Monthly Archives: July 2011

Zuno’s Pick

Zuno saw a bunny in the park when we ran today and he has chosen The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Hug your little bunnies tight and reassure them that, like Mother Bunny, you would go to the ends of the earth just for them.

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What’s in Your Closet?

T-shirts, Under-Armour, designer jeans, sneakers, or flip-flops, clothes tell you a lot about a person. Are they an athlete or a fashion diva? What is their favorite color? Is everything new or do they have a favorite pair of jeans that are older than their little sister?

Just as our closets reflects our likes, dislikes, and our personality, our spiritual closet reflects the state of our heart. Let’s look at Colossians 3: 12 (NIV):

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Look at how Paul, author of Colossians, sets this up. If you are a Christ-follower, your heart condition is this: chosen by God, holy, and dearly loved. Your spiritual closet should reflect your heart condition and should have the following items: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

So what are you wearing these days? If you’re not sure, ask your parents and your close friends about your wardrobe. Are you sporting the Converse of Compassion or a knock off brand of no mercy? Are you wearing the cool tones of humility or the loud neon colors of pride? Are your Cool-Max socks of kindness keeping you blister-free or are you calloused from the cotton socks of put-downs? Is a spirit of gentleness among your accessories or are you accenting with a bad attitude? Talk to God about any wardrobe changes you might need to make. You’ll find His designs are a perfect fit.

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Gayle’s Gable

J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hobbit is Bilbo’s story and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Gandalf chooses Bilbo to complete a party of dwarves, making their number 14 and not the unlucky 13, as they head for the Lonely Mountain to face the dragon, Smaug. Along the way, Bilbo encounters a gruesome creature and finds a mysterious ring.

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Zuno’s Pick

Zuno is ready for a summer vacation and he wants to go to Japan with Yoko. Join Zuno in reading Yoko’s Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells. Try some origami for a new summer activity. Zuno likes the origami frogs that really hop.

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In Heaven, Praise is 24/7

Pop? Rap? Contemporary Christian? Where does your radio dial sit? In my family, depending on whose car you are in, the radio dial turns from sports to light rock to talk radio to Christian praise music. I think if God had a radio, He’d tune into praise and worship. Check out these verses from Revelation 4:

“In the center, around the throne (God’s), were four living creatures,… Day and night they never stop saying:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.’

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

‘ You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.’ “

Revelation 4: 6b, 8b-11 (NIV)

Chapter 4 in Revelation describes God’s throne room in heaven. It’s filled with tons of cool stuff like God, His throne, the Holy Spirit, the twenty-four elders, and the living creatures with loads of eyes and wings, but what I really like is the praise—non-stop, 24/7. Look at verse 8 again:

“Day and night they never stop saying,…”

Never. When you’re at the pool, they’re praising Him. When you’re eating snow cones, they’re praising him. When you’re sleeping in, they’re praising Him. They never stop. Take some time today to join them. God is worthy.

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Gayle’s Gable

Gregor the Overlander is the first book in Suzanne Collins’s The Underland Chronicles. Less edgy than her more recent The Hunger Games, The Underland Chronicles also look at the subjects of war, peace, and how to get along. These novels are suited for elementary school aged readers. The Hunger Games series is more appropriate for late elementary to middle school students.

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Zuno’s Pick

Zuno’s pick is Gene Zion’s Harry and the Lady Next Door. Harry’s next door neighbor sings opera. She sings high and she sings loud. What’s a dog to do? What would you do?

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