Oh, No, There Will Be Losers

  The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Deuteronomy 28:13 One day at work, kids were playing basketball, using street rules. There was no referee to call fouls and keep the game running smoothly and so the game didn’t run smoothly. A co-worker suggested that they just play for fun and that way they wouldn’t have winners and losers. One older boy immediately responded, … Continue reading Oh, No, There Will Be Losers

Happy Hour

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 Once when we were driving to the river for a swim, I caught bits and pieces of a conversation that my son and his friend were having in the back seat.  What I heard went like this: Khris:  When I used to live over here, I would walk there every day for Happy Hour.  Happy Hour was from 2:00 – 5:00. John:  Yeah, I’ve been here for Happy Hour. Khris:  They really have some good drinks here. At this point, I am ready to slam … Continue reading Happy Hour

Could Not Have Been Made Better

“God sat down for a moment when the dog was finished in order to watch it… and to know that it was good… that nothing was lacking… that it could not have been made better” R.M. Rilke His name was Houdini because he could escape anything I put him in. He was one out of a litter of  9 Standard Poodles I had some years ago. I donated him as a puppy to Summit Assistance Dogs to be trained and used as a therapy dog and I was given a clay wall hanging with those words written on them as … Continue reading Could Not Have Been Made Better

Two Feathers

 as far as the east is from the west,     so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 His name is Two Feathers. He has other names that he calls himself, names too ugly to print here and in the course of our 15 minute visit, I heard many repeated several times. I met him at Voodoo Donuts in downtown Portland. I had taken my son John and three of his friends to the neighborhood with small stacks of $2 bills and $1 bills. They were passing them out and when they were done, we stood in line … Continue reading Two Feathers

Life Lessons

And now, the Master, God, sends me and his Spirit     with this Message from God,     your Redeemer, The Holy of Israel: “I am God, your God,     who teaches you how to live right and well.     I show you what to do, where to go. If you had listened all along to what I told you,     your life would have flowed full like a river,     blessings rolling in like waves from the sea. Children and grandchildren are like sand,     your progeny like grains of sand. There would be no end of them,     no danger of losing touch with me Isaiah 48:17 … Continue reading Life Lessons

Do What You Can Captain!

 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life.   Ephesians 6:13  Message Bible Years ago, we had a family reunion at a beach house on Galveston Island.  My nephew and niece were about 6 years old and they were standing looking out over the Gulf of … Continue reading Do What You Can Captain!

How’s Your Appetite?

O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97 I planned what I thought would be a wonderful summer project for the kids I work with – composting with worms.  My great idea was that they could recycle leftovers from their lunches by feeding it to the worms and by summer’s end they would see the beautiful compost the worms made of it. I made two assumptions that proved to be wrong. 1.     Not all kids like to handle worms.  In fact, out of 25 kids, I could only get two or three to … Continue reading How’s Your Appetite?

The Hardness Scale

“I am the Lord. I am the God of all people. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 Some years back in our homeschool journey, we studied Mohs Hardness Scale. This scale is used to identify mineral specimens by comparing their hardness to the ten minerals on the scale. Talc is the least hard with diamonds being the hardest and knife-blades and fingernails and copper pennies and other minerals falling somewhere in between. A scale like this apparently works for mineral identification but it made me realize that I have a tendency to put God’s ability to perform a … Continue reading The Hardness Scale

Extreme Spoons

 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57 A young boy I work with named Anthony was playing Extreme Spoons with a group of kids, mostly older ones.  This game is one I made up by tweaking the card game Spoons.  In this version, the spoons are arranged at the far side of the gym and the kids have to run to get them after discovering that someone has gotten a book of four matching cards.  Ordinarily, the spoons would be set on the table in front of them.  There … Continue reading Extreme Spoons

Nice vs Kind

 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6: 8   A few months back, I watched a nine year old girl where I work pull out some art supplies and paper.  Then she proceeded to draw a picture. This process lasted about two minutes and then she got up, picture in hand, and approached the other kids one at a time. “Do you like my picture?” she asked them.  They nodded yes, or mumbled sure, its nice or told her … Continue reading Nice vs Kind