Friday, December 31, 2010

Good bye 2010

Good bye to my sister and family. Good bye Christmas in California. Good bye 2010. Hello new adventures in 2011.

Pictured: My view from inside a store.

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Psalm 96:1 ESV

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Burrito Sendoff

How many burritos does it take to feed 10 people? Two, if they are gigantic. My sister and husband took us to a LA landmark as a sendoff. Too bad my son wasn't feeling well and missed out.

Health update: My youngest is over her fever but she doesn't have much energy yet. She and I flew back to Washington today. My son is hoping to get over his fever before they start the drive home soon.

http://losangeles.citysearch.com/profile/59599/los_angeles_ca/el_tepeyac_cafe.html

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

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What We Came For

We didn't come for the weather. Or the food. Even though we did have some sunny days. And lots of good food. We came for family times with my sister, husband and kids. It's fun to get reacquainted with my nephew and nieces.

Pictured: My husband and nephew posed in their leather jackets and shades.

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

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

International Food Love

It was an international food tour. Cantonese food for lunch. Self-serve frozen yogurt with Chinese subtitles. A blast from the past at a Chinese grocery store. Vietnamese coffee and baguettes, hot out of the oven. My sister and husband sure know where to go.

Pictured: My daughter examines a durian. Prickly and smelly!

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. Proverbs 31:14 ESV

Monday, December 27, 2010

Off to the Races

My sister knows where to go. Free admission. Reasonable breakfasts. Beautiful horses running and walking by. Works for me.

http://www.santaanita.com/content/dining-santa-anita-park

Pictured: A jockey at Santa Anita Park

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

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Not the Best of Times

The good news is that we are all here. My oldest flew down on Christmas. The bad news is that my youngest is sick. It's not fun to spend Christmas in bed with a fever. At your cousins'. We are making the best of it. And praying for a quick recovery.

Pictured: My son had a stocking waiting for him when he got here.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, James 1:2 ESV

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Pictured: Cousins at a candlelight service.

the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned." Matthew 4:16 ESV

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Dinner Love

I think everyone contributed in some way. With my sister and husband doing the bulk of the work. Pot roast, mashed potatoes, stir-fried green beans and veggies. My sister tried out our Gramma's frozen fruit salad recipe. Served on a bed of lettuce. My brother-in-law's sister and family joined us. A family Christmas dinner it is.

Pictured: Setting up for a dinner for 16

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" Luke 2:13-14 ESV

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pasadena Love

Our family is coming together. Three drivers rotated sleeping, driving, and texting Mom with "where we are now" updates. Seventeen and half hours later they were in Pasadena. The sun is out.

Let the family California Christmas begin!

Pictured: Cousins shopping at the original Trader Joe's.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

En Route

I wonder if the storm will pass before they get here. My husband and two children are driving to Pasadena. Good thing we didn't come for the weather. We could have stayed home for rain. Although this is a spectacular thunder and lightening storm with pounding rain.

Pictured: Cell phone update from the road.

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yours Truly

Who said we didn't need wheeled luggage? I thought we were traveling light. Until my daughter and I had to schlep our carry-ons across the Seattle airport, through security, on escalators, on the train, and on some more escalators. Who almost walked in the men's restroom except for her traveling companion's intervention? And who is happy to be spending Christmas in Pasadena with her sister and family? Yours truly.

Pictured: The two air travelers. My husband and two children will drive down. My oldest will fly down on Christmas Day.

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

Monday, December 20, 2010

Almost There

I had a print fail at the copy shop. But I don't care. I am so happy to have my Christmas letter written. I didn't know if it was going to come together. My best writing came when I sat in an empty office building with a notebook, Bible, and a pen. A little more tweaking and I'm good to print. Then I tackle labels.

but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 ESV

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Pageant Love

Why did I wear a purple graduation gown? And my husband and son get draped in sheets? Because we were part of the Christmas pageant at the assisted living home. Several families participate every year, but this was our first time. My son did a great job as narrator and my husband as A.V. guy and scribe.

Photo: My youngest sat with the residents and took pictures, including this one of the angels and the narrator.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" Luke 2:13-14 ESV

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Dinner Love

My husband makes things happen. I would have given up trying to find an open slot on the calendar. Host a turkey dinner for the family it is.

Both sets of grandparents were able to come. Three out of four of my children were here. With leftovers tucked away for the road tripper.

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

Friday, December 17, 2010

After the Program

I think we should make this a tradition. Put hot spiced cider in the crock pot. Open our home after the school Christmas program. Invite our community group and any friends, family or neighbors that want to join us. With thanks to my son and daughter for their help cleaning and preparing snacks.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Thursday, December 16, 2010

In the House

I waited to break out the Christmas mugs. Until my daughter returned from college. Put on the coffee. Big Sis is in the house.

And bless her for babysitting her first night home.

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Friend Like That

I wish our paths crossed more regularly. We are overdue for coffee. But I know my friend Carol is faithfully praying for me and my family. We all need friends like that.

Happy Birthday, Carol!

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18 ESV

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How did he do that?

The guy is talented. I've seen him do magic shows at the county fair, local libraries, and a birthday party. Today I saw Jeff Evans entertain senior adults at an assisted living home. Good clean fun. I like that.

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2008/07/five-minutes-of-fame.html

http://www.simplymagic.org/aboutjeff.html


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 13, 2010

Bible to Go

We have a friend that is very predictable.You can count on the retired pastor to show up at community events. And our open houses. He's made it to all of ours except the last one when he had a family wedding. He always has a Bible in his pocket and a verse on his lips. I love that.

Pictured: My husband and our good friend, Pastor Dick at a recent harp concert at the library.

preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 2 Timothy 4:2 ESV

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Celebrate the King of Kings

I didn't turn off the car right away. My daughter and I sat in the driveway. With a good view of the lighted cross next to the garage door. And cranked up the Hallelujah chorus on the Young Messiah cd.

We celebrate the birthday of our King of Kings.

They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful." Revelation 17:14 ESV

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Two Trees

Take two, they are small. I love how my husband wired two trees together to make one nice Christmas tree. Free. Works for us.

Pictured: A cell phone photo to show our college kids the two trees.

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

Friday, December 10, 2010

Community Group Love

I love getting together with friends from church. Doing church. Being the church. Sharing food. Telling the stories of our lives. Praying. Finding ways to serve and bless our neighborhoods. That's community. Our community group.

And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, Acts 2:46 ESV

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Let us adore Him

Bring on the Christmas music. Start with 4th and 5th graders from the Christian school singing at an assisted living home. End the day with harp music at the local library.

And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 ESV

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Taxi Love

I told myself I was glad I wasn't giving anyone a ride in my car that day. Before I had a chance to clean it out. Funny how that works. Next thing I knew, I was giving my cousin a ride to our coffee date from the tire shop. And a friend and her daughter a ride from the tire shop to the high school. Glad to do it.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

He Says:

Twenty-five years together and more happily married than ever. I could write a volume or two recording the evidences of God’s grace in our lives. The vows we took seem to have tilted more toward the in sickness or for poor side of the equation, but I am more convinced and confident than ever in God’s ability to work all things together for good for those who love Him. If the next 25 years are as fantastic as the first, we have a lot to look forward to.

Happy Anniversary Mary! All my love to you. Scot

Pictured: Engaged, married, and with children.

Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25 ESV

Monday, December 06, 2010

My Perfect Match

I was finishing up my elementary teaching degree. He was working nights in a group home for teen moms. We were both in a Bible study for college-age adults. He often gave me a ride home. I appreciated how kind he was. And fun to be with.

One night we went out for strawberry shortcake to plan a going-away party for a friend. It didn't take long to realize that he matched every single item on my wish list for a future husband. Except for one thing in the optional section. He didn't speak Chinese. But he did learn some when we moved to Taiwan to be dorm parents for two years.

I still appreciate how kind he is. And fun to be with. Twenty-five years later.

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

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Retracing Our Steps

As I prepare to write our annual Christmas letter, I review the year. I retrace our steps. Through my Bible study notes, photos, the calendar, and what I've written on my blog. A recurring theme is God's provision. Always gracious, always timely.

Pictured: My son captured these footsteps in the November snow.

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 ESV

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Christmas Parade Love

Have hat, will walk. In a Christmas parade with my daughter and friends from our Christian school. I felt like a celebrity walking down the middle of the street with crowds waving. Then I heard someone call my name. Hey, that's my husband. Who came from painting all day.

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

Friday, December 03, 2010

Tray for Two

Somehow my online reservation showed four guests. For a two-person room. I assured the owner it was just two of us. And it really is. No ghosts. By the grace of God.

Pictured: Our yummy breakfast.

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

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Savor the Time

I don't care if we looked like tourists. Or newlyweds. We walked around the quaint harbor taking pictures. Talking. Savoring the time away. Reflecting on twenty-five years of God's blessing on our lives.

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! Psalm 31:19 ESV

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Just the Two of Us

We can't even remember the last time we got away. Just the two of us. Twenty years ago we went to Hong Kong for our fifth anniversary. Usually my husband just sends me away. Like the year I went to Singapore to visit my parents on Mother's Day. Or the "warm weather therapy" trips to Pasadena, California to see my sister.

How about a Bed and Breakfast overnighter in honor of our 25th anniversary coming up this month? On the waterfront. Works for us.

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

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Take Aim

I have terrible aim. I have yet to master self-portraits. All of my children know how to point a camera or cell phone towards themselves without seeing the viewfinder. Meanwhile, I have fun trying.

Pictured: Me with one and a half of my daughters at Thanksgiving.

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, November 29, 2010

Ready, Set, Write

It's time to get down to business. Look through photos. Reminisce over the highs and and lows of the year. Update the mailing list. Think about format. And delivery options. Meanwhile, get a supply of my favorite candy--Good and Plenty. Crank out the annual Christmas newsletter. Here we go.

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Psalm 73:28 ESV

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Last Minute Dash

It all came together. At the last minute. Everyone made it to church. A friend snapped a family photo. I made a "home-cooked meal" in record time. All before the kids had to meet their ride back to college.

Pictured: One of the outtakes from our photo op today.

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath. It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; Psalm 92:1 ESV

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Who's Your Driver?

It works out well. My kids are skilled drivers. My husband doesn't mind taking the backseat. So my son drove us to Portland and my daughter drove on the return trip. And my youngest gets to select the music.

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

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Memories

In the family memory log, this will be the year we had snow before Thanksgiving. We will also remember it as the year our oldest didn't make it to the family reunion in Portland. He had to stay home and work. He also didn't make it to my parents' house because of the icy roads. But our neighbors made sure he got some turkey dinner.

Pictured: My mother-in-law and my two daughters on Thanksgiving.

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanks Getter

Here's a good thought for today. Courtesy of my friend's FB posting.

It's Thanksgiving. Who's your thanksgetter?

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pray Them Home

Stock up on supplies. Bake brownies that are open season, (not on the "save for Thanksgiving" list). Make a welcome home banner. Pray for safe travels. Be ready to welcome our college kids home.

It took them 5 1/2 hours, but they made it.

Pictured: Brother and sister reunion.

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

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

State of Readiness

Are we ready? Ready for inches of snow and single digit temps? Basically. To lose power? For brief outages. We need more flashlights and candles. Ready to travel on Thanksgiving? If the car part is delivered tomorrow and the radiator fixed (the mechanic says he will stay late if need be), we will be good to go. Ready for Jesus' second coming? We better be.

Pictured: My daughter had lots of time to make snow angels with school canceled all week.

You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Luke 12:40 ESV

Monday, November 22, 2010

More Hat Love

I joined the club tonight. The hat club. I didn't even have to graduate from high school or turn 50. My neighbor loves to bless people with her crocheted hats. Perfect for this cold snowy weather!

She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. Proverbs 31:13 ESV

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Winter Arrives

My kids got it first, a couple days ago. They are north, almost to the Canadian border. We came out of church to find it was snowing in Olympia. By the time we got home it was a winter wonderland.

My husband is thankful he doesn't have to do his weekend janitorial duty tonight. Our oldest got up early and did the whole cleaning job before we woke up!

Pictured: The view from our porch.

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Look to God

I will not give up. Or cheat and get out the commentaries. Until after completing this lesson. I will do my daily homework for my Bible Study Fellowship lesson on Isaiah. Even if it is hard to understand. There's plenty I do get. God is in charge. He has a plan. He is in control. I'm not.

In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense. Isaiah 17:7-8 ESV

Friday, November 19, 2010

In the Moment

I want to seize the moments. But not at the expense of being in the moment. So today I took my Bible study homework into Skateland but didn't open it. It was a better use of my time to visit with other parents and watch my fifth grader and schoolmates rollerskate. I can do my Bible study homework after my daughter is in bed.

Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Proverbs 4:26 ESV

Thursday, November 18, 2010

UnPower Lunch

My friend apologized. But it wasn't her fault the power went out. She was a gracious hostess and provided blankets for the ladies who were cold. It was kind of fun having our Bible study lunch fellowship by candlelight. Made a memory.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Four Car Day

Today was a four car day. It started in my white car, to school and back. Then my regular Wednesday morning coffee and Bible study date. Followed by a ride to my Bible study ladies' lunch. And tonight I hopped in a friend's van to share a ride to a women's church event. That's a lot of fellowship for one day.

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 ESV

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On Time is Good

Sometimes I listen to advice. My own advice. Four years ago I started this blog with an entry titled: Not One More Thing. It was about going easy on the multi-tasking. Today I had a choice between running one more errand or being on time to pick up my daughter. On time is good.

making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16 ESV

Monday, November 15, 2010

Love Love

When did the love show up? In four years of blog titles, that is. There's been apple love, art love, Keen love, cookie love, mango love, and even tofu love. It started with Coffee Love in January of 2007. It's high time for more walking love, exercise love, getting-in-shape love, and fitness love. I can work on that.

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:27 ESV

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Four Years and Counting

I think I only missed one day. That's not bad in four years of writing and posting something every day. Happy Blogiversary to Wide Margins.

What do you think of the crazy new layout?

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18 ESV

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Dinner Invitation

She makes it look easy. Crudités tray on the table. Table set for six. Potatoes and cranberry chicken in the oven. Green beans with bacon. Bread in a basket. That's dinner à la my mother-in-law. Don't forget dessert. Brownies with or without frosting. Or pineapple dessert. All made with love. Thanks for inviting us!

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:27-28 ESV

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sharing the Links

I know how much I enjoy good links. They give me food for thought and inspiration. So here are a few for you.

I love a good before and after story. Here's one about the power of spray paint. With thanks to Meredith of Like Merchant Ships for pointing me to The Thrifty Decor Chick.

http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2010/11/making-old-new-again-spray-paint-love.html

Here's one to make you think. And pay attention to your self-talk. How often do I say, "It's only..."? My kids can tell you that I often justify my garage sale purchases by saying, "But it only cost fifty cents!"

http://frugalhacks.com/2010/11/12/frugality-starts/

I don't have a newborn with cute little footprints, but I think it would be fun to make some homemade Christmas ornaments in other shapes. See what Trent of The Simple Dollar made with his kids.

One of the commenters mentioned that they would NOT appreciate a gift of ornaments that looked like cookies and smelled like cookies (cinnamon) but were not edible. So you might want to bake your favorite cookie recipe as well as these salt, flour, water, and cinnamon babies.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2010/11/12/homemade-gift-series-9-handmade-ornaments/

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

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Waiting for Real Peace

My grandfather served our country. My uncle. My cousins. Now my sons have friends in harm's way. My friend's husband is being deployed to Afghanistan in a couple months. Again. Our Messiah's return and the peace He will bring is looking better every day.

Happy Veteran's Day to those who have given so much, past and present!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Should I?

The day was full of choices. Should I drop my quarters in the tip jar after the barista was not very attentive? Should I talk to the man in the government office waiting room about what I had just learned in Bible study when he opened the door to that conversation? Should I tell the cashier she had dramatically undercharged me? Yes, yes, and yes. I'm glad I did.

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, November 09, 2010

Rice Sock Love

I had everything I needed. (Minus the party hat. You have to watch the how-to video to know what that's for.) Extra tube sock. Rice in the pantry. Working microwave. And a pain in the neck and shoulder. Actually I didn't need that. But I had one. Thanks to the side effects from my weekly shot.

My husband put together a rice sock for me and it helped soothe the ache. Later I found this how-to video online. It's for pregnant moms, but works for anyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2yln_8frcE

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV

Monday, November 08, 2010

Apple Pie Love

Someone knows how to cook for a crowd. That was the biggest apple pie I have ever seen in my life. It was rectangular on a commercial baking pan. Perfect for a church potluck.

We sat with another family and found out the four children to the left of us were theirs, plus the teenager across from us, with two more at home. That's seven children, if you're keeping track. I asked if they brought the apple pie. Bingo!

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Good to Report

Who do you report to? In my case, I have a friend I see a couple times a week. She wants to know what I am learning about Isaiah in Bible Study Fellowship. Or asks me about the main points in my church class on doctrine. She helps me listen and learn better. I love that.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 ESV

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Great Friday

It wasn't even my birthday. But I was treated like royalty. My husband let me sleep in and took over the morning duties, like getting my daughter to school. Including a science test and spelling test cram session. Then my friend showed up with a latte and whisked me away for a morning of garage sales. What a great Friday.

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

Friday, November 05, 2010

Not So Fast

Can you get in and get out quickly? Buy the one thing on your list? Milk, in this case. No. You run into old friends and current friends. Catch up a little. That's a good thing.

that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:12 ESV

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Thursday Challenge

I know I can be difficult. Today the lab technician said I was her Thursday Challenge. But she got in on one try. Just a little sting, not too painful. Now for the results of my blood work.

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

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Make Room

I can make room. In my life. For new friends. I am getting to know the women in my new discussion group at Bible Study Fellowship. Slowly. And tonight my husband and I took a few minutes to talk to some people in our church membership class.

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

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Ride Along

My neighbor needed directions. He has never been to the airport before. I can print a map and directions. If I had a GPS, I would loan it to him. But I have something better. My husband can ride with him and navigate. And help him meet up with his friends.

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14 ESV

Monday, November 01, 2010

Christmas Spirit

I'm not letting the stores tell me when and how to get in the spirit. I can think about Christmas when I read Isaiah for my Bible study. Or when I hear the children rehearsing Christmas songs at school. Works for me.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV

Sunday, October 31, 2010

In the Loop

I'm glad I didn't need to go anywhere tonight. Trying to drive through our loop would be scary. There were children and parents everywhere! I handed out candy. Then my daughter and I walked around the neighborhood. I'm glad I did. I met some new neighbors.

Pictured: Someone carved pumpkins with our church logo.

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14 ESV

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Impromptu Dinner Plans

It was my husband's idea. Impromptu dinner plans. Invite my parents and my in-laws here for dinner. They could all watch baseball and college football. Even better, my mom offered to bring dinner and my mother-in-law brought pumpkin pie.

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 ESV

Friday, October 29, 2010

Staying Calm

It wasn't on the grading rubric. But I give my daughter high marks for staying calm. She couldn't find her note cards before giving her oral report. She was all set to go on without them. But I ran to her classroom and found them in her desk.

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

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Birthday Month Buddies

I had just started college when she was born. She was only four at my wedding. Now she is all grown up with three tours in Iraq under her marine belt. She is in town helping my grandparents for a while.

Happy birthday to my cousin!

For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 2 Corinthians 9:12 ESV

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Egg Roll Love

The event was for my husband. It was an open house to celebrate his birthday. But I'm the one who felt the love. My friends, family and neighbors helped it come together. Better than I could have planned.

Pictured: My neighbor made delicious egg rolls and noodles for us.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Volleyball Love

I didn't get a picture with my husband at his birthday party. Just a couple group shots. That's okay. My cousin can take one at my daughter's volleyball game. Works for me.

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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Represented

Open house by the numbers. 90 special guests, counting men, women, children, and one baby. Both sets of parents. One sister and husband from Portland. One cousin. Three long-time friends from Portland. Six of my husband's former students, including our daughter.

Six neighborhood families. Four past and present churches from three cities. Four nationalities represented (five if you include my Canadian dad). Five kinds of cake plus cinnamon rolls. Plus lots of good food. Happy 50th to my husband!

Pictured: Our family of six

If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1 Corinthians 12:26 ESV

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Time to Party

I wasn't sure about the timing. Can we wait until our 25th wedding anniversary in December? Or how about when my husband finds a job? But a 50th birthday is special. Let's go ahead and have an open house with family and friends. We can celebrate God's faithfulness. And honor my husband on his special day.

Pictured: Our invitation featuring my husband at age 25 with his baby blue Dodge Charger.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 ESV

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day Before Open House

I appreciate the teamwork. Chairs delivered to my front door. Serendipitous party decorations from a friend. Mother and mother-in-law helping with food and supplies. Neighbors and friends providing food. My children coming home from college. Family chipping in to pull off an open house event. It's coming together.

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

Friday, October 22, 2010

Portfolio Love

He is finally ready to let go of his portfolios. Some anyway. Otherwise known as his painting clothes. He has plenty. No, he's not done painting yet. The outside work is probably over for the season. My husband will start on some indoor painting jobs soon. While he figures out what's next.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 ESV

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ready to Stop

I almost picked up a hitchhiker. It was a young woman with a backpack at the freeway entrance. But I didn't see her sign saying where she was going until it was too late. I was willing to change my plans and be late for a church class. My husband was in the car with me, so I was not alone. I have to trust that if God wanted me to stop, He would have made it clear. My job is to be open to the Holy Spirit's prompting.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Miss Martha

I missed my Bible Study Fellowship buddy today. My friend had to take a sick day and stay home. So I drove myself. But I skipped grabbing a cup of coffee on the way to the church. It wouldn't be the same without her. Get well soon, Martha!

Pictured: Martha and Mary at the pumpkin patch.

May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Watch the Clothes Dry!

I don't have time for this. Not another appliance fail! Gas dryer this time. First thing, pray. Ask God for His provision. And peace.

Check online ads for used dryers while husband takes the dryer apart to see if it can be repaired. Nope. No dice on the online ads. But find an ad for metal shelves for the garage.

Try not to panic about the growing pile of laundry. Did I mention that we are having an open house in a few days? Then my husband finds a used dryer at the local ReStore. But it's kind of old. A shopper overhears his phone call to me and tells him about four new gas dryers at the ReStore 40 minutes away.

And that's how we end up with a beautiful brand new gas dryer. For a great price. Plus shelving for the garage.

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 3:20-21 ESV

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin Patch Pooch

Days like today make me miss my college kids. They would have enjoyed going to the pumpkin patch. With their little sister. But I have plenty to be thankful for. We had great weather. I am well enough to attend field trips. I appreciate my friendship with other moms. And the wagon-riding pumpkin patch pooch didn't follow us home.

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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

First

I made a deal with myself. I complete my daily Bible lesson first. Then I can check status updates online. I told my discussion group leader of my plan. And my good friend. And now you. That's accountability. Works for me.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pitching In

I'm used to my son helping me with projects. All of my children, for that matter. My son was good to decorate some take-out boxes for a birthday party game today. For my daughter's classmate.

But I was blessed to have my friend's ten-year-old son as a personal assistant for a penny pitching game. He picked up pennies and counted them out by tens. And handed out prizes. All with a great attitude. While his home was filled with a dozen girls.

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 ESV

Friday, October 15, 2010

It's Relevant

I wasn't sure how relevant this year's Bible study would be. The book of Isaiah is not easy reading. But Isaiah could have been speaking to people today just as easily as King Ahaz. Even when the world seems like a scary place: "Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint." (Isaiah 7:4 ESV). Or to paraphrase: Don't freak out. God is in control.

When the house of David was told, "Syria is in league with Ephraim," the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. And the LORD said to Isaiah, "Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer's Field. And say to him, 'Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. Isaiah 7:2-4 ESV

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Great Reason

Here's a great reason to cancel a road trip. Have your doctor call and say your MRI scan looks so good you don't need to come in. There are no new lesions on my brain. That means my MS is holding steady. I will continue the weekly injections. But well or sick, my life is in God's hands. And that's a good place to be.

Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. Psalm 31:5 ESV

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Surplus Love

I restrained myself. I only spent 38 cents on my maiden voyage into the state surplus store. It helped that a man who purchased a "lot" (batch of items grouped together) only wanted the computer servers and was giving away the desk organizers. Perfect for our newly organized office. The paper recycling can was only 25 cents and the letter opener was from the 10 cent bin.

I can't wait to take my husband to the surplus store. We might need a new bookshelf. Or two.

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