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Am I quenching the Holy Spirit's work in my life, or in my children?

Don’t Pour Cold Water on the Flame

Last Sunday, our pastor preached on 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24:  Do not quench the Spirit. — 1 Thess. 5:19 He explained that to quench is here the same as we imagine water quenching. Water quenches our thirst, stifles an activity, even extinguishes a fire.  Sitting in my pew, I began to imagine a roaring fire. All around me, buckets of water overflowed with power, ready to dampen, cool, put out the flames. I shivered in apprehension. But what if that fire isn’t something dangerous, but rather something good, holy, right, and exciting? Maybe the fire in my heart is … a burden for souls, a guilt over bad habits, a compulsion to prayer, a longing for children, a calling to reach out in faith. That’s the Holy Spirit of God’s work in my life, a fire He starts with a purpose. But at my feet are buckets of laziness, or selfishness, or materialism, or mindless entertainment, or irresponsibility. How easy to splash those on the flames, to intentionally or unintentionally squash the warmth of God’s working in my heart. Then with a start, I realized I was sitting in a pew, …

Garfias Family Update

As usual, I didn’t get Christmas cards or holiday letters sent out. And it has been quite a while since I talked about my family here. So I thought I’d take a moment to catch you up on the latest Garfias gossip. All in all, 2015 was a good year for our family. We started with high hopes and finished with a bang! David started his own soccer club, the first competitive (non-recreational) soccer program in our city. This has been a dream of his for many years, and he just loves every minute of it. The Rowlett Fusion Futbol Club is growing faster than he can keep up with it. He already has four teams and is looking to add even more this spring. There are two talented coaches working with him, and a couple more are talking about joining the program this year. So our weekends are plenty busy with soccer games. David also directs our church AWANA program, one of only two full programs (preschool through high school) east of Dallas. Since he changed …

On Learning Styles

The Dominant Abstract Random person believes there is more to life than cold hard facts or endless details. People are more important than things, and life is too short to get caught up in conflict or uncomfortable situations. They often find themselves the peacemakers, sometimes at their own expense. It is difficult for ARs to work in situations where there is unhappiness or disharmony. For many ARs, it seems as though they are constantly having to smooth over rough words said by someone else, or apologize for the actions of a thoughtless colleague or family member. Cynthia Ulrich Tobias The Way They Learn: How to Discover and Teach to Your Child’s Strengths  (p. 46)