Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fellowship Week Love

This week was what we call Fellowship week at Bible Study Fellowship. Which means we had extra time to share in depth what God is teaching us. I love all my ladies. They each bring a unique story and testimony.

Pictured: I don't have permission to post a photo of our group, but imagine 14 smiling ladies sitting in the circle!

And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. I Samuel 30:6 ESV

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Heart to Heart

Every now and then you need a refresher. A chance to get together and catch up. Find out what's new. Reaffirm your sweet friendship. Like today's coffee date with my dear friend. Works for us!

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I Know That Lady!

It's been a while since our paths crossed. Nice to see my mom at the store briefly today!

The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. Psalm 25:14 ESV

Monday, January 28, 2019

Homework Reading Buddy

Nice to have a buddy. When you have reading homework for your Perspectives missions class.

O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, Selah. Psalm 68:32 ESV

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Good Morning, Squirrel!

I have learned to trust our dog. If she is intently looking out the window, there is probably some critter out there.

Sure enough, there was a squirrel on the fence this morning.  And thank you for not barking! (If it was a cat, that would be another story.)

Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 ESV

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Chicken Memories

It was six years ago this month that we started with chickens. I miss those chickens and the fresh eggs! I don't think it would work to have chickens now. Not sure what our dog would think about sharing the back yard.

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

Grad Pup Love

I was so proud of our pup today. She did great at her last class and officially graduated from Adult Level 2 at Petco. We need to keep practicing manners, but she has made great strides.

Pictured: Graduation cap on for a second!

Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 ESV

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Feeling the Life Group Love

I guess they missed me! I stayed home from Life Group because I was really tired. They took some photos to let me know they missed me. How sweet! Love our faithful group from Harbor Church!

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

More Perspectives

I loved every week of my Perspectives class. And now my husband is taking it on Tuesday nights in Olympia. I attended last night as an alumnus. I hope I can go every week and hear the speakers that come from all the world.

Pictured: Two of my good friends at Perspectives class graduation last year.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 ESV

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Ninja Blender Love

The recipe calls for using a food processor. But my son's Ninja Blender is powerful and can handle the job. Garbanzo bean chocolate chip cookies coming right up! I love this recipe that is gluten-free and dairy-free, as long as your oats are GF and the chocolate is dairy-free.

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

Monday, January 21, 2019

Already Looking Forward

I already started looking forward. It seems hard to believe, but this tree won't be bare forever. Spring will come and the leaves will return.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Timely Verses

Do you ever have a verse that regularly comes to mind and shows up in your reading? And then you find a bookmark when going through old papers and there it is again. It's timely!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Remembering the Random

That was a fun memory three years ago. My older daughter and I ran in to my parents in Olympia. I loved those random meetups!

The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 ESV

Friday, January 18, 2019

One Last Job

I don't say thank you when I get rid of clothes and socks. I just give them one last job. Like this old sock that I cut into pieces. Perfect for cleaning around the house! Use like a rag, turn inside out, use again, then toss.

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

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Would Have Been 80 Today

I miss my dad. I saw a funny video of raccoons playing on a bike that he would have enjoyed. My sadness is tempered by relief that my dad didn't suffer much at the end of his full life. And I have overwhelming gratitude for the love and legacy my dad left behind.

Today would have been my dad's 80th birthday.

Pictured: A fun memory from March, 2016. We should go to Wendy's soon and have a Frosty in dad's honor!

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' Matthew 25:21 ESV

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cute Puppy Love

It seems like so long ago! Look how cute our puppy was!

Pictured: Our daughter and puppy almost three years ago.

The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10 ESV

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Senior Love

Can you find me in this old photo? From my senior year at Taipei American School in the early 80's. Now I'm a different kind of senior. Ready for those senior discounts!

Pictured: This fun blast from the past showed up on Facebook this week. I'm on the far left in blue.

For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth. Psalm 71:5 ESV

Monday, January 14, 2019

Breakfast Burrito Love

I call them Emergency Breakfast Burritos. Not necessarily for breakfast. I like to whip up a batch and freeze them. Makes for a quick meal. Just unwrap the foil and microwave for 2 minutes. You can cook eggs, hash browns, and meat separately and assemble. Or follow a recipe for Instant Pot Breakfast Burritos. Grill. Freeze.Works for us!

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

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Journal Goal

It's hard to capture the beauty all around us. Like the glorious sunsets or mysterious foggy mornings. If I am a passenger I can try to take a photo with my phone.

One thing I can do is write down what God is teaching me. I used to be more faithful at journaling. It is one of my goals for the new year.

I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:12-14 ESV

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Totally Redone

We had a quick date night to check out the new McDonald's in town. Same location, brand new building from the foundation up. It will be nice to have a place to meet for coffee with plenty of seating. Works for us!

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

Change Your Preference

I missed out on many good meals growing up. I didn't appreciate all the Chinese food we had in Hong Kong. I remember eating the white rice and cashews at round tables.

I did not appreciate sour cream or yogurt until later in life. And is it weird that now I love cilantro? Food preferences can change!

Pictured: My husband and I know how to enjoy a good Chinese meal! This was from a couple years ago.

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Leafy Green

Speaking of plants, my Kalanchoe is leafing well and seems healthy. I wonder how long it will take to flower again. I will try a new location with more light and see how it grows.

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2 ESV

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Stop Talking Already

I really need to stop talking. Like I wrote ten years ago on my blog. I am still saying the same things. I want to get organized and healthy, write more, and plan our menus. Blah blah blah.

But I know that I am making progress. Little by little. Thanks for being patient with me!

Pictured: Our tree without leaves last winter. I've been in a long winter season, but spring is coming!

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 ESV

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Church Birthday Photo Booth 2019

I wish we had a little more fun with our photo. We forgot to grab some props for the photo booth at church on Sunday. But we smiled and our eyes were open! Happy 4th birthday to Harbor Church!

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 ESV

Monday, January 07, 2019

Happy Houseplant Love

I don't consider myself to have a green thumb. That's my husband's forte. But I do enjoy my indoor plants. I loved visiting my niece's home in Portland this weekend. She has happy houseplants by every window! Beautiful!

The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:12 ESV

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Happy 4th Birthday Harbor Church!

Happy birthday to our church! We are thankful for our pastors, staff, and faithful band of believers who call Harbor Church home.

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 ESV

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Portland Baby Shower

Have driver, will travel! Nice to have our older daughter be the designated driver for a day trip to Portland and back. We attended a baby shower for our nephew's wife. It was a fun event and a great day with my mother-in-law and daughters.

Pictured: Our daughters with one of their Portland cousins.

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

Friday, January 04, 2019

Ready for 2019

Somehow I neglected to buy next year's calendar. Which is now this year. Thankfully I ran into my friend at the store and told her what I was looking for. She just happened to have one at home she didn't need. Works for me!

Pictured: I love big block wall calendars and this is exactly what I wanted!

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 ESV

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Bald Eagle Love

What a way to start the year! My husband had a record day at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually wildlife refuge. Guess how many bald eagles he saw? Twelve!

Pictured: My husband's photo of two of the bald eagles he saw on his walk around Nisqually.

who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:5 ESV

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Personal Challenge 2019

My default setting is research mode. I love reading and learning. But my personal challenge for the new year is to take more action. Prayerfully. Put into practice what I know. Test the waters. See what works. Adjust as necessary.

Pictured: Reflection from Bainbridge Island waterfront

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 ESV

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Start the Year with Prayer

I love my new book, Prayers for Today: A Yearlong Journey of Contemplative Prayer by Kurt Bjorklund. Thanks, Mom for ordering it for me!

Today I read Day 15's selection including this prayer by Leighton Ford. It fits New Year's Day perfectly.

Lord, give me I pray:
A remembering heart for the things that have happened
An attentive heart to what I have heard
A forgiving heart for what has hurt
A grateful heart for what has blessed
A brave heart for what may be required
An open heart to all that may come
A trusting heart to go forth with You
A loving heart for You and all Your creation
A longing heart for the reconciliation of all things.
A willing heart to say "Yes" to what You will.

Pictured: Notice the heart-shaped hole in this leaf I saw at Bloedel Reserve in October.

Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul." Joshua 22:5 ESV