Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Room to Grow

It's interesting to see how our community group Bible study will shape up. Not everyone could come tonight. There are new friends I hope can come. But there is room to grow. In God's perfect timing.

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 1 John 2:28 ESV

Monday, September 29, 2014

For Such a Time

I am a sucker for samples. I read an excerpt of For Such a Time by Kate Breslin. And was hooked. I knew it would be hard to stop until I finished the dramatic retelling of the Esther story in a Nazi setting. If you like historical fiction, check it out.

http://katebreslin.com/books/for-such-a-time-2/

For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14 ESV

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Enjoy the Journey

It's not just about the destination. I like to enjoy the journey. Like taking the ferry over to Seattle.

Pictured: Yesterday's trip to meet our son and daughter.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22 ESV

Saturday, September 27, 2014

25 Year Journey

From a Republic of China hospital to the International District. A twenty-five year journey. We met up with our son, daughter, and friends after they attended a Sounders soccer game. And had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. A fitting way to celebrate the 25th birthday of our second-born son!

Pictured: Father and son

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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Alien Identification

Somewhere I have my alien identification. As in foreigner. From my childhood in Taiwan. What's interesting is how out of place I felt when I returned to the U.S. for college.

Now I am comfortable living in Small Town, America. But there are times I feel like an alien. Many of my friends are younger than I am. Other friends have grandchildren. Where do I fit in? No need to worry. God is with me wherever I am. Moses understood what it was like to be an alien. And God used that time of solitude to prepare Moses for the lifework ahead.

And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land." Exodus 2:21-22 ESV

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The World God Does Not Love

One of the things I appreciate about my church is that I can go back and watch sermons online. On Sunday Pastor Dave Bruskas preached out of 1 John 2:12-17. It's all about identity. Who are you and what do you want from this life? Did you know you are loved?

How are we "strong like young men?" We are strong because Jesus is strong.
How are we "wise like fathers?" Biblical wisdom is more about Who you know.

https://marshill.com/media/1st-john-love-one-another/the-world-god-does-not-love

I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2:13-14 ESV

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lay Aside the Weight of Irritability

So far, no one has sent the link directly to me. But a couple friends posted it online. It's one of those devotional articles that probably relates to you in whatever life stage you are. Who hasn't felt irritated lately? Jon Bloom, of Desiring God ministries says:

We get irritated or easily provoked, not when God’s righteousness or justice is scorned, but when something we want is being denied, delayed, or disrupted.

The reason irritability is unloving, unrighteous anger is that it is a selfish response to an obstacle to our desire. What we desire may not be sinful, but a selfish response to its denial, delay, or disruption is a failure to trust God at all times (Psalm 62:8) — and often a failure to value, love, and serve another human soul.

Read the whole article for yourself at:
http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/lay-aside-the-weight-of-irritability

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8 ESV

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time to Regroup

Time to regroup. Reorganize our community group Bible study. Tuesday is our new Thursday. And we are not meeting at our home. The new group is in a home more set up for little ones. With room to play. I am looking forward to learning and growing together with old and new friends!

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 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 10:24-25 ESV

Monday, September 22, 2014

Left Behind

I didn't know we had such picky eaters. Do I need to cut the crusts off for the chickens?

Pictured: My husband found what the chickens left behind.

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Genesis 1:26 ESV

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Three Weeks Down

Three weeks down. One to go. I will make sure my prescription refill is for the autoinjector.Then I can return to being self-sufficient in getting my weekly injection. I am thankful for my friend and my older daughter who have helped me do what I can't do.

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Apples to Apple Cider

Our neighbors invited us to join in. Bring our own bottles or jugs. So my daughter and I picked apples and joined the assembly line. Fresh apple cider made the old-fashioned way.

Pictured: My daughter snapped this photo of me getting apples out the tree with my friend and her grandchildren.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 ESV

Friday, September 19, 2014

Purse Hack

I was just telling my sister how much I like my new garage sale purse. Soft leather. Lots of room. When the strap broke.

But a thrift store bag's removable strap will work quite nicely. With brass hardware to match. But maybe I should ease up on throwing books in my purse.

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, September 18, 2014

New Work Space

I have a new work space. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I take my thermos of  home-brewed coffee. Spread out my Bible Study Fellowship homework, Bible, and notebook. Plus a weekend copy of the Wall Street Journal from my friend. I have a long table all to myself. Until my daughter and other students and parents come into the cafeteria for lunch.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 ESV

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Back in Fellowship

It's great to be back in Bible Study Fellowship. After the summer off. I like my new discussion group with a mix of older and younger women. I am squarely in the middle. We are studying the Life of Moses this year. Up next is the brand new study in Revelation.

https://www.bsfinternational.org/locate-a-class1

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Daily Bread

Sometimes it's good to be reminded. God is the Giver. He knows what I need. And it is enough.

Pictured: One of my favorite old plates.

Give us this day our daily bread, Matthew 6:11 ESV

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bless Our Birthday Bookends!

The first time around, we were flying by the seat of our pants. No clue what we were doing. But our son was gracious and easy-going.

Thirteen years later, to the day, we had our fourth child. Now we are too old to remember what we learned before. Plus it is a different world. Our youngest is also gracious and easy-going. But through it all, God has faithfully led us.

Happy 27th and 14th Birthdays!


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 ESV

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sisters Weekend


My daughter made a quick trip home this weekend. So she could spend some time with her baby sister. Who is having a birthday tomorrow. My daughter came by ferry and we gave her a ride home.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1 ESV

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Milk Bottle Repurposed

I have another new favorite bottled drink. My daughter gave me a milk bottle. Perfect for cold-brewing herbal tea in the fridge.

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, September 12, 2014

Foyle's War

I have a new favorite TV program. New to me. My friend recommended the PBS show, Foyle's War. It is set in the English countryside during World War II. I love watching a detective show loaded with history. Our local library has several seasons available.

http://video.pbs.org/program/foyles-war/

Daniel answered and said: "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; Daniel 2:20-21 ESV

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Can't Forget

I remember. We all do. Those of us old enough to be aware of what was going on. Not that any of us can make sense of what happened. Thirteen years ago today.

In today's Bible Study Fellowship homework I learned that Moses wrote one of the Psalms. I never noticed that before.

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil. Psalm 90:12-15 ESV

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bring on the Homework


I'm so excited to have homework. Bible Study Fellowship (known as BSF) is back in swing. Today we started the Life of Moses. We will go through Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I can't wait to see what God will teach me this year!

There are groups meeting around the world. I'm attending the women's group in Olympia on Wednesday mornings at Westwood Baptist Church.  Anyone want to join me?

https://www.bsfinternational.org/locate-a-class1

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ready for High School

My youngest is ready for high school. We are combining homeschooling with classes at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, part of the Olympia School District.

I am sad to have her time at the small Christian school in Shelton end, but I look forward to new experiences at the new school.

http://orla.osd.wednet.edu/

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 ESV

Monday, September 08, 2014

First High School Credit

And the results are in. One year of high school algebra done and credited. My daughter passed the End of Course exam. Now we tackle geometry at home this year.

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2014/06/before-and-after-math.html

Pictured: Celebrating after completing the test in June.

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

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Giver

I am switching up my injection schedule. Sunday is my new Monday. But I wasn't planning to revert to the old IM pre-filled syringes. That I can't give myself. A refill mix-up left me with four weeks to find a shot giver. Thankfully my dear nurse friend is willing to step in.

First shot done. Pain-free.

Pictured: Meeting up with my shot giver.

http://widemargins.blogspot.com/2013/03/i-am-heard.html

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 ESV

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Floor Space

We don't have fancy accommodations. But we have a couch and floor space. So our son and two friends crashed here for the night. On their way to a wedding today.

Always good to see our son and his girlfriend!

Pictured: Our youngest with her brother and his girlfriend.

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

Friday, September 05, 2014

Bead Love

My father-in-law got me started on a new mission. He gave me his tools and bead stash.  And a lesson on how to make beaded bookmarks. But I can always use more interesting and colorful beads. So that's my quest at garage sales.

Pictured: Two garage sale necklaces and one Christmas ornament may have been deconstructed in the making of this bookmark for my mother-in-law.

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; Ecclesiastes 3:5 ESV

Thursday, September 04, 2014

First Days Gone By

Before we had the garage door backdrop, we had the front door. How many first days of school have we had? Our oldest started first grade in 1994.

About the time he graduated from high school, our youngest started kindergarten. So we are still in the thick of things.

Pictured: First day of first grade, preschool, and pretending to go to school.

Not pictured: Our youngest, who didn't show up until 6 years later.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3 ESV



Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Summer Memories

Is summer really over? We didn't take any big trips. But you don't have to go very far to make memories. Like my garden party in the back yard. Friends and family came together to help me celebrate turning 50. All of my children were home at different times. My sisters and families were here. Several trips by ferry to the Seattle waterfront.

Now to gear up for fall. Ready or not.

Pictured: Epic garden party with friends and family.

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:1 ESV


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Time to Move On

No back-to-school barbecue for us. Our youngest is not returning to the Christian School. After going kindergarten through eighth grade. Those days are gone. It's time to move on.

Get ready for new adventures in homeschooling and two classes at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy.

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 ESV

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day Memories

When I think of Labor Day, I think of a different kind of labor. Especially since I was due with our first-born on Labor Day, twenty-seven years ago. One week later I did go into labor. And had my first of three September births.

Pictured: The fruits of my labor. Times four.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3 ESV