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Thursday, August 23, 2012


Yesterday I perused pinterest in search of fun things to do/make with toddlers, things that help them learn as well as have fun! Among other things I found an AWESOME play dough recipe that calls for JELL-O. Um, fun! Here's the link, you'll definitely want to do this with your kiddos on a rainy day or any day, really.

Noah and I had a lot of fun playing with our home-made play dough. We made pizza, cookies, a bird, we really enjoyed just squishing it with our hands AND since we used JELL-O (the berry flavor) it smelled really good, not to mention it's a pretty color. I know Noah really enjoyed it because he played with it quietly for a good 30-40 minutes. I'd say that's pretty good. We're definitely going to be making more, maybe even tomorrow. I think we'll make yellow so we can mix some blue with some yellow and make green! 

Here's the link to the recipe again (click the picture):

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wisdom Personified

says noble things,
speaks what is right,
speaks truth.
wickedness is an abomination to her lips,
every word she speaks is righteous.
her instruction is more precious than gold, silver, & jewels.
nothing compares to wisdom.
pride, arrogance, evil, & perverted speech are her POLAR OPPOSITES.
she has counsel, sound wisdom, insight and strength.
she brings riches and honor, enduring wealth and righteousness.
(from Proverbs Chapter 8)

"I [wisdom] love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me." Proverbs 8:17

"For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death." Proverbs 8:35-36

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is insight." Proverbs 9:10

I've been thinking about wisdom in Proverbs lately. The verses seem to say a lot about the words we speak having a great deal of importance and power. According to what it says, a wise person would not speak perversely or utter untruths they would speak life, wisdom, and truth.

 Proverbs 10:11 says "The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life..."  

"The lips of the righteous feed many." Prov. 10:21

"The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near." Prov. 10:14

There are a ton of verses similar to these in Proverbs that share the same ideas about wise/righteous words bringing forth life and blessing while perverse/wicked words bring ruin and death. 

"If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless." James 1:26

James Chapter 3 says a lot about taming the tongue and the importance of it. I wanted to type it all out but I you can just go read it if you want to. 

"With it [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so." James 3:9-11

I am a child of God, a god of love. I am not of this world, I am a new creation and an ambassador for Christ. I want the words that leave my mouth to be representative of who I really am! I want my words to be a fountain of life. I want to build with gold, not hay and sticks that burn away. I want my words to be valuable not worthless as soon as they are spoken. If you're a brother or sister in Christ then you know what a struggle it is to control your mind and tongue. We literally bless God one second with our words and then say something completely ridiculous and uncalled for in the same breath. This really shouldn't be. I'm going to be working on this in my own life; purifying my mind and taming my tongue to be more like wisdom personified in Proverbs. Who's with me?!