Denise Day Spencer

October 22, 2006

Eyes wide shut

Filed under: Home Front — denisedayspencer @ 10:46 pm

No, this essay has nothing to do with the movie by the same name–which I have not seen. It just seemed like a good title for this piece. I’m going to confess one of the many reasons why I am a pretty pitiful excuse for a minister’s wife.

I have always been easily lulled into a somnolent state. Whenever Michael and I go somewhere in the car, he drives and I’m supposed to keep him company, keep him awake. Sounds like a good plan, right? Wrong. Like a baby in a carseat, after the first few miles my head is back and my mouth is open and drooling. Trying to read to stay awake just makes it worse. Listening to the radio does no good. I sit there, cranium bouncing like a bobblehead, until I nearly choke on my tongue and wake myself with a loud, unladylike snore. Meanwhile, poor Michael is turning the radio up louder, frantically chewing gum and splashing water from his water bottle into his eyes in an attempt to stay awake himself. Every now and then I’ll rouse myself enough to ask, “Gee, Honey, are you having a hard time? Do you want me to drive?” “YOU?!” he exclaims with horror. “That would kill us both!” I know he’s disappointed that I’m not a better traveling companion, and so am I. (more…)

October 21, 2006

Random ramblings

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 3:15 pm

I love the names and titles of some of the junk e-mails I get. The latest was sent to me by some soul with the unfortunate name of “large” and the title was “getting outcomes contrasted which.” I don’t think any of Michael’s Advanced Placement English IV students could diagram that sentence. Oh, wait. It’s not a sentence.

We had one of our famous OBI “Free Mart” give-aways the other day. They had advertised that they were going to have, among other things, Halloween candy. “Yay!” I thought. “That’s great. It’ll save me having to buy candy.” So I went to the Free Mart and loaded up on all sorts of stuff. Everything except…you’ve got it. I had already picked up some full-sized Hershey bars and Reese’s Cups. I stood there and looked at those bags and bags of mini candy bars and thought, “The kids are gone now. Michael and I don’t need all of this candy!” and walked away. But the really sad part is that I didn’t even realize what I’d done until yesterday when I was standing in the Dollar General looking at Halloween candy and it hit me. (sigh) So I bought some cheapo suckers when I could have had name brand chocolate for free. Sorry, kids. Next year trick-or-treat at the home of someone who’s not senile.

Children’s sermon: The Holy Spirit–Who is He?

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 3:04 pm

Another children’s sermon based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURES: Genesis 1:2, John 14:23

OBJECT: nose-and-glasses disguise

I want us to talk for our next few times together about the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it seems like we talk only about God the Father and Jesus the Son. We act as if it’s hard to understand Who the Holy Spirit is. (put on nose an glasses) We act as if He’s wearing some kind of disguise. (remove nose and glasses) But He’s not in disguise! He wants us to know Him and love Him. So Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? (more…)

October 14, 2006

Random Ramblings

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 5:51 pm

Why did the old lady swallow the fly? She was probably walking the track after dark and mouth-breathing and that little bugger just flew right in there. (At least that’s what happens to me–with gnats.)

We had three young children in our home last night, including a two-year-old. Michael and I agreed–we are so not ready for grandchildren!

I’ve been working out for four months now. The Rehab. Master recently told me I’m “beefing up and looking good.” I take that as a compliment! (See? You can teach a 49-year-old dog new tricks!)

Children’s sermon: History and hope

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 3:25 pm

Another children’s sermon based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 22:5

OBJECTS: small chalkboard, chalk, an eraser

We talked last time about history and time. We learned that while human history is a record of things that happen in time, God is outside of time. He controls history. That gives us hope for the future. Let me show you how. (more…)

October 4, 2006

Christmas program: The Story

Filed under: Creative Ministries — denisedayspencer @ 2:37 am

When I first started this blog, I intended it to be partially an opportunity for personal expression, and partially a chance for me to share some of the things I’ve written for creative ministries. I apologize for not getting started with the creative ministries part sooner. But as the holiday season is fast approaching, I’d like to post the chapel Christmas program that we did here at OBI last year. It offers short, easy-to-stage drama segments and several choices of carols for the music spots. If you’re looking for a user-friendly Christmas program for your youth or adult choir that combines music and drama, this may be the thing for you. (more…)

October 1, 2006

Children’s sermon: History and God

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 9:36 pm

Another object lesson based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 90:4

OBJECT: a time line of an imaginary person’s life

Today I want us to talk about history. History is a record of things that have happened in the past. In school you will study history. It’s important to know what things have happened in the past, both in our country and in the world. History also studies why and how those things happened. (more…)

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