Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
21"What do you want?" Jesus asked.
She said, "Give your word that these two sons of mine will be awarded the highest places of honor in your kingdom, one at your right hand, one at your left hand."
22Jesus responded, "You have no idea what you're asking." And he said to James and John, "Are you capable of drinking the cup that I'm about to drink?"
They said, "Sure, why not?"
23Jesus said, "Come to think of it, you are going to drink my cup. But as to awarding places of honor, that's not my business. My Father is taking care of that."
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I'd like to introduce you to little Charlotte. Her birth day was January 14th. She's 2 weeks old today. Dave works in our office.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The other day the hoar frost was not terribly thick but what there was of it was delicate and beautiful...against that winter blue sky. If you look closely you can see one crystal clinging to another and another and another outlining each twig and branch.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
We learn how to use our limbs and our vocal chords; we learn to climb and run; we learn speach and from then on it's all about letting everyone else around us know what our needs are and what goes on within ourselves. Our minds get working and exercising just like our arms and legs. We begin to learn and the more we learn the more we begin to understand...about ourselves, about others and about our world.
We use what we have learned in living life. Funny isn't it.....how dependent our society has become on learning and education. And it's a good thing.
Not sure why this came to mind today, other than I like seeing folks put their learning to good use.
Enjoy your night.....
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- in my warm and safe bed with covers to keep me warm and a pillow for my head,
- with a bottle of water beside me wherever I go and a sore mouth from having my teeth fixed today,
- having a body that only creeks and groans from arthritis
When those people in Haiti who have been trapped in their homes are mostly dead; when those who have survived have no shelter, no bed, no pillows, no blankets; when people are alive under rubble with no water to keep them alive and are suffering from shock with trauma from broken limbs and lacerations and dead bodies all around them.
But here is one miracle story: http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/14/haiti.rescues/index.html
God, please watch over those who suffer this night.
UPDATE: Due to lack of the right type of medical care, this little girl died of her injuries the next day. With her severe injuries, they said she would have to go to another facility 3 hours away, and she died on the way there. She was her mother's only child.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I will be following her messages at her blogsite at http://www.janelleinhaiti.blogspot.com/
It is good to be an integral part of the helping...with our missions monies going to Covenant World Relief.
It's where the rubber hits the road....where our hands help with our hearts....where love is in action.
My prayers are with the Haitian people...for help to come quickly and efficiently.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Jerry Wallace - 1959
Life's a holiday on Primrose Lane
Just a holiday on Primrose Lane with you
When we're walkin' down the Primrose Lane
Even roses bloomin' in the rain, with you.
Those little old roses bloom
And I want to walk with you my whole life through
Life's a holiday on Primrose Lane
Just a holiday on Primrose Lane, with you."
I remember that song....in that year!!!
Nice primroses above, eh?
Sunday, January 10, 2010
There is something about light. It reveals things...nooks and crannys...dirt and grime....smoothe and rough surfaces....shades and shadows....beauty and ugliness.
Light allows us to see if we're on the right path or if we're about to fall off a cliff.
It comes into the dark places and makes them livable.
The Spirit of God is light.
It comes to show us the way. It comes to reveal the dark corners of our souls. It goes in deeply showing us things we didn't know were there....hiding, sometimes festering and growing until our very lives depend on it being cleansed.
Sometimes we walk away from the process. We turn our backs and run from looking too deeply.....when all God wants to do is make our lives better. He only wants to heal and make our beings whole.
We become, as Pastor Seth talked about this morning...like Jonah, a prophet in the Old Testament....the one who was swallowed by a huge fish. Well, you can take the story literally or figuratively but the fact remained that Jonah tried to run away from God and all that God wanted him to do. God wanted Jonah to go to the land of his enemies, to tell them destruction of their land was on the horizon. I must admit, that would be a task, going to talk to people who wanted nothing more than to skin you alive!! But he ran in the opposite direction. Prophets normally did what God asked of them. Not Jonah. Not at first anyway. He ran...far and fast.
I think I do that too, at times. I hear God. I know he's trying to get my attention. I give all kinds of excuses as to why I'm NOT doing what he asks and in the end, the darkness wins out and I'm not what I could be. I lose.
Today, that Light shone. Help us to not run away God....take away our fear, cleanse us and make us new people.
Friday, January 8, 2010
This gal, Jennifer, was born to our friends, 16 years ago today...27 days before our granddaughter, Brittney, was born. Jennifer and Brittney have been friends for that long.