encouragement of Miriam (Moses' big sister) she allowed his real mom to nurse him?
You just gotta read more this week!:
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I have lots of time to think at work. I talk to God on the job. Here's some of the things I pray. I pray that the people on my assembly line (about 90) would think good thoughts (Philippians 4:8). I pray that they would even think about God and try to figure Him out or not be mad at Him anymore or that they would have the desire get closer to Him. I even boldly ask that a Great Awakening would come (you know, a big revival where people would get a sense of the presence of God and then search out who He is and have a passion to live for Him). Since I have a great boss who thoughtfully takes care of us I pray for him too, that he would be a man of great integrity and honor God with his excellent talents. I pray also that he would have a happy family life. And then, of course, I pray for my husband and our family. I pray for things like our finances, parenting skills and that our children would have a happy, healthy and productive childhood.
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This week's Bible stories are all about Moses and the children of Israel. Did you know when the Israelites went through the Red Sea it was on dry ground and that their shoes didn't wear out and that it took them 40 years to make it to the Promised Land? Can you name the ten plagues that hit Egypt?
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Hey, when was the last time you tried some cake from the 18th century? I was watching the Travel Channel on TV a couple of weeks ago and saw them actually make a cake following the recipe of Martha Washington, wife of George! I went to their site, found it and wanted to pass it along to you. On the TV program they told how Martha was an excellent hostess to parties so long ago. Here it is. Back then they actually baked the frosting on the cake.
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This morning at 5:45 am as Stacy and I walked into our manufacturing plant, I admired the day that was unfolding. The sky wasn't a full black like a couple of weeks ago. It had a crisp blueness mixed in with the darkness left from the night. I could see that the eastern side of the sky had a peachish hue which always means the sun in all its bright blazing power would soon appear to the world as it awaits the new day to begin. I also noticed the three flags in front of the plant weren't harshly unfolding in the wind. The wind was gentle this morning. I loved the peacefulness all around me. I wanted to participate in it. I told Stacy I wish I could run. To me running is best way to get involved, participate, relate and not miss out on God silently expressing Himself in a huge magnificent way to anyone around who would just stop to notice.
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