Wednesday, September 03, 2008

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Monday night I asked Mike if I could hijack our evening. It was a golden opportunity with both Mike and Jamin at home.

I read the verse from Eph about "Bearing one another's burdens".

We laid out a blanket. I then began to put symbols of all our family responsibilities for the upcoming year on the blanket (Chapel, military, schooling, co-ops etc). Then, I began to load people on the blanket.
I tried to lug them around and we all discovered that Mom could NOT carry the load of family responsibilities alone.
Yes, we all took turns trying. Guess what? None of us could lug the blanket full of responsibilities very far by fact we could all hear the blanket begin to rip under the strain of our effots. This provided an unintended object lesson. ::snort::

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When we all got off the blanket and took a little spot of the load, it was easily doable.
We went on to discuss the upcoming year, challenges we see in the future.... and strengthened our resolve to work as a team.

We needed a "song" so introduced Father Abraham. I was sure the words were "he didn't eat and he didn't sleep" and was gustily singing my version. After a few verses someone remembered the correct words. ::snort::

We ended with a prayer cirlce. The rest of the evening we played games. Jared and Mike played a rousing game of "Acey Deucy". I honestly don't remember who won. The rest of us played, "Pick it Up". The point of this game seems to be to lie about how many cards you put down while others guess if you are lying or not. ::snort::

Yes, we DO have family worship more than once a year. However, lately, it's RARE to have all six children and two adults home at the same time. We look for those chances.

*Note I heard about the blanket thing at a Mom's Night Out when Kristi was speaking about chores and her family. I KNEW that eventually I would use the object lesson and it fit well with what Mike and I wanted to discuss on Monday.

Well, that's Monday. It's a decent hour to go to the I'll update on Tuesday later.

©2008 D.R.G.


Michelle said...

De'Etta, I love this idea and will be borrowing it! Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

My family SO needs this devotion! I plan on using it as soon as I can come up with the "stuff". What did you use to represent chapel?

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Chapel - Let me see - LOL

Boots - for military, Bible, Hymnals, Study books for chapel....then a host of things for PWOC too...then I just stuck Mike on the blanket for chapel. LOL

Debbie said...

I love this idea. I will be borrowing this.

We have been talking a lot lately about how a few, (Brian, Bessie and I) are doing all the work for the many. I think this illustration would work really well to help drive the point home on teamwork.

Anonymous said...

Great ideas!! And I laugh every time I see y'all taking pictures of all this stuff! Documenting each moment for the rest of us..... I mean, for all your family. And the rest of us.


Jodi said...

This is such a fun idea and effective presentation. I will borrow this too.

Anonymous said...

Way to go! Awesome lesson and I am sure teaching etc.

l/p Mom T

PS: One lady who has horrible migrains said she gets rid of hers by sticking her finger down her throat until the job is done and then she takes a nap and that is it! Not sure I could do that!

Anonymous said...


Really neat lesson! I, like others, will want to borrow this one.

De'Etta, if I may address your Mom T, "Blech on the sticking the fingers down the throat!" Having averaged 18 migraines a month, I couldn't do that. There are useful meds that can have the pain cleared up in about 2.5 hours. Zomig works, but it leaves the body just as ragged limp as letting the migraine get to the "fingers down the throat" stage of pain.

momma24 said...

I am stealing this idea! This is a great illustration. Thanks for sharing.

Joyce said...

Good Morning! This is my first visit to your blog. I came to you via To Love, Honor and Vacuum, Sheila's Blog which I have just started reading as well.

This is a favorite topic of mine, since we are also a nine-child family, home schooled for many years, and try to 'do-it-ourselves' on some fronts.

Thanks for the fun peek into your lives. Sounds like you have lots of fun together in your busy home!

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

We DO have a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by Joyce.