Sunday, August 14, 2011

Back to School


The boys went back to school last Wednesday…


Son2 is now a Senior…


He said it was his last first day back to school…


Son3 is a Fifth Grader…


He said he was too tired to smile, not used to getting up early after summer…


He joined football on the first day of school…

On this day, God wants you to know

... that God accepts even the smallest offerings of your devotion with great love. The size of your offering does not matter to God. It is the attitude with which the offering is made that matters.

On this day, God wants you to know

... that God is crazy about you. God sends you fresh flowers every spring, a breathtaking sunrise every morning. If God had a wallet, your picture would be in it. If God has a refrigerator, your childhood scribbles would be on it.

On this day, God wants you to know

... that God loves in you even that which you dislike. God doesn't partition you into pieces and loves some and not loves others. That's what people do. That's what you do. God, who created you, accepts and loves every little part of you, even those you deny and hate in yourself. So next time you try to dislike a part of you, just pause, look and remember that God loves it.

On this day, God wants you to know

We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. Lighten up and play. Remember, you are God's child, so it's ok to be silly, be curious, be fun.

On this day, God wants you to know

... that the way you treat others is the way you treat yourself. True respect for another comes from self respect. True love for another comes from self love. True forgiveness for another comes from self forgiveness.

On this day, God wants you to know

... that to worship God you must go beyond words to speak with your heart. You can mouth the words of a prayer all day long and just waste your time, unless you also speak with your heart. And to speak with your heart means to embody first. If you pray for love, be loving. If you pray for wealth, be generous. If you pray for health, practice health yourself. What is your favorite prayer? How can you begin to embody it?

On this day, God wants you to know

... that everyone mistakes the limits of their vision for the limits of the world. Have compassion for others when they cannot see what is obvious to you. Have compassion for yourself when you realize that you can see only a small part of God's vision for the world.

Happy Journaling…


That corgi :) said...

fine looking young men you have Linda!! Can't believe senior year already!! Good luck to son2; it is the year of "lasts" last first day of school, last back to school night, last football season, last report cards, etc. But an exciting year! How fun for son1 in football; I'm sure lots of adventure lies ahead with that! Wishing them both (and you too) a successful school year!


Lisa said...

NO WAY! I have watched your sons grow up right before me. I can not believe son2 is a Senior. CRAZY!

Enjoy the new school year.
LOVE ya.

Connie Higginbotham said...

Love son 3's shirt. School hasn't started here yet but the boys are already complaing because their mom is getting them used to getting up early and going to bed early,lol