Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Listen in the Car

Sometimes I am in the car at just the right time. Like yesterday I heard a good radio program on Focus on the Family. It was the inspiring story of a wife dealing with her husband's ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. My friend's mom lost her battle with ALS last year.

I can catch the second part online today.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/finding-strength-for-the-terminal-battle-pt1

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/finding-strength-for-the-terminal-battle-pt2

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day with Dad

I got to spend the day with my dad. Had some coffee. Hung out in the waiting room with other families waiting for news. My mom was well cared for by the hospital staff and made it through her biopsies related to skin cancer. My mom and dad are thankful to be home tonight.

Pictured: Glad I could be with my dad today!

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 ESV

Monday, January 26, 2015

Former Church Family

It was just like going home. Back to our former church. My husband's high school youth group. All grown up now. My college roommate and adopted family. How many people did we see at the memorial service that we had shared meals with? Over the years. So many good memories.

Pictured: With my college roommate and good friend.

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, Colossians 2:2 ESV


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Morning Has Broken

I caught a beautiful sunrise yesterday. As I was preparing to drive to my friend's memorial service. It reminded me of the old hymn, Morning Has Broken. Which I just sang for my other friend who recently passed away. (Side note: I think we sang this song in my British primary school.)

I am thankful for every new day. Full of possibilities.

Pictured: The morning view from my kitchen window.

to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, Psalm 92:2 ESV

Saturday, January 24, 2015

She Loved God's Word

That was the most scripture ever quoted in a memorial service. Family member after member after friend shared Bible verses that were significant in the life of Lucibel (Lucki) Van Atta. My dear friend lived a life that flowed out of her love for God and applying His Word. The pastor also read some of Lucki's own words.

I'm glad we could make a trip to Portland and our former home church to celebrate her graduation to heaven. No more illness or suffering.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 ESV

Friday, January 23, 2015

Studying the Life of Moses

I love hearing about people who are serious about studying God's Word. Like this blog post about author Francine Rivers. She wrote about getting into a Bible Study Fellowship class. She is studying the Life of Moses, like I am.

http://francinerivers.com/blog/bible-study-fellowship-0

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28 ESV




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Old and New Testament

I don't know how you can understand the New Testament without reading the Old Testament. And vice versa. I am learning so much about the old sacrifice system as we go through Leviticus in Bible Study Fellowship. The book of Hebrews helps explain the temple and sacrifices.The more I study, the more I appreciate what Jesus did for us.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22 ESV

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Coffee on Demand

My friend and I met for coffee after Bible Study Fellowship. I ordered it black and put one dollar bill in the machine. I wanted to know what the new coffee tastes like in the Tumwater Costco food court. It was good. But my friend's vanilla latte, extra strong ($1.50), with lots of foam looked better.

http://www.rubimicrocafe.com/

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cash and Carry Love

If I could do it over, I would shop differently. I would have loaded up on groceries at Cash and Carry. When I had those teenage boys in the house and a family of six to feed. But I am happy to find romaine lettuce and a bag of red peppers for a good price. And in quantities three of us can handle. Works for us.

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


Monday, January 19, 2015

Good-bye, Margaret

My friend was ready to go. Her beloved husband was waiting for her. She couldn't wait to walk again. And enjoy the taste of food.  I wonder what she did first after she opened her eyes in heaven this morning.

I will miss her spunky wit and companionship.

Pictured: She loved hearing the Christian School children sing at the assisted living home. This was in 2011.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21 ESV

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Football Sunday

That was a family bonding experience. Too bad the biggest fan I know (Hi, Mom!) wasn't with us this afternoon. I don't know much about football, but I know it was an exciting finish for the Seattle Seahawks. Superbowl XLIX, here we come!

Pictured: My mother-in-law is a great hostess for the football games. Plus they have cable.

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dinner for Dad

I knew my dad would be happy to eat anything I fixed. But since it's his birthday, let's have one of his favorites. Creamed tuna on rice. Good old family comfort food. For the man who has loved his family and Savior so well.

Happy 76th birthday, Dad!

Pictured: With my parents and my daughters. Not pictured: My in-laws and husband.

"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 ESV

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hymns for a Friend

Singing is not one of my gifts. But I am willing to do my best.  The hospice chaplain and I sang some old hymns for my friend today. My friend can't speak any more, but I think she heard us.

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, Ephesians 5:19 ESV

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Reading Place

I don't know if things have changed, or if I just remember them differently. I thought the big book store had more comfortable chairs scattered around. Besides the cafe. That's okay. The wooden chairs in the kids' area work for my daughter and me. And we met a mom and her cute little kids.

and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 1 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV