Sunday, December 31, 2006

If you are familiar with this book and movie series, then we are indeed kindred spirits! I have successfully hooked my daughter into the world of Avonlea also. I watched the movies starring Megan Follows on PBS as a kid. It is absolutely my favorite movie series (and book series). Here is a short description:

Miss Marilla Cuthbert and Mr. Matthew Cuthbert, elderly siblings who live together at Green Gables in Avonlea, on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt an orphan boy from the asylum as a helper on their farm. Through a series of mishaps, what ends up under their roof is a precocious girl of eleven named Anne Shirley. Anne is bright and quick, eager to please but dissatisfied with her pale countenance, dotted with freckles, and with her long braids of red hair. Being a child of imagination, however, Anne takes much joy in life, and adapts quickly, thriving in the environment of Prince Edward Island.

Ashlynn got the trilogy for Chirstmas. I am so proud that now my she shares my love for this story. She is just as addicted as I was. On Thursday she watched all 12 hours straight through stopping only to eat and stretch. I have to admit that I had to stop in and watch a little myself (even though I practically have it memorized). If you have never seen it GO BUY IT! Or come to my house, I would love an excuse to watch it all again. You won't be disappointed.

New Years Resolutions

This may be the first time in a lot of years that I am really excited about my resolutions. I need a little help. I am going to spend this entire year studying the life of Jesus. I will be mostly reading the four gospels with the intention of reading them like it is the first time. I think that this is a necessary study for me at this time in my spiritual life. If you know of any really great bible studies or books that are also about the life of Jesus please share in the comments.

Looking for the Savior

by Max Lucado

Once there was a man whose life was one of misery. The days were cloudy, and the nights were long. Henry didn’t want to be unhappy, but he was. With the passing of the years, his life had changed. His children were grown. The neighborhood was different. The city seemed harsher.

He was unhappy.

He decided to ask his minister what was wrong.

“Am I unhappy for some sin I have committed?”

“Yes,” the wise pastor replied. “You have sinned.”

“And what might that sin be?”

“Ignorance,” came the reply. “The sin of ignorance. One of your neighbors is the Messiah in disguise, and you have not seen him.”

The old man left the office stunned. “The Messiah is one of my neighbors?” He began to think who it might be.

Tom the butcher? No, he’s too lazy. Mary, my cousin down the street? No, too much pride. Aaron the paperboy? No, too indulgent. The man was confounded. Every person he knew had defects. But one was the Messiah. He began to look for Him.

He began to notice things he hadn’t seen. The grocer often carried sacks to the cars of older ladies. Maybe he is the Messiah. The officer at the corner always had a smile for the kids. Could it be? And the young couple who’d moved next door. How kind they are to their cat. Maybe one of them …

With time he saw things in people he’d never seen. And with time his outlook began to change. The bounce returned to his step. His eyes took on a friendly sparkle. When others spoke he listened. After all, he might be listening to the Messiah. When anyone asked for help, he responded; after all this might be the Messiah needing assistance.

The change of attitude was so significant that someone asked him why he was so happy. “I don’t know,” he answered. “All I know is that things changed when I started looking for God.”

Now, that’s curious. The old man saw Jesus because he didn’t know what he looked like. The people in Jesus’ day missed him because they thought they did.

How are things looking in your neighborhood?

I hope that you see Jesus today!

So that's all from this day in the life of mommysmart!

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