Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday Snippet - Primary II Class



Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

I have a new toy and already it's a blessing. Tuesday will be my birthday and my husband has gifted me with a digital camera! Until recently, I've been afraid to get one because I'm not good at taking pictures but this one has been actually pretty easy to use. I just started using it today and have been enjoying it except for the fact that the very first thing I did was to set the language and somehow I managed to set it at German! Then nobody could help me figure out how to get it to English because we couldn't understand the directions on the screen. Finally my daughter Bev came to the rescue and figured it out.

The above is my Sunday school class, which were the first pictures ever taken with my new camera.(Forgive the shadows--we forgot the flash.) That's me on the back right and the lovely young lady on the back left is my substitute Sara. Below is a closer picture of the four children who make up the class this year. Aren't they cute? Kris, the only boy in the bunch holds up pretty well--I don't think he minds his minority position too much. He's a sweetie and I love having him. I love the little girlies, too, of course. Currently, we're in the book of Judges in our survey of the Old Testament and the kids are learning quite a bit. Today Sara took the class and the lesson was about Gideon.
Next to writing for them, teaching children is one of my greatest joys and blessings on this side of heaven. There have been countless precious moments from my Lord over the years with many children whom I grow to love in a special way during the two years or so they spend in this class. The earlier ones are adults now, and it breaks my heart when I hear of those who have gone astray. But it's cause for thanksgiving hearing of the ones who are walking with the Lord. Last year, sadly, one of them passed on to eternity in a car accident at age nineteen. I can only hope he's with the Savior.

The verse I posted is the class memory verse this week. This is a familiar verse to most of us and is it ever appropriate for the time we're in right now. It's a good one to spur us to pray, wouldn't you agree? Blessings as we begin a new week!

11 comments:

Becoming Me said...

How sweet. I just found your blog tonight and wanted to say hello!

Mimi said...

what a sweet picture of yur class...they really keep you on your toes don't they?
enjoy your camera...and share lots of pictures with us...

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I just love the picture of your class. It reminds me of all of the children that I have taught over these many years. I might add they have a wonderful teacher. connie from Texas

Beverly said...

Very sweet ... and I feel the same way about teaching Sunday School. I hope to do it again soon!

Sara said...

The pictures came out very nice! And I'm glad Bev was able to fix the language problem. ;) Teaching Sunday school has become very special for me too- thank you for sharing your sweet class with me!

sparrow's song said...

Maxine, there is something so very special about you. How blessed those children are to have you speak into their little lives through God's Word and Counsel. I thank God for the day He made you. Sending you BIG belated birthday hugs!

Enjoy the camera!!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Oh how nice Maxine! Thank you for sharing with us your lovely little class! It's so nice too (since I usually frequent your devotional site) to catch a glimpse of you too! I so identify with you about teaching children at church. I have worked with kids for many years and like you have seen many now in their twenties and beyond... some serving the Lord, some not. It breaks your heart for the ones who stray, but we must never give up praying for them. (I say this as a reminder to myself as my heart grieves for a girl who married an unbeliever and has turned her back on God.)

How do I know about the importance of teaching children the Word and continuing to pray? My husband was one of those who strayed for many years as a teen and young adult but his mom (his dad died when he was eight), his pastor and wife, and my grandparents continued to pray for him. Guess who my grandfather was to my husband many years ago? His Sunday School teacher.

Praise God for His work!

Jodi said...

Maxine ~ a belated Happy Birthday to you! :o) You put your gift to good use already. What a precious looking group you get to teach! I agree with you - it is a special joy to teach children about the Lord. I really enjoyed Susan's testimony above; what a beautiful testimony of the love of a SS teacher.

PS I got tickled over your German escapade. Have a wonderful weekend and keep it English! ;oD

Maxine said...

I'm thankful everyone liked the photos of the children. These are precious little seedlings in the vineyard.
And Susan, thanks so much for sharing that! What an encouragement to all of us who labor year after year teaching the young. You never know how God will use these efforts. We keep pressing on.

Cami said...

I am so sorry I haven't visited the Cafe blogs in SO long; the Lindenville Forum and home improvement (now that the weather is nice, off and on!) have taken up all my time the past couple of months. Also, we have visitors from out of state, which is a huge blessing as well!

Anyway, yes, I love that Scripture verse. I am praying fervently for our nation. And, to my mind, children are the best people in the world!

God bless you, Maxine!

Kathy at Sumballo said...

Maxine, thanks for sharing! It's always fun to see photos. May God bless you for your commitment to teaching children. And are you going to start putting blogs up in German? LOL May God bless you!