Monthly Archives: March 2010

Beachburg Chalk Talk Preparations

We have now been blessed with three scheduled chalk talks.  The first, March 28, is at the Beachburg Hall.  The second, March 29, is also in Beachburg, at the Country Haven Retirement Home.  The third, more locally situated, is at Mont Saint Dominique, a Catholic nursing home in Sherbrooke on May 22.  We would appreciate your prayers for every one of them.

Every chalk talk takes a certain amount of preparation.  First (and not necessarily easiest), we must find a day that fits with the already made schedule.  This time, we started by setting up on Friday.  On Monday, we did a practice run using a background that we had previously made, but not used.

Tuesday, the real work started.  We started by preparing our paper for the new backgrounds.  We have found that sanding the bogus paper helps it absorb more chalk.

Sanding the Papers

Clouds are something we have a hard time with, so we were pleasantly surprised when, after much time spent in discussion as to how we could improve, our backgrounds turned out as well as they did.  There is certainly still much room for improvement.

applying white to the blacklight areafinishing the clouds

Tuesday evening, we started work on the three blacklight drawings.  We work from a slide Matthew Bowman made from Captain of my Ship.  (Our version of Captain of my Ship is an adaptation and expansion of that chalk talk.)

It is exciting to see the way the Lord works through every situation of life when we let Him.  While I was working the lights during the last background of the blacklight session, something broke inside our control box.  The dimmer that is supposed to control the main white lights ceased to function.  That is not good.  We decided to put white bulbs in the red sockets and finish the blacklight preparation that way.

Wednesday was the day we had planned for cleanup.  But, before we did the cleanup, we had to check into the problem with the dimmer.  I soon had the faulty dimmer out, and since we are home-schooled, and since the dimmer wasn’t working anyway, we decided to take it apart.  We soon found the problem – the small plastic piece that switches the dimmer on or off had broken right off and had left the dimmer stuck in the “off” position.  So, we switched it on manually, and voilà, the dimmer was once again working as it ought to – well, almost.  The only “problem” was that it no longer clicks off – it only dims off.  (While we had the box open, we also replaced all the solid-core wiring with fibred wiring.)

opening the control boxfixing the dimmerputting it all back together

The Lord’s blessing is present in our lives at all times at all times, but there are times that we have more difficulty in seeing it than others.  In this case, God’s blessing was evidenced in the timing of this event.  This could have happened in a very different way.  It could have happened right before one of the presentations.  But God was gracious to us, and not only gave us the ability to fix it, but also arranged the timing such that we could do something about it.

This also reminds me of how we are sometimes – broken.  Very often, we do something that we shouldn’t have done, and there are consequences.  But God can fix anything.  Our lives may not be as they would have been had we not fallen, but He can nevertheless work all things together for our good, and that is exactly what He wants for us.

We finally did get the cleanup done, and we are now ready (I believe) to pack everything into the trailer.  

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

Romans 8:27-28 “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Conferences, Construction, and Concerts

If idle hands were the devil’s only workshop, we sure wouldn’t be an easy target for him.  This week we have been running the Advanced Seminar in our home, working on construction, making maple syrup, and preparing for concerts and chalk talks.  However Satan also delights in trying those who are busy about the work of the Lord, and thus we would greatly covet your prayers for us during this busy time.

Afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 are spent listening to the Advanced Seminar at our home with some other families.  This time, as always, the Advanced Seminar has been a time of real spiritual encouragement, uplifting, enlightening, and challenge.  Although this is my third time through, and much of the information is familiar, I am still learning much that I somehow managed to miss previous times through.  I have once more been challenged to trust God more fully in every area of my life, Who alone is in complete control of the universe.  I am certainly looking forward to the remaining sessions. 

Advanced Seminar

Our construction zone persists in being just that as we continue the finishing.  All the wood is on the ceiling, except in the new washroom.  We are now making the crown mouldings.  This requires “ripping” all the boards twice to get the correct angle on both sides, as the ceiling is sloped.  Daddy has done basically all this work, and we who are less meticulously inclined in this area are very grateful for the skill and ability the Lord has given him.

testing the saw before ripping the mouldings unloading more materials

We are also looking forward and preparing for a time at the end of this month (March 28,29) when we will be doing a music/chalk talk programme in Beachburg, Ontario (between Pembroke and Renfrew).  If anyone is interested, please contact either the coordinating family at the phone number listed on the poster, or contact us.  We would definitely appreciate your prayers for us as we prepare for this time.

Beachburg Hall   Country Haven Retirement Home

Two presentations will be held: one at the Beachburg Hall (Click here for a map to find the Beachburg Hall) and the other at Country Haven Retirement Home.  (Click here for a map to find Country Haven Retirement Home.)


2 Samuel 7:28-29

28 And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

29 Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.

To the work!

It’s March, and we only got one update in last month.  Well, here is a little update of what we did last week.

We have gotten around to the wood finishing on the ceiling.  Of course, we started with varnishing.  Then we put up the first batch of boards:

Varnishing The first boards going up! David did most the nailing

Then we had to varnish more boards:

Varnishing a second time

We decided that it might be worth bringing up the radial arm saw, which Nathanael used very skillfully:

Bringing in the saw Nathanael cutting a board

Here’s what it looks like today!  About three-quarters of the wood is up:

Three quarters done!

But that is not all we have done: in the winter here we get snow, so we had to shovel:

Nathanael shoveling Jonathan shoveling David shoveling

And the younger ones made a snow man!  Get ready for the picture:

The photographer! And the picture

Well, I guess you can see that we’ve been busy.  Here are the lyrics to a hymn that talk about getting “To the Work”:

To the work! to the work! we are servants of God,
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod;
With the might of His power our strength to renew,
Let us do by His grace what He calls us to do.

To the work! to the work! let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life let the thirsty be led;
In the cross and its vict’ry our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings, “Salvation is free!”

To the work! to the work! in the strength of the Lord,
By the pow’r of His Name, with the light of His Word,
All the slaves of the darkness of Satan set free
And His riches of grace in His glory we’ll see.

Let us keep busy with the Lord’s work until He comes again!