Looking forward to this summer, I have a to-do list forming:
- Prime and re-paint the old metal patio chairs.
- Paint the basement bathroom.
- Clean the school book shelves and consider parting with some of the less-important selections (such as "Bob the Builder and Colors"). If you've seen our bookshelves you know I'm not into chucking children's books. For better or worse, a childhood experience is to blame here. I loved the book Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter as a child. One of my favorite pastimes was looking at each bear's decorated tree (Swedish painted furniture for this bear, Modern for that bear, Chinese decor here, Medieval look there). My mother got rid of the book after I grew out of picture books and we moved to a different place. When I looked for it as an adult, it was out of print and used copies were selling for about $1,000. When the book was re-released a few years back I bought a copy for each of my daughters. Now I see it is out of print again! And selling for $159.00 as of this posting. Hmm. If you want to borrow ours I suppose we'll need a security deposit!
- Empty kitchen cabinets, clean the shelves.
- Clean some closets, particularly the school closet and the basement storage room.
By the grace of God my daily devotional time is such an ingrained habit that I didn't even need to make plans to be sure I stayed faithful over the summer (after the conclusion of BSF). I'm carrying on with daily reading following the Victory Bible Reading Plan. Actually, since January I haven't used the VBRP each day, but spent several months focusing on Paul's letters as well as the second semester of BSF's Life of Moses in my daily readings. Without BSF, however, I switched back to the reading plan's schedule.
Yesterday in my final 3rd grade Sunday School lesson for the year, I taught the kids about Eric Liddell. As I read about Liddell in preparation, I came across his daily devotional questions:
1. Have I surrendered this new day to God, and will I seek and obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit throughout its hours?
2. What have I specially to thank God for this morning?
3. Is there any sin in my life for which I should seek Christ’s forgiveness and cleansing? Is there any apology or restitution to make?
4. For whom does God want me to pray this morning?
5. What bearing does this morning’s Bible passage have on my life, and what does He want me to do about it?
6. What does God want me to do today and how does He want me to do it?(Found at urbana.org)
I gave each student a copy of these questions to tuck in their Bibles and challenged them to begin reading their Bibles each day and use Eric Liddell's questions to help them worship God. Since my own daughters are in the class, I reminded them this morning of the challenge I gave Sunday. They eagerly ran off for their Bibles and journals and began reading. Sydney is reading Ephesians and Hope chose Job. I sat on the front porch, as I often do on summer mornings, reading my Bible and the girls sat on the step nearby reading theirs. It was so exciting to see Sydney journalling her prayers. Hope chose to bow her head in prayer and later came to me to apologize for something (see #3, above). Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!