A Moment for the Family: Healthy Pauses

Dr. Mary Manz Simon considers how holidays and special occasions can be healthy pauses for children and adults.


Find all episodes in the Moments with KFUO Radio shows at kfuo.org/moments.

Monday: A Moment on the Lighter Side
Tuesday: A Moment in Creation
Wednesday: A Moment for the Family
Thursday: A Moment of Faith
Friday:
 A Moment in Scripture

A Moment for the Family: Healthy Pauses

Dr. Mary Manz Simon considers how holidays and special occasions can be healthy pauses for children and adults.


Find all episodes in the Moments with KFUO Radio shows at kfuo.org/moments.

Monday: A Moment on the Lighter Side
Tuesday: A Moment in Creation
Wednesday: A Moment for the Family
Thursday: A Moment of Faith
Friday:
 A Moment in Scripture

Happy “Margarita Day” and Happy “Walk Your Dog” Day!

Yep, today we get Two fun things to celebrate. Pour yourself a margarita and take your four-legged buddy on an extra nice walk.

A picture of Snoopy
Snoopy

My old buddy, Snoopy, would have agreed! Currently, I am not a pet-Guardian on my own.

Before I take on the responsibility again, I need to do some learning and figure out how to do things better. Meanwhile, I get to share the home with Cooper, a gentle follow who is a great delight.

Meanwhile, until I’m ready to take on the responsibility, here are Dog-related Books I Want to Read:

(Yes, I understand that some of the training methods in this book have received critique. Things DO change. I still want to look at the history of dog training methods.)

a picture of a dog
Cooper

 


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Happy “Peanut Butter Day”!

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Happy “Clergy Appreciation Month”

Happy “Peanut Butter Day”!

I am entertained and surprised by the various things we celebrate. It’s to the point where I don’t even have to search for them anymore, they come to me. (That scary thought could be the subject of another post, but I don’t want to do that one tonight.)

Apparently, today is PEANUT BUTTER DAY.

I didn’t necessarily intend to make it a point to celebrate, but we are eating a fresh batch of peanut butter cookies. 80 cookies came out of the oven. I’m wondering how many days they will last…

Here are some other entertaining recipes in honor of the day:

Happy “Winnie the Pooh” Day!

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day

It has been a week or two since Winnie the Pooh and his friends have been favorites of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I have as big a sweet tooth as I did when I was five. I still daydream and bumble around, looking for honey and other goodies.

I have also broadened my interests.

Still, it’s fun to remember being the biggest kid around. So, on this WINNIE THE POOH DAY (a.k.a. A. A. Milne’s birthday), here are 11 ways to celebrate. I will probably just drink tea with honey and lemon, and something to spike it, to help me get rid of my cold.

This little bear has some wonderful quotes to live by:

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing Introductions and get on with the book.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“He was telling an interesting anecdote full of exciting words like “encyclopedia” and “rhododendron”.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Weird Things That People Celebrate

Since I’m not feeling quite well yet, I decided to look at some of the other fun things people do. I looked up some our unique celebrations.

Did you know that this is Hunt for Happiness week?

I know that I didn’t!  I’m not sure that hunting for it will guarantee that you will find happiness, but… Okay. I’m not even sure that positive thinking will help you find happiness.

Well… I’ll just close now. I’ll daydream and sleep until I find happiness.

Unless I find something more important to do.

Happy “Clergy Appreciation Month”

Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash

IV. [JUSTIFICATION]
1 It is also taught among us that we cannot obtain forgiveness of sin and righteousness before God by our own merits, works, or satisfactions, but that we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God by grace, for Christ’s sake, through faith,
2 when we believe that Christ suffered for us and that for his sake our sin is forgiven and righteousness and eternal life are given to us.
3 For God will regard and reckon this faith as righteousness, as Paul says in Romans 3:21–26 and 4:5.
V. [THE OFFICE OF THE MINISTRY]
1 To obtain such faith God instituted the office of the ministry, that is, provided the Gospel and the sacraments.
2 Through these, as through means, he gives the Holy Spirit, who works faith, when and where he pleases, in those who hear the Gospel.
3 And the Gospel teaches that we have a gracious God, not by our own merits but by the merit of Christ, when we believe this.
4 Condemned are the Anabaptists and others5 who teach that the Holy Spirit comes to us through our own preparations, thoughts, and works without the external word of the Gospel.
VI. [THE NEW OBEDIENCE]
1 It is also taught among us that such faith should produce good fruits and good works and that we must do all such good works as God has commanded,6 but we should do them for God’s sake and not place our trust in them as if thereby to merit favor before God.



Theodore G. Tappert, ed., The Book of Concord the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press, 1959), 30–32.

These articles in the Augsburg Confession are tied together. Our JUSTIFICATION is from God, worked by faith. Faith doesn’t sprout willy-nilly from the air, THE OFFICE OF THE HOLY MINISTRY (A.K.A. PASTORS) preach the Gospel and administer the sacraments. The Holy Spirit works faith in those who hear The Gospel. After faith works, THE NEW OBEDIENCE begins showing up in our lives as a way to thank our God for these extraordinary gifts.

If God chooses to work through plain old human beings, far be it from me to argue. Pastors, their wives, and children certainly have targets painted on their backs!

We get to thank them for their work this month. This article is a lousy way to do it, but it’s my way to start.