Scripture Meditation

I am really blessed by Ken Boa's ministry, daily scripture meditations, and the book he wrote "Conformed To His Image."

I found March 11th's reading really relavent as I pray for James's adoption to be completed. Specifically we are waiting for the judge to issue his decision on the adoption. It has been three months since the last court date. We've been told this judge can take "a long time" to decide. I am praying God moves him to issue his approval of the adoption soon.

I wanted to share March 11th's daily scripture meditation email I receive with you all. I hope you find blessing and peace as you pray and meditate on God's word.

Daily Growth

Daily Growth for March 11, 2014
Daily Scripture
Jonah and the promises of God

Promises of God in Each Book

"In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry" (2:2). "When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you,Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace thatcould be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, willsacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good.Salvation comes from the Lord" (2:7-9). "I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity" (4:2).

Daily Prayer
Simple Book of Prayers

God, I want Your Word to be deeply implanted in me so that I not only know the truth, but also express it in the way I live.

I call this to mind,
And therefore I have hope:
The Lord's mercies never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21-23)

Take a moment to affirm the truth of these words from Scripture and ask God to make them a growing reality in your life.

I will be of the same mind with others; I will not be haughty in mind or wise in my own estimation, but I will associate with the humble. (Romans 12:16)

From now on I will regard no one only according to the flesh. (2 Corinthians 5:16)

Lord, I thank You for Your splendor and majesty and for the mystery of godliness in Christ. I thank You that Your name is to be blessed in all things, and I ask that I would treat others with compassion and dignity.

Daily EncouragementLiving Praises: Week 3, Day 6

Guidebook to Living

Lord, I praise you because . . .

You are a righteous God and a Savior.

You, the Lord, alone have declared
what is to come from the distant past.
There is no God apart from You,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none besides You.
You are God, and there is no other.

(Isaiah 45:21-22)

Lord God,

You are the only Savior--holy, pure, altogether lovely, and glorious. There is none besides You, and no person or thing other than You is worthy of worship. In the distant past You revealed that which was to come, and Your promises are sure and steadfast.



Kurt and James had gone to a local mall to get a DVD on Sunday afternoon. The parking garage was full and as they drove around looking for a spot to park in, their car and another car met at a intersection......


Thankfully, no one was hurt.
Both cars had damage, ours worse than the larger truck.

the car is not driveable so several guys helped push it out of
the parking garage so that the tow truck could hook it up.

We had the car towed back to our house for now.

It's a 16 year old car and not worth much. We are deciding
about having an estimate done to see if it's worth fixing.
We had been planning to sell it soon anyway. Public transpor-
tation is readily available (taxis, jeepneys, trykes) so we really
don't need to have our own car.

Currently on my Bookshelf

I love to read and have recently finished reading the following:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Why do Christians Shoot Their Wounded? by Dwight L. Carlson

I highly recommend each of those books if you are looking for something to read.

I am also currently reading

On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View on Psychotherapy by
Carl Rogers

A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller

On Writing by Stephen King

A Path Through Suffering by Elisabeth Elliott

Love Beyond Reason by John Ortberg

and I'm continuing to plow my way through A Quest For
Godliness by J.I. Packer. It's an excellent book but needs to be read slowly to absorb the content!

These are all good reads that I highly recommend!

I also really like the website that has free downloads of older books available. I've recently down loaded "The Pilgrim's Progress", by John Bunyon; "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith and "Parables of the Christ Life" and "Parables of the Cross" by Lillias Trotter.

Let me know what you are reading!

Soccer Game

Kirsten is playing on the girls High School Soccer team. They had another game this past Saturday.

A friend took some great shots of Kirsten in action.

She and the team will be traveling up to Subic the end of this month for a three day international school sports competition (ISAC = international school athletic competition).
I really appreciate the sports program offered at the school. The athletic program strives to use athletics as a tool to enhance the athlete's academic and character development too.

Dolce Far Niente

"Dolce Far Niente" is the Italian phrase meaning "the sweetness of doing nothing."

Jesus calls each of us to come away. To spend time in rest, restoration, prayer, pleasant idleness. We do not have to have a purpose behind every action. He gives us an example in Mark 6:31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.

Matthew 14: 13 and 23
13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a
boat to a desolate place by himself......23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself
to pray...

It's good to turn off the iphones, ipads, emails, facebook and just spend restful time enjoying family and friends.

We recently did just that. The kids had a four day weekend so we took advantage of that time to go to BlueWaters Beach Resort.

We did have a few tablets with us and Kirsten had to work on a paper for school using her computer, but overall, our "connection time" via internet was non-existent as WiFi was not available and time on the tablets was very limited.

We enjoyed time playing on the beach, reading books, conversing with each other and with friends, enjoying the sun, beach, sand, water, sea creatures, good food, and rest.

There is no need to feel guilty over resting. Especially in the US culture there is a tendency to grow up thinking we need to be constantly accomplishing something
and be scheduled with activities.

One thing I've been so grateful for living here in the Philippines is the slower pace of life. There isn't this drive to have every moment scheduled with activity like there seems to be in the US culture.

So, practice some dolce far neinte. Don't confuse 'doing nothing' with laziness. Take time to reflect, to enjoy the scent and taste of a good cup of freshly brewed coffee. Take a walk and enjoy the breeze. Pause to gaze at the flowers.

Just slow down and take in what's around you and be thankful.

Psalm 116 I love the Lord,.......

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.

7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.