|Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2000 - 9:03 pm: || |
Here I go again!;-)
While you were growing up as an SDA kid, you most likely were saturated with all those children's books. Can you think of one story in particular that helped form character or even mold you to what you are today? Or, maybe it was just a favorite story. I'd like to hear it. Remember, Adventism was our past, our heritage and our life. God knew we SDA's! It was no surprise to Him! It was in His plan!!;-)
Out of all the ga-zillion stories from the Bedtime Stories and the Children's Hour, there was one that really affectd me. I'm not positive which set of books it came from? I think it was the Children's Hour? It was called, "I Can Sleep On Windy Nights." Anybody remember that?
From my faded memory of nearly 30 years ago, this was a story of a kid that was working on a farm. He had various chores to do and when he did them, he did them well. No one had to follow behind him and mop up his messes. One night a storm came and was lifting everything that wasn't nailed down. The farmer went hunting for this kid to get help in securing everything. When he found the kid, he was sound asleep! There was NO waking him up! The farmer then went out to check the haystack, barn doors, animals and everything else only to find that everything was secure!
The next morning the farmer asked the kid if he heard the storm the night before and the kid said no. The farmer asked him how he could possibly sleep through a storm like that. The kid said, "I can sleep on windy nights."
The moral of the story was that if you did a good job the first time, you could sleep with no worries.
|Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2000 - 9:36 pm: || |
I remember that story, too, Maryann. It made a tremendous impression on me. The problem I have with it today is that it is pure works. Not that I expect slacking from myself or my boys, mind you!-- but that story along with all of Uncle Arthur's others is all about our good works.
I'm convinced that even our work is profitable and good only when we give it to God and ask him to bless us as we do it and work through us. I know that the only way I can stay on top of my work load is by submitting it to God and asking him to help me accomplish what I need to, and to be able to let go of those things which don't matter so much.
I still believe in doing a good job the first time, but sometimes I really can't manage to do that the way I want to, and I have to trust that my Savior's perfection will take care not only of my spiritual failure but my professional failure as well.
In His Grace,
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 6:57 am: || |
Aunt Sue and Uncle Dan's your story hour. I have a set of the tapes from their collection of American hero stories and me and the kids listened to them on the way down to San Francisco last year. I was impressed that many of the heros were such due to the support of and the belief their parents had in them. They did a quality program for kids and I enjoyed it even in college.
I also loved the experiences of summer camp and camp meetings at Little Grassy Lake in Illinois. They held fond memories of singing songs, playing, and just being a part of a group. Valerie
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 9:08 am: || |
Hmmmmmmm, sounds like I may have not made myself clear. Thank you for pointing out that "all of Uncle Arthur's others is all about our good works." That is very true!
My reason for bring up this thread was to soften the anger that some have with their SDA background and remember the happy times.;-) The reading of those books were very happy times for me.
I never intended to proclaim these stories as good works on the ladder to heaven. One must admit though, a story like, "I Can Sleep On Windy Nights" can help develope "living skills" that go with a person to their grave! No matter what background a person has, there is SOMETHING that they learned that is valuable. Sometimes, the most valuable lessons can be how NOT to do it as opposed to HOW to do it.
I'll add some more stories that affected me when I have more time;-)
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 6:04 pm: || |
Aunt Sue just brought back a peaceful memory, I really enjoyed that show and felt relaxed when I listened to it. It is one of the few things in my SDA Heritage I am comfortable to share with my kids.
We also did alot of camping with other church members. How I loved those trips. On Sabbath we would take our lawn chairs into the creek and sit while someone read stories to us. There were always long hikes in the woods. At the time my parents were not too strict and we could wear our swimsuits while we sat in the creek and could wear play clothes on the hikes. We sang Sabbath songs around the campfire and also had church in the morning.
We always ate taco salad on those camping trips and had veggie links on the fire and popcorn after sundown. S'mores were not forbidden either.
MaryAnn this is the most therapeutic thing I have done since coming to FAF. Thank you for softening the anger and helping me to remmber that the people of my childhood really loved me and tried their best.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 6:06 pm: || |
PS Good works bring magnificiant wordly results...not salvation. I want my kids to have both. Val
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 6:16 pm: || |
As long as we realize that our good works are
fruits of the Holy Spirit who is the sap
(lifeblood) running through the grapevine
(Christ) abd throughout the branches (us).
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 6:31 pm: || |
OK TO KEEP SABBATH HOLY
The more zealous among us formers must
never forget that Scripture GIVES
PERMISSION for believers to keep the
seventh-day Sabbath holy!
"Welcome ALL the Lord's followers, even
those whose faith is weak. Don't criticize them
for having beliefs that are DIFFERENT from
yours. Some think it is all right to eat anything,
while those whose faith is weak will eat only
vegetables. But you should not criticize others
for eating or for not eating. After all, God
welcomes EVERYONE. What right do you
have to criticize someone else's servants?
Only THEIR Lord can decide if they are doing
right, and the Lord will make sure that they do
"Some of the Lord's followers think ONE DAY
IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANOTHER.
Others think all days are the same. But each
of you should make up your own mind. Any
followers who COUNT ONE DAY MORE
IMPORTANT THAN ANOTHER do it to honor
their Lord. And any followers who eat meat
give thanks to God, jsut like the ones who
don't eat meat.
"Whether we live or die, it must be for God,
rather than for ourselves. Whether we live or
die, it myust be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we
still belong to the Lord. This is because Christ
died and rose to life, so that he would be the
Lord of the dead and of the living. Why do you
criticize other followers of the Lord? Why do
you look down on them? The day is coming
when God will judge all of us. In the Scriptures
"'I swear by my very life
that everyone will kneel down
and praise my name!'
"And so, each of us must give an account to
God for what we do."
--Paul, Romans 14:1-12 (Contemporary
English Version = CEV).
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 6:46 pm: || |
It is plain tht two meals a day are better than three. I believe and practice this, but I have no "Thus saith the Lord" that it is wrong for some to eat the third meal. WE ARE NOT TO BE AS THE PHARISEES, bound about by set rules and regulations. God's word has not specified any set hours when food should be eaten. WE ARE TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO MAKE LAWS LIKE THE LAWS OF THE PHARISEES, OR TO TEACH FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.
Suggestions for Sanitarium Diet B-213-1902
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 6:47 pm: || |
Ooops! Wrong thread...sorry guys.
But then it could fit here...couldn't it??? :(
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 7:08 pm: || |
I didn't get stories as a child. Now I'm curious as to what stories children did learn in sda. I'm somewhat but vaguely aware of some of the stories told to children not necessarily in Church, at bedtime. I remember being very very shocked in 1991 as I was babysitting two girls. One 7 and the other 10. They asked me if I would read a story to them and they brought the book to me to read out of. It was called 'Hansel and Gretel'. That book ended up in the dumpster outside of the apartment building. The mother came home to her two girls just crying like nobody's business because I threw the book away. When questioned by the mother, I asked her if she had read that story and she said 'yes, why?'. Well, I did try to explain to the mother how awful it was and how I cannot believe there are stories like that for children. I suppose she figured me a nut because she retrieved the story book out of the dumpster.
Oh well, I was shocked and am still shocked over that story. And I didn't even read the whole thing to those girls cause it was bad enough about one quarter of the way through!
I know, I know,,,you can laugh but stories were not part of my childhood. I think it was forbidden. Oh yeah, and I was never asked to watch over her children again..:(
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 7:11 pm: || |
Sooo, somebody tell me a story please.
God Bless you in advance too! :)
|Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2000 - 8:57 pm: || |
Okay Denise, here goes a story from nearly 30 years ago;-))
There was this kid that was always striving to get the biggest and best for himself. It didn't matter what it was, the best was HIS!
His parents decided to fix the problem by getting the help of an Aunt or whoever. They set up this feast with all kinds of goodies (vegetarian of course;-) piled from one end of the table to the other. This kid scouted the table and picked out everything that was the biggest and best in his mind and was licking his lips till they all sat down.
Now, everyone was in on the deal and all knew that they were not to get the big and pretty stuff. This kid went for the fruit bowl and got the biggest apple he ever had seen. When he cut it in half, it was nasty, pithy and full of a big fat worm! Next, he went after the biggest piece of the main dish and it was perfectly nasty! Then came the cookies. His mouth tasted nasty so he figured that the big, fat cookie would help. It was nastier that the main dish!! Then came the pie. Certainly, the pie would be good. Naturally, there was a huge piece of pie and he got it. It was so gross he couldn't hardly keep a straight face.
So, on the way home, it was observed that he had a hard time at dinner!!! (No kidding!) He ended up learning from this that it was NOT the best choice to go after the biggest or best.
There are many kids that learned from that story the "living skill" of not always trying to get the biggest and best for themselves. :-):-)
Abreviated story, not the biggest or best;-)
|Posted on Thursday, November 23, 2000 - 12:56 am: || |
Now I liked that story. There contains a good teaching or lesson in it as far as I'm concerned. Thank you. I will remember this story too.
God Bless you and yours Maryann,