Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
As I was praying last night and thanking God for my blessings, I wanted the Spirit to speak to me through His Word.  I had been sick and watched alot of movies on Netflicks.  My mind had been bombarded with things of this world.  Some of the things I had been watching left me with a sense of hopelessness.    I opened my Bible and turned to Colossians  which gave me a mental picture of  Christians who are in union with Jesus having roots deeply planted in Him.  The overflow of being in Christ is thanksgiving.  The warning from Paul was to be built up in Him, not to follow men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual.

We celebrate Thanksgiving because the pilgrims chose to give thanks to God even when over half of their friends and family members had died in the first winter.  They knew their focus was on Jesus, the author of their faith.  Every good thing comes from God.  The harvest came and gave  food to sustain their bodies for the next winter.  The Pilgrims had roots deeply planted in Christ.  The overflow of being in Jesus gave us our first Thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-10  Amplified version

6 As you have therefore received Christ, (even) Jesus the Lord, (so) walk (regulate your lives and conduct yourselves) in union with and conformity to Him.

7 Have the roots  (of your being) firmly and deeply planted  (in Him, fixed and founded in Him), being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.

8 See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding (the teachings of
of) Christ (the Messiah).

9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form (giving complete expression of the divine nature).

10 And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life  (in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- and reach full spiritual stature].  And He is the head of all rule and authority {of every angelic principality and power}. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Farmers Market Produce is now on Nook Barnes and Noble

Farmers Market Produce by Sandra Kent  is now being sold at Barnes and Noble.
Buy a great holiday gift for the beginning reader in your life.

Children will travel to the Dallas Farmers Market and sample fresh fruit and vegetables bought from local farms.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Traditions

My mom will be turning ninety-one in December.  It is tradition to have Thanksgiving Dinner at my mom's home.  It is a little more difficult for her to walk now but she insists for everyone to still come over.

"The boys like to come over to Grandmas," she explained.  "I may not be able to have them much longer."

We sat the table together in preparation for the big day.  First the decision of the perfect tablecloth was made with lace edged on the sides.  The gold plated dishes came out from the top shelf of the cupboard, used for special occasions. I carefully brought out the Thanksgiving Turkeys tucked away in her secret closet of goodies.  A tree of golden leaves was placed in the middle to match the gold on the ridge of the porcelain china.

The carefully prepared table gave my mom a visual of hope and love as she walked around her home  assisted with a walker.  Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks to God for your loved ones.  It will be an extra special Thanksgiving because my precious mom is still here with us.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pumpkin Characters

Classes  decorated pumpkins to show characters from  favorite books.  Red pipe cleaners represented curly hair.  Little Red Riding Hood wanted to bring goodies to her grandma but was met with a wolf in the deep dark woods.  Arthur always teaches a lesson children can understand.  Children's literature takes children on magical journeys creating images in their mind.  Classic stories have been passed down from generation to generation.  My favorite childhood book was the Story of Peter Rabbit.   My grandmother read me the book as I sat on her lap.  As her voice read the exciting adventure of Peter I knew stories were important.  They teach lessons, reveal characters we can relate to, and keep our interest as we want to know more.  As we celebrate National Author's Day November first its a time to say thank you to the people who bring us American Classics.