We don't always wear matching clothes. But my mother-in-law and I enjoy spending time together. Whether it's at the kids' school or sports events, coffee, or bonding while we wait for my father-in-law to recover from heart surgery.
Pictured: Back in 2010 at a grade school event.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5 ESV
We really like my father-in-law's heart surgeon. I haven't met her, but I was there for the FaceTime video conference with the family and my mother-in-law. Today's surgery included three by-passes and one aortic valve replacement. Now the healing process begins. We keep praying for a strong recovery!
Pictured: FaceTime with the surgeon before the surgery.
I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:12 ESV
My father-in-law skipped ahead. And found great encouragement in the devotional for July 29, the day of his scheduled open heart surgery.
"Prayer: Lord, I am constantly asking you to give me your strength, to change me and heal me. But nothing is more empowering and life transforming than simply adoring you. Inject the truth of your wisdom, love, holiness, and sovereignty down deep into my heart until it catches fire there and makes me new. Amen."
Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. Psalm 86:4-6 ESV
My friend had an inflatable kids' pool she didn't need. My neighbor loaned me an air compressor. My husband had a tarp in the shed. Put it all together. Add water. And you have a great way to stay cool on a hot day! Girl and pup.
Pictured: Our puppy enjoyed the big water bowl and slowly got used to being all the way in the pool.
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
We are taking each day and development as it comes. It looks like my father-in-law will be having heart surgery the end of this week, on July 29. The doctors, nurses, and staff are taking excellent care of him.We pray for good results and a smooth recovery for our dear dad/father-in-law/grandfather/friend!
Just one year ago we were eating pie. And celebrating my father-in-law's 76th birthday. Yesterday he had chocolate cake in his hospital room. But what he really wants is to have his heart surgery over with and be on his way to full recovery.
We are all looking forward to the next simple celebration in their home or ours!
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:16 ESV
I knew I would learn something new when Pastor Seth Winterhalter preached on the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. A "talent" is a measure of weight, like silver. A talent of silver would have been about twenty years of wages.
Here are some thoughts:
God is in control of the harvest. I am in charge of how hard I work. I will not be judged by my fruitfulness. I will be judged by how I use my abilities.
Another day, another introduction. Our puppy stayed fairly calm and enjoyed playing in the backyard with my brother-in-law. It helps when friends and family are dog people. Can't wait for our puppy to meet my brother-in-law's puppy. A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 ESV
This might be the year of our big crop. The apple trees are loaded. I don't remember the branches hanging down so low in the three and half years we have lived here. Can't wait for pie and apple crisp. And applesauce. I better stock up on cinnamon!
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 ESV
I'll take my birthday breakfast now. One week later works for me. My husband and I tried Oly Rockfish Grill in downtown Olympia today. The food was excellent! We shared an omelet and order of crepes with berries.
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:5 ESV
Old photos take you back to what was before. Like this one, twenty-some years ago at Spencer Lake. Before my parents built the garage. That turned into the "grouse." That became their current home. This was also before we had our fourth child.
Pictured: Enjoying a meal with my in-laws, my parents, and our three kids. My mom took this photo.
Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Psalm 25:6 ESV
My mom found an old birthday photo. From my eighth birthday, when we lived in Hong Kong. I have reconnected with the friend in this photo, thanks to Facebook.
Pictured: I am on the left, in pigtails. Thanks, Mom, for the special elephant cake!
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. Psalm 71:17-18 ESV
I love flowers from Pike Place Market. What a thoughtful birthday gift from my daughter's boyfriend!
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
I love hearing about the finds and adventures at the Goodwill Outlet. Knowing that shopping by the pound (by weight) is not for everyone.
My son found a nice Birkenstock sandal. As in, one sandal. One of the regulars (who fills a whole shopping cart at a time) found the other one. The guy said they should flip a coin. But my son was willing to give it up. It was probably the wrong size for his girlfriend. Meanwhile my son found a nice pair of Clark shoes for himself. Both of them. No coins needed.
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; Ecclesiastes 3:6 ESV
We'll see how she does. It's our puppy's first Fourth of July celebration. With a trip to the grandparents' place. Practiced sitting and calm greetings. Took a nap in her new crate on the porch. And endured the start of loud fireworks. So far, so good.
I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11 ESV
I love the daily devotional friends gave us for Christmas. The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms by Timothy and Kathy Keller has a short passage from the book of Psalms, devotional thoughts, and a prayer. Simple but meaningful. With good takeaways for each day.
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. Psalm 77:18-20 ESV