Denise Day Spencer

September 19, 2009

Why I don’t sleep late on Saturdays

Filed under: Home Front — denisedayspencer @ 3:43 pm

Ah, Saturday. The day when people set the alarm later or turn it off altogether. The day when they pull the covers over their heads and snuggle in for a few more minutes…or hours, as the case may be.

I, however, am a morning person. And Saturday is my day to catch up on all the housework I’ve neglected through the week, plus hopefully save a couple of hours to do something fun. I always say I’m going to get up almost as early on Saturday as I do the rest of the week. If I sleep too late then I lose the entire morning and the rest of the day seems to evaporate in small increments. If I’m not careful, I’ll be mopping the floors at 10:00 p.m., and that’s not the something fun I had in mind. (more…)

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September 15, 2009

Children’s object lesson: The parable of the mustard seed

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 6:55 pm

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 13:31-32

OBJECTS: a tiny seed and the plant that results (or a picture of the plant)

Today we’re going to look at a really short little story that Jesus told about the kingdom of God. He compares the kingdom to a mustard seed.  A mustard seed is a tiny seed. When you think about it, all seeds are tiny compared to the plants they grow into, aren’t they? (more…)

September 3, 2009

“Living the Lord’s Prayer,” by Albert Haase, O.F.M.

Filed under: Book review — denisedayspencer @ 7:29 pm

When I first began this book I was rather dubious. What did this author have to say about such a tried-and-true topic that hadn’t already been said a hundred times? My reluctance was unfounded, however, and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed the book immensely.

Father Haase seasons his prose with stories from his own and others’ experiences to illustrate his points. Each chapter ends with “Reflection Questions” and “Gospel Passages for Meditation and Prayer.” This makes Living the Lord’s Prayer a book that could easily be featured in a study group as well as read by individuals. (more…)

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