Denise Day Spencer

October 25, 2007

Three decades later…

Filed under: Home Front — denisedayspencer @ 8:07 pm

A recent conversation at our dinner table, after Michael brought food home from our school cafeteria:

MICHAEL: We’ve got plenty of food here. Have some peas!

DENISE: No, thanks. I don’t like peas.

MICHAEL: You don’t like peas?

DENISE: Think about it. In our 29 years of marriage, have you ever known me to cook peas?

MICHAEL: Sure. Um…back when we first married. You made peas with tuna!

DENISE: Peas with tuna? That sounds awful!

MICHAEL: It was in some kind of liquid…

DENISE: I don’t think so. I’ve never liked peas.

MICHAEL: Then why in the heck did I bring home so many peas!?

(Note: Michael didn’t eat the peas, either.)

What does your spouse still not know about you?

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October 24, 2007

Children’s sermon: Stewardship

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 7:24 pm

One more children’s object lesson drawn from the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURES: Psalm 50:10-11, 14

OBJECT: a fast food container or wrapper

I brought a container with me today, and I’ll bet you can tell me what came in here. That’s right (French fries, hamburger, etc.) Now we all like to eat out, but occasionally we may have a problem in the restaurant. If there’s something wrong with the food or if I’m treated rudely I can say, “I want to talk to the manager!” You see, the manager is the person in charge of the restaurant at that particular time. The manager probably doesn’t own the restaurant. He just makes sure it’s operated the way it’s supposed to be. (more…)

October 14, 2007

Are you happy and you know it? Then sing!

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 8:18 pm

Well, Michael had the pleasure of doing a pulpit supply gig in a church in our area today, and I tagged along. It was a special day. We were to be treated to a musical performance by “The Little Angels” (also known as the preschool children). And what a treat it was. (more…)

October 11, 2007

Children’s sermon: The consequences of sin

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 3:43 pm

Here’s yet another in my series of object lessons based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURES: John 8:34, Romans 6:23

OBJECT: toy handcuffs or a heavy chain

We talked last time about sin. We learned that sin can be breaking God’s law. It can also be missing His target; falling short of His goals for us. Today we need to ask, “So what? What happens when I sin? Why is it so serious?” (more…)

October 5, 2007

Highways and byways

Filed under: Home Front — denisedayspencer @ 9:46 pm

As I write, it’s the tail end of our school’s annual fall break. That means it’s almost time to go back to work. I keep telling myself that if I stayed off duty I’d eventually get bored. The truth is, I’m not so sure about that. But I don’t seem to ever have the time to find out!

We have had a lovely break. For some reason I enjoyed it even more than usual. After a delightful mini-vacation to Owensboro to visit my family, Michael and I went on to St. Meinrad monastery in St. Meinrad, Indiana for a one-night retreat. Everything about our stay was perfect. There was, however, a recurrent theme of…getting lost. Well, not lost, exactly. Just not being able to get where we needed to be. (more…)

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