The Cure for Grumpiness

The Cure for Grumpiness

Do you ever feel grumpy? Mona the monkey was feeling that way. She didn’t want to cuddle or let her mother pick itchy bugs out of her fur. She didn’t want to play catch-me -if you-can, or jump from tree to tree by the river. Mona was a miserable grump. Sometimes, we get grumpy too and that’s okay. . . if it’s just for a little while. But if we hold onto our grumps they can make us cranky. Cranky leads to crabby, and no one likes to hang around with crabby crabs. Mona’s best friend, Fern, knew the cure for grumpiness. “What you need,” she told Mona, “Is a Whatever.” “What’s a Whatever?” Mona asked with a grumpy frown. “I bet if we look together, we can find one in no time,” said Fern. With a loud sigh, grumbling,...

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Surrounded by Fish

Surrounded by Fish

Mrs. Moses Diary “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” Exodus 14:21-22 (NIV) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, Pharaoh let us go after the last plague. Even the Egyptians were glad that we were leaving. We could have gone a shorter way when we left but that was not the way God showed with the pillar of fire and cloud for us to go. It led us to the Red Sea. Pharaoh must have changed his mind. His army came after us. The people started to panic. Then the pillar of fire and the cloud moved from in...

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The Spies

The Spies

Mrs. Moses Diary “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.” Numbers 13:2 (NIV) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, So we are off to the land of milk and honey with one of God’s angels leading the way and fighting for us. When we reached the border, Moses picked one man from each tribe plus Caleb and Joshua to go and check out the land. They were gone for forty days—the same number of days Moses was on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments and the number of days it rained while Noah was in the ark. When they returned, two men carried a bunch of grapes on a pole between them. They also brought back figs and pomegranates. They described the...

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The Golden Calf

The Golden Calf

Mrs. Moses Diary “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.” Exodus 32:7 (AMP) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, When Moses told me the LORD sent him down the mountain because the people have corrupted themselves, all I could think of is a little child covered completely in mud. Moses was so upset when he saw what was going on, he threw the tablets God had given him on the ground at the foot of the mountain. The tablets broke. He took Aaron aside to find out what happened. Why had he sinned so greatly against God? Moses had been on the mountain forty days. The people believed he died. Aaron blamed Moses because he was away so long. Aaron explained...

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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

Mrs. Moses Diary “The people all responded together, ‘We will do everything the Lord has said.’ So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.” Exodus 17:9b (NIV) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, It has been three months and one day since we have left Egypt. We’re camped in front of Mount Sinai. Moses went to talk with God on the mountain. There was a lot of lightning and thunder. People were afraid to go near the mountain.  Moses was gone for forty days. He brought back to tablets, and on them the Ten Commandments: (Exodus 20 NIV) 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. “There is only one God.” 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the...

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