Friday, January 30, 2009

Outdoor Hour Challenge #45 Squirrels

We had fun observing this squirrel that often visits our bird feeders. We finally caught him removing the roof to the top feeder. We see him almost everyday out our kitchen window. He likes to retreat to a branch about 15 feet from the ground that sticks out only about 2 feet from the tree. Instead of drawing our squirrel for the nature notebooks, the boys completed a coloring sheet. The boys also loved the videos on Barb's blog. They watched them numerous times and every visitor had to watch them as well! We are very fond of squirrels and enjoy watching them and taking their picture. The two photos below are old, but memorable.

This squirrel has had something happen to his tail. We wondered if maybe he was Squirrel Nutkin, from Beatrix Potter's book by the same name.

This is a very friendly squirrel we encountered at my mother's house. We were able to get very close to him without him being frightened.

One Month Old

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Heirs of the Covenant

Leaving A Legacy Of Faith For The Next Generation

I am reading Heirs of the Covenant, by Susan Hunt and chapter 3 is about the book of the covenant. She begins the chapter with the following:

"The first three questions of The Westminster Shorter Catechism put the issue before us succinctly and clearly:

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

God's Word tells us what we are to believe and how we are to live. It is our rule because it is God's truth-message to us."

A few weeks ago, as I was flipping through my Bible searching for something, a passage in Judges caught my attention. As I read the narrative I was horrified by the story. It was just awful, but it ended with these words;

"In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

It is frightening that this is the very thing many Americans believe they should do. They believe they should do what is right in their own eyes. God have mercy on us. May we turn instead to our King, Jesus Christ, and do what He says is right. And by God's grace may we educate our children in the Scripture that they may not be left to themselves and our culture to find what is right and true.

Ministry to our children is a vital ministry. We must utilize the Scripture to teach them God's covenant of grace, it's privileges and responsibilities.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Glad To Be Back Home

We are so grateful to have a sweet new baby! The big brothers are loving it! And they have so much more energy than I do. :) We have been home a little over a week now and he seems to have put himself on a schedule. He is eating around every 3 hours and sleeping pretty well at night. He is getting up at night, but usually goes right back to sleep after eating. My mom left today, so this next week will be our first week on our own. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for us. Please continue to remember us.