Monday, April 30, 2007

Let the Games Begin

I wasn't expecting the challenge so soon. My teens are already formidable opponents. They love finding the big words in Boggle. Now my first grader can hold her own. You only get points for the words no one else has. The other night she found the words "south" and "tooth" in the 4X4 grid of letters. When my three children were small, my mom friends and I took time to play Boggle. And then there was the camping trip when a certain young son pulled a disappearing act during our game. Now we have jobs, sports practices, and children with and without learner's permits. We need to bring back Family Game Night. We can try out my in-laws' Uno Attack. My mom can teach the kids how to play Rook. In the meantime, I might want to try what my son's been accusing me of: reading the dictionary while they are in school.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8 ESV

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Team Spirit

The family that Auctions together, stays together. My husband broke plates and poured concrete with our two teens and first grader every night for a couple weeks in preparation for his second graders' class project. The hand-made stepping stones were a colorful addition to the wheel barrow, soil sifter, and nursery gift certificate package. On Auction Night our family joined the perfectly-organized Auction Team and took up stations for data entry and cashiering. My husband dusted off his bookkeeper hat and ran the credit card payments. I teamed up with my seventeen-year-old son to input bids and print invoices. My fifteen-year-old daughter was a runner during the live auction and brought me the signed bids. Grandma enjoyed the school program and dinner with us. Grandpa entertained our first grader for the evening. She had fun, even if she didn't catch any fish on their lake. It's good to work together for a worthy cause.

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, Philippians 1:27 ESV

Saturday, April 28, 2007

To Tell the Truth

I do my best to keep up on inventory. The natives get cranky when there are no chewy granola bars for sack lunches. And no one likes pulling out the box only to find it empty. I don't want to share empty words either. I believe that "whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips" (Proverbs 24:26). When my six-year-old daughter asked what I thought of her paper plate art with paint swirled together into a mostly brown mix with a few splashes of bright colors, I gave her my honest feedback. I gently said, "It's not my favorite." She was devastated. I explained that I want her to trust what I say. I want my words to mean something. And I can be generous with kudos for all the whole-hearted efforts and jobs well done.

All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. Proverbs 8:8 ESV

Friday, April 27, 2007

Hang on Little Tomato

I was in the next town running errands when I had a phone call from the school secretary. My first grader wasn't feeling well and could I come get her? I thought of the song and album title, "Hang on Little Tomato," as I did a 180. I prayed that she would hold on for half an hour until I could get there. My brave little tomato made it home and was right as rain after a day's rest. Sometimes I'm the little tomato clinging to the Vine, trusting God to get me through. I need God to strengthen me with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy (Colossians 1:11).

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 ESV

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Hello, Dolly!

A woman in the aisle at Goodwill asked if I knew what it was. No, I was just looking at the doll's clothes and wondering if they would fit my daughter's doll. She told me the doll cost around $100 and could talk and interact if you had the right accessories. I paid $3.99 and the cute jumper, leggings, and shoes were worth that. When I got home and pressed a button all she said was, "I need my pack! I need my pack!" For a short time we were impressed with how she moved her lips. Soon my children were talking like that. "I need my water! I need my water!" Then someone adjusted the doll and she introduced herself and offered to play games. People are like that doll. If you can make the right connections, they will open up and start talking. I try to listen to the heart, not just the words. I listen, pray silently, and ask questions. My goal is to give the gift of understanding and share God's grace as He leads. And has anyone seen Amazing Ally's purple headband that goes with her tea party outfit?

The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:5 ESV

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Dilly Dally Queen

I am the dog that turns around and around before lying down on the rug. I admit that it took me a while to get serious about cutting down my television viewing. I promised God that I would quit, at the next commercial break, or when the season ended. I finally broke free and can take it or leave it. My ongoing challenge is to get organized--that means sort, purge, and contain my worldly possessions. I've been reading books about organization and clipping magazine articles for years. Today I attacked the shelves and boxes in my room. I put everything on the bed and was all set to categorize but I bit off more than I could chew. My dear husband helped me box it up so we could find our bed in the queen-sized mess. I am inspired by the example of King Hezekiah. He got right to work in the first month of the first year of his reign. It's time to take action. With God's help and my husband's ongoing encouragement, I can do that.

Hezekiah began to reign when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done. In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them. 2 Chronicles 29:1-3 ESV

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Spectator Sport

I was there first. I sat in the middle of the stadium to watch my son play soccer. One by one, the opposing team's parents sat around me. The parents behind me noticed the match-up between their bearded son and another bearded player--that would be my seventeen-year-old son. They thought my son was pushing but I knew he was just going after the ball. I didn't say a word but if my son had scored I would have let loose. Our team played well and surprised the other team by keeping it tied zip-zip. Today I lived out Psalm 1 and sat in the seat of scoffers. They weren't out of line; they just weren't celebrating what I wanted to celebrate. Next time I'll move.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1,2 ESV

Monday, April 23, 2007

Generation to Generation

One of the perks of having my parents retire in our corner of the world is sharing meals with them. Tonight my fifteen-year-old daughter prepared creamed tuna, rice, and corn for all of us. My mom made this simple, filling meal when I was little. I taught my daughter and now she makes it, only she jazzes it up with Mrs. Dash seasoning. I want to do better than the kings in the Old Testament. The good kings had sons who walked away from the faith of their fathers. Today I read in 2 Chronicles 24 where King Joash did what was right as long as Jehoiada the priest was alive. Then he abandoned the house of the Lord and served idols. I want to do more than pass on life skills. I want to lay a foundation of faith for my children to build on.

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:5-7

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Love Covers

I don't remember the details of raising our three children, now almost 20, 18, and 16. And it's all new with Number Four after a nine year gap. You think you'll never sleep through the night again, or get through potty training, but you do. Then you move on. My children reminded me that when they were little we had a bedtime routine of smoothing the blankets and saying, "Love....Covers!" In Sunday school today we came to 1 Peter 4:8: "...love covers a multitude of sins." I do not have to be the Sin Police and confront every error, wrong, or insult. Ken Sande, of Peacemaker Ministries, says:

Overlook an offense—Many disputes are so insignificant that they should be resolved by quietly and deliberately overlooking an offense. "A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense" (Prov. 19:11). Overlooking an offense is a form of forgiveness, and involves a deliberate decision not to talk about it, dwell on it, or let it grow into pent-up bitterness or anger.

I ask God to show me what to overlook and what to address. I want to be a love covers parent.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 ESV

Saturday, April 21, 2007

True Confessions

I haven't been on the treadmill for a couple weeks. Working out with the vacuum cleaner doesn't count. I'm ready to get moving again. If my son can walk one hour every day, even away at college, then I can put in 30 minutes.
I am taking baby steps toward home organization. I cleaned out and shuffled cookware and small appliances in the kitchen. Like with like, and all that. I still need to inventory the pantry and prune items we will never use. I found the missing coffee pot lid, but I already moved on. I made a happy discovery of a broken plate I had stashed away. We can use it for our new mosaic project.
I bought newer towels at a garage sale for 10 cents each and relegated some towels to retirement in the rag box. I'm still not operating at the one-in-one-out ratio.
I'm writing things on the calendar and checking it. I like my new Google home page with a calendar and analog clock. Note to self: The church youth group summer schedule came in the mail. Mark the calendar today!
I passed up pizza at Costco last week and split a salad instead. No more Berry Berry Sundaes for me either.
I don't miss TV shows that I'm not watching. I don't know who's still on ER, and I don't really care.
There are days that I don't feel like writing my blog. With 158 days in a row, and encouragement from my husband, I keep going. I feel like a hypocrite opening my Bible after being cranky with my family, but God is "rich in mercy" (Ephesians 2:4).

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2-5 ESV

Friday, April 20, 2007

Lunch In

I don't get free lunches any more. My husband used to work two half-time jobs close to home in order to be available to help me. Now that my MS has improved, he can work full-time. I have the privilege of getting my own mid-day meal. Today I ate with Pastor John Piper. I listened to "How to Pray for the Soul" online while I had my lunch of choice--leftovers. John Piper shared what he calls the meat and potatoes of his prayer life. He uses the acronym IOUS to pray daily for himself and loved ones.

INCLINE: ask God to give us an inclination to his Word and not to money or fame or power (Psalm 119:36)
OPEN: open our eyes to see wonderful things when we read his Word (Psalm 119:18)
UNITE: have hearts united in the fear of God rather than fragmented over a dozen concerns (Psalm 86:11)
SATISFY: be satisfied in his steadfast love (Psalm 90:14)

But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Matthew 4:4 ESV

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Don't Get Me Started

When my husband and I were first married, he worked night shift in a group home for unwed mothers and I taught fifth grade half-time. We were on opposite schedules but we made it a date to watch Night Heat, a police drama set in Toronto. Other favorite shows included St. Elsewhere, a hospital drama, and Hill Street Blues, a police show. I never took to soap operas. I admit that one day my husband found me crying through a Thirtysomething marathon. More recently we've watched ER, Law and Order, and CSI Miami. I can't watch those shows any more. The few redeeming moments of heroism do not outweigh the graphic depictions of human depravity. Even game shows and tamer reality shows are loaded with offensive commercials. Enough is enough.

Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies! Psalm 141:4 ESV

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Fill in the Blank

I love the hymn, "Just a Closer Walk," whether I am in a wheelchair, walking with a cane, or at full strength. Thankfully I haven't had jelly legs since my MS flared up two years ago. Today I read Colossians 1:10 and walk jumped off the page. I want to "walk in a manner worthy of the Lord." Can I say that in all areas of my life? Do I parent, love, pray, confront, spend money, eat, speak, write, drive, or watch TV/surf the internet in a manner worthy of the Lord?

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 ESV

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bits and Pieces

Sign me up for the recycle, reuse, and repurpose campaign. I love being creative with what I have. Don't be alarmed if you walk by our house and hear the sound of breaking dishes. My husband is perfecting his broken plate mosaic technique so he can help his second graders make stepping stones. Too bad I decluttered away the broken dishes I was saving. We made do with thrift store 25-centers. Our test mosaics look great with various colors, patterns, and even some words. I'm thankful that God salvages the disappointments, broken dreams, and detours of our lives. Nothing is wasted in God's economy. He uses all the fragments to design art that reflects His glory and blesses others.

who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:4 ESV

Monday, April 16, 2007

Steel of a Deal

It's time to say good-bye to a faithful servant. I don't know how many meals I've made in that old slow cooker. A friend gave it to me many Christmases ago and it has served us well. It kept on going even if one of the handles fell off. I can throw a meal together in the morning before I get busy or too tuckered. Split pea soup is easy with a food processor (thanks Sis, for the one dollar time saver!) to whir the carrots, celery and onions into shape. When there's half a jar of salsa in the fridge, I throw that on chicken and cook it all day. Then I add chicken stock, black beans, stewed tomatoes, and corn for wonderful tortilla soup. Put on some rice, grab some chips, and we're good. Today I spied the slow cooker of my dreams at my local thrift store. It is stainless steel and holds a 5.3 quart oval removable crock. It looks like it has never been used. It was $5.99 and I had a 25% off coupon. That slow cooker is more than a useful tool for cooking things in. It's one big silver EGG (Example of God's Grace). It is a reminder that God rewards those who trust Him and wait for His perfect provision.

and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:19-21 ESV

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Waffles and Chicken

If my life was a comic strip, the thought bubble over my head would read: "Hmm, I wonder if I can say yes." The bubble over my children's heads might read: "First she says yes, then she says no!" My children don't ask for much so I put off saying no. Sometimes I want to say yes but I can't. Other times I am afraid to say no. I need to give decisive, clear responses. If I need more time to reflect, say so. With God's help, I can do that.

Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil. Matthew 5:37 ESV

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Stay Off the Grass

My husband finally said, "Enough!" He had battled our front lawn ever since the sod went down. Last summer he and his crew dug up the front yard and started fresh. Our professional landscaper neighbor advised what kind of grass seed to buy and how to protect the seed with a layer of fine top soil. My husband watered faithfully and set up a barrier to keep little children and dogs off the baby grass. One day the lush green grass looked ready. We took down the fence and gingerly took a couple steps. But the sun came out and scorched the grass in the footprints. One year later we can still see the footprints. We should have waited a little longer. I am reminded of the battle for purity. Our children need to be encouraged that there's no need to rush. Don't tiptoe around the edges. It's worth waiting. And the grass is greener inside the fence of marriage.

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases. Song of Solomon 8:4 ESV

Friday, April 13, 2007

Remembering Our Giants

What do you do when everything looks hopeless? Tonight we watched the movie, Facing the Giants, and saw the coach cry out to God for answers. We know what it's like to look fear in the face and trust God for the impossible. Some of my giants include Health Questions without Answers (dizziness, loss of balance, tingling, etc.) and then Diagnosis without Definitive Answers (Multiple Sclerosis). I have been well, in bed full-time, and now well again. Like the Apostle Paul, my husband and I know how to be brought low and how to abound (Philippians 4:12). We see God's hand on our lives for good, even when we can't see the way. Like so many others, we have wondered how car, job, and financial challenges will work out. God is faithful! We are living in a home that we built through the federal Self-Help program. Now that my health is stable, my husband can work full-time. He sacrificed to get his teaching certificate, suffered though student teaching, and endured one year of substitute teaching before finding the perfect job at our local Christian school. I have strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 ESV

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Vet Everything

I tossed the free Shopper's Weekly ad into my cart. A woman set her paper back on the stack and told me it was last week's edition. And in case I cared, the store was out of chicken legs. Sure enough, the date on the paper was from last week. I told the woman behind me it was last week's ads. She said, "This pile wasn't here yesterday. It must be today's." On closer look we saw today's date on the back page and last week's on the front page. I tell my children: You can't believe everything you read. Boneless and skinless chicken isn't always so. It's hard to sort fiction from non-fiction, accurate from inaccurate, and biased from objective. News stories, memoirs, virus warnings, and even Christian books should all be handled with care. I need to keep my eyes and ears open. I will check sources, verify the facts, and seek trusted counsel.

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11 ESV

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Safe Return

The snow birds have landed. My husband's parents returned from sunny California after being gone for three months. You missed a powerful Peacemaker conference with Ken Sande. The women's retreat was held at the church. Mom, you would have enjoyed the new seminar sessions and more great teaching from Laura Bevill. Thanks for spending time with our College Boy on Easter Sunday. Yes, we put in a new kitchen faucet. The old one couldn't take it anymore. What do you think of the hardwood floor pattern around the entry way tiles ? How about that cute little white car out front? My parents made us an offer we couldn't refuse. Is that our new (to us) gas range? Sure, and it has way more fire power than our first one, even if you can't read the temperatures. Just turn it to 4 o'clock for 350 degrees and adjust from there. Check out this homemade calzone, made in honor of your return. How do you like my modern glasses? A friend gave me the frames and paid for the lenses. The optometrist said my optic nerves are beautiful--that's good news for someone with MS. You probably noticed that your son shaved his beard and your grandson grew one. There's a soccer game next week. Welcome home and when can we meet for coffee?

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers. Proverbs 17:6 ESV

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Good Night, Little One

I'm glad my youngest still likes to read stories and be tucked in at night. Today I discovered my new favorite children's bedtime book: Good Night, Little One, by Steve Bjorkman at the Goodwill. There are stacks of animal books and bedtime books, but this one will delight young ones, parents, and grandparents alike. The rhyming text and beautiful art offer a gentle reminder that God loves each of us, foibles and all. I ordered copies for my two sisters. Tonight I relate to the "little rat with your tail in a knot...you need to say 'sorry' and do what you ought." Even moms need assurance that "God forgives little rats with their tails in a knot."

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 ESV

Monday, April 09, 2007

For Richer

I read in the paper about a couple accused of defrauding a company of over 2 million dollars. Their fancy car had the license plate: ENVY US. I don't think anyone envies them now. Last week we saw a custom license plate that speaks of my husband. It said: JOYFUL. My husband I are not wealthy by American standards but we are rich in God's blessings. We can be content with what we have, for God has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5 ESV).

But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy! Psalm 68:3 ESV

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Something to Sing About

Easter is all about spring, bunnies, eggs, and candy. Where's the cross? In church today we sang the hymn, "Crown Him with Many Crowns." (Click and you can hear it.) The first verse includes:

Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

I want to wake up and sing today, and every day. I don't want to forget what Jesus did for me. Because He lives I can face tomorrow.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV

Saturday, April 07, 2007

A Friend's Love

Why did I start wearing a gold cross necklace? My friend had a dream that I had one, so she bought one for me. I wear a cross because it reminds me of the priceless gift someone gave me years ago. I look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2 ESV). On this Easter weekend, I thank God for sending His Son to die on my behalf. And I rejoice that death is no match for our Lord and Savior. He is Risen!

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:11-13 ESV

Friday, April 06, 2007

Down But Not Out

My friend had surgery and needed care in a local nursing home rehab center. My daughter and I visited her when she came home today. I was encouraged by her positive spirit. She saw her time there as an opportunity to bless others, including her roommate and others in her physical therapy group. That's our Sue! We love you!

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

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Worth Watching

A friend asked me what my plans for spring break are. I told her, "Watch my husband work." It's true. I continue to be amazed at how he can be extraordinary in the ordinary. He multi-tasks circles around me. He can spruce up the yard, tidy the garage, and tackle home projects seamlessly. He turns a hardwood floor project into a work of art. I love what he's doing with the entry way. I wonder what he'll get done tomorrow.

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 2 Thessalonians 1:11 ESV

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Here We Go

My second child is learning how to drive. I remember driving around Portland, Oregon with my high school math teacher who was also my driver's ed teacher. I tell my son the same tips, like slow down before you enter a curve, and accelerate as you come out of the curve. I didn't get my license until I was in college. Bless family friend Pete Perkins for calmly teaching me how to drive a stick shift. Now it's my turn to sit in the passenger seat with a young, inexperienced driver in control of the vehicle. My theme song is, "Lord Have Mercy" by Michael W. Smith. So far so good. He has good car handling skills, common sense, and enough healthy fear. And he has a head start on me--he knows the difference between "left turn" and "right turn."

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8 ESV

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Sister Sister

Now that I am in my 40's, you would think I would be glad to have people think my middle sister is older than I am. Not so fast. I am the oldest of three girls and I wear that badge proudly. My older daughter is the big sister I never was. Tonight my fifteen-year-old made a tent of sheets in the room she shares with her little sister. They set up the tv and watched a movie together. Their laughter echoed throughout the house. My sisters and I are best friends now, even if we are separated by three states. If I could relive my childhood, I would be kinder, gentler and less insecure. I am thankful for their love and support, then and now.

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12, 13 ESV

Monday, April 02, 2007

Here and Now

Over ten years ago I made a weekly schedule like the Sidetracked Home Executives suggested. For the next several years I chose to laugh instead of cry when I saw that schedule taped into my 3x5 file box. When I was down with MS, I couldn't always walk, let alone drive. I didn't have the energy for an errand day, cleaning day, or much else. In my up-times, I had thrift-store therapy. Now I am feeling better, but I still have my old helter-skelter-hodge-podge ways. Today I found two organizing books at a thrift store--paperbacks and only $1.29 each. I'm going to try House Works by Cynthia Townley Ewer and Simplify Your Life by Marcia Ramsland. I skimmed House Works. The author speaks my language. She says, "Checklists exist to free the brain from 'mind flies'--those little buzzing 'I need to, I have to' thoughts. Whether it's daily lists of routine chores or more long-term tasks, checklists pin down buzzing thoughts and put them on paper, where they're easy to convert into action." It's time to resume the journey toward an organized home.

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

Sunday, April 01, 2007

EGG Hunting Season

I'm not sure why we didn't take our three children on Easter egg hunts when they were young. Now the three older siblings cheer on their little sister. One year she didn't gather many eggs because she only wanted her favorite color--blue. We had training sessions before the next year's hunt. We've had our own egg hunts with neighbor children and the grandparents. I'd like to initiate year-round E.G.G. hunts, like Ken Sande, of Peacemaker Ministries, does with his family. They look for E.G.G.s or "Evidences of God's Grace" around them. You can download his sermon, Breathe Grace, from the Metro Church website. I find EGGs every day on the road or at home. I am thankful that the young driver whipping out of the parking spot at the junior high school didn't hit me. I have mistakenly gone out of turn at the four-way stop without incident. I thank God when I see how my children are maturing and blessing others. You can leave comments with your EGG hunt stories. Click on the word "comments." Feel free to sign in as "anonymous" and type the funky letters. Put your name in your comment if you want. Let the EGG hunts begin!

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16, 17 ESV