Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
In Wyatt's new bible, it often times refers to Jesus as our Rescuer. He likes that name for Jesus and today I think something clicked in his little head/heart.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals—murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
So this year, we are doing simple Advent. (definition - the coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important)
For us, this coming, arrival, something extremely important is the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
When I say simple Advent, I mean bear bones. simple.
After dinner (or breakfast depending on which meal allows more time) we:
2. Wes reads the verses
3. we sing a carol
as of recently, we've added:
*Our church had a "Birthday Party for Jesus" bash this past Saturday. They had these sweet stickers with all the manger characters. I took a piece of scrapbook paper and some ribbon and hung it on the wall by the dinner table at the boys' level. After each Advent devotion, one of the children places a sticker on the page. So far there is a manger, north star, sheep, donkey and three stars.
It's been slightly chaotic at times as Walker is learning the posture of prayer and makes great attempts to close his eyes, and bow his head, but sometimes he'll sneak a piece of bacon or make a funny face, etc. One night, the children were out of control with making one another laugh and we could not get them to focus on the scripture and Wes closed by praying: "Lord, teach us how to lead this well."
Through all the laughing, the bacon eating, the sweet attempts to have the posture of prayer and mimic the others, this has been a wonderful family devotion theme for us this Christmas. Isn't family devotion time wonderful? And isn't Jesus, our Savior - Emmanuel the greatest?
I just Love Christmas!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
(after Walker and I had completely finished lunch, Walker was down for nap, I was done cleaning up lunch.)
Me: Wyatt, if you don't finish your sandwhich there will be no treat after learning time.
Wyatt: no treat? really?
Me: yes. you are taking too long to finish your sandwhich or not finishing it every day and so this is your consequence.
Wyatt: slowly. finishes. his sandwhich
Wyatt: I finished! See? We were mad. And now we turned to joy!
Me: I wasn't mad, Wyatt.
Wyatt: Yes. And I was too. And now we turned to joy!
Me: No. I was giving you instructions. That's different from being mad.
Wyatt: Yes. And I learned that construction. And now we turned to joy!