There is so much to write about, but I need more time to process our 10 day Christmas tour. Here is a quick post about our last day or two...
Last year on New Year's I sat with the two of you and reviewed the past 12 months. I did the same again this year, and here are your answers.
What was your favorite thing about 2011?
Parker: Winning 1st place in our division and in the tournament for Bethalto Soccer, and all the time I spent with my family.
Kent: Sleeping over at my best friend Trenton's house.
What was something sad that happened in 2011?
Parker: When I lost George for a long time in Peyton's bedroom.
Kent: All the times my mom and dad had to give me grace.
What is something you want to thank God for in 2011?
Parker: That He helped me play my best in soccer.
Kent: That my mom and dad give me grace.
What is something you want to ask God to do in 2012?
Parker: Help me get a lot of soccer trophies, and help me not be mean to Kent.
Kent: To help me play basketball.
What is a goal you want to accomplish in 2012?
Parker: I want to play harder and harder soccer teams.
Kent: I want to earn a basketball trophy.
****I can't believe that going to Disney World didn't make it for "best memory" of the year. Oh well, it made my list! Parker, it is obvious how much you enjoy soccer, considering almost every answer was related to that.
Kenters, you and I had a long talk about grace a few hours before our "year in review" conversation, and judging by your answers, your mind was still processing our chat. You had behaved in a way which resulted in being grounded from going to play laser tag. I decided to lift the restriction, but before I did, I explained to you what grace meant. We talked about how God showed us grace by sending Jesus to die on the cross for us, and giving us eternal life when we don't deserve it. I told you about how God showed me grace even though I make mistakes all the time. You were able to play laser tag even though you didn't deserve it, because I showed you grace. We also talked about how when someone shows you grace, our response should be to love that person and to do our best to honor them in return.
What amazes me and humbles me about God, is the amount of GRACE that He shows me on a daily basis. I am so undeserving, but He constantly gives me what I didn't earn. It started with salvation, and then He just heaps on blessing after blessing. His GRACE is what draws me to Him. I pray that GRACE becomes a truth that abides in your heart, and draws you to Jesus.