Monday, March 02, 2015

Africa Mission Trip Count-Down

In two weeks my husband is leaving for the trip of a lifetime. He is traveling to Malawi and Mozambique, Africa with his college roommate

A team of 10 from Eugene First Church of the Nazarene will spend 3 weeks working with students at the Bible college they partner with, traveling to outlying areas and showing the Jesus film, ministering to children and distributing clothes and shoes, establishing two new churches, and much more.

Pictured: Met Pastor Albino from Mozambique who is here for a missions conference. He will be traveling with the team.

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" Romans 10:14-15 ESV

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Hike Detour

What a beautiful day for a road trip. Might as well detour for a hike at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge on the way. Borrow some binoculars and look for owls. We found an adult owl way up in the cleft of a tree. With the help of a Fish and Wildlife expert.

Pictured: My daughters took turns with the binoculars on Saturday.

And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." Genesis 1:22 ESV

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Chef Salad Bar

Grab a bowl and some tongs. Walk around the island and select toppings for your chef salad. Only next time get the avocado last. Or your tongs will get messy. And the sunflower seeds will stay on your tongs, not in your salad.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. Proverbs 15:17 ESV

Friday, February 27, 2015

Gray Havens in the Mail

I hardly miss a Friday. I enter my name in Tim Challies' weekly drawing every week. And hope I will win some books or other cool stuff. I was a winner two weeks ago. I love the folk-pop Gray Havens cd, signed by the artists, and the coffee! The drawing closes at noon on Saturday.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inaugural Dinner

It was the inaugural dinner. First official meal in the newly remodeled cabin. My parents are happy with the work done on their old cabin. Nice to have my sister and family here. Plus our oldest daughter. (Who arrived after this picture was taken.)

Prepare your work outside; get everything ready for yourself in the field, and after that build your house. Proverbs 24:27 ESV

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ming for Me

Years ago I had a house plant I loved. It looked like a little palm tree. I'm not sure why it was called a False Aralia. I found a Ming Aralia at Winco. I always say I didn't inherit my mom's green thumb. But maybe I just don't like working outside in the yard.

And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth." And it was so. Genesis 1:11 ESV

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Life Group Tonight

Let's get together and share what's going on. Over tea or coffee and cookies. What is God teaching us from His Word? How can we pray for each other? That's doing life together. Also known as Life Group. (Formerly called Community Group.)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

Monday, February 23, 2015

Good Report for Mom

It was a beautiful day for a drive to Tacoma. To the doctor's office to get a good report on my mom's leg. The skin graft is healing well. My mom has been a model patient. With my dad as a great caregiver. And help with her bandages from the local EMTs and paramedic. (My cousins next door.)

She is now able to walk around the house a little. No work in the garden yet. But that's okay. She can start seeds in the house.

Pictured: You can see the mountain in the background.

You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Jonah Part Three

We haven't even gotten to the big fish yet. But I am learning so much in the sermon series on Jonah. Today Pastor Seth Winterhalter preached the third message on Jonah: God's Authority and Man's Responsibility.

What can we learn from casting lots? Just because it's in the Bible, doesn't mean it is prescribed or recommended. "Too many of us are looking for divination. Instead of having faith."

You can jump in and listen online. Or come on Sundays in Olympia, at 9 or 11 AM.

And they said to one another, "Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us." So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, "Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?" And he said to them, "I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land." Jonah 1:7-9 ESV

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Basil Love

I have a habit of picking up books at thrift stores and garage sales. And giving them away. After I pay for them, of course. But I am going to keep this children's book. I just finished reading Basil and the Lost Colony by Eve Titus. What a delightful mouse tale after the likes of Sherlock Holmes. I will be on the lookout for more of her books.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Friday, February 20, 2015

Free Stuff Fridays

Who do you trust for book reviews? And interesting links. Tim Challies is my go-to-guy. Fridays are a good day to check out his website. Sign up for Free Stuff Fridays up until noon on Saturday. Your email will be deleted after he draws a name. Guess who won last week? I will post a picture when it comes in the mail.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Serious Bargain Hunters

Olympia is taking bargain hunting to a new level. We have a Goodwill Outlet in town. That means you can dig for treasures. Literally. They roll in bins of clothes and odds and ends. People dig and haul. And pay by the pound. I bought three small items of clothing that weighed 0.6 pounds. And paid 97 cents. (It's $1.49 per pound.)

Pictured: Waiting in line for the grand opening at noon today.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 ESV

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tastes Like Your Chili

My daughter sampled a spoonful. "Tastes like your chili." To which I responded: "It IS my chili." She thought it was spaghetti sauce. But in fairness, it did contain the last of the marinara sauce. And half a jar of salsa. At least she didn't ask, "Where's the chili?"

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, Proverbs 30:8 ESV

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Walk in the Word

Today I washed dishes and Walked in the Word. At the same time. Thanks to a Walk in the Word app on my phone and my handy dandy lid holder. That doubles as an amplifier.  I miss listening to James McDonald in the car. But I can listen at home. Works for me.

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