Monthly Archives: August 2011

Zuno’s Pick

Today is bath day and Zuno feels like Alexander in Judith Viorst’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Sympathize with Zuno and Alexander as they experience a tough day because, “some days are like that. Even in Australia.”

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Cross Training

Fix.

Short, sweet, it’s a funny little word.

You can fix something if it’s broken or someone if you’re angry.

You can fix a sandwich (good) or fix a race (bad).

You can fix your hair or fix up your room.

You can find yourself in a fix or be fixin’ to do something.

Flip through your Bible and you’ll find fix there too:

“…fix your thoughts on Jesus,…” Heb. 3:1c (NIV)

“Fix these words of mine (God’s) in your hearts and minds,…” Deut. 11:18a (NIV)

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,…” Heb. 12:2a (NIV)

In these verses, “Fix” means to stick one thing onto another so it stays, like gum on your desk at school or a picture of your best buds tacked on your bulletin board. God wants our thoughts, minds, and eyes glued, or fixed, on Him, His Word, and His Son. But, my spiritual glue stick just ran out. What do I do?

Think of your favorite song. Got it? Do you know all the words? (Of course you do.) Why? (‘Cause you listen to it all the time and you sing it non-stop.) You have fixed your mind on that song and you know it by heart. Music can focus your heart and mind and superglue your thoughts to God, too. Fix yourself to God the same way you do to your favorite song, and you’ll know Him as well. Some songs even come straight from Scripture. What a bonus—glued to God and His Word at the same time. Find a great praise song today and fix your thoughts on Jesus. I’ll be fixin’ with Chris Tomlin and David Crowder. Send me your favorite.

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Gayle’s Gable

Curious, I picked up Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart. The story is ingenious and I loved the premise of the novel. Maggie’s father can read things out of books. How cool is that? Think of what could happen if a character from one of your favorite books appeared in your room. It might be more dangerous than you think.

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Zuno’s Pick

Zuno decided some poetry would be nice for a change. Lunch Money by Carol Diggory Shields is a collection of school themed poems. Chuckle together as you relish how little school has changed.

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Honey. We love the stuff! On biscuits, toast, or peanut butter sandwiches, we can’t get enough of it. King Solomon was big on it too. Check out this verse:

“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16 :24 (NIV)

You know people like this. We love to be around them. Their honey-like words encourage us and make our day brighter.

Now, look at a contrast:

“Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.” Proverbs 21: 19 (NIV)

King Solomon had experience with both deserts and wives. Desert life is not ideal and neither is a crabby wife. Substitute anyone’s name in the wife spot and you get the same result. You’ll get as far away as possible from someone who quarrels and is in a bad mood all the time. Ick! Not honey-like.

So, where do you land? Are you a honey pot type whose words are sweet and pleasant or does your presence send your family and friends to the far side of the desert (or house)? Check yourself. If you are not sure, ask Mom and Dad. Pray about it. God specializes in turning bitter things sweet.

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Gayle’s Gable

I met author Vonda Skelton last year at a writers conference. She is a delightful person and has written a mystery series for early elementary readers. The first novel in the series is Bitsy and the Mystery at Tybee Island. Vonda tells a good tale and fills her stories with solid values and truths.

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Zuno’s Pick

It’s August and school starts soon. Zuno chose Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells. Timothy struggles to measure up to a know-it-all classmate in his first week of school. Frustrated, he is surprised to find a fellow struggler who then becomes a friend.

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