Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We need to be who WE are, not who someone else wants to make us, or who we think others want us to be! You are the only you on this planet. You are one of a kind. You are a here for a reason, so find out what it is if you haven't done that yet. YOU can change the world, even if it is just a small part of the world. Each life you touch, each nice thing you do, changes the world. You never know how throughout the day whose life you will touch, what difference you will make. Sometimes, it can feel like we aren't making a difference anywhere, even though we are trying. However, you are planting seeds everywhere you go and those seeds may grow and blossom into something, someone who reaches the world and makes a huge difference in society. You are important. Live everyday like you are a life changer, because you are!
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
When God created human beings, he made them to be like himself. Genesis 5:1
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
I challenge you to read Psalm 139 and see how much you mean to God. When you read it, absorb it, don't just glance through it.
One of the pastors at our church just found out his wife has cancer and she is telling everyone not to focus on the cancer but on Psalm 139. What a testimony her life is; to those trying to comfort her, she's bringing comfort to them. What is God telling you as you read it?
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name. O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you? Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you? Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Friday, July 25, 2008
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Psalm 139:23
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Luke 12:25
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I know I have been thinking a lot lately about life, and have been trying to be more intentional about living my life so that there are no regrets. What will you do today that will be remembered, that will live on, that will make a difference? Are you living intentionally every day, or are you just going through the motions of life? Take time to think about it, and if you need to, make some changes.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Did You Ever Wonder?
For those, like my parents, who cannot watch this video because they still have dial up, it's a little girl asking a lot of questions some of which are:
Did you ever wonder why the sun rises? Why we can't see the wind but we can feel it? How the wind blows? Why the wind blows?
Where do ideas come from?
Did you ever wonder how hummingbirds can fly 60 mph and come to an abrupt stop? How their wings can beat 70 beats per second?
Did you ever wonder how a sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 100 mph?
Did you ever wonder how a mustard seed the size of a pinhead
can grow into a very large tree?
What do you wonder about? Or have you lost your childlike wonder and don't even notice those type of things anymore? When was the last time you watched a little kid and their excitement as they experience life? Watch their eyes and the excitement of their wonder! Do you still remember God in the little things? Do you have a childlike wonder when you think about God? Why do we let that wonder leave us? I challenge you today to remember that wonder and to work on getting it back. Focus on what God has done and who He is and remember that wonder. Take some time to set aside the distractions and just focus on the wonder of God, the wonder of creation, the wonder of life.
How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails. He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord! Psalm 111:2-4
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The nieces came for a visit over the weekend. Saturday was packed with activity, after we arrived at our house in the early afternoon. First, it was time to play ball with our dog while running through the sprinkler
After the sprinkler and lunch, we watched 101 Dalmatians and played while we waited for my hubby to get home. He was at a men's event for church until mid-day, but as soon as he got home and washed the mud off himself from playing tug of war, we headed to Spokane. Spokane wasn't in the plans, but they insisted that they get to go to the carousel with their uncle since he missed the last trip. We had fun, but there was an annoying carousel attendant who walked around the shorter than last time rides, at an amazing pace. Not sure why he decided to do laps through those of us trying to enjoy a carousel ride but he sure did them fast and every time, he would bump into us as we sat there,
attempting to enjoy the ride!
After the five short rides on the carousel, we decided to head back to Idaho and grab some dinner at GW Hunters, and then we went to play mini golf. Hubby and I have never played mini golf so fast! The girls went through the course at lightning speed!! I think their favorite hole was the one when they hit it in the hole, it traveled underground to another green and popped out. They were fascinated at how the ball started out on one green and ended up on another! They were so fascinated, they played that hole about ten times each. We finished up mini golf just before sunset.
We came home and ate some 'ice cream' we made in our Vita Mix. We just add a touch of soy milk and lots of frozen fruit. Yummy and no sugar or preservatives!! This particular batch had organic blueberries and organic strawberries. We had two very blue faces in the house as they enjoyed the treat. The evening ended with watching a funny movie about dogs, and a slumber party in the living room with all of us landing on the couch, and our big air mattress. Today, we did some shopping and bought a few books, then took them home. We had a great time with the girls and built a lot of memories and had a lot of laughs. I don't know about the girls, but I know that a certain aunt and uncle are completely worn out!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done. Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next. They don't speak a word, and there is never the sound of a voice. Yet their message reaches all the earth, and it travels around the world. Psalm 19:1-4
They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. Romans 1:19-21
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Luke 12:27-28
Where flowers bloom so does hope.- Lady Bird Johnson
The Earth Laughs in Flowers- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Sometimes you get wonderful blessings when you least expect them. Tonight I came home from my first day of a full day of work in three weeks, tired and wondering how I could be so tired from just sitting at a desk. I came to the conclusion it was from lack of fresh air! I've been outside a lot, and have gotten quite a bit of fresh air in the past weeks, but in my little gray cubicle, fresh air is not too readily available. I checked the mailbox when I got home and there was a large brown package taking up my the entire mailbox. The mail person had shoved it in there so much, I had to get my hubby to get it out of the box. I saw it was from Aspire, http://aspiretoleadaquietlife.blogspot.com/, and wondered what she sent me. Aspire and I have never met in person, even though we are from the same home town, but I know I feel like we have, and feel like we have built a special friendship over the past few months. This friendship came about through our mutual friend Jenny Meyer's inspiring life. Aspire has sent me a lot of health hints and has gotten me addicted to green smoothies every morning. She sends me encouragement on a regular basis, as well. Well today, she sent me some wonderful gardening supplies. The special gift and card arrived at a perfect time. I believe God whispered in her ear that I needed a blessing of encouragement right now. It is wonderful to receive surprises like that on occasion. It can bless and encourage the heart to an amazing level, and give the boost you need to make it through the day or the week. Thank you so much for the gift and for the blessing!!
Who can you bless today with a random act of kindness, also known as a blessing? Listen to God whisper in your ear, and then be obedient to His promting. You and the receiver will be blessed.
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy - they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Marcel Proust
"No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted" ~Aesop "The Lion and the Mouse"
"A tree is known by its fruit, a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost, he who sows courtesy, reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." ~St. Basil
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
The winds yesterday were a very powerful force. I was out playing ball with our dog on the new lawn, and at one time the wind gust was so strong, it literally blew me backwards and I could not push myself against it. I have a couple pea plants, many flowers, and tomatoes that broke off, but compared to those in the Spokane Valley who have lost their homes to a fire that raged through the area last night, and yet this morning, I will not complain. It was horrifying last night to watch people's homes burn to the ground in a matter of moments. We went out to take some sunset pictures and saw the huge, angry billows of smoke coming from the fire. It's unbelievable to hear how many fires there are around the region today, around 50-60 new ones it sounds like. To see pictures go to http://www.krem.com/.
Today, I ask you to join me in praying for those who have lost their homes and for the safety of the fire fighters.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
The world tells us that love is all about what we feel, the warm fuzzies and 'what can someone do to complete me' and if we don't feel like loving someone, then it's okay to just walk away. That isn't love. Love is giving, not receiving. Love is sometimes difficult. Love is also rewarding. Love shouldn't have strings attached or 'I will love you if you love me.'
1 Corinthians 13 tells us exactly how to love: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance..................Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
Wow, can you imagine how the world, our communities, our homes, would be different if we really loved that way? It may seem nearly impossible to do, but if you give it a try, you will see a difference in yourself and in those around you. Does your family and those close to you know that you love them, no matter what? Do they see it in your actions, your words, and how you live?
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us Ephesians 5:1-2
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 1 John 3:18-19
Sunday, July 6, 2008
We had a whirlwind weekend. We went up north on Thursday evening to spend time with family for the 4th. The weekend included a trip to the parade, then a quick picnic, then up camping with my parents, my sister and her family, and my cousin Gary. After arriving at my parents house, we realized we had forgotten most of our food, and it was still sitting at home on the table. Guess that's what happens when you are rushing like crazy to get out of the house to try to get up north before darkness fell over the very busy roads! We survived, even without half the food.
On our drive before seeing the fireworks, we enjoyed a beautiful sunset. I must say that God's show was more amazing and more enjoyable! The colors in sunset were absolutely beautiful and received many ooh's and ahh's from our nieces.
Camping was fun and included watching the fireworks from a high ridge line with my sister and nieces. We went for a drive before heading out to the ridge to watch the fireworks, which were only fifteen minutes long, I think. They were pretty, but very short and they were set off before 9:30, so it wasn't even completely dark. We pulled up to the ridge line just as they started. Fortunately, we weren't a few minutes late, or we would have missed them!! One niece was worried that it was getting dark and the bears were going to come eat us and we needed to leave. We kept trying to assure her that we were probably making enough noise to keep all things away.
We enjoyed relaxing, walks, playing, and a couple drives. The three dogs that were with had a great time, as well, being able to go swimming in the creek and play with the nieces for hours.
These two turkeys hiding in the daisies also had some little ones with them, but they scurried off too fast to get their pictures.
We drove home late Saturday night with my mother-in-law along. It was funny to walk in the house and have to unpack an amazingly large box of packed food, that never left the house. Yes, there was the bread, corn on the cob, bag of freshly cut lettuce, seasonings, s'more fixings, and some other snacks that we were missing for camp.
Sunday involved a whirlwind trip to central Washington to take hubby's mom over to meet some of her friend's so she can go on vacation with them. It was a long, almost eight hour round trip drive! It always is a long drive, just one way, but was even longer since we had been camping and were tired to begin with. Our dog looked like a bobble head dog as she rode in the back of the car, trying to stay awake. Her head would go up and down, up and down, until she finally gave in and went to sleep. It will be good to hit the bed tonight and get some good sleep, after a long, full, great weekend.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
God bless America with...............
PEACE for all who are troubled
GRACE for all the needy
COURAGE for all who fear
STRENGTH for all who are weary
FAITH for all who are seeking
HOPE for all who are uncertain
PROTECTION for all who serve
WISDOM for all who lead
Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD. Psalm 144:15
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Thank you to all who have served and are serving to keep this country free. I appreciate you and I am humbled by your sacrifice.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything. James 1:2-4
Sometimes, life is just hard. There's no way to happy it up or try to understand when life seems to hit hard and we sit baffled by what is going on and on and on. Lately, life has been hitting extra hard with family and friends, and some of it is out of my realm of understanding. One thing I do know is that I can't imagine going through the trials of life without God. I can't imagine not being able to pray, talk to Him, and know that He is always there. I don't know how people go through the tough times in life who don't know Jesus, I really don't. At least I can cling to hope through life's battles and know that He never leaves my side, He is always there to hold my right hand and telling me not to be afraid, and He will help me as it says in Isaiah 41. So, as I go down the bumpy road of life right now, I may not understand the why's but I know that God is near. I know that through the tough times, God teaches us and we come through the other side of those times a stronger person, if we allow Him to use our pain to help us grow our faith. I know that this life is temporary, and that what really matters deep down, even though I may lose sight of that once in awhile, is the prize that waits for me at the end of this crazy life on earth, when all the trials will be gone and there will be no more tears or pain.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1 Peter 5:6-7