Monday, January 23, 2017

Lentil Soup Love

The response was unanimous: "surprisingly good!" Five out of five liked the lentil soup. I found the recipe for Southwestern Lentil Soup in the Lentil and Split Pea Cookbook, edited by Merilee Frets.

Next time I will add more onion and celery. Some fresh cilantro and sour cream would make nice toppings.

1 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
6 cups water (I used 2 cups water and 4 cups beef broth)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon mint, thyme, or oregano
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup chopped, mild green chilies (I used half an Anaheim pepper)
one bell pepper, deveined, seeded, and cut into chunks
one carrot, diced
(I added half of a chopped onion.)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

Place the lentils, water, and seasoning in cooking pot; bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the lentils are tender. (Approximately 30 minutes.) Puree 1 cup of cooked lentils with the green chilies in a blender (or food processor) and add to soup. Add the finely chopped vegetables to the soup and cook until the vegetables are tender but not overcooked. (Maybe 10 to 20 minutes.) Just before serving, stir in the lime juice and olive oil. Serve hot.

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. Proverbs 31:14 ESV

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Harbor Connect and Greet

I like being on the Connect and Greet team at church. I never know what old friend I will see come through the doors. Or new people to welcome. And I can serve without missing most of the music and sermon.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:16-17 ESV

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Meet for Coffee

It's good to get together with friends from church. Talk about what God is teaching us. Encourage each other.

Pictured: This month's group at Mud Bay Coffee

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Hebrews 10:23-24 ESV

Friday, January 20, 2017

Movie Time

We don't go the movies very often. But sometimes it's worth the theater experience. My daughter and I enjoyed La La Land today. And look forward to Beauty and the Beast.

Pictured: Can you find my daughter in this photo?

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, January 19, 2017

Cousin Baby Love

I remember when my cousin was a little guy. Now he's married and has a baby of his own. I met her today and even got to hold her. So precious!

Pictured: My cousin, wife, and six-day-old baby girl.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Don't Break the Ice

Our weather has been interesting but not extreme. Like further east or south with endless snow days and freezing rain. Manageable works for me.

Pictured: A safe venture on the frozen lake near my mother-in-law's place. The ice was about 4-inches thick.

Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter. Psalm 74:16-17 ESV

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Thanks, Dad!

The older I get, the more I appreciate birthdays. Birthdays represent the gift of time with people you love. Like my dad, who turns 78 today. I have been well-loved and cared for my whole life. Thanks, Dad! I love you!

Happy birthday, Dad!

Pictured: My dad with our three oldest children, over twenty years ago.

My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Psalm 34:2 ESV

Monday, January 16, 2017

Loop de Loop

I wonder what the next "loop" will be. Our family newsletter used to be "In the Loop." After a break and moving away, we were "Out of the Loop." This year we are "Back to the Loop." I vote for "Stay in the Loop." God willing.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Seahawks Family

Good thing we had ice cream sandwiches win or lose. It turned out to be our last Seahawks party of the season. It's been fun to have family time at my mother-in-law's. That's a win!

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, January 13, 2017

Finish the Letter

I have not given up. I press on to finish our Christmas letter, even though it is late. I will send it out by email and print some to mail soon.

I only had room for a few photos on the letter. Here is one that didn't get on the letter, but represented some tender memories. We shared coffee and meals before and after trips to the hospital this summer.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Harbor Prayer Meeting

We don't just talk about prayer. Our church spends a week fasting and praying in January. Each person fasts to the degree he or she feels comfortable. No pressure.

We are meeting each evening this week for soup, teaching from the Lord's Prayer, and corporate prayer. It is a sweet time.

Pictured: Our Life Group  at the prayer meeting

Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-13 ESV

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blue Heron Lunch Love

I had a break between Bible Study Fellowship and picking up my daughter. Perfect for meeting my mother-in-law for lunch. Although we both had breakfast items.

Pictured: Take a picture after we pray and before we dig in!

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Place to Plug in

I found my new hang-out while my daughter is in class. Somewhere I can plug in my laptop. Do my Bible study and writing projects. Drink coffee. The McDonald's by Haagen in Olympia has plenty of space. Not too many distractions. Works for me.

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