Denise Day Spencer

May 31, 2006

Take a rest

Filed under: Devotional Life — denisedayspencer @ 4:48 am

Two weeks ago I got a much-earned but completely unplanned rest. I got sick. Sicker than I'd been in a while.

It all started a year ago. Our pressman left the OBI print shop, and we've been working short-handed ever since. Tamara and I had been on our own before, but never for a whole year, and never in the spring. You see, spring is our busiest time at the print shop. But somehow we made it. We buckled down, rolled up our sleeves, pitched in, put our noses to the grindstone and all the other appropriate cliches you can think of. We're a good team, and by the grace of God (and a few extra hours) we published our newsletters and hammered together our plaques and we got the job done.

Then we both collapsed.

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May 28, 2006

Random Ramblings

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 10:52 pm

Our daughter's getting married in six days!

Yesterday Michael, Clay and I were sitting in a movie theatre, in the middle of one of the fast-paced action scenes of "X-Men III" and I suddenly choked on my own spit and began coughing uncontrollably. Choking on my own spit? I'm 49 years old! When do I get to begin acting dignified, for crying out loud? (Of course, one might argue that if I truly wanted to act dignified I wouldn't be sitting in "X-Men III" in the first place. But it was fun!) 

Speaking of embarrassing moments, I've done this oh, so many times…

Is there anything more relaxing than being at a baseball game on a beautiful, twilight summer's eve? Go, Lexington Legends!

Have I mentioned that our daughter is getting married…in six days?!

Children’s sermon: Christian ethics

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 10:34 pm

Another installment in my series of children's sermons based on The Disciple's Study Bible doctrinal summaries. 

SCRIPTURE: Leviticus 19:18

OBJECT: masking tape for making a circle on the floor where you will be standing

We talked last time about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. I want us to talk more about that today. Think with me for a moment about how we as Christians should treat other people. You might think of it as being a disciple in our world. (more…)

May 15, 2006

Children’s sermon: Discipleship

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 2:38 am

Here's another of my children's sermons based on the doctrinal outlines in the Disciple's Study Bible.

Scripture: John 15:5, 10

Object: a branch or vine containing fruit, or a picture of a fruit tree

I've got a question for you today. When Jesus was here on earth, he had 12 special helpers. What were those helpers called? That's right–disciples. Do you remember what Jesus often said when he asked someone to become His disciple? Yes–"Come, follow me." (more…)

May 11, 2006

Random ramblings

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 2:43 am

Why is it that when people get old they forget everything they ever knew about common manners? Or maybe they just don't care anymore…

I recently had to schedule a doctor's appointment that required precertification from my insurance company. When I called the company to see how to go about it, they said to go on to my first appointment and then the doctor would send in the paperwork for approval. Doesn't that kind of take the "pre" out of "precertification?" Prefixes, people! Prefixes!

In my quest for solitude, I've found a spot on our campus where I can be totally hidden from view, but completely out in the open. And no, I won't tell you my secret!

I just learned that my former youth minister from back when I was 15 has an only child who's younger than both of my kids. What's up with that?

The other day my son told me I have nice abs. What a great compliment!

May 2, 2006

On saying “goodbye”

Filed under: Personal reflections — denisedayspencer @ 4:04 am

"Goodbye." There. I said it.

It's not usually a pleasant word. It's sometimes downright heart-wrenching. But it needs to be said.

I recently watched our school's spring drama production. The play was "The Curious Savage," by John Patrick. The cast of characters included a small group of friends who were all residents of a home for the mentally ill. They were a delightful little crew, who loved and fiercely protected each other. They had among them a number of agreed-upon behaviors. They never read newspapers until the stories were several months old. (Bad news was much easier to handle that way.) They had learned that a number of different phrases could mean "I love you," such as "Don't break your neck!" or "Take an umbrella; it looks like rain." And they never said "goodbye"–except to people they didn't like. (more…)

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