Monday, May 31, 2010

Let's Go

My kids are good at that. Seizing the moment. My daughter said, "Let's go!" So we grabbed a kite and hopped in the car. Went to the school field and enjoyed the break from the rain.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Hebrews 10:24 ESV

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Blesses Us All

Want to swap recipes? Drink coffee? Or tea? Think of ways to bless our families? Share what God is teaching us? We can do that. We are mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, sisters in Christ, and best friends.

Happy Birthday Linda!

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Proverbs 31:28 ESV

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pancake Band

We had our choice of pancake breakfasts. We opted for the fire station where my cousins volunteer. Pancakes and/or french toast. Ham, eggs, and choice of drink. But I bet the other breakfasts didn't include a live band! It was a great way to start the holiday weekend.

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, May 28, 2010

Capitol Memories

I snapped photos right and left. That's what I do on field trips. But my favorite photo from touring the Washington State Capitol was taken by my fourth grader. I wish I had a photo of her and one of the moms crouched under an umbrella to get this shot in the rain.

My daughter also took a movie clip of the high school choir serenading us in the Rotunda during our lunch break. Here's to another great field trip in the memory bank.

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, May 27, 2010

We All Cheered

They ran. Threw. Jumped. Leaped. Cheered. We all cheered. It was great to see the kids give it their all. The Invitational Track Meet for fourth and fifth graders went well. My daughter did the 50 meter dash in her track meet debut.

Pictured: My daughter with some of her classmates.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1 ESV

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

One of the Good Guys

My husband had a show and tell today. His brother-in-law, the police officer, visited first grade. Accompanied by my husband's sister. All the way from Oregon. The first graders loved trying on his gear, testing his flashlight, and thumping his bullet-proof vest.

My favorite part was when they prayed for him. They prayed for his safety, for the bad guys to turn to God, and thanked God that Officer Powell was born. Amen to that.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13 ESV

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fly to Jesus

It was true then and still is. I appreciated today's selection in Voices from the Past: Puritan Devotional Readings, edited by Richard Rushing. Puritan writer Thomas Case (1598–1682) wrote:

It is sad to consider in our peace and tranquility, we pray carelessly by fits and starts, and let every trifle come before prayer. In our affliction, God keeps us on our knees.

What does God do in affliction?

In affliction, he empties us of ourselves to make us fly to Jesus Christ for righteousness and strength. He lets us see what is crooked that we may straighten it; what is weak that we may strengthen it; what is lacking that we may supply it; and what is lame that it may not be turned out of the way.

God can do all those things in and through us.

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV

Monday, May 24, 2010

Wait, There's More

I don't know how he does it. He gives his all at school. To his first graders. But wait, there's more. My husband comes home with something left. Tonight he mowed our yard. And our neighbor's yard. He's my hero.

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 40:31 ESV

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Go Out Strong

I'm almost always a month behind. In my mind. I can't believe May is flying by. June is around the corner. Which brings the end of the school year. I want to end well. Go out strong. So I make Romans 12:10-12 my theme.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:10-12 ESV

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Red Shirt Love

Table for 17 please. The track stars, their families, and friends were cold and hungry. It was fun meeting our friends at our favorite pizza place. I'm glad we decided to dash over to Olympia to cheer for the red shirts from our school. Our team did well and several advanced to district.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1

Friday, May 21, 2010

Read Aloud

I timed that right. I stopped in my husband's first grade class with a hot drink for him. Just in time to take over reading Charlotte's Web. Good thing my husband was in the room and could explain why all the hands shot up in the air while I was reading. They raise their hands when they hear a list. My husband says the book is full of lists, like all the things Templeton the rat ate at the fair. I'm glad I didn't have to read the last part where Charlotte dies.

And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds--livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:24-25 ESV

Thursday, May 20, 2010

God's Gift to Me

Do they give ribbons for perfect attendance? But I can't take the credit. I thank God for helping me through my first year of Bible Study Fellowship without missing a single week. That's 33 lessons, 32 lectures, and 32 discussion groups. Yesterday was the day for sharing testimonies of what we've learned through the study of John. I am thankful for getting to know Jesus in a personal way and strengthening my faith. I made some good friends that will continue to pray for me and I for them.

I'm signed for the next study to begin in September. Isaiah, here I come.

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

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mary and Martha

That's what a friend should do. Accept you and encourage you to be a better you. With love. Like my friend Martha. Don't you love that? Mary and Martha.

She invited me to attend Bible Study Fellowship this year. Gave me a ride most Wednesdays. Today she had to miss because she went on her daughter's field trip. I hope she had a great day because it's her birthday!

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, Hebrews 10:24 ESV

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Love My Sis!

We didn't need a portable DVD or VCR player in the car. Even if they were available back then. My baby sister provided all the entertainment we needed on cross country drives. A little less toe pinching would have been nice. And an air conditioner. But we survived.

Now we're all grown up and each have our own in-house entertainment. Today I wish my baby sister a very happy birthday!

Pictured: My sister, her youngest little entertainer, and myself.

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, Colossians 2:2

Monday, May 17, 2010

A Widow's Faith

Her life has been ripped apart. But the widow of the family man shot in the recent online ad murder speaks clearly about her faith in God. She says she will be alone the rest of her life, but she will not be lonely, because she has the Holy Spirit.

Her message to the murderers: Give your life to Christ. Where are you going to spend eternity? Can't be on the fence. The ONLY way to get to heaven is through Christ.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 ESV

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Set the Dial

I can tell who was the last driver. Not just by how tight the emergency brake is set and how the mirrors are adjusted. Just turn on the radio.

What station do you listen to? When facing challenges? Do you hear nothing because you are in shock? Or turn the dial to the Pity Me station? Maybe you land on the Why Did This Happen to Me station. With a little prayer you can pick up the signal of the What Does God Want to Teach Me broadcast. Then one day you find you're singing along to the tunes of the Opportunities Await Network.

My husband came up with this analogy. Works for me.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:2-5 ESV

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Big Smile

There are family pictures I click on regularly. Just to make me smile. I love this one taken when my daughter showed my Grampa how her cell phone camera has smile recognition. This photo caught two of us smiling.

My Grampa isn't able to carry on a conversation like he used to before his stroke, but he enjoys spending time with the family.

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 ESV

Friday, May 14, 2010

That's My Man

That's my man. As they say. My husband didn't want to leave the fundraiser banquet for our local Pregnancy Care Center. First he made sure I had a ride home. (In a Mini Cooper, no less!) And stayed to help clean up. He was the last one there and mopped the floor of the Civic Center. Love that guy!

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

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ham it Up

Call it what you want. Baby steps. Bite-sized pieces. Here's a new one. How about going "partial hog?" As in, take on manageable projects. Because when I go whole hog, I get overwhelmed. Lose steam. Stuff it all back where it came from. Instead start with a ham sandwich here and there. One shelf or box at a time. I can handle that.

Thanks to the Nonconsumer advocate for this idea.

The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. Deuteronomy 7:22 ESV

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Prodigal Pig

I timed that right. I caught the whole sermon on the car radio. I have fond memories of listening to J. Vernon McGee with my adopted aunt during college. I still appreciate his southern drawl, down home, tell it like it is approach to going through the Bible. Today he told the parable of the prodigal pig. Yes, a pig. It's worth listening to. You can listen online.

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 2 Peter 2:20

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Belated Schmelated

There is no expiration date. I take cards any time. Or flowers. Like today. A beautiful hand-lettered Mother's Day card from my older daughter. And my friend stopped by with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Works for me.

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

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ice Cream Rule

I am adding a new house rule. It's called the ice cream rule. No, it's not eat ice cream every day, as popular as that would be. I read about this on HGTV's website. Life coach Fran Harris says:

If you walk into your house with a pint of ice cream, you don't leave it on the counter for an hour, do you? No. It goes in the freezer now, or you'll be sorry later. Apply the "ice cream rule” to everything in your house and life. Doing so will minimize the likelihood of creating a cluttered living space.

In other words, don't wait. Do it now. Put it away. I can do that. More consistently.

I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments. Psalm 119:60 ESV

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Put Your Heads Together

I can't remember the last time we were all in church together. This was a nice Mother's Day gift to me.

But even as I bask in the warmth of being together, I want to remember others. My friends who are waiting to become mothers. I pray for the safe delivery of my cousin's baby. And for those who are separated from loved ones by distance or death.

Pictured: my four had fun taking this photo for me.

He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD! Psalm 113:9 ESV

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Mom Love

That was some dinner. Buffalo burgers barbecued to perfection by my husband. Or salmon burgers. My mom's cabbage salad. My mother-in-law's potato salad. Our new favorite broccoli salad. Choice of peach or mango cobbler. Ice cream or whipped cream. All my children. My in-laws, parents, and grandparents.

Happy Mother's Day to us!

Pictured: My mom, my grandma, and I

For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 ESV

Friday, May 07, 2010

All in the Family

Time for some home cooking. Family favorites. Son's favorite chocolate cake. Homemade calzone. Double batch of dough. No, make that triple. Break out the sparkling cider. Welcome home to our two college students!

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

Thursday, May 06, 2010

First Rate Mom

It was time to honor mothers in first grade today. The children put on a play, recited scripture, sang songs, and did a puppet show. It was fitting that the first grade teacher's mother was there too. Too bad my husband didn't write a little poem or something to read to her.

My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. Proverbs 23:15 ESV

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Don't Give Up

We gave up. Stopped watering. The grass seed didn't seem to take. Birds came and ate the seed. So my husband put some different grass seed mixed with mulch in the backyard. But wait. We quit too soon. The first batch is coming up fine. Just because you can't see any progress doesn't mean there isn't any.

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. James 5:7 ESV

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Love Note Love

She knows I love her notes. But maybe they are also a clue to what speaks her language. I can write more notes to my youngest too. Let her know I am thinking of her when she is at school. Put a card on her pillow. I can do that.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 ESV

Monday, May 03, 2010

I am David

She said she was picky. I like that. Noel Piper, writer and wife of John Piper, recommended the movie, I am David. I checked it out from our library and watched it. It tells the story of a young boy who escapes from a harsh work camp in Bulgaria in the 1950s. He meets some interesting characters on his journey to freedom. It is a moving story. Have some tissues handy. Now I'm going to read the book.

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

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Opportunity to Pray

They mixed it up a little today. At church we had the opportunity to pray with the people around us. The young man in front of us hasn't even been alive as long as my husband and I have been Christians. But he prayed such a powerful blessing on us and our family. That's the body of Christ in action.

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. James 5:13 ESV

Saturday, May 01, 2010

If I Ever Get Out of Here

I watched the last hour of You've Got Mail on TV tonight. I remember watching it in the theatre with girlfriends in 1998. There's a scene with some of the characters stuck in an elevator. One by one they say what they will do if they ever get out of there. What would I say? I will do more. Plan and ponder less. Stop waiting to get it all together. Have more people over. I don't need to wait for a epiphany.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV