Monday, December 22, 2014

Immanuel

If you act now, you can catch the last sermon at Mars Hill Church. Pastor Dave Bruskas preached about how Jesus is Immanuel, I love sermons that follow a theme from Genesis to Revelation.

https://marshill.com/media/jesus-gift-of-god/jesus-immanuel

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). Matthew 1:22-23 ESV

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Piano Recital

"Who are you here for?" asked one of the parents. I was at the piano recital for three of my young friends. Representing their parents, who were both at work. The kids all did great!

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

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last Year's Christmas

It's fun looking through old pictures. And remembering last year's Christmas. We will have three out of four children home. In just a few days.

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three at the Table

The last Soup and Sound event was packed. Good thing there was room at the "head table" for a party of three. I love the hospitality they serve at that church. What a gift to the community every December!

http://www.sheltonumc.net/

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2 ESV

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Not for Santa

I saw my friend and her daughters at the doctors' office. I said I was just there for routine tests. I was "being a good girl." One of the girls piped up, "For Santa?"

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Give it Up

I started the day with hot water. No coffee or tea. Or breakfast. So I could get a fasting blood draw. Took three pokes. Lots of prayer. And a hot pack. I don't give it up easily!

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 ESV

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Meet on the Street

It was nice to see a familiar face in Olympia. While running errands before picking up my daughter from school. And she bought me lunch! At our favorite bagel shop.

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




Monday, December 15, 2014

Where We Are

I am getting requests for our current address. Two years ago today we moved across town into what we fondly refer to as, "The Hobbit House." It is small but very cozy and comfortable. I need to finish our Christmas letter. Which has been neglected for three years. And let people know where we are.

I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; Psalm 101:2 ESV

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas at Church

I think December is my favorite time at church. I love celebrating Christmas all month long.  It's all about Jesus.

and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?" And Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me." Matthew 11:3-6 ESV

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Community Group Reunion

Just like old times. Filled the dining room and kitchen. With a community group reunion, of sorts. Wish more old friends could have joined us!

Not pictured: My husband (the photographer), and a family that came after this photo was taken.

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

Friday, December 12, 2014

Glad I Went

I didn't know anyone that was going today. But decided to go to the Soup and Sound lunch and concert anyway. And ended up sitting with a Chinese woman who is new to my town. I made a new friend.

Pictured: Beautiful organ music performed by Dr. Mark Brombaugh

http://www.sheltonumc.net/

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 ESV

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Light a Candle

Time to call it a night. Power is out here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ready for Christmas

People are asking if I am ready for Christmas. Do I have presents purchased and wrapped, decorations up, and cookies baked? Not hardly. I am not that organized. But am I ready to celebrate the Greatest Gift of all, our Savior Jesus Christ? Oh yes.

Pictured: My husband's little alpine fir is lit up for Christmas.

who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:9-10 ESV

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

So Loved

We are so loved. We had a great anniversary dinner at my in-laws'. Plus flowers. And a nice card from my parents.

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV