Don’t just talk/think about God; talk TO God

Look up: talk to God

In this devotional by John Piper, he looks at the 23rd Psalm, and how the writer — King David — switches back and forth between talking about God (“He”) and to God (“You”):

The lesson I have learned from this form is that it is good not to talk very long about God without talking to God.

Every Christian is at least an amateur theologian — that is, a person who tries to understand the character and ways of God and then put that into words….

But what I have learned from David in Psalm 23 and other psalms, is that I should interweave my theology with prayer. I should frequently interrupt my talking about God by talking to God.

Not far behind the theological sentence, “God is generous,” should come the prayerful sentence, “Thank you, God.”

On the heels of, “God is glorious,” should come, “I adore your glory.”

What I have come to see is that this is the way it must be if we are feeling God’s reality in our hearts as well as describing it with our heads.’

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Ways to display your favorite quotes (or your to-do list)

If you’re a quote collector like me, you probably have one or more favorite quotes that you’d like to display. But your favorite quote this month might be replaced by a new one in a few weeks. Here’s a collection of simple ways to display any words you want, whether a quote, a Bible verse, a menu or a to-do list. Some of them will also work for a changing display of family photos.

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DIY dry erase board

Here’s an easy-peasy DIY dry-erase board (with the how-to) from Makes and Takes., using pretty patterned paper in an inexpensive frame with its glass.

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DIY dry-erase board

Same concept, using plain paper and a thrifted frame painted a fun color, from Nothing But Bonfires.

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platter-magnet-board-

Take a cookie sheet or serving platter, add spray-paint and/or a few brush strokes in a fun color, and glue one or more clips or clothespins on it. Image from sparklecandace on Flickr.

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window as whiteboard

At Cut Out and Keep, a teacher explains that she just tapes white paper to the back of the window in her classroom door to turn it into a whiteboard. You could do the same with a freestanding vintage door or window, and just paint the back of the glass.

Then, of course, there’s the ubiquitous chalkboard, which you can make…

clipboard-chalkboard

… on a clipboard (from No Time for Flashcards)

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chalkboard-serving-platter

…on a thrifted or dollar store serving platter (can’t find the original post). Or of course, you could do it in a vintage/thrifted/upcycled frame, as well.

In a couple days, I’ll post a collected of magnetic boards. Come back soon!

10 of my favorite Dr.Seuss quotes

"Put me down," said the fish. "I do not wish to fall!"

“Look at me! Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”

“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”
― The Cat in the Hat

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny,
but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.”
― The Cat in the Hat

“You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot,
for the people and places you’re lucky you’re not.”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“Today was good. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.”

― ??

“When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― The Lorax

“Be grateful you’re not in the forest in France
Where the average young person just hasn’t a chance
To escape from the perilous pants-eating plants!
But your pants are safe, you’re a fortunate guy.
You ought to be shouting, ‘How lucky am I!’”
― Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

“You can find magic
wherever you look.
Sit back and relax,
all you need is a book.”
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
to pick up a book and read to a child.”
― ??

“So…
be your name Buxbaum, or Bixby, or Bray,
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!”
― Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Dr. Seuss books & Cat in the Hat costumes