Thursday, July 7, 2016

June 2016

Twin Fall, ID
51 years old this month and here are a few thoughts
 I've been ruminating!

"Finding joy in life is a genuinely religious form of humility."  I must humble myself to be thankful (and content) with the circumstances and things God has given me and only then is joy able to show its face.  Getting Involved with God  -Ellen Davis (pg. 110)

     "Perhaps true maturity and a growing faith show up not in our ability to stand up straight and blameless, but in our willingness to turn, again and again, back to the glory of God."   -Emily Freeman    I believe this turning back (towards each other) again and again needs to happen in marriage also.

      "A catechetical teaching on sin states, 'Sin is any willful thought, word, deed or omission against the law of God.'  Omission refers here to offenses we commit by leaving things out, ignoring what needs to be done and how we might unthinkingly harm others.'  What have we glossed over today?  What are my sins of omission?  What have I failed to see?"  What am I failing to do, that He is asking?   Sins of omission-this keeps haunting my thoughts since I read this phrase.  Proclaim Jubilee!  -Marie Harris (pg. 45,68)

"Unfortunately, we are encouraged, even trained to get attention when the renewing secret of life is to give attention."  
The Book of Awakening  -M. Nepo   (pg. 206)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Temptation:  A desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.

Luke 22:32  But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”

Luke 22:40  "Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. There he told them, 'Pray that you will not give in to temptation.'"

Luke 22:46 "'Why are you sleeping?' he asked them. 'Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.'"

Matthew 6:9-13
9“This, then, is how you should pray:
“ ‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’"
 If Christ prayed this way for those closest to him shouldn't we be praying like this?  Specifically against temptations.  He instructs us to pray this- He is calling me to pray like this for myself and my family. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

One thing I have learned
It's always necessary to turn back towards your spouse after an argument.     Even if there is still hurt, even if there isn't complete understanding or agreement.  The more times you do this, the easier and faster, you will be able to communicate.  It is a muscle that must develop; an absolute for a marriage of depth.  Eventually the muscle will almost respond automatically.  If your back is towards your spouse, you will be taking steps farther away, a direction you really don't want to go. You can always hear someone more clearly when they are standing facing towards you.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Do you cherish your wife as much as your iphone?
How much did your phone cost?
Have you spent that much on your wife in the last 6 months?

How much do you pay each month to maintain your iphone?
Have you spent that much on your wife this month?

Did you buy a nice cover for your iphone to keep it in good condition?
Have you read a good marriage book or attended a good marriage seminar in the last year to help keep your wife and marriage in "good condition?"

Apps, apps and more apps!!
Have you browsed any jewelry or florist shops lately looking for just the right accessory for your that will make her say, "Wow"?

You search and search for just the right ringtone to sound cool.
How's the tone of your voice sounding to your wife?

You carry this phone in your pocket all day,
you're careful to never lose it or damage it, you check your pocket several times a day to make sure it's still there.

Have you called your wife today?  How is her day going?


Monday, December 30, 2013


I haven't "blogged" in awhile.  This year I plan to write a little more.  2013 has been quite the started with Tom's blood clots, which necessitated us to return from Peru 6 months earlier then we had planned.  Tara and Ben got married in January.  We lived in 4 different houses this year, selling our home of 16 years and buying a new one.  Kelly attended two different schools.  We lived through reverse culture shock (having been in Peru for the last 18 months). Tom and I both started new jobs.  Two of our family members went through some very traumatic situations.  Kurt and Taylor got married in October.  We found out that we will be grandparents for the first time this summer.   I think I would call this the year of many changes!  God gave me the word, "Hope" at the beginning of 2013.  I didn't really want this word at first, because I thought it was "weak," but I soon came to love this word.  It is really a "strong" word when used in alignment with God's word...connected to God, who is our (my) hope.  As the above verse (one of many) says...He is the only place to put our hope!!  Never lose hope! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

"But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God, then I discerned their end."
  Psalm 73:16

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Council of the Holy Ones

One thing I really love, is being in on discussions where important decisions are being made.  I love hearing the different ideas and I love trying to help come up with the best solution(s).
With that on my mind, I read Psalm 89:7 this is now one of my new favorite verses.

"In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared, he is more awesome than all who surround him."

Can you see it?!  I can picture the "holy council" meeting and in walks (or breezes) God...if they fear him and think He is awesome, how much more should I?   The smartest council (aka the council of the holy ones) still looks to God....what an amazing thought!!  How little I look to Him for my answers.  I think that if I have considered everything there is to think about than my logical decision is best....This verse reminds me who I need to listen to for input.