February 1, 2015
Will You Be His Valentine?
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. Proverbs 23:26.
The Lord says to every one of you, “My son, give Me thine heart.” He sees your disorders. He knows that your soul is diseased with sin, and He desires to say to you, “Thy sins are forgiven.” The Great Physician has a remedy for every ill. He understands your case. Whatever may have been your errors, He knows how to deal with them. Will you not trust yourself to Him?
The blessing of God will rest upon every soul that makes a full consecration to Him. When we seek for God with all the heart, we shall find Him. God is in earnest with us, and He wants us to make thorough work for eternity. He has poured out all heaven in one gift, and there is no reason why we should doubt His love. Look to Calvary....
God asks you to give Him your heart. Your powers, your talents, your affections, should all be surrendered to Him, that He may work in you to will and to do of His good pleasure, and fit you for eternal life.
When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to Christ will be the spring of action. Those who feel the constraining love of God, do not ask how little may be given to meet the requirements of God; they do not ask for the lowest standard, but aim at perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With earnest desire they yield all, and manifest an interest proportionate to the value of the object which they seek.
It is the submissive, teachable spirit that God wants. That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is breathed from a loving, obedient heart.
Taken from Our Father Cares, p. 40
Making a Memory - Building Love in Your Family
Susan E. Murray
When I was a little girl, a year was a lifetime. To wait for my next birthday seemed like forever. Even a day was long. Some days I wondered if suppertime would ever arrive!
Although I don't remember much about any particular day or year, I do remember when my grandmother taught me how to "skip." Around and around the house we went. I was skipping at last! Before that I had tried and tried to skip, but it was more like a gallop.
Another memory I have is when she and I searched and searched to find the source of an awful smell in the house. Finally we found it — an egg so well hidden that it wasn't found until long after Easter. We laughed and laughed, and told this story over and over again. I remember when my great-grandmother showed me how she could skin the peel off an apple all in one piece. Then she twirled around and around and tossed it in the air, so I could "get my wish." What fun!
These were just brief moments in ordinary days. But the memories remain with me because someone took time to share themselves in a special way. These events turned an every day happening into my own sense of history — my heritage.
A young father was playing on the windy shore of Lake Michigan with his two children when the contact lens blew out of his eye. He seized that moment to model his faith in God. This father immediately called his children to him, and together they knelt in prayer with the water lapping at their knees. They asked God for help to find the contact lens.
When the contact lens was found at the water's edge as the sunlight caught it just right, they all celebrated again in prayer. What a wonderful memory for this family, a building block of heritage and a demonstration of faith in a caring God.
Yet, we can't count on special moments that make good memories "just happening." We need to also plan for making memories and celebrating as a family. Beliefs in family values are passed on in the ways we celebrate family traditions. At different times, as our families grow, we must decide if we want to change the ways we do things or keep things the same. Traditions are important ways that we express our beliefs to our children. Traditions give children a sense that they are connected, a foundation. Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson have collected many ideas for building family traditions and together- ness in their book, Let's Make a Memory.
Recently a father said to me: "I wish I had been more intentional about using the
`moment' to teach my children. I wish I had paid more attention to what was really going on." I invite you to think about how you are using the moments to instill your beliefs and values in your children's thinking. Will they remember when you took time to skip around the house, when you took time to play outside, when you openly shared a story about your fear, when you apologized for saying something hurtful or for not noticing your child's efforts? Will they remember when you just listened without giving solutions or advice, when you knelt down together and prayed for God's leading or protection? Will they remember your stopping and taking their little face in your hands, saying, "I love you so very, very much."
When we remember special moments and things that meant a lot to us as children, it can give us, as adults, insights into what may be important to our own children. As you recall some of your own special childhood memories, share these with your children and pass on some family history to them at the same time.
We are challenged in Deuteronomy 6:7 to teach our children diligently, to talk of God's love and laws when we are in our homes, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up. Our children will remember the moments, not necessarily the days or the years. Children need us to share our lives, our moments, in significant ways with them. So take the time to make a memory today.
Hot Lunch Wednesday - "Chicken" Noodle Soup
13th Street Church Visit - February 20, 2016
Students, how are your order forms coming? Remember, the student who sells the most fruit will receive a gift card to Meijer! Thank you for supporting Christian education!
We Are Learning
Weekly Memory Verses
Grades 5-8: Matthew 28:19, 20 (Scripture Squares).
Grades 5-8 may learn their verse from the KJV, NKJV, or NLT. They may be asked to write their memory verses for the Friday test.
Topics and Themes
- Bible: Please see sheet (1-4); The Healthy Christian (5-8)
- Mathematics: For current topics and practice materials, please use links below.
- Spelling: See sheet (1-4); Word Study Contracts and Spelling City (5-8)
- Reading: Comprehension and fluency strategies are learned and practiced as we read Charlie Horse (1-2), Summer of the Sharks (3-4), Door in the Wall (5-6) and Eric Liddell (7-8). We extend our usage of these skills during our independent reading time.
- Writing/Grammar: Newsletter & Multigenre Research Paper (5-8)
- Social Studies: A New Nation - Beginnings (5-8)
- Science: Physical Science (Electricity, Magnetism, Simple Machines)
Skiing/Snowboarding at Caberfae
Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 2:30-8pm
1 Caberfae Lane
No School - Presidents' Day
Monday, Feb. 15th, 8:30-10:30am
202 North Carmel Street
Northview School Board Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 6:15pm
202 North Carmel Street
Homeschool Outdoor Education
Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 12am to Thursday, Feb. 18th, 12am
2590 Camp Au Sable Road
HOMESCHOOL OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Will be held February 16-18, 2016 at Camp Au Sable. This is the last homeschool session for this school year. For more information, visit the Michigan Conference's web home page.