Sunday, January 08, 2017
The Bible tells us to remember to gather together so that we can encourage one another. (Heb. 10:25.) So why am I sitting at home using my computer on a Sunday morning? Because 1 Timothy 5:8 tells us that anyone who doesn't take care of their family members-especially immediate family members-has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. James 1:27 also applies; I am looking after the interests of a widow in need, thereby practicing true religion that God finds faultless. I see Romans 8:28 working in this situation. If I have to stay home to take care of the needs of my immediate family, and I can't go to church and encourage others, I really, really want to be able to encourage others some way. I'm grateful to be able to use this morning, and this technology, to encourage others. Mr. M and I are in a trial, a very unpleasant one. (Is there any other kind?) God can use this trial to encourage others through our obedience. As Mr. M and I respond rightly and Biblically, we can model for others how to respond in faith and obedience to a trial. I am thankful for that opportunity.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
I don't make resolutions. I don't see why I would wait 'til Jan.1 to start doing something that will make my life better, healthier, happier, or more God-glorifying. However, I do think about that a lot-how to make my life and relationships and neighborhood and the planet healthier and happier and more glorifying to God. The conclusion I usually reach is that the best things I can do are small things . . . even silly things, like starting a coloring club. Silly, I know, but it has made me laugh on days when laughter seemed unattainable, and it has given me and my friends something fun to do that can involve the whole family. And yes, I also want to be responsible in bigger ways, specifically in using common sense in ways that will benefit the environment and benefit my neighbors and my home and my wallet. For that, I think about buying only what I need, and not having to have the newest and niftiest gadget just because I can. I make trips to thrift stores to donate things that could be of use to someone else. I guess my goal for 2017 is pretty much the same as it is for every year: to live sensibly.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 08, 2016
The second tree is one that I saw on a recent hiking trip deep in the Pacific Northwest. I believe that it not only strengthens the case for Bigfoot, but shows that even he slows down at this time of the year and takes time to show some Christmas spirit.