Wednesday, August 24, 2011

tell me a story

dear emily,

there are few things i love more than a good story.  don't give me
a bunch of dates and battles to memorize; tell me the story of a
great battle, and i will remember every detail.  please don't beat
me over the head with a lesson about repentance from the
pulpit; give me a story about it from someone's life, and i will
be moved to repentance myself.

Jesus was the greatest storyteller of all.  He could have spent
all His time preaching and healing, but He seemed to love to
tell His story.  who could forget the one about the sower and the
seed or the unmerciful servant?  He reels us in about a poor
woman who loses her coin and then we understand how the
kingdom of heaven rejoices over a lost soul who is found.

the easiest way to reach the heart of a child is to tell him a story.
they can't resist a good one, and then their transparent, open
hearts soak in the goodness of the best ones. "the land of a rich
man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'what
shall i do, for i have nowhere to store my crops . . ."(luke 12:17)

you can read the rest of the story.



Farm Girl said...

I am the same way, show me or tell me and I will never forget. Just ask my poor kids at the stories they have to listen too,oops, I do that on my blog. I always have loved to listen to stories.

Jenn said...

Your right! There's nothing like a good story!

Susan B said...

I agree, a good story always grabs my attention. It can move me like nothing else.

Have a great day!

Sandy said...

You're right about that. Stories
are a wonderful way to learn and
remember and I guess that's why
Jesus used them so much.

Sonja said...

me too... a story or a song, both are sermons that reach me quickly.

Stay cool, if you're really lucky you're still in Colorado!


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh so, so true...and I am so enjoying this age of 5 and telling stories to him...maybe that is why He says we should come as a child. I also like a lesson engulfed in can touch my heart faster than anything.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I am going to go buy you some pom poms...cheerleader...thanks for the encouraging words...oh your post isn't coming up, the "first baby"

myletterstoemily said...

ha! that's something i've never held: pom poms!

Sonja said...

Sending special prayers right now for your father in law, and for each of you who love him.


Cinnamon said...

I love that! So true and such wisdom there. Thank you for sharing that. It's really what I need to remember when I am trying to teach my children....a story~


Rachel said...

I have been realizing that some people are simply gifted at this... I wish every night for my mother's creative storytelling gift - but thankfully, my son still asks for mine.

(And where did your First Baby post go? Just as I was about to comment on how utterly lovely it was?!? :)

Maryann said...

You are right, stories or word pictures that's what I remember

Vee said...

Yes. Before I met the Lord at a tender young age, I had a friend who told me the stories. They drew me in.

Jenners said...

I do think that we often learn more from stories without realizing it becuase we're so "distracted" that we don't realize we're learning.

Mountain Mama said...

This is sooo true. My children love to hear stories about me and their daddy. They are intrigued and never forget. Ahhh.... life experiences.

Jen said...

Just a beautiful thought. No one wants to be told that they are lost, they want to be told their is hope. Through stories you always learn there is hope. =)

Joan Elizabeth said...

Lovely to have you back telling your stories. I've been missing you.

Cheri Bunch said...

I LOVE reading your stories Lea!

Together We Save said...

I also love a good story. Hope you are well.

Anonymous said...

I think this love of story and putting ourselves in the "middle" of a story we hear is the reason Charlotte Mason style education is a wise way to educate.

Anne Lyken-Garner said...

I'm the same too. I like stories. Jesus always told stories that you could apply to your own life.

I wish we could all teach like He does.

Natasha in Oz said...

All kids love a good story-you are so right.

Actually, I love a good story too!

Best wishes and I hope you have a beautiful week!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My daddy is the best story-teller I know. My childhood was filled with them, especially at bedtime. I have a great love for story because of my father's willingness to invest some time and creativity in the telling of them. He also "lived" them as well--paving the way for me to understand and to receive the greatest story ever told!