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Your Weekly Encouragement From Point Of Grace

Over the past several weeks my Bible study has been in prep mode to begin reading the Bible chronologically. Which is not how it is written exactly. We are all really really excited about this, because we've admitted that even though we know isolated stories throughout the Bible, that not one of us have correct broad range understanding of the bigger perspective. I think most normal people could say that, actually. It's probably not until later in life that you would even be presented with opportunity to do a more chronological historical study. At first, I was thinking that it sounded really boring and that I was so far removed what happened at the beginning of creation that I wouldn't be able to stay focused or interested. But it's so weird how the opposite has happened. And we really haven't even cracked the surface.

There is one quote I read that really stood out to me, so I wanted to share it with you- if you have ever felt dumb about God and Bible history, or disinterested, or unmoved by it all, today's POG blog is to challenge you to jump back in and try again. See where you fit into God's big story-his redemption plan for the world. There's only one way.

"Begin reading your Bible this very day. The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending or thinking about it, which will advance you one step. You must positively read...The words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind." -J.C. Ryle

Blessings to you!
Shelley

Home For The Holidays Tour

Point of Grace is heading on the road this winter for the "Home For The Holidays Tour" starting December 1. Stay tuned for more details and updates from the road!

CLICK HERE for a complete list of tour dates.

Ahhhhh... Christmas is coming!!!

I'm starting to stress a little. Everywhere I turn, I'm starting to see Christmas Decorations or Christmas candy.

We have much to prepare for to get ready for the tour. I'm usually way ahead of getting my Christmas cards printed so that I can get them addressed early on the tour. I haven't even got a picture yet much less placed my order. Should I not mess with them this year? Would anyone really care?? Sometimes I wonder.

It was nice to be home this weekend. Friday night we went to our High School Football game. I would talk more about the game and my boys, but they are starting to get to the point that they don't want me to talk about their personal lives. So there ya go... I love games where it consist of cold weather, sweatshirts, and hot chocolate. Saturday we went to take Price to this audition for kids to be invited work with Disney. One of those cattle call type things.

He did get a call back, but I don't think we are quite ready to commit to the $$$ for these acting camps right now. It's fun to see him start to get interested in his own thing though. Mr. Mosby from "The suite Life of Zach and Cody" was there. Price was excited about that. I wasn't allowed to take a picture of him.

Then we went to see The Bordeaux Eagles play their first Championship game which they won. Next we headed to watch Price play 2 basketball games. Came home and watched the Sooners win.

Went to see the movie "Tower Heist" . It was pretty good. Language was more than I desire. Came home and watched LSU/Alabama and OSU/Kansas St. game.

Sunday was a sweet day of church and home. Not many of those days come around, so I was thankful.

Today I met my friends Kelley and Paige for a morning workout. Now it's over!! Thank the Lord. It's my catch up day. Try to get organized for the week. I cherish these times. It seems like days like this give me the calm I need to get through the crazy days:) I have time to be quiet, talk to God, do laundry, go through some of those paper stack piles. I pray that you start your week with a little peace as well. Even if it only last 10 minutes.

Have a blessed week:)

Love,
Denise

Shelley Says...

I love traditions. One of the things I love most about Caroline's school is that they really instill the value of tradition in the children. Every year, for each grade, there are huge "milestones" that the kids can look forward, or look back on, with a great sense of accomplishment and pride. Almost a rite of passage. It may be a dress up day, an out of town trip, becoming a "buddy" to a younger student, or a special program. She still talks about "Second Grade Look Alike Day." She dressed as her first grade teacher...and is still so proud of that.

Caroline also wanted to make sure yesterday that I realized they were now the "head" of the "lower school"...the oldest kids and leaders in the lower school, and that in fourth grade they would be back to being the youngest again, and for me to understand that she was ok with that...it's all part of the process. She is already very aware of her "place" in the "food chain", but in a good way. I think it makes her feel secure.

Last night was probably their biggest accomplishment so far...THE THIRD GRADE PLAY. I capitalized it, because you cannot imagine what an impression it makes on the kids. They practice for weeks, and talk about it at home all the time. It's fun to watch them gear up for something.

One of the first grade teachers, Ms. Carraway, writes a new play each year, figures out all the costumes, and heads the whole thing up. We love her for that!

Here are some fun photos from the night...

Caroline's "brother" that lives next door went with us. She was very excited about introducing Ben to all of her friends. She drug the poor guy around like a puppy after the play. He was a good sport about it.

Here he is before the play showing me Caroline's name in the program. As you can see, she was a catfish...such a nod to her Arkansas roots...

Here is the cute program.

The catfish did their dance to "Too Many Fish in the Sea" and it was adorable. I know the dance myself because I've seen it at home so many times. Thinking about adding it into our show...just me, dancing to "Too Many Fish in the Sea", while Denise and Leigh take a water break.

There she is at the microphone, saying her lines.

Which I also know...

Here she is after with dad. She was excited that he brought her flowers. She came home and decorated a vase with stickers and Orbeez (her latest obsession don't ask) and put the flowers on display.

This is her classmate Lily, who was a snake, and Lily's sister Emmeline.

Two cute catfish...Emory and Caroline...

They really had a great time and were so happy and gleeful after the play. She ate an entire footlong turkey sub from Subway after the show.

Being a star is hard work.

Have a great weekend everyone...
shelley

Way more TREATS than TRICKS for us this Halloween...

We had a blast with our friends Jason, Danya, Justin and Noah. Justin was a Whoopie cushion, Noah was Hulk Hogan and Darby was "Sharpie at the prom" from High School Musical. We got started on "Sharpie's" make-up and hair as soon as she got home from school. I was living in a dream - I love playing dress up with my daughter!

We even ran into "Patsy" the mouse while she was handing out candy.

The town police blocked off one of the main streets in Franklin... Dana and I have lived in Franklin over 15 years but had NO IDEA this existed! Each home more extravagant than the next... we followed the yellow brick road and look who we saw.

Thousands and thousands of kids in every type of costume imaginable... This one house turned their garage into a "haunted" fun house. The kids were totally mesmerized. First you had to walk through the mouth of an enormous pumpkin...(I can't imagine the time it took to do all that work). Here are some pics.

The evening was filled with sweet treats but more than that was the treat of seeing people we haven't seen in awhile and recognizing how fantastic it is to live in a little town where we could walk around with our kids, feeling safe. We don't take that for granted!!

Once Darby was able to organize and sort through all of her candy, the evening came to an end. This was not a night for ghosts and goblins but "sweet" memories with dear friends that we will treasure for a lifetime. Thumbs up!!

Happy Harvest everyone, Leigh C.