Monthly Archives: July 2010

Beka’s Smooth Path of Life

It began with staining the deck.
We moved into some spray paint.
Little succulents were artistically planted.
Then, we took one weather worn
child-sized bench from a garage sale,
and added one enthusiastic 7 year-old girl
who was excited to have her own project.
We want the kids to feel that sense of accomplishment,
when they are able to tackle a project on their own.
She used sanding blocks initially, then switched to sandpaper.
She applied two coats of teak oil.
The old bench was moved out…
…and the new bench moved in.
Family friend, Pam, provided help in transplanting flowers.
Beka only enjoyed her little corner
for a little while…
…before she thought of one more perfect touch…
a path.
A path entices you to follow it,
to seek the treasure at the end.
Psalm 16:11
You will show me the path of life;
In your presence is fullness of joy,
At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 27:11
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me in a smooth path,
because of my enemies.
Psalm 119:35
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
Beka’s right,
we ALL
need
a
path.

And It Was Good

Last November,
in the middle of a winter sunbreak,
I pinched off little pieces of my succulents
and tucked them into potting soil.
I thought this looked great just as it was,
 but they were starts for
 creating other arrangements.
They hadn’t grown as much as I thought.
But they still had promise,
and beauty.
And, the arrangement that will go on my patio table,
around the umbrella,
was completed.
When the plants fill up a little more,
and spill over the edges,
it will be even better.
I love working with plants. 
It is amazing that they re-create
after their own kind.
Just like God said.
Genesis 1:11
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation:
seed-bearing plants and trees on the land
that bear fruit with seed in it,
according to their various kinds.”
And it was so.
And we know how God felt after He created something,
His joy and pleasure  echos in our hearts,
when we create something.
And God saw that it was good.
Making

Spray Paint Gospel Message

I don’t wanna work all summer,
all momma’s need play time,
so I enlist help from my kids.
It’s not just for my relief,
but for their benefit.
I don’t want to send helpless people into the world.
I had many items that needed to be spray painted.
Good job for a 14 year old boy, huh?
When I offer him manly jobs,
he’s a lot more enthusiastic and reliable.
He followed my spray-painting directions
and finished off several items.
No drips!
I was impressed.
He also painted another umbrella stand
and cleverly put a bead of clear silicone caulk
along the underside
so it won’t scratch my deck.
Of course, the only day it is 90 degrees,
is the day I wanted to take a picture of my new outdoor lanterns.
This picture made me decide to paint the wicker furniture, too.
Like many bloggers,
I am broadcasting my growing addiction to spray paint.
Whether for ecological or financial reasons,
pressing that little button to release new life
is amazing.
Ugly things,
that others did or would have discarded,
find new glory,
new purpose,
new admiration.
It is also addicting.
 I read  blogs about the glorious transformations
made by covering ugly objects with aerosol beauty,
and looked at my surroundings with new eyes.
What could I redeem from the dumpster?
In a fallen world,
even spray paint can preach the Gospel.
Romans 4:7
 Blessed are they
whose iniquities are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered.
All who trusted Christ as Savior,
had their sins gloriously covered in His blood.
We are now objects with useful beauty.
Others may look at our transformation,
and desire to be changed, too.
Once we’re redeemed,
we just keep touching up those sins
with forgiveness.
Do you have some covering to do in your life?
When you’re done with that,
maybe go buy some spray paint.
Remember,
covering ugly
is addicting.

Tackling the Deck

Every summer begins the same way.
We tackle the deck. 
Like a high maintanence woman,
it always needs something.
It has to be touched up,
fixed up
and/or nailed up.
Running the length of my house on the second story,
it is glorious extra square footage
to a home that always seems too small for my
rambunctious family.
This year was the big year.
After power washing,
we put on two coats of  paint stain.
I’m hoping and praying that next year,
we’ll be able to just touch up the stain,
instead of repainting the whole thing –
again.
We’re like a tag-team when it comes to home projects.
When one is getting tired, the other has a burst of energy.
After I had painted for hours,
Scott came home from work and painted
while I watched the paint dry.
Except for this unusually wet and cold spring months and June,
we spend hours on the deck. 
We eat on the deck.
We sleep on the deck.
We play on the deck.
We read on the deck.
We visit on the deck.
We play games on the deck.
Washington is great for moderate temperatures
and NO BUGS.
Yea, that’s right, no bugs.
I still marvel that you can have a picnic without flies.
I still marvel that swarms of mosquitoes
don’t hunt us down as the sun sets.
That’s why we utilize the deck for months.
But, there are miles to paint,
before we sleep.
******
The best remedy for those who are
 afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside,
 somewhere where they can be quiet,
 alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.



Anne Frank

MM Meditation – The God of Perfect Order

I love reading through Proverbs 8, as I get a first hand experience of the pre-incarnate Christ creating the World in perfect order.

Did you ever think that if the animals were created before the plants, they would have nothing to eat? 

If the fish were created before the firmament was divided, they would have no home.

If the earth was one foot closer to the earth, it would be devoured by fire.

If the earth was one foot further away from the earth, it would be too cold to support life.

The Father and the Son created the world, and are holding everything together by the might of His power. 

God is a God of order, everything was created perfectly so that each portion of creation was sustained before  the next day of creation.

He is the author of Creation, and the author of salvation. 

Philippians 1:6
 “Being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

We love to marvel at His orderly purpose in Creation, but do we understand the order of events in our life is perfectly planned, too?

Have you ever had one mundane job that gave you the skills required to land a better job?

Have you ever had one small trial that gave you the wisdom and experience to survive a bigger trial?

Have you ever had a “chance” encounter with someone who had a message or an answer that you needed to hear from the Lord?

Have you ever missed tragedy by minutes or seconds?

Everything is caused or allowed by the Lord in our life  – nothing occurs outside of His loving guidance. 

After He created the world, He said, “It is good.”

He will admire His handiwork again, when He completes the work  He began at our salvation.

Matthew 25:21
“Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Sometimes I’m A Bad Mommy

Sometimes,
I’m a bad Mommy.
Sometimes,
I let the kids eat ice cream
before dinner.
Sometimes,
I let the kids eat ice cream
instead of dinner.
Sometimes,
I buy a new toy,
even though it isn’t
their birthday,
or Christmas,
or any holiday.
Sometimes,
I get  so excited,
I run outside in my socks.
Sometimes,
I forget to take my shoes off
when I come inside the house.
Sometimes,
I burp
at the dinner table.
Sometimes,
I laugh when I burp
at the dinner table.
Sometimes,
I play
instead of doing my chores.
Sometimes,
I read a book
instead of doing my chores.
But,
I
have
taught
my
children
to
always,
always,
always,
always,
jump on the hotel beds.
Sometimes,
I’m
a
Bad
Mommy.

I’ve Never Been Off Road Before!

She can fit smugly into the smallest parking spot,
between the worst parkers in suburbia.
She can haul bags and bags of groceries bravely to my home.
She can tolerate the rare summer sun scorching her interior,
when her hard shell is at home.
She can weave in an out of rush-hour traffic
with the skill of a slalom skier.
But,  like the 4×4’s on the movie CARS,
my little baby hasn’t been off-road much.
On our Adventure Day with Daddy,
we had to try out the 4×4 on an open logging road.
It was an adventure,
but not quite as fun
as finding a garage sale
with antique dishes.
We didn’t get off to a very good start.
People that want to go driving in the mountains,
shouldn’t leave their drink on their vehicle.
Like a red-neck carnival ride,

my baby went up and over,
up and over,
up and over,
many of these huge dips in the road.
The little boy was thrilled.
The little girl wasn’t.
She didn’t understand the concept of taking a perfectly good vehicle,
on a perfectly bouncy road.
I think my Baby is smiling.
Looking back,
these dips weren’t really that big.
Maybe we need to get off-road a little more often.

Adventure Day With Daddy

I am a prophetess. 
This is an email I sent to my daughter on a Friday evening.

beth,




today we are just gunna go out for an adventure. ya’ know dad. put some stuff in the van. bring a book. pay too much money at a gas station for food you shouldn’t be eating.  drive until you find a place to sit by the water and enjoy the scenery while dad snores. 🙂


at the end of the day, you have a perfect day of memories to carry you through.


missing you but thankful you are serving the Lord.
luv
mom

This is what happened Saturday.

THE ADVENTURE DAY WITH DAD 

 

pay too much money at a gas station for food you shouldn’t be eating.
The kids are laughing in sheer guilty pleasure,
and Dad is holding the mile-long receipt.
He let them buy Skittles, pop,
and those nasty powdered sugar donuts.
Mom NEVER lets them buy that stuff.
But, after years of self-denial,
those little powdered sugar babies tasted great!
 drive
until you
find a place to sit  by the water and enjoy the scenery
while Dad snores.
No pics of me reading,
but I was enjoying the book I brought.
 I forgot to mention to Beth that Rebekah
would create an imaginary world to enjoy,
complete with flowers,
and a way to travel to another beautiful place.
She found a large stick to paddle her rock canoe
to another adventure in her mind.
at the end of the day,
you have a perfect day of memories to carry you through.
The kids have had to learn how to enjoy an
Adventure Day with Dad.
He doesn’t usually have a specific plan,
he just likes jumping in the car,
and driving until something exciting happens.
It can drive some of them crazy.
They want to know-
“Where are we going?”
“What are we going to do when we get there?”
And, of course-
“How long till we get there?”
Sometimes they bicker.
Sometimes they fuss to get their own way.
Sometimes they aren’t content with their snacks.
They’ve learned that when they get along,
are content and trust Daddy,
the journey and destination will be amazing.
He wants to do something special for them.
He wants them to have a good time.
He wants them to trust him,
understanding his underlying desires for them,
and not bother him with doubts and anxieties on the way.
How do we behave
as children of the Heavenly Father?
He’s taking us on life’s journey.
Are we are so busy asking questions and doubting,
that we’re forgetting to look out the windows
and enjoy the journey before we get to our heavenly destination?
Can we not bicker?
Can we be content?
Can we trust His path?
 A phrase from 3 John 1:6 should be our life’s theme –
“…journey in a manner worthy of God…”

Cuz It Was On THE SUMMER LIST

At the beginning of the summer,
I initiated a plan
to keep the kids from saying,
Each kid made a list of exciting things
they wanted to accomplish during the summer.
On a sunny day,
when those dreaded words were dancing on their tongues,
we checked out the lists,
and found something to do.
Dippin’ Dots.
Generic, of course,
from Albertsons.
‘Cuz it was on the summer list.

MM Meditation – Beholding His Glory

John 1:14
“We beheld His glory.”

The first time I saw an original Monet, it was in an art gallery on the East coast.  They treated me like royalty, as if my mere presence proved my divine taste in art.

A girl who grew up in Montana admiring Charles M. Russell, I was being exposed to a whole new world.

When I saw the Monet I was enthralled with the colors, the lights and the essence of being in the artist’s presence. It seemed I was in a world he had prepared just for me.  I stood staring for a long time, until I realized a bench that had been strategically placed just behind me.  I sat down and continued beholding.

Other art patrons stopped and glanced, some stared, but I beheld.  I have forgotten which painting I saw, which exact gallery I was in, but I have never forgot the feeling of being introduced to the person of Monet through his actual work.

This is the same awe I love to have as I read the Scriptures. But, spiritual awe is greater, because it isn’t fueled by admiration only, but by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Through Word and prayer we can behold Him, the author of our salvation. We can get to know Him, His holy character, His divine purpose and His ability to transform us into His image.

John the Baptist told the people to

John 1:29 
“Behold the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world!”

Behold is the imperative form, or command form, of the Greek word eido, which means to perceive with the eyes, to have regard for one, to cherish, and pay attention to.

It isn’t a quick glance.

It isn’t the amount of time of the gaze that affects the outcome of the interaction, it is the amount of regard we have for what we are reading.  Are we understanding that the Bible IS Jesus?

John 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”

The people in His day were able to physically behold Him, to hear Him, to feel His healing touch.  We have all the same privileges of His presence through the Word of God.

Behold, the Lamb!