Monday, September 29, 2014

For Such a Time

I am a sucker for samples. I read an excerpt of For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. And was hooked. I knew it would be hard to stop until I finished the dramatic retelling of the Esther story in a Nazi setting. If you like historical fiction, check it out.

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14 ESV

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Enjoy the Journey

It's not just about the destination. I like to enjoy the journey. Like taking the ferry over to Seattle.

Pictured: Yesterday's trip to meet our son and daughter.

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

Saturday, September 27, 2014

25 Year Journey

From a Republic of China hospital to the International District. A twenty-five year journey. We met up with our son, daughter, and friends after they attended a Sounders soccer game. And had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. A fitting way to celebrate the 25th birthday of our second-born son!

Pictured: Father and son

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Alien Identification

Somewhere I have my alien identification. As in foreigner. From my childhood in Taiwan. What's interesting is how out of place I felt when I returned to the U.S. for college.

Now I am comfortable living in Small Town, America. But there are times I feel like an alien. Many of my friends are younger than I am. Other friends have grandchildren. Where do I fit in? No need to worry. God is with me wherever I am. Moses understood what it was like to be an alien. And God used that time of solitude to prepare Moses for the lifework ahead.

And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land." Exodus 2:21-22 ESV

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The World God Does Not Love

One of the things I appreciate about my church is that I can go back and watch sermons online. On Sunday Pastor Dave Bruskas preached out of 1 John 2:12-17. It's all about identity. Who are you and what do you want from this life? Did you know you are loved?

How are we "strong like young men?" We are strong because Jesus is strong.
How are we "wise like fathers?" Biblical wisdom is more about Who you know.

I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:13-14 ESV

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability

So far, no one has sent the link directly to me. But a couple friends posted it online. It's one of those devotional articles that probably relates to you in whatever life stage you are. Who hasn't felt irritated lately? Jon Bloom, of Desiring God ministries says:

We get irritated or easily provoked, not when God’s righteousness or justice is scorned, but when something we want is being denied, delayed, or disrupted.

The reason irritability is unloving, unrighteous anger is that it is a selfish response to an obstacle to our desire. What we desire may not be sinful, but a selfish response to its denial, delay, or disruption is a failure to trust God at all times (Psalm 62:8) — and often a failure to value, love, and serve another human soul.

Read the whole article for yourself at:

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8 ESV

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time to Regroup

Time to regroup. Reorganize our community group Bible study. Tuesday is our new Thursday. And we are not meeting at our home. The new group is in a home more set up for little ones. With room to play. I am looking forward to learning and growing together with old and new friends!

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV

Monday, September 22, 2014

Left Behind

I didn't know we had such picky eaters. Do I need to cut the crusts off for the chickens?

Pictured: My husband found what the chickens left behind.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26 ESV

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Three Weeks Down

Three weeks down. One to go. I will make sure my prescription refill is for the autoinjector.Then I can return to being self-sufficient in getting my weekly injection. I am thankful for my friend and my older daughter who have helped me do what I can't do.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples to Apple Cider

Our neighbors invited us to join in. Bring our own bottles or jugs. So my daughter and I picked apples and joined the assembly line. Fresh apple cider made the old-fashioned way.

Pictured: My daughter snapped this photo of me getting apples out the tree with my friend and her grandchildren.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 ESV

Friday, September 19, 2014

Purse Hack

I was just telling my sister how much I like my new garage sale purse. Soft leather. Lots of room. When the strap broke.

But a thrift store bag's removable strap will work quite nicely. With brass hardware to match. But maybe I should ease up on throwing books in my purse.

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, September 18, 2014

New Work Space

I have a new work space. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I take my thermos of  home-brewed coffee. Spread out my Bible Study Fellowship homework, Bible, and notebook. Plus a weekend copy of the Wall Street Journal from my friend. I have a long table all to myself. Until my daughter and other students and parents come into the cafeteria for lunch.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 ESV

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back in Fellowship

It's great to be back in Bible Study Fellowship. After the summer off. I like my new discussion group with a mix of older and younger women. I am squarely in the middle. We are studying the Life of Moses this year. Up next is the brand new study in Revelation.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daily Bread

Sometimes it's good to be reminded. God is the Giver. He knows what I need. And it is enough.

Pictured: One of my favorite old plates.

Give us this day our daily bread, Matthew 6:11 ESV