All winter long Elise would ask if she could play in the fountain on our deck even if there was a foot of snow outside. We said that it wasn't working, but finally spring came and we put the fountain up. So parents be aware when you bring your children to our home they will get wet. It seems like the fountain is the favorite place to play at Grandma & Grandpa's. And of course their favorite toy in the fountain is the cups with the hole in the bottom, which immediately drip all over them. Now we could be sensible grandparents and replace their cups with non dripping ones, but isn't that a grandparents job to spoil the grandkids? Just indulge the Grandparents and bring an extra set of clothes for the kids.
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Beth Moore conference. Studying under Beth is like being fed a big steak dinner. There is so much information that it takes a long time to digest. I think I will be feasting on this for a long time. She made seven points that I would like to share from the text of Matthew 16: 24-28.
1. Christ offers us a life we'd trade the world to have. 2. this life cannot be sought. It must be found. 3. This life's biggest stumbling block will be self-preservation. 4. The cost of missing this life is infinetly higher than the cost of living it. 5. In this life, denying ourselves means denying self the right to rob us of God. 6. This life involves giving ourselves up. Not giving up. 7. Whatever we lose to find this life will be incomparably supplanted.
Basically the idea is that we have to give up our life for Christ. "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it." vs 25 I am now praying that this will not just be another conference that I went to and had a great time, but that I will be able to actually put into practice what I learned.
Teach me your way, O LORD and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O LORD my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave. Psalm 86: 11-13