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The first scoop of ice cream July 29, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 8:42 pm
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“I expect I’m always going to miss my daddy. He loved us to pieces, didn’t he?”

Ruby gave herself over to memory. “He always let me have the first scoop of ice cream when we made it ourselves.” (from Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles)

 This post is for all of my friends who have lost their daddies in the recent past: Amber, Candy, Connie, Peggy, Brent. I read this quote in Love, Ruby Lavender and immediately felt the urge to pray for all of you, that your memories of your fathers would be full of the joy of growing up loved, and not the pain of watching them die. There are so many ways you know that your daddies loved you I rejoice with you that you had that joy in this life. Just remember today that he gave you the first scoop of ice cream, built you that playhouse or those kitchen cabinets, taught you the scriptures, walked you down the aisle, helped you achieve your dreams, bounced your children on his knee. Remember that he loved you and that his love for you could never compare to the love of God in whose presence your daddy now glories forever. I love you.

 

a little Anxious July 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 1:24 pm
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“It’s a little Anxious,” he said to himself, “to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water.” (from Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne)

I have felt like Piglet a few times, tiny and entirely surrounded by water. One time was when I was a part of a ministry that fell apart spectacularly because of sin. In one week I lost my job, several of myclosest friends, and a ministry that I felt passionately about. I allowed that time to completely defeat me in certain areas of my life. I shut down in worship and allowed fear of ministry to rob me of purpose for years. I did not discuss it with the other friends who were also going through it. In other words, I did not call on my Pooh, Rabbit, or Christopher Robin to help me. As a result, it has taken much longer than it should have done for me to pick myself up out of the pit and go one with life and ministry, to have the confidence to use that episode for good when it was meant for harm.

Another time when I felt like Piglet was when I miscarried our first baby, April Baby, in October 2007. I could have just drowned in the sorrow of it and at times I really wanted to. But this time, I did call on my friends and family and they helped to put my feet on dry ground again. Solid ground. They prayed for me. They encouraged me. They reminded me to cling to the Friend and Comforter who could really help me. The one who said this:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

 

A Magic Deeper Still April 4, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Shanna @ 1:16 am
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“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time.  But if she could have looked a little farther back, into the stillness and darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.  She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.” (from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis)

Hallelujah!  Christ is risen!  Happy Easter!

 

The Great Bridge Builder February 21, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Shanna @ 9:10 pm
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“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy.  “Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?”

“I shall be telling you all the time,” said Aslan.  “But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river.  But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder.” (from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

 

Today… December 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 3:19 pm
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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (from The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2, NIV)

This isn’t exactly a children’s book, but I hope you read it to your children.

 

A stable December 22, 2009

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 3:23 pm
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“Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.” (from The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis)

 

Her Higher Power November 10, 2009

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 4:36 am
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“If she could only find it, Lucky was pretty sure she’d be able to figure out the difference between the things she could change and the things she couldn’t, like in the little prayer of the anonymous people. Because sometimes Lucky wanted to change everything, all the bad things that had happened, and sometimes she wanted everything to stay the same forever.” (from The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron)

I am enjoying the Newberry Award winning, The Higher Power of Lucky for the second time. The first time I read it, I didn’t write down any quotes but I have thought about it many times since. Today, when I was picking it up at the public library, I noticed that Patron has written another book called Lucky Breaks. I am looking forward to reading it next. I love The Higher Power of Lucky, which is about a ten-year-old girl who listens at the door of the “anonymous meetings” in her effort to find her own Higher Power.

My husband and I are part of a church that is comprised mostly of recovering alcoholics and addicts. I have learned a lot by going to church with people who have learned to be so transparent about where they come from. But I have sometimes been concerned about the children who hear such, um, honesty.

This book opens with Lucky listening to a “rock bottom” story through a crack in the door of the AA meeting. I love the ten-year-old point of view, how she wonders what she would do if she hit rock bottom, how she feels sure she could gain some control of her life if she could find her Higher Power, how she self-examines, and how she hopes.

I hope that the children in our church will learn from the “rock bottom” stories that they overhear. I hope they never have to go down the road that so many of our fellow church members have gone down. I hope they get to learn how to turn their lives and their wills over to their “Higher Power” without first becoming powerless over some addiction or learning  just how unmanageable a life can get.

By the way, as a “normie” (non alcoholic), I don’t know all of the rules or traditions so I’m not sure if this is okay to say. But my Higher Power is Jesus Christ.

(Oh, and a warning for parents or teachers wondering about content: the word “scrotum” appears on the first page of the book and a few other pages referring to the place where a man’s dog was attacked by a snake at the time when he hit rock bottom. Lucky wonders what the word means when she hears it through the door.)