Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When She Was Little

She doesn't have cute blue rain boots anymore. Or wear headbands. But she still has a sweet smile and beautiful golden hair. Eleven years later.

Pictured: Our youngest at the pumpkin patch, 2005.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4 ESV

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Life Group Prayers

We don't just talk about prayer. Even if that is the topic of the last sermon. We spend time praying as a group. And individually during the week. I love our Harbor Church life group!

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Pull the Trigger" with Prayer

Do we need another sermon on prayer? Absolutely. Thank you, Pastor Seth Winterhalter.

"Prayer is not a spiritual luxury."

A consistent prayer life:

  • teaches us absolute and utter dependence on God
  • weeds out our selfish desires
  • teaches perseverance
You can listen to the 28th sermon in the Colossians series online:

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Colossians 4:2-4 ESV

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Outside the Kitchen Door

I know what to expect for Mother's Day. I love my annual herb garden, potted with love. My husband added something new. Some veggie starts and seeds. The romaine and spinach will be fun to harvest. Right outside the kitchen door.

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Perfect Timing

Guess who stopped by the guitar recital? On her way to a soccer game in Seattle. Just in time for little sister's song. Perfect timing.

Pictured: Our two beautiful daughters today.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23 ESV

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ready to Enroll

Our daughter is almost in community college. She worked hard to complete testing this week. And met with an adviser today. She is all set to select classes and enroll for the fall. So proud of her!

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Something to Smile About

Our daughter faithfully followed her orthodontist's instructions. With good results.

Pictured: Celebrating with frozen yogurt after getting her braces off.

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Baby Sister Love

I wish I could get in the car and drive south. Go see my baby sister. Who will always be my baby sister, no matter how old she gets. And wish her a happy birthday in person!

Love you, Sis!

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 ESV

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Moments of Beauty

First one rose, now a beautiful bouquet. You have to enjoy the peonies while they last. The buds open, only to flop over quickly.

Kind of like parenting. (Not the flop part, hopefully.) Before you know it, you've gone from one season to the next. Savor the moments of beauty and wonder.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sermon #27: Bossy Pants

Another great sermon on Sunday. With explanation of the context of the passage in Colossians 3:22-4:1. A call to steward what God blesses you with. Lots of scriptures. With encouragement to pour out your life in whatever role God has given you. As you "take off your bossy pants." Listen online:

Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:22-24 ESV

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Yellow Rose Love

Another day, another rose. Today's rose is a beautiful yellow one from our yard. With a sweet fragrance. Thanks to my thoughtful husband.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22 ESV

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Rhody Love

Is this the year of the rhododendron? I don't remember seeing so many in so many brilliant colors. I love God's palette!

Pictured: In Olympia, across from my friend's house

Consider the lilies, 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. Luke 12:27 ESV

Friday, May 13, 2016

Wishing Well Love

We keep taking things from my in-laws' yard. The latest transplant is a wishing well. My husband found a great spot for it. And added flowers. I love it!

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, May 12, 2016

Sweet Day

I'm still thinking about this Mother's Day. And slowly enjoying my chocolate. (A whole Theo bar from Harbor Church and an assortment of Fran's Chocolate from my daughter and her friend.)

Pictured: See if you can find my husband and me in Wapato Park.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV