Thursday, June 30, 2016

Easy Math

It's easy to remember my sister's wedding on that beautiful summer day. It was the year 2000. So today we celebrate their sixteenth anniversary! I like easy math.

Happy Anniversary to my sister and her husband! We love you and your family!

Pictured: My sister and husband, with their five girls, from 13 years to almost 1 year-old.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11 ESV

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wait for it

I almost purchased an ottoman at the thrift store. But it wasn't very comfortable for sitting. I know that if I am patient, I can find just the right item for the right price. Like today. Found a beautiful leather ottoman that matches the chair from my
in-laws. And doubles as extra seating. (Only $6.99 plus tax).

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jell-o Love

I was inspired by my older daughter's friend's thoughtfulness. The friend made individual servings of Jell-o after my daughter had her wisdom teeth out. So I made some Jell-o for my friend who had major surgery and can't eat much yet.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Monday, June 27, 2016

Stewardship #1: Robbing God

Some pastors won't touch it. Others harp on it. Yes, money is a sensitive topic. Pastor Seth Winterhalter's sermon on tithing was the clearest I have ever heard on the subject. It's not really about money. It's about your heart and trusting God. It takes true faith to give firstfruits.

You can listen online and learn what the Old Testament and New Testament have to say about tithes. If you've ever wondered what was wrong with Cain's offering, check out the part about Cain and Abel.

Stay tuned for more in the new stewardship series.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 ESV

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dahlia Love

My friend wasn't sure what color dahlia she planted. So I took a photo when it bloomed. While I was house-sitting.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8 ESV

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Morning Until Night

I have a fresh appreciation for my mom friends. With little ones. It is a lot of work to care for young ones. From morning until night. And then start over. I am learning a lot from having a puppy!

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


Friday, June 24, 2016

Daisy Daisy Love

We've had fun family times with the new puppy. Including some great photo ops.

Pictured: My younger son took this photo of Daisy in the daisies.

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, June 23, 2016

Chambers Last Year

One year ago, my husband had a memorable Father's Day. Our younger son bought tickets for the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament.

I would like to visit Chambers Creek Regional Park and explore the scenic park this summer.

My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. Proverbs 23:15 ESV

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stocked Up

I don't always get across town to Winco. But when I do, I stock up! I love their bulk food section. I forgot to write the code for the steel cut oats. It made me laugh when the checker asked if I had bird seed.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Amazing Light Show

My husband and I were treated to an amazing light show on the way home from Olympia last night. First a brilliant rainbow. Then a glorious sunset. When we got home we compared cell phone pics with our kids, who saw it here. And then many friends posted on Facebook.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! Psalm 108:5

Monday, June 20, 2016

Together on Father's Day

I love how my husband is such a great father to our children. And it blesses me to see them honor him on Father's Day.

Pictured: Three of our four children with us on Father's Day. Plus our new puppy.

The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33 ESV

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day 2016

I don't understand God's grace. Why have I been blessed with a godly father, husband, and father-in-law? Plus my late grandfathers and great-grandfathers, who were strong men of God? Grace is not deserved and certainly not understood. But I am thankful!

Happy Father's Day, with gratitude to my Heavenly Father for His good gifts!

Pictured: Quick visit to see my dad at the lake this afternoon.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 ESV

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hello Yesterdays

I'm glad we didn't have plans for the last day of school.  I'm not sure how a neighborhood party would have worked in the rain. Those days of planning block parties seem like forever ago.

Pictured: Hello Summer 2008, in front of our former home in the Loop.

I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11 ESV

Friday, June 17, 2016

From The Blazing Center

If I had a twitter account, I would tweet this line from Stephen Altrogge's website, The Blazing Center:

The solution to being fundamentally broken is not to call the brokenness good.

The bad news: I am who I am.
The good news: God is helping me be who I'm called to be.

And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 ESV