Friday, April 30, 2010

Measure Up

I could use a tape measure. But then I would have to remember the dimensions. And tote a tape measure in my purse. So I used my body to measure my print that needs a frame. The width is about fingertip to elbow. The length is fingertip to shoulder. Today I found a black frame at a garage sale. Held it up to myself. Sure enough, it's a perfect fit!

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has measured the Spirit of the LORD, or what man shows him his counsel? Isaiah 40:12-13 ESV

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Say Cheese Cake

I've saved this recipe for probably twenty years. And finally tried it. In my new food processor. Tofu cheesecake with graham cracker crust is a winner! Seriously.

I didn't have quite enough tofu so I added some nonfat cottage cheese to make up the difference. I used chocolate graham crackers because that's what I found in my pantry. Next time I might add some lemon zest to zip up the cheesecake flavor. I don't think the family will mind if I do some experimenting with this recipe.

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

Tofu "Cheesecake" from the Rotation Diet Cookbook

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 9 squares)
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 Tblspns. melted butter (or oil)
1 pound tofu
1 Tblspn. veg. oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tblspns all-purpose flour
8 ounces frozen berries, thawed, or 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (or topping of choice)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter or oil in a small bowl. Press firmly into the bottom of an 8-inch pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then set aside and let cool.

2. Crumble the tofu into blender or food processor. Add all other ingredients except the fruit, and blend for about 3 minutes or until very smooth.

3. Pour the mixture into the cooled crust, and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

4. Turn off the oven, open the oven door, and let the pie stand in the open oven for 20 minutes. Then chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours. Keep chilled until serving time. Just before serving, top with the fruit.

Makes 8 servings.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lost in Translation

Children help us be good communicators. For one thing, they hold us accountable. We try to be careful what we say. In case they repeat it. Children also teach us that we need to communicate clearly. Meaning can get lost in the translation. My mom did not come back from China with jet foot. Not to be confused with jet leg. How about jet lag?

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; James 1:19 ESV

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Pending Machine

Have magnets, will use them. Too much. The refrigerator gets cluttered too quickly. I need a new home for pending papers and reminders. And clear space for a few special notes and drawings.

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

Monday, April 26, 2010

States Apart but Near in Heart

I don't know what it's like to go without. I don't remember the first two years before my sister was born. I have lots of good memories of our adventures growing up together in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shelton, and Portland. Now we are a couple states apart but it is always good when our families get together.

Happy Birthday, Sis!

Photo credit: My son's picture from fun times in Seattle last summer. My sister is on the left and I am right behind her.

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

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Start Right

I want to rethink weekends. I get all out of routine. I need to start Saturday and Sunday like any other day. With my morning quiet time in God's Word. I need that. I can do that.

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

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Glad to be Home

The travelers have returned safely. After one month in China and maybe 20 hotel rooms, my parents are back in their own house. Welcome home Mom and Dad!

Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 ESV

Friday, April 23, 2010

Piles and Piles

What a contrast. You hear about earthquakes and people losing everything. Then you go to an estate sale like I did today. I don't know what happened to the elderly couple but they are not living there any more. But all their stuff is still there. Piles and piles. Just what I needed to jump-start my resolve to streamline. (Do I hear an Amen from my husband?) Focus on what's important.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thanked Him Lately?

Easter has come and gone. But I'm still thinking about Jesus' work on the cross. That's what I'm studying in Bible Study Fellowship. We're in John 19 this week. I'm learning some of the excruciating details of what Jesus endured. Willingly. But through it all He never stopped thinking of others. What an example. Have I thanked Him lately?

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

All Set to Go

That's not like me. I planned ahead. Baked a chocolate cake last night. Prepared sauce last night. Assembled the lasagna this morning. (I wonder if anyone will notice the non-fat cottage cheese instead of ricotta.) All ready to put in the oven and bake for our small group Bible study potluck tonight. I should try that more often. Works for the days I am on the go all day. Or any day.

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

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Voices from the Past

I am impressed with the eloquence. Clear focus on what matters. The Puritans wrote some good stuff in the 1600s. I love my husband's new devotional, Voices from the Past, edited by Richard Rushing. Today's reading was from Ezekiel Hopkins, who died in 1690.

I love today's word picture about prayer:
Our prayers and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well. One ascends, and one descends. Our prayers ascend to God in heaven, and his mercies and blessings descend upon us.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 ESV

Monday, April 19, 2010

Peace Walking

I needed mediation to get through the thirty minutes. Today I used my treadmill time to review some Peacemaker mediation training cds. I would read but it's hard to turn the pages. There's nothing I want to watch on television. I can listen while I walk. Works for me.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 ESV

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Blessings and Woes

If you've never heard Mark Driscoll preach, today's sermon would be a good introduction. He preached on site at the Sea of Galilee about the Beatitudes. You know, blessed are the poor, and all that.

Today's sermon is part of the Luke's Gospel: Investigating the Man Who is God series. You can catch Mark Driscoll's sermon on Luke 6 online if you have a high speed connection. It's a good one. I recommend it.

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Luke 6:20-21 ESV

Saturday, April 17, 2010

First-Hand Account

They didn't just feel the earthquake. They were in it. Here is a link to a first-hand account of what happened to an American family during the Yushu earthquake in China this week. Plus a link with updates on the relief update.

though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. Psalm 37:24 ESV

Friday, April 16, 2010

Living History

I'm learning a lot in fourth grade. Today I learned about life in the 1850's in a trading post fort. Living history they call it. Fort Nisqually in Tacoma, Washington. I love it when I'm up to going on field trips. As long as someone else drives. My older son was able to join us too.

Pictured: Our guide demonstrated the call for dinner.

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, April 15, 2010

Grab a Mug

I packed two mugs, one for me, and one for my friend. The school secretary lent me one so my son could join us. We enjoyed our free coffee at Starbucks in celebration of Earth Day. I could pack my own mug and save ten cents any day.

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Proverbs 13:11 ESV

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Not Another Earthquake

I didn't sleep well last night. Even though I have a roof over my head and a warm bed. I was thinking about my friends who narrowly escaped the recent earthquake in China. I pray for their safety. And for speedy help for the survivors in the remote Tibetan region.

though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand. Psalm 37:24 ESV

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Coupon Dance

I love the idea of coupons. I check the Sunday ads first thing. I double-check the fine print. Buy how many? What size? And then I waltz out the store without using my coupons. I hate it when that happens.

Note: If the missed savings are more than one dollar I trot back in there and do it over.

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

Monday, April 12, 2010

Walk Time

I have some of the pieces in place. I try to do my Bible study in the morning after people leave for school and before my nap. But I haven't figured out the best time to walk on the treadmill. I've tried earlier and later. I'm thinking earlier is better. Get it out of the way. Plus it will motivate me to watch what I eat. And not waste all that effort.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 ESV

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Life in the Margins

I read an article that goes well with the spirit of my blog. It's about margins. Here's an excerpt:

Creating life margins is a balancing act of holding tightly to some things and being willing to let others slip through our fingers. Leaving some white space in our family’s daily life and in our home learning environment has meant deciding what is important to us and protecting those things fiercely.

The author speaks from a homeschooling perspective, but we can all benefit from thinking through our priorities. And applying some "thoughtful editing."

each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 1 Corinthians 3:13 ESV

Saturday, April 10, 2010

They Walked for Me

So two of them walked. For me. My son and my daughter did the MS Walk today. Maybe another year we can all walk together. God willing.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV

Friday, April 09, 2010

Farewell to a Peacemaker

I represented the family at a friend's memorial service today. I should have taken the children. It was moving to hear the stories and testimony of someone who lived out his faith in every area of his life. I knew him as a peacemaker. It's good to reflect and think about our lives. Our goals, purpose, and legacy.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 ESV

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Going Strong

I'm at that age. My friends are losing their moms. Or seeing them face serious health issues. My mom has faced a few challenges. But I'm so thankful she is still here and going strong. When she's not traveling in China. Like she is right now.

Happy birthday, Mom!

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:28-30 ESV

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Walk for MS

My daughter is trading in her boots. She will put on her walking shoes for the MS Walk on Saturday in Bellingham. This is personal. She knows what it's like to have her mom in bed full-time. She has been my designated shot-giver. We signed up to sponsor her for the walk. You can too.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35 ESV

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Back in Town

It's appropriate that our favorite coffee shop is featuring bird houses. We met our favorite snow birds there today. Hooray for the return of my in-laws!

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

Monday, April 05, 2010

For Me

I've been bracing myself. My Bible Study Fellowship study through the book of John had to come to this. It was hard to read the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus. My sadness was tempered by my fresh appreciation for Jesus' steadfastness of purpose. Calmness. Courage. Commitment to honor His heavenly Father. And incredible sacrifice and love. For me.

Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, "I am he," they drew back and fell to the ground. John 18:4-6 ESV

Sunday, April 04, 2010

You Can Believe It

Not everyone believes that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. Pastor Mark Driscoll addresses these doubts straight on. If you have high speed internet you can watch his sermon about the resurrection. There is biblical, circumstantial, and historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is risen. He is risen, indeed!

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:3-7 ESV

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Celebrate Together

It's not the same with two of our children away and both sets of parents out of town. We didn't even go on any Easter egg hunts with our youngest. But our friends blessed us by including us in their family dinner today. And had eggs to color.

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, John 11:25 ESV

Friday, April 02, 2010

Power of His Cross

It's not a once-a-year thing. I think about Good Friday when I read the morning prayer on the 27th of the month. This is from A Diary of Private Prayer.

Grant, O most gracious God, that I may carry with me through this day's life the remembrance of the sufferings and death of Jesus Christ my Lord....

For the power of His Cross in the history of the world since He came:
For all who have taken up their own crosses and have followed Him:
For the noble army of martyrs and for all who are willing to die that others may live:
For all suffering freely chosen for noble ends, for pain bravely endured, for temporal sorrows that have been used for the building up of eternal joys:
I praise and bless Thy holy name.

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:19-20 ESV

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Good to See

I didn't mind the wait at the eye doctor appointment. It's always good to spend time with my grandparents. I'm glad my schedule was open so I could be their driver today.

Pictured: My grampa was a good sport. He leaned down so I could capture a photo of the three of us.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV