Monday, October 31, 2011

Redeem the Night

This had to be my favorite Halloween ever. Our community group spent the evening at our home. Plus my parents. We had three kinds of soup. Bread. Hot wassail. Cupcakes. Fruit. Lots of help answering the door. We probably had 150 kids come by.

Pictured: My daughter, the clown, took a neighbor girl around the loop.

For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Second Chance

Today's sermon included one of those loose ends. Scripture does not say what happened to the murderer Barabbas after he was released in Jesus' place. He was given a second chance. A do-over. I hope he used it well.

I am thankful for the second chances God has given me. Am I making the most of them?

He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will. Luke 23:25 ESV

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Culture Day

I didn't go for the free lunch. Or free books. Or time with friends from church. I attended the one-day seminar to learn what it means to understand culture through the lens of the gospel, with excellent teaching by Dr. Glenn Lucke.

With thanks to the Mars Hill Military Mission for putting on this seminar and providing lunch and free books.

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7 ESV

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Theory

What to do? Turn off the lights? Go to a church party? Stock up on candy? Especially where we live. Van-loads of children invade our loop on Halloween, not to mention the dozens of munchkins that live in our 64-home development.

We have a plan to redeem the night. We invited our community group families to hang out at our place. Hand out candy. We can do that.

Tim Challies, one of my favorite bloggers, has a good article where he shares his Halloween Theory.

For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. Romans 16:19 ESV

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chocolate Cake Love

Let my husband's birthday celebration continue. Our community group had chocolate cake, make that two chocolate cakes, tonight.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15 ESV

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sitting Still

We must have been sitting very still. Concentrating on our Bible study lesson. As we shared what we have been learning this week. In the classroom off the gym at church. So still that the sensor did not detect any movement and the lights went out.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oral Report Report

I've learned about elephants, the missionary Gladys Alward, and heard poetry recited. But today I missed our daughter's oral report because I wasn't feeling well. My husband was able to go and hear our daughter talk about Florence Nightingale. In a first-person perspective. She did a great job.

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

Monday, October 24, 2011

Keeps Getting Better

The longer I know him, the more I love him.

Happy Birthday to my best friend!

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, October 23, 2011

Take Two

The more the merrier. Or something like that. We offered to give our friend a ride to church because her husband had to work. And her baby. But then another friend needed a ride this morning. Looks like we need two vehicles. We can do that.

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

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Feel the Love

I could feel the love. My grandma got to meet and hold my sister's new baby. How many babies has my grandma held, rocked, and knitted for? She welcomed my four children. And I always feel loved when I am around her.

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

Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet Margaret

And so we meet Margaret. Almost 8 weeks old. My sister and husband are here for a short visit. To see my parents, my uncle and aunt who are visiting from Texas, my uncle and aunt who live here, and my grandparents.

One more niece to love. Perfect.

Pictured: My sister's four (count 'em!) girls and my youngest.

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, October 20, 2011

In the Middle

I had things to do in the morning, late afternoon, and evening. My friend's doctor's appointment fit smack dab in the middle. I could be her driver. We even had time to stop for a bagel and cup of coffee.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 ESV

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Without Delay

We talked about Cornelius in Bible study today. He was a good example in many ways. God-fearing, generous, man of prayer, etc. But something I noticed was how he took action. Without delay. I want to be more like that.

So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord." Acts 10:33 ESV

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

On the Phone

Most evenings are pretty quiet around here. Except when the guinea pig thinks she hears her food bag crinkling. But tonight was one phone call after the other. Two friends asked favors. I said yes to one, no to the other. My son, mom, and grandmother called. I wonder how many people tried to call during the 30 minutes I was on the line with tech support.

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

Monday, October 17, 2011


We only have one child at home now. But at least she has our dog to keep her company.

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

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Barnabas

I enjoyed having my husband sit with me. In church. Last week he taught Sunday school (also known as "children's ministry") both services. Several children saw him between services today and said they missed him. My husband reminds me of Barnabas in the book of Acts.

for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord. Acts 11:24 ESV

Saturday, October 15, 2011

For a Good Cause

A friend asked me to help her write a speech. We sat down together and brainstormed key points. It came together. Until she lost her voice. So I put on a dress and spoke to 100 people tonight. For a good cause. Our local pregnancy care center.

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 ESV

Friday, October 14, 2011

Dinner Inspiration

I need some dinner inspiration. For meal planning. How about looking through my photos? We had some good meals when my sister and brother-in-law were in town. Bring on the tofu.

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

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hope I Never Need It

It's been a while. Years probably. So I thought it was a good idea to take a CPR class offered by the hospital. They offer the class 10 times a year and it's free. I highly recommend it.

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

God Sees Paul

Say what? God told Ananias to go to Saul, the arch enemy of the early church. Because God saw Saul's heart. Knew his potential. Called him. We see Saul. But God sees Paul.

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” Acts 9:13-16 NIV

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Memo to the Disorganized

No offense taken. My friend said she thought I might like (need?) this book. Every chapter begins with Memo to the Disorganized. That's me. I used to own Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. Probably read it years ago. I know I heard him speak 25 years ago. And yes, it is helpful.

Here's a sample Memo to the Disorganized:

If my private world is in order, it is because I have begun to seal the "time leaks" and allocate my productive hours in the light of my capabilities, my limits, and my priorities.

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:20-21 NIV

Monday, October 10, 2011

Come Home to Soup

How do you prepare dinner and take a nap at the same time? I put some potatoes in to bake and set the timer. I grabbed my nap, sauted an onion, and assembled baked potato soup in the crock pot. I cut up the potato skins, tossed with olive oil, and toasted for 10 minutes. Turned off the oven and left for my daughter's volleyball game. Came home to hot soup. Works for us.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it. Proverbs 15:17 ESV

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Truth about the Wrath of God

Does God love the sinner but hate sin? The answer might surprise you. Listen to a powerful sermon by Mark Driscoll about Jesus' prayer in the garden and why He sweat blood. If you dare.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36 ESV

Saturday, October 08, 2011

In the Valley

I love how my husband sends me photos of where he is working. It was a beautiful day in the valley where he is painting a friend's house.

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! Psalm 89:5 ESV

Friday, October 07, 2011

In a Box

I haven't chased a bus in a while. Not since the days of children riding the transit buses. Today I followed a Fed Ex truck all the way to the pick-up point. My notebook computer is in a box on its way to get repaired. Praise the Lord for warranties!

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

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Same Page

My husband isn't on the same page with me. I am reading and studying Acts. He spends more time in Psalms. But tonight he gave the closing prayer at our community group and prayed exactly what I've been reading about. He prayed for boldness in our witness about Jesus. That's the Holy Spirit's specialty. So maybe my husband and I are on the same page after all.

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31 ESV

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Call it!

You have to communicate. Just like on the volleyball court. Call it. Who is going to do what? Even with just three at home, we still need to put things on the calendar. Coordinate plans.

For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:5 ESV

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Girls in the Backseat

What are you reading? The girls in the backseat shared what fiction they are reading. I'm mostly in non-fiction these days. (Just finished Same Kind of Different As Me and almost done with Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider.) And so we had a nice conversation on the way to the volleyball game 30 minutes away.

Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. Proverbs 23:23 ESV

Monday, October 03, 2011

Enjoy the Day

Here's a plan for a relaxing Sunday. Put turkey chili in the crock pot in the morning. Attend church. With your parents if they are in town and at the same service. After church grab a cup of coffee. Maybe a bagel.

If the rain stops, go for a walk by Capitol Lake. (Notice I didn't say around. That would be three miles and I wasn't prepared for that.) Don't forget to take a photo of yourself and your daughter enjoying the 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

Sunday, October 02, 2011

All About Jesus

They say it at our church all the time. "It's all about Jesus." And it really is. The Bible is not just a book of good advice. It all points to Jesus.

Today's sermon from Mark Driscoll highlighted how Jesus is both tough and tender. And perfectly fulfills what Isaiah wrote over 700 years ago.

For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors.' For what is written about me has its fulfillment." Luke 22:37 ESV

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12 ESV

Saturday, October 01, 2011

"Chance" Encounter

I wanted to invite my parents over for dinner. But didn't connect with them today. Until I saw them drive by the grocery store. Sure, they could swing by our place on their way home. And share an amazing (if I may say so) salmon dinner. I love those "chance" encounters!

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