Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wonderful Wednesday

Today's Schedule:
5:40 am - Reid awakens the boys and me to let me know Overcomer is online.  We are able to skype with him - see him...hear him!
7:00 am - Cook the boys a nice breakfast.  Quite a rare treat!
8:10 am - Drop Mason and Franklin at Rivers Edge Academy for school.
8:35 am - Arrive back home and begin lessons with Braden and Weston.
11:40 am - Make lunches to eat in the car.
12:15 pm - Pick up Mason and Franklin from school and drive out Northshore.  Eat lunch in the van.
12:50 pm - Arrive at destination for Mason and Franklin to begin their big adventure.  They walk into their dressing room in their school uniforms and come out covered in camouflage from head to toe.
1:05 pm - Mason and Franklin are in costume and have props in hand.  We follow up to the shooting location.

1:10 pm - Mason and Franklin receive instructions while Weston, Braden and I watch.  The boys are now  acting as sons going hunting with their dads.  They are acting for a commercial for Gander Mountain.  (Mason could have passed for the son of the guy playing his Dad.  They really did look alike!)  The entire time I watched our boys, I was so proud of them.  They acted their parts well, although it was obvious they knew little about hunting.
3:45 pm - The Director, Dustin Rader, asks Weston to let everyone know, "It's a wrap!"  Shooting is over for the day.
4:00 pm - The boys load up in the car with their new boots.  They were thrilled with their take-home gift!  Thank you Dustin Rader!  All the way home the boys chatted about the fact that they were actually acting in a commercial.  We were all amazed.
4:45 pm - Head downtown for the Big Kidnapping!
5:00 pm - Upon arriving at Water Angels, Jeannie greeted me waiting under the pavilion.  She had been waiting for two hours.  She was so excited that we were going somewhere special!
5:05 pm - Begin pick-ups for the Water Angels Undivided Devotion Bible Study.  Destination - UNKNOWN. 
5:15 pm - Wait with Sister Word to get her car jumped.  Kidnap her from her home!
5:30 pm - Kelly and Lisa arrive back from the Mission with seven ladies ready for the surprise evening awaiting them.
6:00 pm - Park the cars down by the river at Mom and Dads.  Listen to the women excitedly display their thrill being somewhere outside of the city.  Have my heart gripped as one woman says, "Being here is like a taste of heaven."  I realize how infrequently these women are able to behold the beauty of God's creation.
Women peruse the bank of the river.  A few grab a quick smoke.  All are smiling and very relaxed.
6:20 pm - Enjoy the lovely dinner provided by Lisa!  What a treat!  Delicious!
6:45 pm - Penelope surprises me with my funky jeans!  Funky at 40!  Yes, I am!  She hand-stitches every square on these masterpieces!  Amazing artistic ability!  Lisa's jeans have flare as well - literally!
7:00 pm - Begin Bible study.  Explain that taking the step to completely surrender to Jesus is like one's willingness to be kidnapped.  You must step into the van, while the destination is unknown.  What the Lord has waiting for you is beyond the beauty of this peaceful scene by the river.  He is waiting for you.
Tonight's setting is such a beautiful portrayal of a life lived with Jesus.  Look at verses in scripture about the river:
They feast on the abundance of your house,

and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
Psalm 36:8

The wild beasts will honor me,

the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people
Isaiah 43:20
(one of my favorite passages in scripture)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 22:1-5

Women break into song about God's goodness.  We sing hymns of praise.  Oh, Lord we love you!  What a gift to worship you tonight!  Thank you for giving us all a taste of you this evening.  After our time together, we all enjoyed some quiet protected time with the Lord.  All of the women scattered along the riverbank to pray and meditate on God's goodness.  How sweet He is!
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, "'From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"
John 7:38
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