Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Reading, July

This month I read a whopping...not even one complete book.  I'm working my way slowly through a couple, but life has been really full, rich and extremely hard this month.  So reading took a backseat.

The one book I've made it most of the way though is Passages by Brian Harden.  This is a great book, that I recommend to anyone else interested in going deeper into God's Word.

Here's to hoping that August, with school starting up again and ROUTINE hopefully regaining a steady presence in my life, will be a month full of good book time!

Linking up with Jessica.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Joy Comes in the Morning

Very much to my alarm, I recently noticed that my joy had hidden among worry, fatigue, struggles and the missing of my Beloved Builder.

Then repenting of my worry, seeking better habits to exchange fatigue for the energy for the tasks at hand and prayer over the phone that sweet JOY came out of hiding.

So much has happened this summer, and while the bad things didn't all end well, there is much to give thanks for.

Safe arrival of our newest Chinese daughter
Laughter over dinner
Opportunities to see my daughter’s serving
A butterfly on a hard day
Finding that my joy has returned
Funny quacking ducks
Last night of 12
Giant smile as the blessing flowed
First sunflower in time for the celebrating table
There is one King, he is Jesus
Words of truth
Cool morning air
Butterflies high on the mountain
Fluffy white against the bright blue
Cool wind
Big boulders, quaking aspens
Tour guide humor
Napping family on the way down
Agreement to pray
Knowing wisdom will be given

Friday, July 27, 2012

This Moment

A Friday ritual. A couple of photos capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

A tradition for this birthday girl.  A Hot July Birthday means a big splash of fresh cold water, so a couple of sisters think.  Good times. A fine thing!

linking with Amanda and Amy

Monday, July 23, 2012

Something Fun to Send to your Sponsored Kids

Jill over at Compassion Family just shared  this information...

Printable Treats has printable paper dolls, clothes and tips for making them sturdy!

Won't these be a special treat for those precious girls to recieve?  I think we'll try to make 2 for each of our girls, one for her, and one for her to share with a friend!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Passages by Brian Hardin, A Review

"Many Christians feel guilty when they think of reading the Bible. Though they want to love reading Scripture, they rarely have time for more than a few verses on the run. But the Bible is not meant to be a burden. It is the story of God's passionate love for His children. It is also not a book of mystical incantations. It is a best friend offering counsel and companionship. And it is not a distant relic, but something very near. Near enough, in fact, to be every reader's story. So how do Christians delight in this story rather than see it as a source of failure? The founder of the immensely popular Daily Audio Bible, Brian Hardin shows readers how reading through the Bible in a year will change their life and the lives of others. Passages shows readers how to read the Bible and offers practical ideas for immersing themselves in God's life-giving words. Here readers will discover that reading the Bible can be a breathtaking adventure."  amazon.com

Passages by Brian Harden was sent to me for review a couple of months ago.  This book has spoke to me like a kind friend, encouraging me forward in the place where I currently am.  For the entire summer I have enjoyed long, quiet, early mornings, loving my time in God's word, and seeking to put it first, learning to read it more completely, rather than in the verse here, verse that can be the norm when life gets too busy.

""I was busy...but few of the activities had any eternal value, nor were they anything I was truly passionate about."

This quote really stuck out to me.  Read the Bible to find my passion?  Read the Bible to be prepared for what life deals today, this week, this year?

Author Brian Harden presents a strong appeal to the reader to set aside the time and to take in the Living Word in large generous servings.  To spend time and read it like, like it is God's Word written just for me, you, us.  What a gift, truly.

Passages is a good book to be on the shelves of  a Christian family, a book to spur them on when the seasons of disconnect from God's Word happen.

This book was given to me by Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for my honest opinion.  I fear that I haven't done a good job.  This book has been a long drawn out read yet to be completed.  During the busiest summer we've ever had, I did choose to spend those precious reading moments at my quiet table with the Best Book.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Feeling Small, Seeing God Big

Life is so full, and my thanksgiving is a steady flow, but the words, for the most part my breath is taken by the sight of the sliver of glory in these days, so few words are forming.

Here's little glimpse into the gift list that continues to grow;

Kids excited about vbs
New Capri pants
Family prayer time
Daughters who help me with my hair
Daughters watering the sunflower house and pumpkin patch
Peace in the backyard between ducks and dogs
Daughters embraced by the youth in our new church
Water balloon fights
Young men protecting the dignity of the girls
Ultimate football
New friend, another mom of all girls
Biblical admonishment
Laughing girls
Hardworking daughter
Gas smell in the house ~ but no problem
We're loaded with zucchini ~ hoping to try this recipe soon ~ http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/08/grilled-stuffed-zucchini/

oh gives thanks to the Lord, for He is so good.

Friday, July 13, 2012

End of VBS ~ Good Times

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Fire & Holy Presence

The last gratitude post I wrote was this, the day before a roaring fireball raged into our city and burned 346 homes, killed 2 people and chased 10s of thousands people running from their homes and the fire.  That was a very difficult week, but continually there was evidence of mercy, grace and strength flowing from the Lord.

As afraid as I was when I saw the orange smoke out my kitchen window, and heard the live newscast blurt out that a wall of fire had descended in 65mph wind upon where the firemen were standing guard, the sweetness of God promises came to mind and we sank to our knees to pray.

Can you imagine just how grateful I was in the following hours as the news poured in, the fire spread and the evacuation areas grew closer and closer, that my dear sister in law was here visiting?  What a tremendous gift it was to have her here, to not be alone with my children, with my Beloved 1800 miles to the north.

The gift finding never slowed, even as the smoke burned our eyes and children were kept in the basement to play, gifts were sprinkled throughout the moments, proof of the Father's constant presence.

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Little “voices” in the bird house, again
Cousins all over the place
Prayer in the park
Fresh air
Fire becoming contained
No need to evacuate
No asthma reaction
Friends rallying around a family of friends who have lost their home and all of their belongings
Backyard camping
Hot dogs & smores over the grill
Tiny pumpkin on the little vine this morning
A row of sunflower seedlings
Grapes on the vine
A cool house this morning
Car pool friends
Refreshing sleep
Encouraging swim instructor
Muscle cramps a bedtime ~ means I’m doing something right
VBS is soon
12 yo girl giggles
Butterflies in the garden again
RAIN!  Steady gentle rain
Fresh Carrots
Ducks swimming in their “pond”
Sleepy children
Refreshing swim
Cool temperatures and rain!
Forecast for more cool temperatures and rain
Big thunder and steady rain during dinner
Girl who gives up her spending money in hope for something far greater
Neighbor girl who wants to see why we seem happy

yes, all is grace.

linking with ann