Saturday, July 14, 2018

Wondrous things...

This week, as I was reading the book of Galatians in my morning devotions, I came across a verse that I'm sure I've read many times, but never really seen. It made me pause and also made me wonder what it really meant. The verse was Galatians 3:19 and it mentions that angels were a part of the giving of the law to Moses.  My mind instantly went "what???" because I always thought, and in every Sunday School photo I'd ever seen, the giving of the law happened on Mt Sinai in an encounter between Moses and God alone.

If you've ever done an inductive type of Bible study, you are taught that the best way to understand the Bible is to let the Bible interpret itself. Yes, there is a place for commentaries and other helpful Bible study tools. However, first priority should be given to researching where else and what else the Bible has to say on a given topic. My curiosity about Galatians 3:19 led me to Deuteronomy 33:2 which made me think, "How did I not know this before?" It then led me to Psalm 68:17Acts 7:53, and Hebrews 2:2.  There are five clear mentions in Scripture of the fact that angels were a part of the giving of the law to Moses, and yet I had never noticed it in all of my years of Bible reading and Bible study. I'd never heard it mentioned by anyone else either. My point in all this? God desires to open up His Word to us and show us wondrous things. But, we have a part to play in making that happen.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, July 15th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A visit to Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge...

Our two youngest granddaughters have been staying with us for the past couple of days so they can attend our church's Vacation Bible School. Since V.B.S. is over at noon, this afternoon we decided to go on a little hike around Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It's not far from where we live but I'd never even heard of it until a friend recommended it.
Our glimpses of wildlife were limited to insects and birds, but the scenery was lovely and the walk a good way to get exercise and burn off some energy.




The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is on the Washington State side of the Columbia River Gorge. In the photo below you can see Crown Point on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.






We had a fun afternoon walking around the refuge. I look forward to going again during other seasons to see how the scenery changes and if, perhaps, there's a bit more wildlife out and about.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

4th of July week thanksgiving....


Today my oldest grandson proudly told my husband that his shoe size has now surpassed Papa's.  His sister, our oldest granddaughter, just got her driver's permit. I sure wish time would slow down.

The past week and a half, life's normal routine has been continually interrupted. I like to be in charge of my own schedule and how I spend my time. But in a family, and also in a church community, needs arise that necessitate laying aside what I want in order to help others. I sure wish things only happened when it was convenient for me and my schedule.

Time, the way it zooms by all too quickly, the seeming lack of time to get everything done, and the lack of control, at times, of how I get to spend my time can all be points of frustration. These are not, as Ann Voskamp points out in the quote above, my real problem. The real problem is how I respond to these things. Giving thanks and journaling what I'm grateful for helps me to savor life's fleeting moments and to record them. It also helps me to see God's blessings even in the middle of life's interruptions.

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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#10,966-10,989

7-2-18-
-an unexpected day without somewhere I have to be 
-a sweet time of prayer
-sweet, juicy strawberries for dessert

7-3-18-
-sweet snuggles, stories and songs with my middle grandson
-a fresh haircut and color
-getting a bunch of outside chores done
-my second born daughter's family staying for "Taco Tuesday" dinner

7-4-18-
-our country's 242nd birthday
-a family BBQ
-our neighborhood's fireworks extravaganza

7-5-18-
-all looks well on the ultrasound of grand baby number seven
-wild bunnies 
-taking my youngest grandson on a long walk
-talks with my daughter
-yummy 4th of July leftovers for dinner

7-6-18-
-my brother's birthday
-a beautiful blue sky summer morning
-a relaxing day off

7-7-18-
-bluejays in the backyard
-oldest granddaughter and middle grandson hanging out at my house
-a yummy dinner and fun visit with a young couple from church

7-8-18-
-sweet, sweet worship
-God working in and through us
-God's faithful provision

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Lord goes before you...


Life is always changing. None of us can predict what will be around the next bend on life's journey.   One of the best things about growing older is being able to look back and see how the Lord went before you, paving and preparing the way when you couldn't see what was up the road ahead. With the hindsight that the passing of time affords, I can clearly see that there was never a bend in the road of my life that God didn't see coming. He was always in front of me making preparations for what I would need for the next part of the journey.
 (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, July 8th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Monday, July 2, 2018

A healthy dose of daily praise...


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Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#10,940-#10,965

6-25-18-
-morning hugs
-a beautiful day at the beach at our church's youth camp

-speaking to our youth

6-26-18-
-a safe drive home from youth camp
-youngest daughter and grandson stopping by
-a quiet evening at home

6-27-18-
-a walk to the park with my middle grandson
-a good heart talk with Jesus on my walk
-snuggling youngest grandson who was miserable from teething

6-28-18-
-more decluttering-so freeing!
-our unofficially adopted granddaughter from church coming over for a visit
-going to our favorite Hawaiian restaurant with her and our granddaughter
-a good worship and prayer time at church

6-29-18-
-a relaxing morning on our day off
-a beautiful and delicious lunch outside by the river
-my hubs watching The Great British Baking Show with me

6-30-18-
-little green apples on the neighbor's trees
-making lemon-gingersnap ice cream for tomorrow's homemade ice cream contest
-our favorite baked beans, too
-a walk after all the Saturday chores and to-dos were finished

7-1-18-
-more new faces at church
-such a powerful word
-a fun BBQ/potluck/ice cream contest - (I got second place!)


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Saturday, June 30, 2018

IF...


This coming Wednesday we will be celebrating our nations 242nd birthday! I imagine that many of you, like me, are planning some sort of gathering with family and friends.

2 Chronicles 7:14 is the scripture Christians post all over social media on every patriotic holiday or national day of prayer. But, I have to ask myself if I'm really doing what it says.  

Am I humbling myself? Honestly, I like to make my opinion known. I like to think my opinion is usually right. I like things to be done my way. I like to think my way of doing things is the right way. I get defensive when someone is critical of something I say or do. I have a long way to go in the humbling myself department. 

Can you see how just this simple act of humbling ourselves would change the political discourse in our nation? What if all of us chose to humble ourselves before God - to submit our own way of thinking and doing things and chose to submit to His ways- WoW! We would probably have nationwide revival!  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, July 1st, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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