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Breeding Ground

“Pride only breeds quarrels, “ (Proverbs 13:10a NIV)

My friend, Lisa, recently fostered a mama dog and her litter of puppies. Furry little bodies needing to nurse. Frequently. Razor sharp teeth on search and destroy missions. Wagging little bottoms leaving smelly surprises. Babies of any kind demand time, attention, and energy.

So do quarrels.

Look at how they begin. Not with AKC champions like Faith, Hope, and Love, but with Pride. And what happens when two prides collide? We get a litter of quarrels: Arguing, Bickering, Squabbling, Faultfinding, Feuding, Fighting, and Wrangling.

Give me the puppies any day.

Quarrels nip at us wit their sharp puppy teeth. They leave all kinds of messes, and then–they grow up. Distance. Unresolved hurts. Broken relationships. Estrangements. Not so cute, are they? So, what’s the solution?

Breed champions: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control. You’ll have a litter and a life worth keeping.

What is taking care of a new puppy, kitten, or baby like?

In what ways are quarrels demanding?

How does pride lead to quarrels?

How do you resolve a quarrel?

Which is easier: to deal with pride and avoid an argument or to deal with the argument?

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There’s No Fixin’ Stupid

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1 NIV)

Did that really say stupid?

Yep. Jumped out at me too.

“ . . . he who hates correction is stupid.”

I’ve been there a thousand times when my own dear children have chosen not to heed the words of their wiser mother. As Lonnie my fence guy says, “There’s no fixin’ stupid.”

But honestly, I’m not wild about correction myself, and I can’t say I love discipline. I suppose the difference is in what you do with the two. While I wouldn’t use love to describe my feelings for discipline, I see its necessity and its benefits. So I buckle down and do the hard stuff. (Usually.)

And although correction is not my favorite thing to receive, receive it I do. I examine the information, check its validity, then see how it needs to be applied.

I’m fixin’ things: allowing God to make changes—more of Him and less of me.

Because, to refuse His loving correction is just plain stupid. And there’s no fixin’ that.

What’s the most stupid thing you’ve ever seen?

How well do you receive correction?

What’s the best way to offer correction? What should be the motivation behind the offer?

Has God brought to your attention an area of correction you’ve ignored? What’s the deal?

In what area are you well-disciplined? How can you as a family help each other with your weaknesses by using your strengths?

(Fence guy Lonnie’s info on request.)

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Gayle’s Gable

Here are some recent reads:

Brotherband Chronicles: Book 3 The Hunters by John Flanagan

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis

Frindle by Andrew Clements

The 39 Clues: Book 11 Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Langis, Gordan Korman, Jude Watson

The Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clement

The GOD Interviews: Questions You Would Ask; Answers God Gives by Julie-Allyson Ieron (She is my writing mentor. Excellent book.)

Service by Marcus Luttrell

Currently reading:

Everything by Mary DeMuth

Operation Typhoon Shore by Joshua Mowll

Down Range by Dick Couch

What are you reading?

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A Tweak In Perspective

“A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” (Proverbs 31: 10-12 NIV)

Sometimes, I forget.

Sometimes, I forget that I am his helpmate, not he mine.

Sometimes, I forget the things he values, ‘cause I’m thinking about what I want.

Sometimes, I forget marriage is a daily thing, when the demands of the kids seem to drown his out.

Sometimes, I forget.

But, sometimes, I remember.

And when I remember, the busyness stops, and it is just us.

And it is good.

What does your husband value? (Husbands, speak up.)

What are you bringing him? Good or harm? Indifference?

Does your work help or hinder your marriage?

How are you training your children regarding their roles in marriage?

What is your children’s perception of your marriage?

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Zuno’s Pick

gayle_dogHere are some of Zuno’s favorites for February:

Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino (Fun story!)

Laundry Day by Maurie J. Manning (Interesting look at different cultures)

The Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy Illus. by Steven Kellogg (You gotta love Kellogg!)

Happy Valentine’s Day Dolores by Barbara Samuels (Funny sister story)

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw Illus. by Eugene Yelchin (Very creative)

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual) by Doreen Cronin and Laura Cornell (Laugh out loud funny)

The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell (Sweet, good for manners)

I’m Not Sleepy by Jonathan Allen (Sweet)

Snow Bear by Jean Craighead George Paintings by Wendell Minor (Blueberries for Sal in the Arctic)

Auntee Edna by Ethel Footman Smothers Illus. by Wil Clay (Good family story)

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen (Very sweet)

The Valentine Bears by Eve bunting Pictures by Jan Brett (Great for Valentines)

What are your favorite February stories?

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First Light

“The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter until the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4: 18 NIV)

Sometimes I run early in the morning. The stars and bunny rabbits are out. Most of the neighborhood is not. Silence blankets the subdivision and I have the world to myself. My feet pound the sidewalk, dodging sprinklers, and my eyes scan for the moon, the constellations, and the ever-present airplanes. I love watching the sky shift from pitch black to a myriad of colors. It never gets old.

Solomon likens the path of the righteous to the sunrise. As I ponder his words, I wonder:

Does he mean the way is dark, initially, but growth enlightens the path?

Is he saying, with growth, the differences between the things of God and the things of darkness become crystal clear?

Is he referring to a change from head knowledge to heart knowledge?

One thing I do know. When I start the day with Jesus, choosing His agenda over mine, the way becomes clear. The colors of His companionship light the sky as we walk the day’s path together.

Describe the best sunrise you’ve ever seen.

When you began your relationship with Christ, was the path clear?

When does the path get lost, and the lines between right and wrong get fuzzy?

How do you know what to do?

Has the path of righteousness changed for you?

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