Trying to raise my kids the best I can

Sunday, November 05, 2006

A smorgasborg

Lot's of little stuff to share with you. First a funny joke from my pastor (Answer at the end of post).
Q. How do you make God laugh?

I saw the most adorable thing in church today. There was this beyond-cute lily-white three year old girl who was cradling in her arm her little black doll. What a beautiful spirit of love for all people her parents are instilling in her.

I've never shared my theory with you, of who the anti-Chirst will be. In Revolation 13:18 it says "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." So my theory is that if you add up the first three digits of his Social Security number it will be 6. Then add the next two numbers and you'll get 6 and then add the last four numbers and you'll get 6.

Yesterday I had a good day. I got CPR certified on the "Health Care Provider" level which makes me so proud 'cuz, yeah, that's what I am (soon anyway), a HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.

I also went to the chiropractor for the first time (minor ailments) and he said that I have very big hips and asked how my births were and I told him that my last baby was 10 lbs 4 ounces and he said that I probably wouldn't have been able to give birth to a baby that big if I didn't have hips like that. And I said "You mean I have good birthing hips?" And he said yes. And I told him he made my week. And he did.

My son's state test scores came back and it was a wake up call for me. When I first brought him to the public school, remember I was giving the teacher a hard time because I thought the math curriculum was crap?
Well I grew complacent and I let her teach him that crap for the past year and a half and guess what? His math scores, as well as the ENTIRE SCHOOL'S test scores really SUCKED. (In the "Need Improvement" catagory). So, like I said, that's a wake up call. I was right from the beginning and I need to get back on that. I need to teach him myself. Or something. I'm not exactly sure what.

I had an idea that I think would improve American churches. Most churches these days are involved in countless ministries and charities and there is always this collection or that one. But so much of it goes "Out" into the community and the REAL church community is neglected. I mean, church goers themselves have real needs and problems that need to be addressed. A great example of this was years ago when my church did a "project angel tree" where gifts were collected for children of prisoners. My husband was in prison at the time and I kept thinking "No one is giving a gift to my children". It just seemed like shallow Christianity. You give just to make yourself feel better but not actually try to address the needs of your neighbor sitting in the pew next to you. So my idea is that instead of countless ministries, the church just keeps a running list of needs for SPECIFIC People inside and outside the church. Here is what I envision the list looking like:

Someone in our congregation needs two coats for children, sizes 9 and 4
A single mom in our congregation needs an occasional volunteer babysitter to relieve her for errands
Someone outside of our congregation is looking for a cheap or free place to stay
Someone in our congregation needs a ride to the doctor every Wednesday.
Someone outside of the congregation needs some meals delivered during a temporary family crisis.

So you see, this would open up so much more opportunities for serving people, instead of the shallow giving that most American churches engage in. Just my two cents.

A. Tell Him your plan.

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  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Ben Meyer said…

    So my theory is that if you add up the first three digits of his Social Security number it will be 6. Then add the next three numbers and you'll get 6 and then add the last four numbers and you'll get 6.

    What if he doesn't have a SSN or is not american, say like most people?

  • At 9:10 AM, Blogger Deena said…

    Good point. I thought of that too. Maybe someday there will be a universal number or worldwide number equivalent to the Social Security number. Who knows.

  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger Beth said…

    I agree! I think that last part about the church would be great and should be done! Imagine the differences they could make (and the people they could bring back to church!! ;D)


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