3:51 p.m. Today's project was to gather an odd assortment of articles for the next two Bible station stories at Vacation Bible School. We had had an exceptionally fun and blessed night, with 4-year-olds listening, responding, and acting out the Bible story of Peter being let out of prison by an angel. (Acts 12)
Today's and tomorrow's stories concern the Apostle Paul on his ill-fated voyage to Rome to appeal to Caesar to overturn his arrest and imprisonment by the Jews. We'll re-enact the shipwreck at Malta tonight from Acts 27, and tomorrow, Paul's miraculous deliverance, unharmed, from the bite of the poisonous snake in Acts 28. Fun times ahead, but lots of items to gather: a long green sock to make a snake out of, crackers, baggies, stuffed toys, a fan, spray bottle, paper to makes sticks out of for building a fire, something with flames on it, and gummy worms. My shopping expedition took me to the 99 Cent Store, Alin Party Supply, and Big 5 Sporting Goods. I found it all, and was relieved not to have to worry tomorrow while at "Marry Me Bridal" in Orange with my daughter Heidi and her bridesmaids to pick out a wedding gown.
I had become concerned about an unsaved "friendship" one of my adult kids was developing, and was wondering how to bring it up. But do you know that the Holy Spirit was already ahead of me? In his regular daily scripture reading, he was in I Corinthians 6:15-20, and texted me to ask about it! (v. 19 says, "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit...?") I then asked him to read II Corinthians 14-18. Hear verses 14-15:Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial (the devil)? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
Our conversation was fruitful, with him asking good questions and paying attention to the answers! And since the Holy Spirit began the work of conviction and exhortation, I'll let Him complete it, for, as Philippians 1:6 says, "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Let God's good work continue!
Need to run and get Steve's dinner ready early, and the car packed for another High Seas Adventure!