Thursday, January 21, 2010

What are You Reading To Your Children?

I am a staunch advocate of reading to children. My own five children have been read to profusely, they have been made to read to each other, they have all read aloud to the family, and been made to listen to books they couldn't even quite grasp yet. For those they weren't ready for, they simply picked up on as much as they could get and put the rest in their quick little minds for later use.

When I was a young mother in the 1980's looking for answers to my many parenting questions, I stumbled upon a great book. Honey For a Child's Heart gave me much needed insight into the world of children's literature. Through Gladys Hunt's instruction I grasped the importance of making books and reading an integral part of our home.

Honey For a Child's Heart, published in 2002 is worth your time whether you are a new mom or one that's "been around the block". Give your family the gift of good literature. Gladys Hunt's book is the best place I know to start.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Timmy 1997-2010

Thank-you for your faithfulness...We will miss you.
"You won't EVER see another one like 'im" Travis speaking about Old Yeller

C.H. Spurgeon Autobiography

Among the books in our home right now, is a hardback copy of

C.H. Spurgeon Autobiography: Volume 1

The Early Years

I try to read at least a couple of pages each morning during my devotion time. I immensely enjoy reading Spurgeon's own words, penned by his own hand, and flowing from his own heart. Spurgeon weaves his story in all the richness that is Spurgeon. All is done so that we are pulled to the core of his life, that of glorifying Christ. Archibald Brown has described Spurgeon this way:
"In his heart Jesus stood unapproached, unrivalled. He worshiped Him; he adored Him. He was our Lord's delighted captive."
As I read, it is not Spurgeon I see, but God.
I look forward to sharing some of the precious stories from Spurgeon's childood here on Girls Coffeebreak.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Book Nook

If you look over to the right, you can see that we have added a list of books. These are books we have been reading recently. Every now and again, we are going to post our thoughts on one of these books, and we welcome your input too. Maybe you've read one of these before or maybe you'd like to read it along with us. Whatever the case may be, we look forward to discussing these books with you over a good cup of coffee. Below every post, you can find a place to put your comments, feel free to do so, so that we can all enjoy a wholesome God-honoring discussion of these books together. Looking forward to the first "Book Nook" post tomorrow!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's Next?

"There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction." Winston Churchill

Then why is it so hard? My entire life is changing. My children are growing up before my eyes. Things I thought would last forever don't. Birthdays are somewhat bothersome to me. It never used to be this way. It's easy to let fear creep in and take up housekeeping in my heart. I don't know the outcome of all the changes. I don't know what it will all "look like" when the changes are complete. I don't even know if I like the changes. But in it all, I can find hope because the God of the Universe directs my every step. His Sovereign control over my life is a source of great strength and comfort. He who never changes knows just when to throw me the lifeboat and reel me in to safety. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." So, bring on the changes! Re-location, New House, New Job, New Church, New Friends, New Hairstyle maybe?

Why Don't You Join Us Too?

Mom and I love to sit down with a good cup of coffee and take a quick break from the days work. We talk about how God is working in our lives, how we need to respond to God's work in our lives, and how we are encouraged or discouraged. We study the Bible, read good books, laugh, cry, pray, and sip on our coffee together. We don't promise that this blog will be up to date or on the edge. However, we do promise that we will try to glorify God in everything we talk about whether that be telling you a story we thought was funny, talking about a verse that encouraged us, sharing lessons we learned, or giving you directions on making a great cup of coffee. So, sit down with us, grab a good cup of coffee (or if you don't like coffee, we'll settle for tea) and join us for a coffee break.