This blog was formerly titled "Sentiments and Scrapbooks."

Saturday, February 19, 2011

How to Pray for Your Children (and Grandchildren)

Some years ago I made these notes in my Bible Study folder. Unfortunately, I did not record the source. I have referred to this on several occasions, and I think it’s worth sharing.

How To Pray For Your Children (COPIED)
  • Psalm 63:1; 2 Timothy 3:15--That they will know Christ as Savior early in life
  • Psalm 119:67; 71; 75--That they will be caught when guilty
  • Psalm 97:10-11; Romans 12:9--That they will have a hatred for sin
  • Matthew 6:13; John 17:15; 2 Corinthians 10:5b; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Revelation 12:11--That they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives: spirit, soul and body
  • Esther 10:3; Daniel 6:3--That they will have a responsible attitude in all their personal relationships
  • Proverbs 1:10,11,15; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Proverbs 22:24-25--That they will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong friends
  • That they will respect those in authority over them:
         Parents – Ephesians 6:1-3
         Spiritual leaders – Hebrews 13:17
         Government Officials – Romans 13:1
         Employers – Ephesians 6:5-8
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14-17--That they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one
  • 1 Corinthians 6:18-20--That they, as well as those they marry, will be kept pure until marriage
  • James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:6-9--That they will learn to totally submit to God and actively resist Satan in all circumstances
  • Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 6:33--That they will be single-hearted, willing to be sold out to Jesus Christ
  • Hosea 2:6; Ezekiel 22:30--That they will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or places and that the wrong people cannot find their way to them

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sharida the Beautiful

This was a fun digital page to do, with such a beautiful subject in the photo--my sweet daughter.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dawson's "Valentimes" Day

My littlest grandchild lives on the opposite side of the state, so I don't get to see him as often as I would like. He called to tell me about his box he made at his preschool's Mom's Night (and Mom sent me a pic). Then, his mom sent me photos from his Valentine Party. I LOVE Valentine's Day, and I LOVE Dawson, so it was fun to put together this digital scrapbook page!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love--Seriously

Recently I enjoyed teaching a lesson in Kidz ROC about love—the serious, Christ-like kind of love. We talked about how that kind of love “looks.” Our Bible focus for that lesson was the description of love found in I Corinthians 13, often called The Love Chapter. It presents a challenging picture of what real love is, seriously.

As the children looked up the passage in their Bibles, they were interested to learn that in our wedding, when the photographer wanted to take a picture of our hands on the Bible (my father’s Bible, incidentally--he had performed the marriage ceremony), I realized that picture would be part of my formal records of our wedding, forever. So, I wanted the passage that would be reflected in the picture to be meaningful. I quickly turned to I Corinthians 13. And sure enough, 45 years later, there is the picture to remind me that Christ-like love is at the foundation of our marriage.

We have a special lady in our church who is a wonderful reflection of God’s love. Stef gave us a Valentine gift at church yesterday—a beautiful box of chocolates. The milk and dark chocolate hearts are delicious, but the gift is especially meaningful as the box quotes that ageless verse from I Corinthians:
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Maybe today would be a good day to re-read I Corinthians 13—to better understand about Christ-like LOVE—SERIOUSLY!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Dawson and His "Four-Wheeler"



This event took place last April, when Dawson turned four. I just created the digital scrapbook page today. His party was so cute, and after the party, he wanted to show me how he could ride his "four-wheeler" in his back yard. He is SO CUTE!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

My GranGirl Alyssa

I am blessed with two beautiful granddaughters, both 17 1/2 (I cannot believe they are both young ladies now). Alyssa lives in a different part of the state from me, and I miss her so much!

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Snow Princess GranGirl

Tory and several other youth from RiverOaks Church went sledding at Forest Park in St. Louis. She is SO beautiful! It was fun to do this quick digital layout to display this cute picture.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Completed 2010—YAY!!

2011 albums3
Since “catching up” on all my photos a couple of years ago, and because I have a Hobby Room where I can keep my supplies out all the time, I typically scrapbook  in “real time.” I take A LOT of pictures, as I have a special family, and there are always lots of events that contribute to the affirmation of my scrapbooking hobby!

I just sat down to look through 2010. My goodness, what a beautiful family, and what wonderful memories! In fact, that has become the main reason I love this hobby—it’s not just the process (that I do love), or the product (though I am usually somewhat proud of the completed albums), but it’s the reminders and the memories I have, every single time I look back through an album. And I LOVE that my children and grandchildren seem to enjoy the memory-reminders as well! A warm feeling wells up in my heart when I see them with my scrapbook albums on their laps!

So, now that I’m all caught up and will break from scrapbooking to work on one or two of the other major projects I have in progress, in a few days, I’ll look forward to starting to capture the memories of 2011!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

At Home in the Blizzard of 2011

During the historical weather event referred to as the Blizzard of 2011 (Jan 31-Feb 1), the accumulation varied extremely within the same local vicinity, at least in Missouri. While some of Wentzville received about 6 inches, other parts of Wentzville got 10-12. Where we live, between Wentzville and Troy, we measured 14 inches of snow, on top of about an inch of ice. Russell's attempts to scale the driveway were unsuccessful. Our subdivision owner bladed our drive shortly after this effort.

This page is something I put together with digital scrapbooking software, just for fun--my "regular" albums are not digital!