Quotable Kids

“Dad, do you think I can catch any gummy fish with these gummy worms?” – Joshua.

I told my sons that I was going to show them a link titled, “22 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist.” Caleb immediately suggested, “FRANCE!”

“My armpits smell like mint.” – Joshua

“‘Salvation Army: Doing the most good.’ I’m not sure they are doing the MOST good because I do a lot of good every day. They’re just bragging.” – Joshua after reading a billboard

(Not a quote, but funny) Rather than get up out of the rolling chair and walk eight feet to bring me his writing, Jonathan called Boxer over and tucked the writing in his collar. He then told me to call Boxer over, which I did. I then corrected the writing and tucked it back into Boxer’s collar so that Jonathan could call him back.

Jonathan: “I’m glad I’m a boy.”
Joshua: “Why is that?”
Jonathan: “Well, I don’t have to have babies and Jesus was a boy, so…..”

“The miracle I want to see is that God would write my name in cursive in the sky with lightning.”
-Joshua

“The picture for April (on the calendar) reminds me of Mae (his cousin). Weird.” -Joshua

“You know how rain splatters when it hits the ground? It makes me think the ground is having goosebumps.” -Joshua

“Dad, is there a record for world’s longest eyebrow hair? ‘Cuz mine is pretty long.” -Joshua

After watching a squirrel wait until the very last second to move from our car’s path, Joshua said, “I think that’s like extreme sports for squirrels.”

Joshua was helping me with landscaping and asked what worms do for plants. After I explained that they break down compounds within the soil, etc., I found Joshua slicing a worm with a shovel. “Joshua, why would you do that?” I asked. “Well, they have like seven lives and this way it can do the job faster.”

Joshua: “Dad, are you Dutch?”
Me: “Yes.”
Joshua: “And is mom African American?”
Me: “Yes.”
Joshua: “So what does that make me?”
Jonathan: “Dutch American.”

“We could save a lot of money if we used cars like the Flintstones. Then maybe Michigan could finally get out of debt.” -Joshua

(After several days of rain..)
Jonathan: “God said he wouldn’t flood the earth.”
Me: “You think he changed his mind?”
Jonathan: “Maybe.”

“Dad, I’ve been thinking about getting an eagle.” -Joshua

“Dad, if there was no God, what would be the point of life?” -Jonathan

(Quotes while waiting at the Secretary of State)
1) Joshua: “How long have we been in this death trap?”
2) Jonathan: “If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been starving this month, I’d be rich.”
3) Joshua: “That was scary. I just heard thunder in my stomach.”

10,000 Reasons

*The seed for this began when my youngest son’s class at school put into practice the recording of blessings as explored in Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts. Others had recommended the book after that, and I began to put it into practice. Yet I was also challenged by Matt Redman’s song “10,000 Reasons,” and I decided not to stop at 1,000. Now that I have reached that mark, I want to shift the focus. I want to not only take note of the blessings, but also note a Scripture or a promise of God that is reflected in the blessing. I want to not only hear the echo and see the reflection, but I want to turn and see the source. Pressing on and in.
*All Scripture passages are from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

1030) Sitting still long enough for the birds to come close.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39

1031) Taking the time to exercise.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. I Corinthians 9:24

1032) Gracious colleagues who allow the use of their space.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9

1033) For Sean, who intentionally creates community.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32

1034) Conversations that give me glimpses of universal brokenness.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

1035) Seeing Misael and Anna, new friends and neighbors, pass by on their way home.
To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. Mark 12:33

1036) People who know how to filter information for the greater good.
The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

1037) Learning to let go of “the last word.”
Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near. The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited. Zephaniah 1:7

1038) Watching God create a masterpiece in the sunset.
But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16:2,3

1039) Being introduced to a new song that sounds familiar.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6

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10,000 Reasons

*The seed for this began when my youngest son’s class at school put into practice the recording of blessings as explored in Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts. Others had recommended the book after that, and I began to put it into practice. Yet I was also challenged by Matt Redman’s song “10,000 Reasons,” and I decided not to stop at 1,000. Now that I have reached that mark, I want to shift the focus. I want to not only take note of the blessings, but also note a Scripture or a promise of God that is reflected in the blessing. I want to not only hear the echo and see the reflection, but I want to turn and see the source. Pressing on and in.
*All Scripture passages are from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.

1022) Caleb made me laugh in the morning.
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears of this will laugh with me.” Genesis 21:6

1023) Playing praise songs and singing as I clean up.
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. James 5:13

1024) Meeting and having a conversation with my neighbor Nicole.
And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.‘” Matthew 22:39

1025) Taking the time to rest by saying no to other things.
He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of sabbath rest, a holy sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.'” Exodus 16:23

1026) Receiving a photo of Nancy from Honduras in the mail.
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Matthew 10:42

1027) An invitation to my cousin’s wedding.
“Then he said to those servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.'” Matthew 22:8

1028) Laughing at the advice of Owl on Bambi about “twitterpated.”
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I Corinthians 13:1

1029) Being asked to help a brother.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

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Watch a sunrise, see the Son rise

Should be once a week homework.

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The other morning I watched something that I rarely watch – a sunrise. I had no choice; I was in the front passenger seat of a van heading East. And I watched God paint. It was glorious. I believe in a creative God. If you don’t, look in the mirror this morning – He IS creative. I believe that He has put layers and layers..and layers..of meaning into the world so that we can discover more of Him. Because, like Him, we are creative. And we barely scratch the surface. But as I watched the sunrise (just had a typo and put “sinrise” – that will be a topic another time), I thought of similarities that take place when the sun rises and when the Son, Jesus Christ, rises in our life.

ONLY ONE We do not see more than one sun. You will not find, nor will you need…

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