One of Zuno’s favorite authors is Sandra Boynton. She specializes in board books and some of our favorites are: Doggies (of course!), Barnyard Dance, Blue Hat, Green Hat, and But Not the Hippopotamus.
Monthly Archives: April 2011
My kids love movie trailers. They constantly check the internet for upcoming films and previews. Since Easter is fresh on our minds, I want you to consider Easter a preview of coming attractions. Look up John 11: 21-26. Lazarus has died and this is part of the conversation between his sister Martha and Jesus.
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“I am the resurrection and the life.” This was Jesus’ claim. “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” We view this drama on Good Friday when Jesus died on the cross and gave His spirit up to His Father. Physical death comes to everyone, but for those who know Christ, it is not the end. Sunday is coming.
“Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” For those who have a relationship with Jesus, the spiritual life continues. This scene unfolds Easter morning. Resurrected, Jesus lives and has a new body, too, a preview of coming attractions for us. How will your movie play out?
The American Girls Collection gives insight into various historical periods and teaches great values as well. You may be familiar with classic American Girl characters like Samantha, Felicity, Molly, and Kit who have made their way to the big screen. Even if dolls aren’t your thing (they weren’t mine either), you’ll enjoy the stories.
One favorite place for a quick family getaway is the Wildcatter Ranch. Fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, skeet shooting, archery—this place has it all. A small herd of Longhorn cattle live on the property and you can feed them by hand. The cowboys know each one, both by how they look and by their personalities. Each Longhorn is called by name and the wranglers can tell you which ones are pushy and which will stand back and wait for their snack. These boys know their Longhorns. Jesus says the same thing is true of Himself:
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14, 15(NIV)
So, what kind of terms are you on with the Shepherd? He knows you. How well do you know Him? If things are a little shaky between you, try hanging out with Him more. Talk to Him, read His Word, or sing to Him. Try doing life together instead of only giving Him a minute or two of each day. He’s there for more than just feeding time and His love for you is, well, it’s wider than the spread of a Longhorn’s horns.
Katherine Peterson’s Bridge to Terebithia is a touching story about friendship and bringing out the best in one another. Iron sharpens iron in this unlikely friendship between Jess and Leslie. Have the Kleenex ready. This one tugs at your heart. Boys, don’t be tempted to bypass this one. Check it out and see what you would do if you were in Jess’s shoes, especially his running shoes.