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The Thankful Box November 21, 2010

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:34 pm

“It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord!”  That verse from Psalm 92:1 is appropriate for this time of year with Thanksgiving making its quick approach, but it is also a great verse for every day of the year!  We have so much to be thankful for!  God is totally awesome!!

To drive this point home and to encourage my children to think of even the small things to be thankful for, I made a Thankful Box when Lindsay and Logan were really little.  It’s just a simple shoe box covered in paper.  Each Thanksgiving we pull it out and write down things we are thankful for on pieces of paper.  At the dinner table, we read them out loud and try to guess who wrote (or thought) of each one.  We’ve laughed at some of the funnier ones:  coffee, flannel sheets, cinnamon rolls, and  e-mail.  Then I’ve cherished the ones in my children’s handwriting like “home sweet home,” “colors,” “mommy,” “daddy,” and “when mom helps me not cry.”  Wow!  The things you can learn about what your children are thinking through a Thankful Box!

Of course, the most important One we are thankful for is Jesus!  He left the perfectness of Heaven to come to the sinfulness of the world to die on the cross and rescue us from our sins!  How thankful I am!  That is something I can praise Him for every day of the year!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Silence is Golden November 16, 2010

Filed under: Devotions — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:46 pm

God spoke to me this morning through Job!  All of God’s word is inspired, even the Old Testament book of Job!  Job is described in his book of the Bible as a “blameless and upright” man who “feared God and shunned evil” (1:1).  This man sets a great example of faithfulness to God despite his circumstances, and through the loss of his family and mass riches, he gained and shared much wisdom.

As I was reading in Chapter 13, verse 5 struck me like a dagger in the heart:  “Oh that you would be silent, and it would be your wisdom.”  In this chapter, Job chastised his counselor friends who tried to “help” him understand his circumstances with quick judgments and hasty words.  God reminded me of how often I am too quick to judge and rattle off words, especially to my children, either before I have understanding of a situation or out of sheer frustration.

We don’t have to speak words to be wise.  A lot of times we think of a person who speaks words well as having wisdom, but Job says silence can be our wisdom.  There is a marginal note in my Woman’s Study Bible that reads “a fool speaks because he has to say something, but a wise man speaks because he has something to say.”  The one who can hold his tongue when needed is certainly wiser than one who cannot!  (And I have certainly been one to not hold my tongue when I should!)  I think a person’s words are more meaningful when they aren’t so plentiful!

Ask the Lord to give you discernment as to whether you should speak or remain silent.  There is a time and a place for words aptly spoken, but silence is golden!

 

The Fiery Furnace November 12, 2010

Filed under: Out of the Mouth of Babes — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:13 pm

Luke’s preschool took a field trip yesterday to a nearby farm.  When I walked over to the group, his preschool teacher approached me and said, “I’ve got to tell you a story about Luke.”  I braced myself for what was to come.

She went on to tell me that while they were discussing the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the Fiery Furnace, Luke raised his hand.  She said, “Yes, Luke?”  Luke responded, “My mom threw me into the fiery furnace, but I’m still here!”  (I guess he was giving testimony to the fact that God took care of him, like he did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.)

His teacher and I shared a good laugh!  Where does he come up with stuff like this?  He is so funny!  Thank you, God, for the gift of laughter through the imagination of a four-year-old!

 

My Hubby Turns Forty! November 10, 2010

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 11:15 pm

My husband begins celebrating his birthday around November 1st and the party continues for about a week, culminating on November 8th, his actual birthday!  He calls this week “the birthday zone.”  It’s our excuse to eat out, eat more, and eat dessert.

This year Brad celebrated his fortieth birthday!  He wanted to make a weekend of it at the mountain house, so we packed up and headed out on Thursday for Hendersonville (our third trip in as many months!).  This little house has become a retreat to us, a place we can go to get away, relax, and be together as a family.  With the forecast calling for snow flurries, it was even more appealing to Brad!

We packed a picnic lunch on Friday and headed over to Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara.  We love the outdoors!  Exploring and hiking are some of our favorite things to do!  We hiked the 2.6 mile round trip trail to the top of Glassy Mountain, probably the same trails Sandburg walked, looking for a place to write.  Along the way, the kids found cool leaves, holes to explore, and rocks to climb.  At one point, Luke said to me, “Hold me.”  I replied, “I’ll hold your hand.”  To that he responded, “I want you to hold ALL of me.”

As we neared the top, the wind kicked up and the temperature went down!  The view at the summit was breath-taking!  The mountains displayed their  splendid fall wardrobe of red, gold, orange, and brown.  We ate a hurried lunch, so we could hide our freezing fingers in our sleeves again and get going!  We did call Brad’s mother from the top of the mountain to sing “Happy Birthday” to her (her birthday is three days before Brad’s).  She was enjoying her own vacation in the Shenandoah Valley.  I thought how amazing to be able to communicate from the top of a mountain in NC to his Mom in Charlottesville, VA who was touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello!  Carl Sandburg wouldn’t believe it!

At the bottom of the mountain, we visited the barn complete with roosters, cats, and goats.  Then we headed out to “A Day in the Country” gift store and a quick stop at Krispy Kreme for a dozen donuts (this is where the “birthday zone” comes in).

We returned home Saturday afternoon, and I was quick to unpack, wash clothes, dust, and prepare our home for lunch guests the next day.  Unknown to Brad, I had invited a few friends from out of town to show up at church and surprise him for his birthday.  As soon as Brad left for church Sunday morning, I pulled out the vacuum cleaner, thawed my frozen chili, washed our fancy glasses, and pulled out an extra chair from storage.  Thankfully, Lindsay had decided to go to church early with Brad and would not be there to question my odd Sunday morning behavior.  (I had not told the kids about our friends coming because they were already sworn to secrecy about the ice cream cake hiding in the freezer, and I didn’t want to burden them with one more secret.  “Operation Secret Cake” was about to kill them!)

Well, Brad was surprised, thrilled, actually, to see our friends!  He had no clue they were coming!  After service, he asked them if we could get together for lunch, and they responded that they already had lunch plans.  He did not yet know they were coming back to the house with us for lunch!  He soon caught on, and we all enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship around our dining room table, eating, opening gifts, and visiting.

On Monday, Brad’s birthday, we decided to take a day trip to Linville Caverns, where we walked 600 feet into the bottom of Humpback Mountain underneath the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We saw stalactites, stalagmites, tiny brown bats, blind trout, and awesome crevices.  We also experienced a brief demonstration of total darkness.  It was so strange to have my eyes wide open and not see a single glimpse of anything!  The only other place in the world of total darkness is at the bottom of the ocean in the abyss.  After our tour, we hiked to Linville Falls.  The views at at the overlooks were amazing!  The overlooks were also scary, and I held Luke tight because the drops over the walls were straight down a long way.

We drove past Grandfather Mountain and into Blowing Rock where the kids played at a playground.  The wind was really blowing and made it quite nippy.  I pulled my hood up over my ears to keep the wind out of my head!  Then we headed to Boone where we dined at the Dan’l Boone Inn, Brad’s all-time favorite restaurant.  They serve family style homemade cooking, including mashed potatoes, fried chicken, green beans, corn, stewed apples, ham biscuits, and dessert! At dinner we decided to tell the kids about an upcoming family vacation we have planned for later this year.  Brad arranged three dishes on our table into the shape of Mickey’s head and ears and told the kids, “Here is a clue as to where we are going.”  Immediately, Lindsay jumped up with excitement and begged us to let her brothers in on the destination.  All three children were thrilled with the idea of going to Disney World!

It was a fun and memorable way to celebrate the fortieth birthday of the man I love more and more with every year!  I have to say I am so thankful to God that He allowed the path of a 20 year old college girl to cross the path of a 21 year old college guy in the cafeteria at Charleston Southern University in 1991!  I am blessed to have a godly husband and father to journey through life with!

 

Happy Reformation Day! November 2, 2010

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:10 pm

As part of my husband’s sermon on Sunday, he encouraged us to celebrate Reformation Day vs. Halloween.  In 1517, Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, thus making Pope Leo X excommunicate him.  This was in order to reform the Roman Catholic church, especially the teaching and sale of indulgences.  My children and I recently read “The Monk Who Shook the World,” which is a very reader-friendly version of Martin Luther’s story.

Anyway, the following are pictures of the children dressed up for “Reformation!”