It was the second full week of Kindergarten and Porter (my 6-year-old little boy) and I were still adjusting, me more than him. He wanted to be independent and be a “Big Boy” so he was starting to walk into the school building by himself, walk to breakfast and then his classroom all on his own. Now I can logically sit here and tell you that this is a wonderful thing and that this is the goal in parenting, to raise an independent well-mannered child.
Alex Hayes is like most teenagers. She loves Halloween, and wants to enjoy the day with her friends. However, Alex has a rare genetic disorder that confines her to a wheelchair for mobility. Her situation makes it difficult to wear a costume for Halloween.
After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tibe′ri-as. And a multitude followed him, because they saw the signs which he did on those who were diseased. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a multitude was coming to him, Jesus said to Philip, “How are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” This he said to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[a] would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what are they among so many?” Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From whence does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved,
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade
on your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and for evermore.
Running a cross country race is a significant event. Runners train and prepare, long in advance, for the 3.1 mile run. When the day of the race arrives, the runners take their place in line with many other runners. Sometimes there are close to 100 runners in a race. When the starter pistol is fired each runner leaps into action, fighting for their place along the trail. Although cross country is, in part, a team sport, when the race begins each runner is running for themselves, striving to do their personal best.
It is most exciting season of the year. No, not pumpkin spice season…Football Season! The bright lights, the sound of the band, the roar of the crowd, and the thrill of game is something that I have enjoyed since I can remember. I love the hard hits, the well-executed plays, the joy of seeing my team win (I hope) and so much more that accompanies the game on the gridiron.
While reading this verse I thought of the proverbial concept of missions: “We can bless the lives of Haitians or children in Ethiopia or some other far away land.” While these works are important, I’m afraid we sometimes forget that we can have the greatest impact on the people God has put in our lives every day. When we reach out to the widow across the street, the child in our church who has no father, the lonely person sitting near us in church, or a member of our family, we are sharing God’s love!
You never know how your actions can make a positive difference in another’s life. When we act out of kindness towards one another, we can encourage others and share God’s love with the world.
Every weekday morning Aimee and I get our girls ready for the school day. We make breakfast so that they go to school with full bellies. We make lunches so that they are fed in the middle of the day. Backpacks are prepared. Teeth and hair are brushed. We take them to school. Many students around Oklahoma have the same morning experience. However, many other students fail to receive the same level of care.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.