Saturday, January 31, 2015

Good Weekend

It's a good weekend to come home. Have family time. See the grandparents.Which may include some football time. Works for us.

Pictured: My husband and our daughters on another family weekend

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

Friday, January 30, 2015

Family Rep

Both of my sisters would help if they could. I have the privilege of being the family rep at doctors' appointments and the hospital. Next week my mom will have surgery to remove skin cancer from her leg. I'm thankful I am close by and can be a support for my parents. No passport required.* (Each of my sisters made trips to China when my parents had health issues.)

Pictured: Before the lymph node biopsies this week.

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Enjoy the Wait

We decided to forego downtown Seattle. Go straight to Queen Anne and park for free. I had a pot of French press coffee and bowl of yogurt and granola. While we waited for my older daughter to get off work. Works for us.

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Listen in the Car

Sometimes I am in the car at just the right time. Like yesterday I heard a good radio program on Focus on the Family. It was the inspiring story of a wife dealing with her husband's ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. My friend's mom lost her battle with ALS last year.

I can catch the second part online today.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Day with Dad

I got to spend the day with my dad. Had some coffee. Hung out in the waiting room with other families waiting for news. My mom was well cared for by the hospital staff and made it through her biopsies related to skin cancer. My mom and dad are thankful to be home tonight.

Pictured: Glad I could be with my dad today!

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 ESV

Monday, January 26, 2015

Former Church Family

It was just like going home. Back to our former church. My husband's high school youth group. All grown up now. My college roommate and adopted family. How many people did we see at the memorial service that we had shared meals with? Over the years. So many good memories.

Pictured: With my college roommate and good friend.

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 ESV

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Morning Has Broken

I caught a beautiful sunrise yesterday. As I was preparing to drive to my friend's memorial service. It reminded me of the old hymn, Morning Has Broken. Which I just sang for my other friend who recently passed away. (Side note: I think we sang this song in my British primary school.)

I am thankful for every new day. Full of possibilities.

Pictured: The morning view from my kitchen window.

to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, Psalm 92:2 ESV

Saturday, January 24, 2015

She Loved God's Word

That was the most scripture ever quoted in a memorial service. Family member after member after friend shared Bible verses that were significant in the life of Lucibel (Lucki) Van Atta. My dear friend lived a life that flowed out of her love for God and applying His Word. The pastor also read some of Lucki's own words.

I'm glad we could make a trip to Portland and our former home church to celebrate her graduation to heaven. No more illness or suffering.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 ESV

Friday, January 23, 2015

Studying the Life of Moses

I love hearing about people who are serious about studying God's Word. Like this blog post about author Francine Rivers. She wrote about getting into a Bible Study Fellowship class. She is studying the Life of Moses, like I am.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:27-28 ESV

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Old and New Testament

I don't know how you can understand the New Testament without reading the Old Testament. And vice versa. I am learning so much about the old sacrifice system as we go through Leviticus in Bible Study Fellowship. The book of Hebrews helps explain the temple and sacrifices.The more I study, the more I appreciate what Jesus did for us.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22 ESV

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Coffee on Demand

My friend and I met for coffee after Bible Study Fellowship. I ordered it black and put one dollar bill in the machine. I wanted to know what the new coffee tastes like in the Tumwater Costco food court. It was good. But my friend's vanilla latte, extra strong ($1.50), with lots of foam looked better.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cash and Carry Love

If I could do it over, I would shop differently. I would have loaded up on groceries at Cash and Carry. When I had those teenage boys in the house and a family of six to feed. But I am happy to find romaine lettuce and a bag of red peppers for a good price. And in quantities three of us can handle. Works for us.

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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Good-bye, Margaret

My friend was ready to go. Her beloved husband was waiting for her. She couldn't wait to walk again. And enjoy the taste of food.  I wonder what she did first after she opened her eyes in heaven this morning.

I will miss her spunky wit and companionship.

Pictured: She loved hearing the Christian School children sing at the assisted living home. This was in 2011.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21 ESV

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Football Sunday

That was a family bonding experience. Too bad the biggest fan I know (Hi, Mom!) wasn't with us this afternoon. I don't know much about football, but I know it was an exciting finish for the Seattle Seahawks. Superbowl XLIX, here we come!

Pictured: My mother-in-law is a great hostess for the football games. Plus they have cable.

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dinner for Dad

I knew my dad would be happy to eat anything I fixed. But since it's his birthday, let's have one of his favorites. Creamed tuna on rice. Good old family comfort food. For the man who has loved his family and Savior so well.

Happy 76th birthday, Dad!

Pictured: With my parents and my daughters. Not pictured: My in-laws and husband.

"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 ESV

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hymns for a Friend

Singing is not one of my gifts. But I am willing to do my best.  The hospice chaplain and I sang some old hymns for my friend today. My friend can't speak any more, but I think she heard us.

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, Ephesians 5:19 ESV

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Reading Place

I don't know if things have changed, or if I just remember them differently. I thought the big book store had more comfortable chairs scattered around. Besides the cafe. That's okay. The wooden chairs in the kids' area work for my daughter and me. And we met a mom and her cute little kids.

and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 1 Thessalonians 3:12 ESV

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Two at a Time

I am not an organized meal planner. Like many of my friends are. But I do like to think in twos. Tonight's ground turkey was cooked and seasoned with onions, green pepper, and garlic. I took out half before I seasoned it with Italian seasoning for lasagna. The rest of the meat will go in tacos later.

But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:8 ESV

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Catch Up in the Waiting Room

I was prepared. I had a book to read while my daughter had her orthodontist appointment. Never mind. I can visit with an old friend who showed up with her daughter for an appointment.Works for me!

making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16 ESV

Monday, January 12, 2015

Marching Through

We are marching right through. Currently in the book of Leviticus at Bible Study Fellowship. We don't get to skip the hard parts or rewrite the rules we don't like. But I find that reassuring. God is God. He has a plan. And He knows what is best.

You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the LORD your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the LORD. Leviticus 18:4-5 ESV

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Off and Running

Two weeks in and we are off to a great start. Pastor Seth Winterhalter is preaching about the vision and values of the brand-new Harbor Church in Olympia. Good content with lots of scripture. That's how we like it.

Today's sermon included Romans Road, the basics of salvation with verses in the book of Romans. You can listen online:

For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!" Romans 10:13-15 ESV

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Last Days

My friend is on hospice and in her last days. What's a good passage of scripture to read? John 14. It was my great-grandmother's favorite passage and she read it every night. I don't know if my friend could hear me today, but it brought me comfort.

"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 ESV

Friday, January 09, 2015

My Encourager

A long-time family friend took me under her wing. For over 30 years. Wrote me faithfully. Prayed for me. Cheered me on in my writing. This week she ended her time on earth. But her sweet influence continues. Time to re-read her book, Women Encouraging Women. I will miss you, Lucki Van Atta!

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 
and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, Titus 2:3-4 ESV

Thursday, January 08, 2015

When We Were Young

My mom gave me a stack of old photos. I enjoy seeing my kids when they were little. But I don't know who that young couple is. Where are my glasses and my husband's beard?

Pictured: A much-younger version of my husband and myself. My husband was the chauffeur for my sister's prom.

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

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Sister Bond

I didn't have room for many pictures. In our Christmas newsletter. I wish I could have included this one of my daughters. Their relationship brings me great joy.

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

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Out of the Loop

It was time to revive the tradition or let it go. After a three-year break.

Here we go. Let's reflect on the year(s) and God's faithful provision. Look for photos. Write blurbs on each family member. Vet the blurbs with each person. Create a printed newsletter format plus an email-friendly pdf file. Update the address list and mailing list.

I'm still getting letters out. Let me know if you would like one.

Pictured: Then and now. "In the Loop" ten years ago. "Out of the Loop" today.

But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. Psalm 79:13 ESV

Monday, January 05, 2015

Prayer Partner

Today I visited my daughter's former school. Plus my husband's former workplace. It seems like a lifetime ago that I was there every school day.

It was good to see my former prayer partner. And catch up on answered prayers.

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, Philemon 1:4 ESV

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Harbor Church Launch

It was exciting to be there for the first Sunday of Harbor Church in downtown Olympia. We welcome Pastor Seth Winterhalter as lead pastor, supported by lay pastors Rich Downen and John Bennett. Service times are 9 AM and 11 AM.

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29:18 ESV

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Too Late for Santa

It is too late for Santa. Who is that on our roof? It's my handy husband. Cleaning off the moss. And getting the gutters ready for the next rain. Love that guy!

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

Friday, January 02, 2015

Day Trip Memory

I can't pick a favorite memory from 2014. But one highlight was our spur-of-the-moment day trip to Tolmie State Park. Just get in the car and go. Next time we will pack a picnic basket, thanks to a thoughtful Christmas gift.

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, January 01, 2015

Get Real

My theme for 2015 is REAL. Get real about my faith, writing, relationships. Be more open and vulnerable. And share the journey.

Pictured: Reunited with a good friend and spending New Year's Eve together, again.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 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 10:23-25 ESV