Why I Still Pick Up Pennies

picking up penniesSo far this week I have found a penny every day.  Remember the old saying… find a penny and you’ll have good luck all day.  Yesterday as I let out a small groan as I stooped down to get the penny I was thinking to myself, “Why am I doing this?”  After all, a penny is fairly insignificant these days.

At most stores if you’re a penny or two short the checker will say, “Don’t worry about it.”  A 2013 New York Post article claims approximately $1.3 million in pennies are thrown away each year.  Some folks dislike the penny so much that there is an organization called Citizens to Retire the Penny.

For me, the penny is a bit illogical since it costs 1.99 cents to produce a 1 cent coin.  But it is also illogical to leave good money sitting on the ground.  Here are just a few thoughts on why I still pick up the penny:

  • It provides a connection to childhood.  I would assume most everyone my age and older remembers the thrill of finding a penny in a parking lot when they were a child.  At that time a few pennies could actually buy a piece of candy.  And checking the coin returns on pay phones (when there were pay phones) was an annoying habit my parents tolerated.  As a child I recognized the value that the loose change had to me and when I see a coin on the ground I am directly connected to those memories.
  • It provides a reminder that Benjamin Franklin never said “A penny saved is a penny earned.”  Many quotes are erroneously credited to Mr. Franklin.  The actual quote is “A penny saved is two pence clear.”  Definitely not as easy to understand.  The quote was in Franklin’s 1737 Almanac from a column titled “Hints For Those That Would Be Rich.”  The implied meaning is that a foolish person skips out on work for the day and racks up a 1 pence debt of merriment.  The wise person works and puts a pence on the ledger sheet.  The difference between wise and foolish decisions is actually two pence.
  • That penny is a reminder that God provides for my family.  Obviously there isn’t much that 1 penny can do on its own, but combined with other pennies, nickles, and dimes it can do some good for our family or for others in need.  A few families at our church recently worked on a project where we were challenged to take some ‘seed money’ and turn it into something more using our talents and abilities.  The families that participated turned $60 into almost $500 in less than a month.  All of those funds were mailed yesterday to the Tipton Children’s Home to help provide the basics for kids who need a safe, stable place to live.

There are other things that come to mind, like the woman at our church who walks the mall daily picking up loose change and paper money (sometimes as much as $100) and the excitement she gets from her finds.  Or the parable of the lost coin that our Lord told and that is recorded in Luke 15:8-10.  Something as simple and seemingly pointless as picking up a penny can sure bring back a lot of memories and spur on a lot of thoughts about life, stewardship, and faithfulness.

Written On My Heart

A huge apology to the Dad is Learning followers who have been following along with my weekly Written On My Heart series.  The worksheets have been written but I haven’t had time to post on the blog lately.  Below are all the weeks you missed.  I will also be updating the Family Devotionals section of this website this week to contain direct links to each week of Written On My Heart.  In coming weeks if I miss a blog post you can find the Written On My Heart worksheet on that page on Wednesday.  God bless your efforts!

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Satin or Satan?

The other night I was listening to our oldest child read the Bible text for our monthly Bible trivia challenge.  She was sitting in our living room with her Mama who was helping her work though some of the bigger words.  At one point our daughter kept reading a word and my wife kept asking her, “What’s that word?”  She was reading from 1 Thessalonians 2:18…

Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satin hindered us.

I’m not a big fan of satin or Satan.  After about three rounds of saying “satin,” our daughter looked at the context and realized the word was Satan.  It was a little reminder that some of the language of the Bible can be challenging…even the things that seem pretty obvious to us.  There are BIG concepts in God’s Word and some of the ideas require abstract thinking, such as eternity, etc.  But I can tell you with certainty, even the youngest of children can grasp the basic message that God left for His followers.

clear communicationAnother example…  This week I had to take my beloved Macbook Pro laptop to the Apple Store because something was wrong with it.  My computer was limping along and I had run all the troubleshooting that I knew to do, or could find on Google.  It was time for an expert!  In fact, Apple calls their experts geniuses.

At the Apple “Genius Bar” I was greeted by a genius who was refreshingly geeky looking.  (I like my tech people to look the part.)  I had written down all the things I had tested on the system so he knew what issues we could rule out.  The genius appreciated my list and said, “It is good to work with someone who speaks the language.”

While the computer was running a test he told me about some of the more humorous incidents of people bringing computers in and saying things like, “It won’t run.”  He would fire up their computer, log in, bring up a program, and ask them what they meant by “It won’t run” since the computer was obviously running.  His probing revealed that the computer in question wouldn’t “run” on the internet.  The owner of the computer knew exactly what they meant in their mind, but the message didn’t clearly transfer because they weren’t using the same language.

Whether I am teaching my own kids, the teens at church, or a peer, I am constantly reminded that I need to make sure the message is communicated clearly.  The language of faith that I have known for most of my life is a bit different for those who are just learning or have never heard it before.

Most communication experts believe that a message has to be heard anywhere from 3 to 6 times before it is clearly communicated.  That doesn’t mean simply repeating the message over and over.  With children and adults alike, seeing, hearing, or experiencing a message in different ways helps us to understand it better.  And with most folks, helping them identify “what’s in it for me” can help them embrace the message of change.

With our kids I am constantly challenged to find the right words, the age appropriate message, for communicating to them about God.  Sometimes the misunderstandings are pleasantly humorous but my wife and I strive everyday to find ways to communicate God’s message of love and hope to our children through our words and actions.  I hope that you embrace the challenge and learn the language of God’s message and share it with your own children and others.

Due to my technical issues I didn’t get a post up last week so you get a bonus round of Written On My Heart this week.  I appreciate all your good work!

Written On My Heart – Week 13
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You’ve Got Questions???

questionsAnyone who has small, curious children can tell you the frustrations that sometime come with ceaseless questions about random things.  My personal feelings towards the questions vary.  Sometimes I am amazed at the things that little minds can be curious about.  Other times I just want the questions to stop… and if I hear one more question I might just pop :)   Most parents have been there…

Being inquisitive is a good thing.  I have greatly appreciated the efforts of the Lewisville Church of Christ in putting together the “12 Questions” series of lessons.  They have been live streaming the event and I have been going back and watching/listening to some of the archived lessons while I work.

The questions were gathered from hundreds of respondents from countries around the world.  Over the course of 4 nights, multiple speakers have addressed challenging questions that people would like to ask Jesus.  You can check them out at www.12QuestionsDallas.org.  My favorite series of questions was covered by Dr. Bruce McLarty on Monday evening:

I appreciate when folks can engage in a healthy dialogue without devolving into name calling and accusations like so many of the conversations on the 24 hour news channels.  (By the way, we are still cable free and I don’t miss Fox News, CNN, or MSNBC at all!)  It seems that the skill of having civil conversations with a sincere effort to learn is something that is quickly fading away.  (Dr. McLarty talks about this concept at the beginning of his lesson about right and wrong.)

Obviously one of the best things you can do is answer questions that your kids might have about life and the world we live in by studying God’s word together.  For that effort I am happy to provide Written On My Heart – Week 12

What Is Supporting You?

Another observation from our day to day life with a spiritual reflection…

This week I learned more about what makes our dryer run.  Our front loading dryer is only 7 years old and had started making the worst squeaking/screeching noise.  It was bad enough that we couldn’t run it and go to sleep.

A quick Google search and the first result popped up with a YouTube video of our exact dryer, how to disassemble it, and how to diagnose the problem.  With my phone and power drill in hand I quickly took our dryer apart to find the broken plastic parts that support the weight of the dryer drum as it tumbles our clothes dry.  You read that right, some 1/16″ thick molded plastic and little plastic tabs are all that support our dryer drum as it goes round and round with that full load of soaking wet clothes.

Over the years and loads of laundry the plastic had disintegrated and 3 of the 4 tabs were completely gone.  Our local appliance parts store had the $82 worth of plastic parts in stock and said this was a common issue with all front load machines.  There simply wasn’t enough strength in the material being used to support the load.

I don’t know about you but I had always pictured metal with some ball bearings supporting the weight of the dryer drum as went around with a heavy load of wet clothes.  Sometimes we don’t know how things are put together until they start to fall apart.  The same can be true of people as well.

Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time.  Let's not miss our opportunity to lend our help.

Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. Let’s not miss our opportunity to lend our help.

When things get tough and you need to start relying on your support system….where do you turn?  There are all sorts of destructive and counterproductive support systems and coping mechanism that folks turn to.  Some turn to the bottle, others to drugs, some seeking a more manageable type of pain turn to self mutilation…the list could go on.

Each one of us was created unique and different.  There is no single answer that will work for everyone in times of trouble.  I believe there are some things that can help all of us as we get to know ourselves better before the storms come:

  • Maintaining healthy relationships with family, friends, and church family can sure help.  Part of those healthy relationships is being there in good times and bad.  Supporting others in their time of trouble can teach us a lot about our personal support system.
  • Monitoring work and life balance along with health can assist.  Earlier this week I was all doped up from a procedure at the dentist.  I was wrapping a large package round and round with shipping tape when I found myself woozy and then….wham….on the ground.  When we are out of balance it is that much easier to get knocked to the floor.
  • Obviously as a Christian I find my faith is a huge support in times of trouble.  A deepening understanding of God through study of both the Old and New Testament helps us to better see the work of God throughout the centuries.

Just a few thoughts from my experiences over the years.  Every person is different and we each deal with grief, trouble, and sorrow in unique ways.  Knowing our support system can sure help when times of trouble do arise and things start to break down.  Sharing our stories can sure help too.  If that YouTube user hadn’t uploaded their video I wouldn’t have had the answers I needed.  If we don’t talk about the challenges we face then someone might not benefit from our experience.

As always I encourage your family to spend some time studying God’s word.  This week we are taking a look at the “fruit of the spirit” in Written On My Heart – Week 11

Your Own Personal Satan

Quick post today.  It’s Spring Break which makes for a super full schedule of fun and work…

Our typical cartoon version of Satan.  Just remember that Satan is neither a cartoon character nor a joke.

Our typical cartoon version of Satan. Just remember that Satan is neither a cartoon character nor a joke.

Here’s a bit of insight into the type of reading material that catches my eye.  I was reading an article on the Dallas Morning News website about Robert Hart who is general counsel for Mark Cuban.  Cuban of course is the entrepreneurial genius, internet billionaire, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and star of Shark Tank.  Hart is Cuban’s right-hand man and tries to make sure all the legal stuff gets handled when Mr. Cuban goes off and buys a $41 million dollar jet online, or something like that :)

There was a quote in the article that was classic Cuban.  In speaking of his “hate” of dealing with lawyers he said this of his friend Mr. Hart…

“Lawyers may be Satan, but Robert is my Satan, and I trust him completely. He’s not only a trusted adviser, he’s a good friend.”

Obviously I understand the context and the point that Cuban was making for the article that this quote came from, but what a thought for us to consider as well.  What if we did have our own personal Satan who was our good friend and trusted adviser?  Its worth pausing and thinking about who we turn to for counsel and advice as we make decisions in life.

I told you this post would be quick.  That will give you plenty of time to check out Written On My Heart – Week 10 where we work to memorize the 10 commandments and take a look at what the Bible has to say about their relevance to our life today.

Are You Ugly?

boy making a faceEarlier this week I had a bit of fun with my wife’s phone.  She works part-time and leaves for work in the early morning hours.  In the blur of the early morning she forgot her phone, so I kept it with me all day in case anything important came up.  Over the years I have seen many friends ‘hack’ the Facebook accounts of spouses, siblings, parents and friends.  I thought it would be fun to write a few nice things about my wife on her Facebook page since her birthday is coming up…and because I think she is pretty swell.  My little ‘trick’ was met with great approval from my wife’s friends.  I found it interesting that several commented what I had written was the “best” thing they had seen on the internet all day.

Those comments pretty clearly point out that the internet can be a fairly negative place.  Case in point, did you hear about former major league baseball player Curt Schilling being in the news this week?  He recently took to Twitter to have a ‘proud papa’ moment about his daughter.  His girl is 18 years old and had signed on to play softball with a university.  His tweet was met with many congratulations and the occasional good natured college boy joker who said something like ‘I can’t wait to show her around campus.’  But there were a few internet trolls who went well beyond the realm of acceptable behavior when they started talking about raping Mr. Schilling’s daughter, etc.

As a Dad of girls I can identify with the rage he must have felt.  In a blog post he channeled his inner Liam Neeson and said that defending his daughter was one of the few things he was willing to go to jail for.  The young men who typed up these tweets were publicly outed with their real identities, the schools they attend, and their place of employment.  It wasn’t hard to find.  They have since been expelled from their universities, fired from their jobs, and released from the sports teams they were a part of.  Their unacceptable behavior will be an enduring legacy anytime someone Googles their name.  Online activities have real world consequences.  These guys knew they weren’t joking around, they were just being ugly.

The internet can be a place where people are ugly.  The anonymity and detachment provided by cyberspace allows many people to say things they wouldn’t dare say to someone’s face.  People leave comments on photos, videos, and blog posts that go well beyond the realm of rude and crude.  They are fooled into thinking that their words have no real world impact for themselves, the target of their derision, or those observing their behavior.

We recently attended an event at a local church where the Sunday morning sermon was titled “Ugly Christians.”  It was a challenging lesson given by a young man about the impact of the words we say and type as Christians.  Teens face unprecedented challenges in a landscape of new technology but adults also need to make sure they are not a hindrance to the cause of Christ with their online and offline activities.  May we always check our motives, reasoning, and purpose with the things we post online and the conversations we have in the real world.

I have an informal personal policy that I use for online activities.  You might have heard of it… if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.  The public forum of social media is not the place to have a war of words.  I know there are probably people who really enjoy the ‘sport’ of online word jousting, but I think it truly impacts our ability to reach out to people as Christians.

Look back at my online posts and you’ll find a hodge-podge collection of posts about my family, interesting things we are doing, funny things my kids say, great deals we want to share, posts about faith, and other things I find inspiring or interesting.  All in all a pretty good collection of nice things.  I’m not advocating that we bury our heads in the sand regarding tough issues, but there is a time, place, and method for these things to be handled in personal conversations.  It is challenging to take a look back in the ‘mirror’ of our online activities to see if we are being lovely or ugly.

Of course one of the most lovely things we can do for our families is teach them about God.  I hope that your family spends time studying the Bible on a regular basis.  It is my hope that Written On My Heart – Week 9 will be a blessing to you in that endeavor.

The Cost of Perfection

crazy laundryLet me tell you one of my dirty little secrets.  Actually, its not dirty or little.  I have an issue with laundry.  (Yes, I help with laundry.  My wife and I both work outside the home so both of us tackle work within the home.)  I have this strange need for all the laundry to be clean before we can put it away.  Do you know how often that happens in our family of four?  Pretty much never.

Laundry perfection is about to happen this morning since we have been house bound for the last two days due to snow.  But typically the clothes get put away when we reach a tipping point, literally, the clothes tip over when you try to pile them any higher.  My desire for clothes cleaning perfection is plain foolish and inefficient.  My good wife humors me in my quest for laundry perfection even though she is often the one who get burdened with the task of putting the piles away.  My desire for perfection makes this chore more difficult.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for perfection.  However, perfection can sometimes hold us back from things that are really good.  One of the best feelings in our house is when the laundry room is completely clean and empty.  There is actually an echo when all the clothes are gone!  In our lives, striving for perfection can also cause other things to pile up to the point of becoming nearly unmanageable.

In my years of ministry I have spoken with many a person who feels they have to be living a perfect life to begin their walk as a follower of Christ.  I can’t count the number of times I have heard phrases like ‘all my ducks in a row’ and ‘cross my T’s and dot my I’s.’  I have also heard many say, “I just don’t feel like I know everything about the Bible that I need to know.”  I can understand those thoughts because I once thought the exact same thing.

The perfect example of life changing action instead of perfection can be found in Acts 2.  Shortly after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, Peter and the other apostles spoke with a large gathering of people in Jerusalem.  Some historians believe there could have been tens of thousands of people gathered to hear Peter speak that day.  After he finished preaching the gospel of Christ, which you can read in Acts 2:1-36, the action of the crowd is recorded…

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

The folks gathered in Jerusalem that day heard one proclamation of the gospel of Christ that would have been a distinct departure from the Old Testament law they would have known so well.  There were at least 3,000 that day who were baptized because they knew what needed to be done.  Did they have a full understanding of God’s grace?  No.  Did they know how deeply their new relationship with Christ would change their lives?  Probably not.  There are a lot of things they were going to learn as they continued to grow.  Their knowledge wasn’t full or complete but they knew what they needed to do.

There are a lot of things about religion and faith that can seem overwhelming.  Sometimes this is due to the fact that we allow things to pile up until we find the perfect time and circumstance.  Let me encourage you to start where you’re at today in doing the things that you have been wanting to do.  Perhaps you have been wanting to study the Bible with your family.  I hope that Written On My Heart – Week 8 might help you with that.  Perhaps you have been wanting to explore more of what the Bible teaches about salvation.  I would love to open up the Bible and study with you, or put you in contact with someone in your area who could help with that.

Today our family is tackling our pile and I hope you take some time to tackle yours too.

Treasure Left Behind

flowers pressed in old bibleA few months back I purchased a family Bible that dates back to 1858.  The large Bible has a leather cover with a patina that testifies of its age.  Turning through the thick pages of the Bible reveals various artifacts of family history: a pressed flower, a funeral announcement and fabric remnant, a written note from husband to wife.  Between the Old Testament and the New Testament is a handwritten record of the births, deaths, and marriages in the family dating from the early 1800s into the early 1900s.  A century of history carefully kept throughout many decades and written with various fountain pens.

When this Bible was published James Buchanan was the President of the United States, a country that was quickly heading towards the Civil War.  It is fair to assume that this Bible was a treasured possession and would have cost a considerable amount of money in a time when “disposable income” was almost unheard of.  This Bible could have traveled across country with the family in a wagon as they looked for better opportunities.  The possibilities for various story lines about the history of this Bible are almost endless, but one thing is clear…at some point this family treasure was left behind.

1858 antique bible leather coverI purchased this Bible for $3 in an auction a few months ago.  When I took possession the Bible was wrapped in plastic wrap to keep it from falling apart.  Age had caught up with the book binding which had cracked in the middle leaving several sections loose.  The Bible is still complete but is in a state of disrepair.  What once was a treasured family item, a storehouse of family history, was sold to a stranger in an online auction for less than the cost of a happy meal.

This Bible was part of my presentation this weekend at a youth event where I was asked to speak about “How We Got the Bible.”  I had several Bible items from the 1800s that the kids could put their hands on so they could feel the age and history of these texts.  It was my hope that having a hands on experience with 150 years of history might give them more connection to the centuries of Bible history that precede us.

family record in 1858 family bibleAt the close of my presentation I gave the class a charge.  I picked up the 1858 Bible and spoke about the treasure that this was to a family at some point in history.  A plausible storyline for the history of that particular Bible was given.  Then I challenged the class with the idea that this treasure became of no value to some generation in the family and was cast aside.  I sent them on their way with the charge to make sure that the message of the Bible was an indispensable treasure for their families.  That closing statement lead to several conversations after the various class sessions that I facilitated.

Last week I wrote about the waste of a disposable society and I guess this post is a bit of a continuation.  My wife and I constantly struggle with making sure that the Bible receives the attention in our family that it deserves.  We don’t want this treasure to be cast aside in our family and we want to make sure that this treasure is honored not only in the lives of our children but in the lives of their children and future generations.  That is the driving force behind the Written On My Heart Bible challenge.  A physical copy of the Bible may come and go but the Word written in the heart is difficult to lose.  I encourage you to check out Week 7 of our challenge – Written On My Heart – Week 7

A Throw-away Society

Just so you know, this is a post with a spiritual application but I’m going to take a while to get there… :)

throw-away-societyOn the way to the office this morning I stopped my truck in front of a stranger’s house and grabbed a chair and a set of weights from their curb.  The chair is perfectly functional, not a stain, rip or tear.  In fact it is made by SteelCase, a company that makes high quality and VERY expensive chairs.  This chair probably cost $400-500 new and was sitting on the curb by the trash because something better had come along.  I’ll sell the chair for $50.

A week ago I picked up 5 pallets of “outdated” items from a local school district.  I won the items in an online auction for a whopping $120.  I will admit, the amount I paid was abnormally low for an auction lot of this sort.  The waste  in the items was fairly disturbing.  There were brand new, unopened camera accessories and lenses worth hundreds of dollars that were simply sold at auction because….well I’m not sure why actually.  There was thousands of dollars in current value in the items I picked up.

This morning I am watching another auction from another school.  Currently there is an auction lot of items that contains a brand new piece of technology I am interested in for our church.  I spoke with the school rep and she said they are selling it all because they are phasing out that unit at their school.  The auction lot is currently sitting at 5% of the retail cost that was paid for the items.

The idea of a throw-away society dates back to at least 1945 according to a recent article in Wired magazine.  The article details a man who earns a six figure income by day as a network security analyst and makes thousands in the evening dumpster diving behind major retail locations.

Randall Sullivan, the author of the article, cites J. Gordon Lippincott as the man who thought up designed obsolescence.  Lippincott was a marketing genius who also came up with the Coca-Cola logo and the label for Campbell soup.  Lippincott said, “Our willingness to part with something before it is completely worn out is a phenomenon noticeable in no other society in history, it is soundly based in our economy of abundance.  It must be further nurtured even though it is contrary to one of the oldest inbred laws of humanity – the law of thrift.”

The article goes on to detail the manufacturing and technological innovations that started in the 1950s.  Consumers were trained to throw stuff away, and we do it an amazing rate now.  According to a Columbia University and BioCycle study, “the US has become a country that every day produces an estimated 7.1 pounds of trash for each man, woman, and child.”  But of course much of this trash actually has great value.

Why do I bring all this up?  Stuff isn’t the only thing that is thrown away today because perceived value has diminished or because something better comes along.  How many relationships can you think of that have been trashed because one or both people have forgotten the ‘value’ that they once saw in each other?  How many children are left to their own devices because parents have forgotten the treasure that they have in offspring?  And how many people have cast the Bible aside because it is simply old and outdated, thinking that something better has come along?

In my adventures of picking and flipping I have learned a lot about the value of a chair, file cabinet, or other physical items.  I do pass along a lot of things on Craigslist ‘Free Stuff’ because I know it isn’t worth my time to sell it.  But I have also gained a greater appreciation for the people and relationships in life that cannot have a monetary value attached to them.

I encourage myself, as well as you, to think about the value you give to what matters most in life.  It is good to pause and reflect at various times in life to make sure our priorities are still in check.  Even when our societal values may be lacking, we can thrive as individuals, families, and believers.

Written On My Heart – Week 6

I hope you and your family are benefiting from placing great value in God’s Word by giving your time and effort to memorizing and learning more.  This week you will be challenged to memorize the 12 sons of Jacob and another scripture – Written On My Heart – Week 6

Do What You Can!

A quick message of encouragement from our 3 year old…

Last night we were up at the church building for Monday Night for the Master, an evening of work and service.  There were lots of good folks working on a variety of projects.  I am always very encouraged by the families, retired folks, and other individuals who take time out to come and help others.

daddys little helperMy project for the evening was fixing some theater seats that we have mounted in a classroom at our building.  My brother, a young man, and our 3 year old were helping with the project.  Yes you read that right, our 3 year old was “helping.”  If nothing else, she provided comic relief as she walked around with a full-size hammer coming perilously close to dropping it on me while I was bent over working on a chair.  Our daughter had a blast picking up wrenches, screws, and other hardware carrying them around, wanting to be a part of the action.

Several times during our work she would come over and get right up next to me and say, “I’m here to help you Daddy.”  The giving and helpful spirit of a child is something I wish we could all maintain throughout life.   They don’t let anything prohibit them from jumping in and trying their best to help in any situation.  There is something we can all learn from that.

I hope you will find someone to lend a bit of help to today.  Do what you can!

Written On My Heart – Week 5

Speaking of encouragement, one of the good helpers at our church just stopped by my office to tell me how much her granddaughter is enjoying the Written On My Heart challenge.  I think it is really cool that other families and individuals are joining with our family in memorizing scripture and facts about the Bible.  I hope you enjoy this week’s installment… Written On My Heart – Week 5

If you need a bit of help with the tune on the Creation Song here is a quick video of our family singing it…