Sunday, March 28, 2010

Teddy's Button-A Wonderful Example To Me

I am amazed at the wonderful weaving of words that express the beautiful salvation offered by God to young Teddy. Sometimes in life, we have books that can offer us the reminder of our own salvation in Jesus. When Teddy was saved, he wanted to share Jesus, his Captain, to all those who would come across his path. Even his enemies! Funny how those events can be a reminder to us as we walk through our lives. I hope everyone who has had a chance to read the book or read the Q & A on the forum would be encouraged in the same way.

I found myself in a similar situation after completing the chapter where Teddy shares the gospel with a man and the man decides to reject Teddy and decline his invitation to tea. Some of you know, I have returned to the work force for a season to help my family financially. One Friday, not long ago, I gave a new friend at work some very strong views about the roles of a wife and mother. They were not mine views, but Gods. I was sure that these views would need to be discussed when this worker would return to work on Monday. I asked him and his wife to read the article I had written regarding this precious area of life and I prayed for them throughout the weekend.

I was initially meet with silence when I arrived at work Monday morning. That was not the norm. I went to my office and sat at my desk in prayer. I asked God to use me, even if that would be to add some persecution to my morning coffee. I figured I was among unbelievers and would expect nothing less from any further attempt at a discussion.

After a half an hour, this gentlemen walked into my office and unloaded the most wonderful string of events between him and his wife. The great talks, the friendship and the commitment to be more regular church goers. I could not believe this was the discussion I was having. God was at work that weekend in their lives. I am grateful to the encouragement I was receiving from a simple book about a boy who Jesus enlisted into His precious army. Now Teddy and I were hanging our banner of Love over all those that cross our path!

Join me!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Teddy's Button Forum-Chapter 1

Today was the first day of the Christian Kid's Book Club hosted by Faithbooksforchildren.com I had never run a forum before. It works really well. We covered Chapter 1 questions posted on the website. Later this afternoon I will have Chapter 2 questions for next Saturday, March 27th.

I know it was the first day. I heard crickets. No one came until up popped Mercyfor2. The Lord is so good. It was my sweet daughter Emma. She couldn't bare to leave me hanging. She answered all the questions as I posted them.

I smiled the whole time. I loved how she had her little lap top open on the bed. Beside her, the Bible and Proverbs for Parenting laid open. The sound of pages turning filled the silence while I waited for her response. Such a blessing to see her seeking, learning and loving the word of God.

Feel free to read our experience this morning at kidsforum.faithbooksforchildren.com

I especially liked question #4.

We will meet next week for Chapter 2 questions. You will need to sign up on our ad free forum to participate next week.

Blessings,

Kimberlee

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I was Wrong!

Sometimes I don't want to read something to find out if it is worth my time. I trust certain sources and that's it. I drove across the country this last week with my children and a young lady who will be assisting me for the next three months. She brought along the unabridged version of Elsie Girlhood. I had years ago asked folks about these books. I went on line and read some reviews. Some were very negative. I just thought...I don't want to waste my time if it wasn't going to be a great example for me and my children.

Well, the young lady, Claudia, slipped in the live audio reading of the book. For the next eight hours and two states later, I learned so much from this little girl's life. How she kept entrusting herself to the Lord under hard circumstances. She over looked a transgression against her with out a hint of ranker. She wasn't perfect, but when she failed she wept at her sinful heart's desire. She plead with her Savior to remove the thoughts that would creep into her thinking. Bible verses would flood her mind which she would readily embrace their wisdom.

I want to share this series with everyone. It was great to listen to it as a family. Some of the children Elsie was surrounded by gave us memorable examples of what not to be like. We bad behavior or wrong thinking entered in, we would gentle mention the motives of someone in the story. Finding ourselves to be more like an Enna then an Elsie! They understood immediately what we were talking about. Characters shape our imagination and bring images that have a long lasting lesson embedded in them.

You can listen to a couple of chapters a night. Turn off some lights, grab tea or hot chocolate and listen to the tender words of Elsie's life.

Great for a road trip. When I would take out a disc that was done, the backseat clamored "Elsie, Elsie, Elsie!" Knowing we were learning Godly living and could apply it to our hearts, I was thrilled to put another one in immediately.