How New Words Are Formed At Our House

Yesterday, I was reviewing my son on some of the material he has learned for Bible quizzing tournaments in which he is involved.  He kept on mumbling his words, and I was having a hard time understanding some of what he said.  “Could you please stop mumbling and speak more clearly so I can understand what you’re saying?” says I.  “Okay mom, I’ll try to “emumbliate” better.”  he replied.  That’s exactly what he did.  He was still mumbling, but doing it in a way to where I could make out what he was saying!  Gotta love that boy!  What do you think?  Do you think we could get “emumbliate” put in the dictionary?  🙂

Martha Moments

laughter.jpg She is bubbly, wonderful with people and has the type of personality that I secretly have always longed to have. I hadn’t seen her in quite some time, so when I turned around in my pew and saw her sitting a couple of rows behind me, I had to get up and give her a hug.  As I gave her a hug and squatted down to talk to her, my knees cracked very loudly. ( a sign of my age, I guess) We both started laughing as quietly as possible since we were in the sanctuary where a Bible quizzing tournament was in progress.  We talked briefly, and then we talked later outside of the church.  I found myself opening up to her about some things I hadn’t really talked with anyone about, and it felt good to be able to confide in someone.  Later, after the tournament was over, we went out for pizza with her husband, 3 boys and some other friends from our church.  Ever since I met Martha approximately 4 years ago, I have always enjoyed being around her and her family.  They are very down to earth people and just naturally downright funny.  Somehow, they always have these true and hilarious stories to tell.  I know that God knows just exactly what we need.  He can help us with our stress when we come to Him in prayer, which He has done for me many times.  Sometimes though, maybe we just need to get together with a friend and laugh.  That is certainly what I needed on Saturday, and I thank God for the good medicine He gave me that day!

Weekend In Delano

On Friday and Saturday, we were in Delano, Ca. for the first Bible quizzing tournament of the season.  I’m not going to tell you how we did there, but if you want a full report, you can go to Eva’s blog(her and her husband do all the coaching)and check it out.  One of the fringe benefits of going to this tournament was that it was held at the church of fellow minister’s wife and blogger friend Jana Allard.  Also, I was looking forward to meeting for the first time, my blogger friend Jolene, who also attends Jana’s church.  If you’ve ever read on Jolene’s blog before, you have probably picked up on her down to earth, sweet and sincere spirit.  I found her to be the same in person.  Friday night after quizzing our coaches and I and Jolene and her husband Joe went out for a bite to eat and enjoyed a time of good fellowship.  I was just wondering if anyone else out there who has made a friend through blogging has had an opportunity to actually meet and get acquainted with that person? It would be neat to hear of your experience.  Anyhow, I’m glad I had the chance to go to this tournament.  There was only one thing that could have made the tournament better, and that would have been Jana’s husband making his red velvet cake that Jana featured on her blog last month.  Of course, I am trying to lay off sweets, but I think I could have made an exception.  😆

Pismo Via My Cell Phone

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3 junior quizzers and 1 senior quizzer decided to roll themselves in sand at the beach.

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Pismo Paul posing for camera.

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A view of Pismo from the dunes where I lazily sat and relaxed.

These are just a few pictures I wanted to share from our trip to Pismo Beach during the Jr. Bible quiz finals.  We had a great time at the tournament and afterwards at the beach. 

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This is a picture of Gospel Lighthouse in Arroyo Grande where the quizzing took place.  I’m rather fond of lighthouses, so I enjoy coming to this church.

I’ve been out of the loop some due to health reasons, but I hope to be blogging more regularly soon.  Please keep me in your prayers.  🙂

Leaving For A Few

Today we are leaving for the Junior Finals Bible Quizzing which will take place in Arroyo Grande.  Our junior team has done well and does have a chance of going to the National Quizzing next month in Missouri.  Whatever happens, I am proud of these kids and all the effort that they have made in memorizing the Word of God.  I will update later on this tournament.

Oregon Trail

Wednesday morning we are heading out to Portland, Oregon for another Bible quiz tournament and to visit some friends in the area.  This will be my first time to be in Oregon, so I hope to have some interesting things to share upon returning.  Take care, all my blogger friends.  🙂

Sr. Bible Quizzing/Youth Convention

It’s time to hit the road again and head to Bakersfield for another Sr. Bible Quizzing Tournament and Youth Convention.  Our Jr. team that quizzed on Friday and Saturday up in Oregon came home with a 3rd place team trophy, and Matthew, our coach’s son got a 2nd place individual high scorer trophy.  Way to go team!  It looks like I won’t be blogging until Thursday or Friday.  Do you think I’ll suffer withdrawal symptoms?  🙂

Round #2

It’s time for round #2 of the Word Warriors.  I mean the Scripture Slayers.  No, that’s not right.  They’re the Precept Pounders.  Okay, maybe the term I’m looking for is Bible Bruisers.  Well, actually, this is a friendly competition, so we simply call it Bible quizzing, and the participants are called Bible quizzers.  All of the young people that participate in Bible quizzing are winners, because they have taken time to hide God’s Word in their hearts.  Putting the Holy Scripture in our hearts and minds is one of those things that will help us “win against sin.”

David put it this way.

Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

If you have a moment, please pray for traveling mercies as we journey to Fresno today for this tournament in which all the young people will benefit, both now and in the future.  🙂 

Quiz Biz

On Friday night, our Bible quizzing teams will be going to their first competition of the season in Sacramento.  The theme for this year is Bible heroes, so they are memorizing verses concerning Noah, Moses, Ruth and many others.  I know they have worked hard and are  excited and a little nervous too.  I am amazed at how many verses these kids have been able to memorize.  The junior teams will be quizzing on 78 verses, and I don’t remember exactly how many the advanced know.  I know it is over 100.  The following poem I dedicate to our quizzers.  Regardless of whether or not they come home with a trophy, they are all winners, because they have hidden the Word of God in their hearts! 

A Bible Quizzer’s Palindrome

 

Efforts rewarded

hours of study

memorized verses with

rehearsed references

constant repetition and review

quote and quote again

dedicated coaches with

committed quizzers

honorable competition with

through and through

Winners

through and through

with competition honorable

quizzers, committed

with coaches dedicated

again, quote and quote

review and repetition constant

references rehearsed

with verses memorized

study of hours

rewarded efforts.

                                                                 

It Is Finished

It’s over.  Our Jr. and Sr. Bible quiz teams are now both finished for the season.  We had a great time at the Sr. Quiz Finals in Arroyo Grande.  Jen and her teammate Zach did fantastic at this competition!  Although they had done good in the past(especially for starting two months later than everyone else), they had never won a match.  They ended up winning two matches, which qualified them to be able to quiz in the trophy round.  Although they did not win a trophy, they did end up tying for 5th place and received an honorable mention at the awards presentation.  I am so proud of all of our quizzers for all the time that they spent in memorizing God’s Word.  This is one of the most rewarding endeavors to which a young person can give their time and effort.  Jesus said that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35.  I’m thankful to have had a small part in helping my children make an eternal investment.