Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Monster Road Trip

I like to bake for my kids' road trips. My monster oatmeal cookies went all the way to Washington DC!

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Concerned Pastor, Caring People

Prayer gets you to agree with God. Not get God to change His mind. If you feel guilty about your prayer life, maybe you're more aware of your sin than your Savior.

Don't miss the 15th and last sermon in the James series:

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5:13-14 ESV

Monday, April 28, 2014

Ready to Fly

The good thing about leaving early is that you can beat rush hour. We left the house at 4 AM so our daughters could catch their flight to Washington DC.

Praying for safe travels and an amazing field trip for the Christian School 7th and 8th graders and chaperones!

Pictured: All ready to go!

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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Welcome Home Snowbirds!

And they are back. So happy to have my in-laws back in town. Just in time for my husband to watch a playoff basketball game on their TV, too!

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21 ESV

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Birthday Blast from the Past

I wish I could fly down and visit my sister every year for her birthday. But I did go 17 years ago. Has it really been that long? Love you, Sis!

Pictured: My sister and my nephew. Back in the day.

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

Friday, April 25, 2014

Amen, Sister

The young woman at the store asked how life was treating me. I told her, "I don't know about life, but God is good." A woman standing next to us chimed in, "All the time."

Amen, sister!

Pictured: A flower in our front yard.

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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sole Survivor

Our white chicken's ability to escape the coop saved her life. Her three hen friends didn't fare so well when a neighbor dog dug under the fence into their pen. We are sad to lose three hens today. They have been fun to watch and care for this past year.

Pictured: The sole surviving chicken, in the foreground.

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24 ESV

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thankful to Walk

I saw a woman struggling to load her friend's wheelchair in the back of a car. I offered to help and she was grateful. She has no idea how significant that is to me. I am thankful to be walking on my own. My wheelchair is in storage. Praise the Lord.

whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:11 ESV

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On the Worship Team

One of the blessings of growing older is seeing the kids around you grow up. Like the brothers I've known since before they were tall. I was blessed to hear them on the worship team on Easter Sunday.

Pictured: Mars Hill Olympia on Sunday.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rerouting for Easter

If your daughter can't come home for Easter, you drive to Seattle to meet her. Works for us.

Pictured: Easter meal in Seattle

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

Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen!

What a blessing to celebrate Easter at Mars Hill Olympia. My husband didn't have to serve in children's ministry so we attended together.

I love hearing the gospel preached, great music, and seeing people baptized. Too bad the rest of our family couldn't be with us today.

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:36-38 ESV

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ten Years Ago

At first she only wanted to gather the blue eggs. But her big brothers trained her to grab and go. It was fun having one last child for us all to enjoy.

Pictured: Easter egg hunt with a three-year-old. Ten years ago.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3 ESV

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

In my Bible Study Fellowship lesson I am studying about Jesus' torture and crucifixion. It's humbling to reflect on what Jesus went through on our behalf. Willingly. Resolutely. So lovingly.

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:22-25 ESV

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring has Sprung

I am thankful to live here. The blossoms are amazing this year. Including the apple and pear trees in our backyard.

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:28-30 ESV

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

College Field Trip

It's not too early to start looking at colleges. Or be recognized for your hard work in school. My daughter spent the day at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma today.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Feeling Burdened, Being Blessed

What do you do when you feel burdened? Respond with flight, fright, or get ready to fight? There is another option. Faith. How do you establish your heart?

Don't miss the 14th sermon in the James series from Pastor Mark Driscoll. Only one more sermon in the James series left! It's been practical and challenging.

You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:8 ESV

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sister Sister

I'm glad my older daughter isn't too far away. And is such a great big sister.

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Ephesians 4:2 ESV

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Good-bye Spring Break

Good-bye Seattle waterfront! Good-bye Daughter! And good-bye Spring break.

For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! Psalm 117:2 ESV

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Still Home

What would we do if all our kids were out of the nest? So thankful for our youngest!

Pictured: Stopping for a photo before catching the ferry.

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, Ephesians 4:2 ESV

Friday, April 11, 2014

Salmon in Seattle

What do you do when one daughter has spring break and the other daughter has her weekend? You ride the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle and leave your youngest in Seattle. With a salmon dinner outside the Crab Pot on the waterfront. Works for us.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2 ESV

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Growth

I was happy to buy the plant at a garage sale and give it a good home. Only it broke off soon after I bought it home. I put the broken off stem in water in hopes it would root again.

I was about to throw out the pot and stem. But wait there's more! The stem grew a root and the plant rejuvenated!

a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; Ecclesiastes 3:2 ESV

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Mow Happy

I wanted to post a picture of my daughter mowing the lawn. But all I have is a picture of my daughter and our dog on the grass. My youngest did a great job on her riding mower debut!

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

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Near and Dear

I am blessed to have my mom close. Near and dear.

Happy birthday, Mom!

Pictured: My mom and my Gramma, a few years ago.

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

Monday, April 07, 2014

Spot of Color

I love spots of color. And I love that my daughter spied the half-price sticker on this beautiful hanging basket.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30 ESV

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Jesus' Ownership, Your Stewardship

It's not about whether you are rich or poor. And how do you define that, anyway? It's about whether you are godly or ungodly. You can watch Mark Driscoll's sermon on James 5 and consider ownership versus stewardship.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 ESV

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Bridal Shower Love

There was a lot of love in the room. The young bride-to-be was surrounded by family and friends. Representing years of memories and prayers. My young friend has found true love and seen God's hand upon her life.

Seems like just yesterday my girlfriend and I drank coffee while the children (including the young woman who is getting married) chased each other through the house.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Friday, April 04, 2014

Made with Love and Veggies

I believe in full disclosure. If you ask. So I just said the homemade pizza was gluten-free. Turns out cauliflower pizza is really good! Thanks to my FB friend for posting the recipe.

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

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Digital Notetaking

Can an old dog learn new tricks? I am going to try. I downloaded Evernote and want to learn how to use it. Maybe I can let go of the random bits of papers floating around. Stop writing lists on imaginary paper.

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

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Poured Out

How much do I love Jesus? In Matthew 26 we read about a woman who went all out. Demonstrated her love for Jesus publicly. She didn't just dab a little perfume. She poured out the whole expensive bottle. What can I do? Something to think about.

Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. Matthew 26:6-7 ESV

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Author Talk

I'm glad I saw the flyer in the library. And remembered to go tonight. I enjoyed hearing from Paul Owen Lewis about his children's books. He is a great story teller and artist.

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