Remember back in early November '08, when I was so thrilled that Lane had made the leap from painfully sounding out words to reading sentences? Since then he's made steady progress. Yesterday morning he was working on his Bible Study Fellowship lesson and watching him I realized how far he has come this year. Usually I need to read the Bible passages to Lane and help him read his BSF questions and compose an answer. Yesterday Lane was well into Deuteronomy 27, reading it aloud to himself, before I even knew he was working on his BSF! Long about verse 12 he needed some help with the names.
Hope and Sydney have both finished their AWANA T&T Book One. Last night they were able to spend their "AWANA bucks" at the AWANA store. (AWANA bucks are earned all year for saying verses, attendance, game time, etc.) They both made wise choices at the "store" and took my advice to steer clear of the candy table ("Why waste your money on something that you got for free on Easter?"). Best of all, Sydney proudly showed me the Bible that she bought with her bucks. We have Bibles already, of course, but Sydney found a pretty one and bought it. She is reading it this morning as a prized possession. I know she treasures not just the pretty blue and brown cover, but the words inside which are God's. And that makes Mr. Edwards and I exceedingly glad.
Sydney and Hope bike over to Grandma's house most afternoons to read their literature, but I was surprised last night when Hope asked me, "Mom, this summer can we bike down to Grandma's to read the Bible since we won't have literature [assignments]?"
Her question reminds me of Jesus' promise to give us what we ask for in His Name and to give us the desires of our heart when we delight in Him.
Of course you may bike down to Grandma's this summer to read your Bible with her!
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
2 Timothy 1: 8-10 (ESV)