Wednesday, June 30, 2010
"Every fiber of our being was created to receive love and give it away. Nothing in life is more natural than walking in the love of our Father and passing that unconditional love on to others."
Do you know that you have a Father who loves you with an undying love?
Do you know that your Father is absolutely for you?
Do you know that Father created you to be in relationship with Him..that there is nothing that you can do that will please Him more than to simply love Him and enjoy His presence?
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was reading a book called Spiritual Salvery to Spiritual Sonship, by Jack Frost. It had been recommended to me because of some of the issues that one of our children still struggles with. In many ways, she sees herself as an orphan, rather than a precious daughter.
The book has been so helpful in understanding what makes this precious child afraid to trust. But it has also been incredibly helpful for me personally. Some of the unhealthy patterns that Frost mentions in the book are patterns that I have seen in my own life (resisting authority, frustration for not being noticed for my "good deeds", an "everyone else has it better than me" whiney attitude...and on and on and on).
Can I just say that reading this book has been very eye-opening?!
Can I also say that reading this book has been an absolute gift from a loving Father?!
I'd so love to send this book to someone else who would benefit from reading it. But, be forewarned, although you will be totally encouraged by the outrageous love of our Father that is portrayed in the pages of this book, it is not primarily a feel-good book. It's also not a book of empty psychology or empty religion. It is a book that speaks the truth (sometimes the hard truth) in love. It will challenge you and call you on to love and to be loved. And it will encourage you to put your absolute trust in your absolutely wonderful Father...each and every day of your life.
So, if you'd like to read this book, just leave me a comment. I'll pick a name from among the comments sometime next week.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
We have been so blessed by Yana's friendship with S. She is a young Ukrainian woman, who has taken Yana under her wing, and showed her great love.
She lives a little ways away from us now, but on Saturday, S. was able to come and visit and to take Yana to the home where she stayed when she lived close by.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
(found in the school room, on the morning of June 5th)
(found next to the strands of hair on the above-mentioned morning)
(after she was taken to a hairdresser to cover up the crime)
Gracie made some new friends on Friday night--three sisters, who all had cute little bangs. So Saturday morning, Grace decided that she should have some, as well. lol! She actually didn't do too bad, except for a chunk of hair that is now missing on the right side of her head. But, I'm not complaining! The hairdresser told me that her last little kid "fix" was for a girl who had given herself a reverse mohawk--she had cut a straight line from her forehead all the way to the back of her head. Oh my!
Sweet Gracie, you're beautiful!
(with or without bangs!)
Friday, June 4, 2010
One day, when Adam was about 6 years old, I had gotten out the ironing board to iron some clothes.
"What is that?" Adam asked.
My 6 year old had no idea what an ironing board was.
And there is a very good reason for that.
And here's a little proof.
But, I shouldn't have worried.
Lily was on her own after only a couple of demonstrations.
And I have to say.
Her ironing is MUCH better than mine.
And look at this!
Just a few things left, that need some special care.