Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thankful to Walk

I saw a woman struggling to load her friend's wheelchair in the back of a car. I offered to help and she was grateful. She has no idea how significant that is to me. I am thankful to be walking on my own. My wheelchair is in storage. Praise the Lord.

whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:11 ESV

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On the Worship Team

One of the blessings of growing older is seeing the kids around you grow up. Like the brothers I've known since before they were tall. I was blessed to hear them on the worship team on Easter Sunday.

Pictured: Mars Hill Olympia on Sunday.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rerouting for Easter

If your daughter can't come home for Easter, you drive to Seattle to meet her. Works for us.

Pictured: Easter meal in Seattle

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, John 11:25 ESV

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen!

What a blessing to celebrate Easter at Mars Hill Olympia. My husband didn't have to serve in children's ministry so we attended together.

I love hearing the gospel preached, great music, and seeing people baptized. Too bad the rest of our family couldn't be with us today.

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:36-38 ESV

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ten Years Ago

At first she only wanted to gather the blue eggs. But her big brothers trained her to grab and go. It was fun having one last child for us all to enjoy.

Pictured: Easter egg hunt with a three-year-old. Ten years ago.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 ESV

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

In my Bible Study Fellowship lesson I am studying about Jesus' torture and crucifixion. It's humbling to reflect on what Jesus went through on our behalf. Willingly. Resolutely. So lovingly.

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:22-25 ESV

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring has Sprung

I am thankful to live here. The blossoms are amazing this year. Including the apple and pear trees in our backyard.

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:28-30 ESV

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

College Field Trip

It's not too early to start looking at colleges. Or be recognized for your hard work in school. My daughter spent the day at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma today.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Feeling Burdened, Being Blessed

What do you do when you feel burdened? Respond with flight, fright, or get ready to fight? There is another option. Faith. How do you establish your heart?

Don't miss the 14th sermon in the James series from Pastor Mark Driscoll. Only one more sermon in the James series left! It's been practical and challenging.

You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:8 ESV

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sister Sister

I'm glad my older daughter isn't too far away. And is such a great big sister.

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Ephesians 4:2 ESV

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good-bye Spring Break

Good-bye Seattle waterfront! Good-bye Daughter! And good-bye Spring break.

For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! Psalm 117:2 ESV

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Still Home

What would we do if all our kids were out of the nest? So thankful for our youngest!

Pictured: Stopping for a photo before catching the ferry.

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Ephesians 4:2 ESV

Friday, April 11, 2014

Salmon in Seattle

What do you do when one daughter has spring break and the other daughter has her weekend? You ride the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle and leave your youngest in Seattle. With a salmon dinner outside the Crab Pot on the waterfront. Works for us.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2 ESV

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Growth

I was happy to buy the plant at a garage sale and give it a good home. Only it broke off soon after I bought it home. I put the broken off stem in water in hopes it would root again.

I was about to throw out the pot and stem. But wait there's more! The stem grew a root and the plant rejuvenated!

a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; Ecclesiastes 3:2 ESV