Thursday, July 31, 2008
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I could hug the man. No, not my husband. My husband gets hugs and kisses. And kudos for taking a break from his summer painting jobs to work on our house. New hardwood flooring installed in the office this week, thank you very much. And a clean sweep approach to organizing the office. But back to hugging the man. My husband went to see a guy about an upcoming paint job. The guy noticed the missing window pane in my husband's truck cab. One of the hazards of hauling stuff for people. He offered some new and improved tape. But then he had a better idea. How about cutting a piece of plexi-glass to fit? Done. Just what we needed. No more rain blowing in or bark dust swirling around. I wonder if he likes homemade muffins? I can do that.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. Philippians 4:12-14 ESV
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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, July 28, 2008
I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. Psalm 101:3 ESV
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 ESV
Saturday, July 26, 2008
What's the solution? I've read the books. Yes, I have a collection of organizing books. I don't know what will kick in and work for me, but today my husband gave me the gift of space. He offered to put in MORE bookshelves (down the hall, in case someone wonders where we could fit them). I am so touched by his generous, understanding spirit that I feel free to start sorting and letting go of more books. I am going to take another stab at triage. (Triage definition: "A process in which things are ranked in terms of importance or priority.")
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 ESV
Friday, July 25, 2008
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 ESV
Thursday, July 24, 2008
However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33 ESV
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, Colossians 3:23 ESV
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
And paddles pickleballs.
Happy Birthday Father-in-law!
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. Psalm 103:13 ESV
Monday, July 21, 2008
I got this idea from a blog, Happy at Home. You can read about it here:
I'd like to try it someday. In the meantime, we asked a young man from our Sunday school class if he wanted to join our family for lunch after church. Our treat. For fine dining at the Costco food court. Who knew he and my husband speak the same languages? (Painting and Bible school). I'm glad he took us up on our spontaneous offer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13 ESV
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Romans 12:13 ESV
Saturday, July 19, 2008
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalm 5:11 ESV
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
So there I was in a room crammed with children and a few adults. When he needed an adult volunteer he asked me to come forward. He did an updated "pick a card, any card" routine with me. Sure enough, he pulled out my four of clubs with my name written on it. Too bad my older children weren't there for my five minutes of fame. But I got a picture with him afterwards.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. Philippians 4:13-14 ESV
Monday, July 14, 2008
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20 ESV
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I'm thankful for the dollar store and one dollar clotheslines and packs of clothespins. I recommend the plastic ones. The wooden ones break easily. I also recommend you use clothespins, unless you enjoy picking up laundry off the ground and shaking them off.
If anyone wants to take a shower, just move the hangers of clothes out of the way. Go easy on the towels, would you? (Note to self: check garage sales for lightweight towels to replace the heavier ones that take longer to dry.) We will see how much we save on our energy bill this week. Our gas dryer is fairly efficient. What about my energy bill? I'm trusting God for that one.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13 ESV
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Now my parents are retired and in my town. So when my dad had surgery today, it was my turn to listen to my dad joke with the nurses and keep my mom company. I was able to keep my sisters updated during the day. We are all thankful that everything went well today. They wish they were here and send their love and prayers. But today it's my turn to be here.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
And the day ended with birthday dessert courtesy of my mother-in-law. Gingerbread with yummy lemon sauce. Slow churned ice cream if you prefer, or a little of both. As we dished up, who knocked on the door? My parents of course. Happy Birthday to me!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Note: This photo was inspired by Ann Kroeker and her shoes. Only she isn't this corny.
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
Monday, July 07, 2008
My older daughter and I trekked over a mile to catch the transit bus. But we missed the bus by a few minutes. If I had a cell phone I might have called a friend and bummed a ride. We decided to walk. And walk. At least it was mostly downhill. An hour and 15 minutes later we were there. It had to be four, maybe five miles by the time we followed the bus route--on foot.
We had water and then coffee. I got to sit with my nieces, hold the baby, chat with my sister and her husband, and even sample a couple bites of baked goods. That's my kind of coffee. Then it worked out for my son and younger daughter to join us. And give us a ride home.
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25 ESV
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. Proverbs 31:10-14 ESV
Friday, July 04, 2008
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 ESV
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love...Ecclesiastes 9:9a
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Like today for example. I am waiting for my sons to return home from swimming so I can have the car. Then I will drive to where my daughter is babysitting and relieve her of duty. She can have the car and drive to her soccer game 20 minutes away. The person my daughter is babysitting for will give me a ride home.
If that's not interesting enough, how about throwing my Chinese neighbors in the mix? They would like to go fishing at my grandparents' lake. I may go with them (in their van of course, I won't have a car) after I get home from babysitting or send my sons to the lake with them. If they don't go to the soccer game that is. Did I mention that we need to have the car home before dark because I haven't had time to buy a replacement bulb for the headlight? I think it will all work out. Never a dull moment.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the LORD, and my right is disregarded by my God"? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 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 40:27-31 ESV