Friday, January 15, 2010

Full Friday

Friday is going to be full...full of school, full of baking, full of sewing...full. Son#1 will finish his Semester Assessments today. Yeah! It takes a lot of preparation and studying to take these assessments. I know he'll be glad to mark them off his list. :o) I must bake a little treat for our bus driver this morning. Have I mentioned this before?

Every Friday, since the beginning of the school year, I give a little treat to our bus driver. I'm so appreciative that there is someone who diligently takes care and ensures my babies arrive home safely every day. It's just a little token...maybe a half-dozen cookies, a couple of cupcakes. Sometimes I give him a giant Hershey bar. It's my way of letting him know how grateful I am. Have you thanked someone who provides a service to you? Do it. Today. Smile and say, "Thank you. You've made my life easier, and I appreciate you." You'll feel good extending gratitude.

Okay. So I need to bake a little treat. I'm thinking Snickerdoodles today. I'm tired of Chocolate Chip cookies this week. Then again, I may whip up some cupcakes. Not sure just yet. I

I also need to finish this sewing project of doll clothes. I had every intention of working on them last night. I tucked everyone in, and LittleGirl wanted some cuddle time. How can you say, 'no' to snuggling up with a lovable creature? I can't. Cuddle time turned into Larri-fell-asleep-before-8:30-last-night-and-didn't-awake-until-4am. Oh well. Guess I needed the rest. So, I will finish the doll clothes between Son#1's schooling and baking. And oh, I'm reading/doing activities with LittleGirl's class today too. Whew! It's going to be a busy, busy full Friday! :o)

Just have one little thought left to share...I was reading this AM, and this verse jumped out at me:  "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."

That's from Matthew 10:34, and that's Jesus speaking. Wow! I don't think I've ever really pondered this verse in detail. I think I usually associate Jesus with peace. Do you? After reading on, I realize, He came to fight! He came to fight for our eternity. He loves you and me so much, he brought His sword of Truth. His message brings not peace, but turmoil to those who do not believe. You are not assured that life will be easy once we take the step towards faith in Christ. That's difficult to understand, isn't it? Life isn't going to be easy-peasy just because you accept Christ. I think that's a common misconception, because I'd rather think that my life is going to get easier. Nope. That's when the 'war' really begins. It's not going to be an easier life...it's going to be a better life. I encourage you to go and read this chapter of Matthew. It's very interesting and thought-provoking. I especially like reading different translations of it. Here's The Message version: 

34-37"Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don't deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don't deserve me.

If you want to continue reading, follow one of these links:  Matthew 10...The Message Translation  or Matthew 10...NIV Translation  It's a good read! Happy Friday!

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