Monday, April 20, 2015

God's Comfort

It was true for Moses. And his successor Joshua. And us. God will never leave or forsake us.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Treasure God's Word

It's back to basics at church. How did we get the Bible and can we trust the Bible? I appreciate how Pastor Seth Winterhalter teaches the truth so passionately.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Morning Person

I never thought I'd consider myself a morning person. But I love spring mornings when it's not too hot. And the orchard trees are exploding in blossoms.

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. John 15:15-16 ESV

Friday, April 17, 2015

Just Enough

All I want is just enough. Not too much. Not too little. Been thinking about one of my favorite sections in Proverbs.

Pictured: I love this picture my daughter took, looking up into a tree.

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, "Who is the LORD?" or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9 ESV

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two Weeks Ago

It seems like a long time ago. And just yesterday. So glad he came back safely! Two weeks ago today.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 ESV

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Frisbee Gang

I knew my husband would get along well with children in Africa. Even if they didn't speak the same language. He spent about an hour playing frisbee games with a group of boys.

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Ephesians 4:2 ESV

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Year of the Blossoms

Is this the Year of the Blossoms? There is amazing beauty all around us in the Pacific Northwest.

Pictured: In Seattle last weekend.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' Matthew 6:30-31 ESV

Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy to Paint

My husband can't get away from painting. Not that he minds. He was happy to help with painting and fixing screens at the missionaries' home in Malawi.

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

Sunday, April 12, 2015

To Be the Church

I am excited for a new sermon series at church. About church. Pastor Seth Winterhalter kicked off the first sermon in the "To Be the Church" series. We know what to expect from Pastor Seth. Lots of scripture. Truth about the gospel. And a lot of passion.

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 ESV

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Basket Love

I didn't care if my husband brought me anything back from Africa. All I wanted was him to come home safely. But if he had a chance, could he bring me a basket? Carry it on the plane as a purse. Or on his head as a hat, if necessary. He asked a new friend, and his friend commissioned someone to make a basket for me.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 ESV

Friday, April 10, 2015

Share God's Word

My husband left all his pants in Africa. Except for the pair he wore home. He donated them to people in need. And his favorite leather-bound Bible. A young man working in the cafe asked if my husband had an English Bible available. My husband was happy to share God's Word, and we can replace it.

Pictured: My husband's new friend in the cafe, near where they stayed in Mozambique.

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18 ESV

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Neighbor Friends

We didn't just build our homes in the sweat-equity self-help program. We became friends and neighbors. Shared our lives and raised our children together.

Nice to have a visit from our former next-door neighbor and her youngest daughter. Who is all grown up and in the Navy.

Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. Proverbs 27:10 ESV

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Precious Birthday

Every year the birthdays get more precious. I am thankful my mom is doing well. She has fully recovered from her melanoma surgery and skin graft. Just in time to work in the garden. And celebrate her birthday!

Love you, Mom!

She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. Proverbs 31:16-17 ESV

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Preview of Heaven

I think my husband got a preview of heaven. And what it will be like to have every nation and tribe worshipping Jesus together.

Pictured: Attending church in Mozambique.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" Revelation 7:9-10 ESV