Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weather Bursts

Today's weather came in bursts. Blue sky. Dark clouds. Torrential rain. Hail. A big rainbow. And more rain. Reminds me of what an amazing Creator we have.

Pictured: Driving home from Olympia with my daughter

For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Psalm 108:4 ESV

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

High School Volleyball

I miss the days of watching my daughter and friends play volleyball. Sitting with parents on the bleachers. Some of the girls are now playing at the high school level. I went to the last home game to cheer them on. So proud of them!

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chili Fest

I sampled each one and couldn't pick a favorite. Traditional chili. Pumpkin quinoa chili. White chicken chili. My veggie chili. Along with fresh guacamole and chips. Homemade bread. Plus birthday cake for my husband, made with love by our youngest daughter. That's how a community group puts on a chili fest.

Pictured: Just some of the great food tonight.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 ESV

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dedicated

I remember finding out he was on the way. And then praying through the pregnancy and the day of the delivery. Now our little community group baby is one year old! His parents dedicated him to God at church yesterday. On his first birthday.

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 ESV

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Friends

I met a couple at church when they were brand new. New to our church and to the United States. Now my dear friends are returning to their home in South Africa. So hard to say good-bye but I know we will see each other again.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Start Somewhere

I need to preach more to myself. How do I approach the dishes and laundry? Jump in. Start somewhere. Success builds success. Why don't I apply that to filing and organizing? Worth a try.

a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; Ecclesiastes 3:6 ESV

Friday, October 17, 2014

Notice Beauty

There is so much beauty around. I love how the leaves are changing colors. I need to pay attention because before you know it, the leaves will be gone. Like this tree outside my daughter's guitar teacher's studio.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20 ESV

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Ruffles

Looking back, I remember what a good sport my dad was. And is. He put up with a house full of women so patiently. Bless my mom for all her work sewing dresses. Even when we didn't always appreciate matchy-matchy ruffles.

I have many good memories of growing up with my two younger sisters in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Just wish we lived closer to each other now!

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, Colossians 3:12 ESV

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nine Plagues Today

I feel like I am watching a movie. And seeing how the characters develop and grow. In today's lecture at Bible Study Fellowship, we saw how Moses grew in faith and confidence. He started out timid and unsure. But by the ninth plague he boldly told Pharaoh God's message. God was patient with Moses and Moses rose to the challenge.

So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, 'How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, that they may serve me. Exodus 10:3 ESV

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Long Coffee and Short Hello

I love planned and unplanned. I met a friend for coffee. Tried pour over coffee and enjoyed good conversation. Then randomly met my parents in town for a quick hello. Makes for a great day!

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Labor of Our Fruit

That first ping was a beautiful sound. Say the novice water-bath canners. Nice to know our jars are sealed. My husband has been hard at work picking and processing apples. And now we have 12 quarts of delicious home-canned applesauce.

He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. Proverbs 10:5 ESV

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Goodbye is Only Temporary

Just when I get to know someone, they get shipped out. Or move for other reasons. Some of that happens because of the strong military presence at our church.

Today I said goodbye to a couple and their sweet children. Other friends are returning to their home country of South Africa.

But today I also said "Welcome home" to a friend who returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

The good news is that for believers we know that goodbye is only temporary.

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ESV

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Once Upon a Time

It cracks me up when I think about old dreams. In college I thought about becoming a math teacher. I ended up in elementary ed. Good fit. I got a taste of what it would be like to teach algebra last year. Much harder than I thought!

In 7th grade I said I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up. You could say I attained that. But I need to improve my system for knowing what I have and where it is.

Which reminds me, I once considered becoming a professional organizer. Don't laugh, friends!

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Ecclesiastes 7:8 ESV

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bumper Crop

The apple trees in our backyard are loaded this year. My husband has a new hobby. Picking apples and making delicious applesauce. I like his overnight crock pot applesauce the best. Our daughter prefers the stove top variety. No worries, there's plenty for everyone.

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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