Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Sweetheart for the New Year


A week ago, Teddy's long arm cast came off.  He has been enjoying his whirlpool baths to help his skin and hand.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Special Delivery

A year ago today we met our precious son.  Gotcha day! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

My Super Trooper

 Teddy's surgery on his hand went well.  He wins the Super Trooper award for handling a long arm cast with an uncomplaining spirit and sweet smile.   He'll get an early Christmas present when his arm is unwrapped on the 23rd.

Led by the Hand or Dragged by the Coattails

A powerful book has the ability to take you gently or forcibly to a place you might not venture on your own.  Here are my recent reads to move the most complacent to think.

Beware of some strong language.  This is a book of a North Korean defector and the inside workings of the hermit kingdom.  Freedom is so precious that many attempt escape from their repressive homeland, but few make it.   Even fewer escapees pen what they know, due to the fact that family and friends left behind will face certain disappearance. 

Fast moving and quite incredible that a Jewish lady finds help among the Muslims as she flees her native land in front of Hitler's advances. 

A book to confirm that God's plans can never be thwarted.  He placed a pharmacist behind bars so that she might meet Himself.  The prisoner becomes free as only God can do.   In a place of despair and brokenness, Jesus reshapes a woman's whole way of thinking and consumes her with His grace. 

Crazy and well-researched.  God is indeed humbling the proud and working all things to his good purpose.  Thought provoking for America's future.

Out of intense grief, a woman pours herself into a worthy call.  She rescues kids from human trafficking and sets up safe havens for them in which to learn and grow.  This book is a transforming tale of how her cause for the rejected and misused sweeps away her former expectations for what makes a good life.  She finds she doesn't miss the things and wishes she could only do more for the people.

If I ran a high school, this would be required reading for every graduate.  This is where Communism will eventually lead.   The personal epic moves without justifying survival behavior.  A Cambodian man traces his heart-breaking escape story from Pol Pot's genocide.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Head Covered By Prayer

When we were at our favorite thrift store the other day, Jane found a precious panda bear hat for Teddy.  Since the hat had no price tag I took it to the register and inquired.   The lady seemed to be sure it was $8.00 even though it had no price.   Now at thrift store I don't expect to pay retail prices.  I told her that sounded a bit high and said I would not buy it.  As Teddy already has a warm hat, this was an unnecessary purchase.   Well, the little kids and I went to pick up the big kids at school.  I felt increasingly bad that I had not gotten the sweet hat for Teddy.  In the realm of things, $8.00 to make a little boy feel special is nothing.   After the big kids packed into the car, I turned around and went back to the thrift store.   We found the hat again and took it to the register.   This time I was resolved to pay the $8.00 and not worry about it.   I told the new cashier that there wasn't a price on the hat.   She crisply responded, " It is $2.00."

"I'll take it."

There is really no story here if it hadn't been for what Jane told me on the way out the door.   She relayed to me that in the car on the way back to the store, Teddy asked, "Do you think we should pray to God that the panda hat is $1.00?"

Some of you may be skeptical that God answered the voice of a child, because the hat was a dollar more.  However, I am convinced that for a hat to drop $6.00 in thirty minutes God gets the glory.


Now when I see my cute son wearing his black and white hat, I will be reminded and assured that the Creator God who spoke into existence pandas is also speaking to those who bow their heads. My son, who isn't yet a believer, was prompted to pray to his Creator who cares about every little detail of his life.   May you never forget that God blesses us with more than we need and listens when we call to him.  The evidence is on Teddy's head.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When the Dog Eats Your Cape

I need a hero.  There is nothing I need more.  It may surprise you in a day when us, mortals, are suppose to be superheroes and wear capes even when we sleep that mine went missing.  I think I had a soft, pretty cape when I was much younger, more invincible and had less worries.  The sadder and wiser me thinks the dog ate my cape.  Wherever I place the blame, I can relate so well to 2 Corinthians 4:8-10.

"We are hard pressed on every side...perplexed... persecuted...struck down."

Those of you who know that verse realize that I left out the best part.  Here enters my hero.

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."

My Glorious Hero allows himself to be crushed when I am hard pressed.  He substituted himself for me.   My Glorious Hero captures my tears in a bottle when I am perplexed.  He numbers them each like the drops in the ocean.  Flee, despair; I matter that much to him.   

Psalm 56:8
"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book."

My Glorious Hero shows me his pierced hands and feet and whispers his presence in the midst of persecution.  My Glorious Hero knows what it is like to be struck down, and he knows what it is like to be destroyed.    And on the cross in his dying breath when he said, "It is finished", he meant it.  Jesus made those he called eternal. I can never be destroyed.

Jesus gives himself in overflowing measures.  He is always sufficient for the need.   Every time people, things, institutions and should-be securities disappoint us, we must turn our eyes away from circumstances and fix our eyes back on our Great God.  

From Isaiah 6, we know this Glorious Hero's cape fills the temple.  May our hearts and minds, the new covenant temples, be so filled with the cape of his Presence that there is no room left for doubts and discouragement.  When everything comes unravelled, may I hold tighter to the indestructible cape of Jesus who brings hope and peace to all he covers.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Camping with Beavers

We took a much needed trip away from the craziness.  It was incredibly restful to not have Ben's cell wake us at 3 in the morning, to not have 4 hours of homework every evening, to not have anyplace to go or do.   We took in miles of hiking, crystal clear water and perfect camping weather.