I am so grateful to be able to co-chair our wonderful auction with Jay and Carol Kelly. This will be our 5th year and we have raised over $100,000 that helps pay off the mortgage, renovate, refit, and refurbish our beautiful church home. Each year we get better and better with items that we procure for auction, the food, ambiance, and fun. It’s a must see and this year we have set the date for September 22nd! Please don’t miss out on the evening because you might be missing an incredible opportunity…..
LIKE the auction item that our family won in last year’s auction. Scott and I, along with Mack & Zoe Strong and Todd & Casey Schoephflin, won a month of family devotionals with our church Elder, Ron and his amazing wife Linda Brumley, or as I like to call them the Grandpa & Grandma of the Church.
Some families conduct incredible devotionals for their children, ours….well, let’s say it’s been hit or miss. So, to inspire us to focus on our children’s relationship with God, we felt like a month with some experts would help. In the month of January our family has spent every Monday night with Ron & Linda studying out the Fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22. Our children beg us to go back as soon as we leave and talk about the lesson throughout the week. I’ve asked myself why are they so enamoured with Ron & Linda’s devotionals?….We are only there 45 minutes…., there aren’t any videos, candy or presents. Then it occurred to me, Perfect Love. Ron & Linda LOVE our children, no, they ADORE our children and as a parent I don’t know how to describe when someone adore’s your child, but it is magical.
Their lessons are fun and creative (the picture shows the “mouse” that Linda made for each child, she was demonstrating Kindness).
They are patient; and they listen to each child as if what they are saying could change the course of our world (and I suppose it could). I have learned that in this world of over stimulation, it is good to take some time and listen to our kids, to do a little craft or sing a little song (the video is of our children, Grace & Pryce singing the books of the New Testament, which they learned from Ron & Linda in one week!) that will help them understand the principals of the bible. It doesn’t have to take long, it doesn’t have to be arduous or burdensome. But, what it creates is delightful, pure and refreshing. Sitting at a table, singing, praying and opening the bible with the most precious folks in our lives. I will cherish these past four weeks in my heart forever. Our hope and prayer is that our children will benefit from their time with the Brumley’s but also from dad & mom learning a trick or two from the Masters.
So, if you think that the auction is just a good time (which it is) it can be so much more.