Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Family Fun & A Pumpkin Patch...

Our awesome oldest gentle giant and his wife came for a fall/football/family weekend.
The outcome of the Aggie game was not so good, in fact it was stinky, but we had fun.
I stopped by a sweet little Pumpkin patch over the weekend.
The colors of the pumpkins and mums were just yummy.
Such a wonderful, colorful time of year...

I could not resist taking this good lookin rooster's picture.
I really would love to have him staring at me from my back yard.
Yes, I am THAT country and ridiculous.
Roosters make me smile.

These guys sat for hours and played monopoly.
Yes, you heard me right. Monopoly.
I wish now that I had recorded some of their conversation.
Loved hearing them laugh.
That is Kombucha tea in that bottle by the way- not beer. Just saying. :)
 Will sure married a lovely girl. She is a keeper.

So long for a little while sweet people.
Thankful that you have the mindset to be His hands and feet to the people around you.
Proud that you are living on mission for Jesus.
My how our time has flown.
Until next time...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jan's Vanilla Granola...

Really- this magical oat and almond mixture is the best granola you will ever put in your mouth...
Good luck eating only just a little.
Your family will thank you for making it.
Oh, and we like to eat it on top of honey yogurt with frozen blueberries mixed in.
Good stuff...

These words are good to ingest too...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Love...

October has been lovely so far. 
I heard someone say today that they love the fact that they live in a world where there are Octobers. 
I agree. 

Autumn is my favorite time of year. 
I think a lot of people think the same thing.
God gives us fresh cool air at a time when we think we cannot stand the heat any longer with it's oppressive and smothering humidity. 
We see and hear autumn coming from afar because of the clash of the cold and hot air. 
Massive clouds pile up and blow and flash and yell and we love it. 

The change of seasons is so refreshing. I think God knew we needed this coolness and He blessed us with it just because He delights in us and probably loves hearing us exclaim and rejoice over how wonderful it is.   

The sun shines so bright after a storm and the skies are more blue when the air is cool.
Early morning walks are delightful and soon we will crunch brown leaves under our feet and breathe in the sweet aroma of smoke spiraling out of chimneys.
Until then though we will enjoy the last of the flowers and hummingbird sightings and warm sun.

It's also more fun to cook in the fall.
We so enjoy big pots of soup and cornbread and it's not so hot in the kitchen with the oven turned up high as compared to the hot summer days.
This morning we enjoyed a Texas scramble.
Eggs, spinach, onion, bacon- scrambled with cheese and avocado on top. Delish.
That is water kefir in the back of the picture. If you want to learn to make it go here:
We enjoyed a big pot of soup and cornbread and apple dumplings last night.
So fun to have my father in law and Uncle Jim over for supper and for 42.
These guys are very competitive and love their domino's.
See how great my father in law looks? He was in the hospital last Monday night very sick with his heart. Found out he needed a pacemaker and had one put in the next morning. Waa laa- he is back to the energizer bunny person that he has always been. So very, very thankful.
This is an upclose of the apple dumplings. I did not eat any because of my gluten restrictions but man they smelled heavenly. They were also consumed this morning with coffee by someone in my house. I had never made them before and they were so easy. I used this recipe:
I hope that your October Saturday has been as sweet as ours.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oldest Gentle Giant- Happy Birthday!

You were not always a giant.
What a precious baby you were.
Living life with you two was more fun than we had ever had in our lives.
Thank you for blessing us to be called parents and for listening to us and for loving us.
Thank you precious oldest gentle giant for loving the Word of God.
Thank you for deciding to love Jesus because of who you saw Him to be and not just because we wanted you to love Him. Thank you for looking for Him and responding to Him.
Thank you most of all for not being ashamed to be passionate about Jesus. You see, I think that is hard for men to do. Maybe you guys think that it is just not cool to be excited or emotional about Jesus, but in my book that is how a true man of God should be.
I really do believe this bumper sticker that has been on your old bulletin board for years:
 And this:
So- Happy Birthday our oldest gentle giant.
We love you dearly and always will.

We still believe and lay our hope and trust in the One who inspired these words that were on your birth announcement so many years ago.

James 1:17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Love you. Mom

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Let's Take It Outside...

We have had some lovely rain the past few weeks. 
Our flowers have come alive finally.
I have quite the love affair going with this plant. 
I think it is purple sage. 
So rugged and yet such delicate gorgeous purple flowers smile out of this desert looking bush.
Our sweet little backyard of our "new" old house.
There is quite a show that goes on in the morning around this hummingbird feeder.
This quirky little shed sits on one side of this interesting yard. The tin is rolling up and there is no door on it but oh, how I love it. The former owners left the whimsical surf board attached to the side and I'm so glad they did. The Lantana is growing like crazy around the shed.
Our front yard view.
Very nice if I do say so myself. :)
The sun coming through a stream of water from the sprinkler is so lovely.
It's the little things sometimes that delight.
The orange Lantana are so pretty too.
This beauty was enjoying the Lantana also.
The small intricate details that God put into his creatures are amazing.
I need to take the time to stop and marvel at them more often.
Blessings on your Monday and on your week!

Some words from our continued study on the Spirit of God from this mornings worship time:
Jesus promises that the Spirit will give us-

Promise of His Presence
Promise of His Teaching
Promise of His testimony
John 14:16-15:27

Our prayer everyday should be-
"Father please help Your Spirit in me to lovingly testify about Jesus today."

I loved this saying-
Speak to lost people about God and speak to God about lost people.
Pray. Pray. Pray.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Need Some Peace...

Ever had one of those days? Well- it seems like one of those weeks or maybe even month, where things are moving so fast and slightly chaotic that you don't even feel you are getting enough sleep to keep up? Or you never quite get to the end of each days list of things to do and consequently the laundry backs up and dirty dishes remind you they are sitting there by the smell hovering close to the sink. Yuck! It's not really that bad. (Me rolling my eyes.) Or you look out into the future and get heart palpitations over what it might hold.

The most frustrating thing to me though is that I want to be done with the everyday things and ponder on the important.  I am still reading Hatmaker's book Interrupted. I might get two pages quickly read early in the morning before the birds even start waking up. (Me feeling a little sorry for myself- what a baby.) Anyway, this author is pleading with us to break out of the American dream mode.  I need to be interrupted. I'm praying that we can be hit over the head by God and made to see the important things to do and think about in life. I think these things we have been talking about in our worship time are helping:

*First thing first is to acknowledge the fact the we must live by the Spirit that is living in us.

*We should never make a move physically or emotionally or in any way without asking God to move through His Spirit in what ever situation we are in.

*The Spirit was not just a there and then (bible times) thing but He is a here and now thing- living in us.

John 14: 15-26
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 
(By the way if you are wondering what the pictures mean- they really don't have anything to do with the content of the words in this post. I just needed to think about our peaceful vacation and lay my eyes on some beauty. Maybe you do too.)
Don't those verses just make you want to jump up and down and high five someone?!!
We have Jesus living in us. We are His hands and feet. I fear we just don't even think about it enough for Him to make a difference through us and in us.
We must pursue the Spirit actively.
Words from Tim Woodroof, our interim preacher:
I pray we can be like the apostles of Jesus.
They followed Jesus around for three years.
They saw and heard awesome things.
They were now unfitted for boats and nets.
He ruined them for ordinary living.
Jesus addicted his apostles/disciples to His presence.
Oh, that we would learn to be addicted to the presence of Jesus.
Oh, that we would be ruined for this world and only long for the next one.
Oh, that we would know that living life for Jesus is the only life worth living.
Shout to the Lord all the earth let us sing-
Power and majesty praise to the King!!
Jesus living in us. In us.

Let's practice not making a move in any way without acknowledging the Spirit in us and asking God to guide our every word and step and move and thought and days.
Then I think we can better form a plan to love and seek and transform our neighborhoods and cities and world. For. Him.
Interrupt us Lord.

Monday, September 8, 2014


We were made for so much more than ordinary lives- (American dream lives.)
This book is shaking my heart up. 
For a long time I have pondered on the fact that I don't think that I am doing the things and living the things that I feel are truly pleasing to God. To help people see this amazing Jesus by more than just being kind and smiling and blessing. My heart tells me it is time to be loving but bold and to get our hands dirty.  One of the comments from a conference we have gone to the past few years called "The Verge" is- "More than anything, it is time to stop being silent." 

This book is helping me to have a little bit of a bigger view of what our lives here in this wonderful country look like. Do you ever lay in bed in the dark and think deep thoughts about what God really wants of your life, and if how you are living is really pleasing Him?  I don't mean to be so hard on us but I think these are very valid questions. We should be asking them.  I don't think its a matter of being ignorant of our need to look different or do things better. For me it is a matter of how in the world do I change? How to check out of the mainstream American dream? I feel we are being led to capture the thought that this void we are feeling comes from not really acknowledging the Holy Spirit into our everyday walk and moments.  
Just a thought, but I know it to be true in my life.

We are so insulated and segmented in our relatively safe world. It is an effort for lots of us to even come into contact with someone who does not think the way we think or believe the way we believe. I am praying for revelation from our Good God about how to (even in the tiniest way)  start helping us to not mind being uncomfortable and safe.  It's a start I guess. Praying. Do you feel the urgency? We do.

 I believe this...