Monthly Archives: January 2011

Gayle’s Gable

Last week, we covered chapters 1-4 of C. S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This week, we cast off from the Lone Islands and sail through chapters 5-8. One of the seven missing lords has been found; there are six yet to be discovered. Will we run across more this week? If you missed our discussion of the first four chapters, check out last Friday’s blog. Something major happens this week when one character experiences a turning point. Can you guess which one?

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Gayle’s Gable

Chapter one of C. S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader begins, “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb and he almost deserved it.” Isn’t that great? Don’t we all have that special someone who drives us crazy? Eustace is that kind of someone and it isn’t long before he clashes with Reepicheep. These two go together like peanut butter and pickles, but their relationship is one you should stay tuned to because – well, just wait and see. I love Reepicheep because even though he is a David in size, he is a Goliath in heart. He does not allow his size to limit him and his courage, sense of honor, and warrior spirit earn him the respect of every man on board.

What did you like best from this week’s reading? Did anything surprise you? Are you a Reepicheep in progress? How can you be a leader where you are?

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Cross Training

Here’s your workout for Thursday:

Proverbs 3: 27 says “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” (NIV)

Do you know you can impact others every day? Whether it is giving Mom a hand with the dishes, helping a sibling with homework, or giving the shy kid at school a smile and a hello, you have the power to act for good.  Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:10 that there are “good works which God had prepared in advance for us to do.” I remember when a friend called to say that she had been thinking about me and wanted to know if everything was ok.  I felt encouraged and loved. Think of a time when someone changed your day by doing something good. Share it with us, then pray and ask God what He has in mind for you today.  Let us know what you did for someone else.

Fitness tip: For an exercise that hits lots of muscles at once – try the pushup. Do them during commercials when you are watching TV. Make sure your form doesn’t slip. Keep your back and hips flat like a board. Your elbows should bend at a ninety degree angle. How many can you do?

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Zuno’s Pick

Blueberries for Sal

I think Zuno is dreaming of summer because his choice this week is Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Have you ever gone with your mom to pick fruit? Here in Texas, we pick peaches at Miss Sue’s Henrietta Creek Apple Orchard. (Yes, we pick apples too, but not until the end of summer.) We don’t run into many bears, but the bees and wasps love those sweet peaches as much as we do. Always look before you pick your peach. Tell me your favorite fruit or veggie to pick and if you liked the story.

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Zuno’s Pick

Zuno is my white Labrador retriever and he is one funny dog.  He likes to sleep in my closet which scents all my clothes with Essence of Labrador. Yet, every time I grab a book and settle down to read, he mysteriously appears, jumps up beside me, and makes himself comfortable. I told you he loves to read. Each Wednesday, Zuno will choose a picture book to share with you.  Let him know how you liked it and share your favorites with him. Parents, your comments are welcome.

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Cross Training: Here’s your workout for Tuesday.

Don’t you just love it when Mom or Dad tell you to do something? Not. We don’t like to be told what to do. Do you find yourself thinking that you can’t wait until you are on your own and no one can tell you what to do? Check this out. Continue reading

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Gayle’s Gable: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Since it is fun to see a good movie as well as read a good book, I chose a novel where we could do both.  This month we are reading C. S. Lewis’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader. There are 16 chapters, so let’s read four each week.  This week, tackle chapters 1-4.  Meet me back at the Gable on Friday for some comments and to let me know what you thought. Your assignment today is to tell me your name, age, favorite book and why you love it.  Give me suggestions for our next novel.

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