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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Parachutes

I recently heard Ray Comfort tell a story.  It goes like this:

You and I are on a plane traveling to New York. We get about half-way there when we hear the pilot's voice over the loud speaker. We can hear fear in his voice. The pilot says, "We've lost the engines and we can't get them started again. The plane is going to crash. There is nothing we can do about it. There's a parachute under your seat."

We both look under our seats. We see that the parachute is there. We believe that the parachute is there.

The plane descends to about 10,000 feet. The pilot instructs the flight attendants to open the doors, and then he orders everyone to jump for their lives. I put my parachute on and jump out of the plane. You don't put your parachute on, and you jump out of the plane. Who survives the fall?

"You do." Is typically the answer I receive.

"Why?"

"Because you put on the parachute."

"But we both believed in it." I allow the person to stew on that for a moment, and then I explain the analogy.

"It wasn't enough to simply believe in the parachute. You had to put it on and trust that it would open and save your life when you jump out of the plane. The same is true with Jesus Christ. It is not enough to simply have an intellectual belief in or agreement with Jesus. The demons believe and they tremble. You must put on the Lord Jesus Christ and, by faith, trust Him to save you the same way you would trust a parachute."

I really love this analogy.  I have made the decision to trust Jesus as my Savior a number of years ago.  I have learned to not only trust in Him to save me from hell, but to put my trust in Him for everyday things as well.  I admit this wasn't always the case.  At first, I trusted Him for my salvation, but when it came to everyday worries, I had a tendency freak out over things that don't matter.  How silly!  When you can trust the Lord for something as important as your eternal destination, He is certainly trustworthy of the small things.

Sometimes I forget to leave my troubles with Him, and it makes me anxious and  grumpy.  And He gently draws me back in and I think of this verse:   "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7.

Tonight, I watched as a young man gave his life to Christ.  He has been in trouble with the law, even spending time in juvenile detention centers.   He came to church looking for a youth group.  While he was there, he realized  that he was a sinner, and needed a Savior.  He repented of his sins and turned to Jesus.  He jumped out of that plane and put his full weight on Jesus. In our world, we use the word awesome for a lot of things.  But witnessing that was a truly awesome thing.  

As we get closer to the day we call Good Friday, let's consider the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. He has provided a parachute for you.  Will you put it on?






Monday, March 3, 2014

The "Me Bag"

Drew had to do a project where he found pictures and glued them to a brown paper bag. The pictures were to represent things that described him or showed things he likes.  He had to put two things about himself that people might not know on a paper on the inside of the bag.  We worked on it and Drew did most of the work himself.  He seemed to enjoy the project. Today his paper bag came back home with little slips of paper written by his classmate with something about him.


 Here are some things they wrote:

Drew, you are one of a kind and a jokester.  You make me laugh everyday and I am glad we are buds.

You are really good at Temple Run.  Snakes!

Drew, you always brighten my day.

Drew you are really fun to be around and are very good at Temple Run.  Snakes!

I like how you always say hi to people in the hallway.

Drew you are funny because when you come in the room you make everyone happy.

You did a good job (on your project)

Drew, you always brighten my day

Drew, you have a great sense of humor and make me laugh!

You're super funny and awesome and great at Temple Run.

Drew:  You're a good friend and funny.

Drew, hey Drew, thanks for being my friend and always making me laugh.  Thanks Drew 

I know this was an assigned project, but it really made this mama's heart happy to hear things said about her boy.  He said he was going to keep them on his dresser. 


Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Diesel Ducy of his own

As many parents of Fragile X know, our guys (and girls!) can be a little obsessed with things.  The professionals call it having high interest areas.  For years, Drew has loved watching elevator videos.  I used to think it was strange, but now when I go to a hotel, I find myself thinking, Hey this is an Otis, or, Oh, it's a Schindler.  I bet the door close button doesn't work. Who knew?!  Anyway,  he watches these videos of elevators on YouTube.  There is a user with the username DieselDucy.  These are some of Drew's favorite videos. DieselDucy actually holds a train in his hand at the beginning of all his videos. Like this:

 
Drew, of course, has picked up on this and adapted it for himself.  I have talked with many Fragile X parents, and another thing our kids have in common is the need for props.  If you are watching Horton Hears a Who you need to hold a flower.  If you are watching Rosie and Jim, you need an accordian.  So, when you are watching DieselDucy elevators, you need a train to hold.  We don't have a train just like DieselDucy's, so Drew has taken to holding Thomas the Tank Engine while watching the videos.

I was out Christmas shopping one day, and was having a hard time finding things for Drew.  I stopped and thought, What does Drew really like?  Elevators.  And then I thought maybe I could get him a DieselDucy train.  I looked at all the Thomas trains and Chuggington trains and the generic ones, too.  They weren't just like it, and I thought if I was going to try to make one, I had better get the train part right, anyway.  So, I found out who DieselDucy is and contacted him about what kind of train it is.

He was very nice and we had a great conversation.  He told me that they are fairly easy to find on Ebay.  They are Matchbox brand and were made in England in 1978, I believe.  We bought two.  I got some paint and set out to duplicate DieselDucy's trains. This is what they originally looked like:
 

 
Eric roughed them up with some sandpaper so the paint would stick better.  Then I used this photo as my guide:


And this is what I came up with:






I know he is going to love it!  I love when things turn out how I envisioned them. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

It's December already??!!

The past month has flown by!  We have been doing some renovations to our home.  We put in hardwood flooring and replaced the carpet in the bedrooms and toyroom. We replaced all the baseboards and wood trim, and all the doors as well.   The boys didn't like the chaos, but handled it like troopers.  I shuffled them between relatives' houses after school until bedtime for a week straight!  Things are settling down, though the changes are not completed yet.  We still have a fair amount of painting to have done and our new furniture for the living room is not in yet.  I'll post pictures when it's all done.

For the past week or so, Blake has been asking if it is Christmas yet and asked about putting the tree up.  Eric told him that we needed to get new floors done before we could get the tree out.  So, finally he put the tree up last night.  Blake was thrilled.  He kept saying, "Christmas?  Santa be here in two minutes?  Where's cookies?"  Things like that.  I made him a calendar to show him that it was December first and we will mark off the days until Christmas, but that didn't convince him.

He helped put the star on the Christmas tree last night.  Most people put that on last, but Eric wanted to make Blake happy, so he let him do it as soon as the tree was up.


  This morning, Blake said, "Hey, where's presents?  Is it Christmas?"  Apparently the calendar was pointless.  :)


Friday, November 1, 2013

Bowling!

Blake went on a reward trip with his class to the bowling alley.  He looked forward to it for a week and had a blast.  His aide sent me a couple pictures from it.  They are a bit blurry, but they are still great.  Look at that big smile!