I took Christian out of school one afternoon last week and the five youngers, wait that would be six, went with me to the botanical gardens. Butterflies were the theme.
For four hours we roamed the gardens. Or rather, I tried to keep up with them as they explored. They had so much fun.
Some thoughts from today:
*Our ability to control the circumstances in our life does can not give us peace.
*What are my weaknesses? Know them - be ahead of the ballgame - because those will be the areas where the enemy will attack me.
Repel those attacks with the Word of God.
*Interesting to me that in Luke 4:10-11 where Jesus is being tempted by satan in the wilderness, Jesus replies to his temptations with the Scripture. Then it's like satan catches on and when asking Jesus to jump from the temple, he in turn gives Scripture to tempt Jesus to obey him. But notice, satan when he tempts with Scripture, he twists the truth, pulls out of context, or omits certain parts. . .
Nothing much has changed. I think he still uses Scripture today to try to tempt us - using powerful type personalities to twist the truth, pull out of context and omit so that we follow blindly, thinking, "Well, it is after all Scripture - it must be truth. . ." When it is merely a test to see if we will follow someone other than God - even in the place of God, or let another man's interpretation of Scripture take the place of our own personal study and searching out.
The temptation can come from the enemy in this way: man makes new rule, new things you must do as a christian, teaching a lifestyle possibly? He uses Scripture to back up and persuade. Do we stop and ask what is omitted? Is it taken out of context? Is it twisted so that people will think it is God's will when it is not?
*Robert lost his voice after coaching the older boys double header soccer games yesterday. Exciting games (yes, and it was soccer, I know, possible?), I couldn't even sit, was walking stroller in circles! Today I was reminded how grateful I am that he normally has a voice! Doing all the talking, commanding, etc. around here is not really my thing! I look forward to his voice returning. In the mean time, seems everyone keeps whispering, which really isn't half bad.
*These little self-serve frozen yogurt places coming up all over the place in our area are really great. I've made a tradition now of taking all the kids after school on Wednesdays. We use to have them around when I was a kid out in California. Seemed like they disappeared for a bit, but now have returned, along with fluorescent clothing. I am all for the yogurt returning, but really? Did we really wear fluorescent yellow in the 80's? Little Ked tennis shoes in fluorescent orange?
Just pray the tall hair sprayed bangs never, never return. Only my sister did the solid fluorescent yellow, if I remember right, but we both did the bangs. My mom made us hair spray them outside the back door, which was probably loving because the chemicals could kinda blow away in the wind instead of rest upon our faces and get breathed in and cause brain cancer. When I walk into Target and see all the fluorescent things I think, "Ahhh! But I did that already!"
Then I feel old.
I hear my kids say things like, "Ya know, that was like way back then, in the 1980's when they didn't even know what an iphone was."