Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tell the Story

“The highest act of love is the giving of the best gift, and, if necessary, at the greatest cost, to the least deserving. That’s what God did. At the loss of His Son’s life to the totally undeserving, God gave the best gift – the display of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.” [John Piper]

My daughter's just finished a ballet performance in Augusta called "The Roar of Love". It's a beautiful ballet portraying C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe". I never tire of the story as the Lion in Lewis' story gives his life for one of the main characters, Edmund. Of course, I hope I never tire of the overwhelming awesomeness of Jesus' sacrificial death for us either. We usually do a 6 week study before Resurrection Day on the Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ. I was unable to pull it off this year but instead am doing a study this week with the children for our Bible class on the final days before Christ's death. We use one of two books each year. This year we are using "Family Celebrations at Easter". We are also reading "A Miracle in Jerusalem". I haven't read it in 5 years to the children so it's like new again to most of them. It's a great read as we focus on the Resurrection this week. Let's strive to be purposeful in the seeds we plant in our children's hearts. Tell the Story!! "Preach it to the world and to ourselves (Wade Trimmer)."

"Christ the Lord is risen to-day," Sons of men and angels say. Raise your joys and triumphs high; Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply." (Charles Wesley)

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