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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Brief recap of 2016

Happy 2017! I have not completely abandoned this blog I promise. I have been working on an associates degree in English, so I wrote papers for class, but not necessarily for the blog. 

Winter is not my favorite season of the year, but I am thankful for all the blessings the Lord has given me. I am glad I have a warm home when it is cold outside and do not live in a tent. (like refugees in Turkey and other places) 
I am reading in Psalms, Song of Solomon, Matthew and Acts.
I am continually reminded of how the Lord forgives and has compassion on us when we fail Him. The verses below stood out to me as I was reading. 

Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth,
And they lied to Him with their tongue;
For their heart was not steadfast with Him,
Nor were they faithful in His covenant.
But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity,
And did not destroy them.
Yes, many a time He turned His anger away,
And did not stir up all His wrath;
For He remembered that they were but flesh,
A breath that passes away and does not come again.

Psalm 78: 36-39

Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, 
they were multiplied.  
Acts 9:31 

I am re-reading "Secret Believers" by Brother Andrew. I just finished reading "The Journals of Jim Elliot." I found a book at the library called "Funny in Farsi; a Memoir of growing up Iranian in America" by Firoozeh Dumas. It helped me learn more about the Iranian culture. 

 Last year, another volunteer and I went to a Thunder basketball game with a group of children from the Novo Bible club.  January 2016 

      Please pray that these children will continue to read the Bible and learn more about the Lord. Pray for their families as well. Pray for their salvations. 

I cut my long hair short last April and am on the journey of growing it out again. I have been visiting other blogs about how to grow out short hair. It is a new experience for me! 

A dear friend I met this year. She is a lovely sister in the Lord. August 2016.

                     Holding a friend's cute baby. October 2016 

          At our new coffeeshop, "The Last Drop."        November 2016 

                   Gus, adopted from a rescue shelter this summer. He is spoiled as you can see. 
                     (He is an outdoor cat, but he sneaks in the house)

         Some sweet Iranian friends we met this year. 

           Some friends and my sisters went ice skating.                               January 2017 

Beautiful sunset over snow! January 2017.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

-July 2016- Politics, flowers and hawks.

The Lord's creations are so beautiful. Just now, I was watching four hawks circle in the blue sky. They called to each other to communicate. Just like the hawks, we as believers need to keep the communication lines open. I need to keep on the lookout for attitudes of pride or selfishness when talking with my sisters. It is so easy to "stir up a hornets nest." I had a bad experience with hornets when I was 9 or 10 years old. I have learned that lesson. :)

I watched  some of the Republican convention last night, and saw Melania Trump speak about her husband and how he would make a good president for the US. I am not that interested in politics, although I do remember my Grandma used to be glued to her radio when the elections were happening.

Everyone has a different view, as far as politics, but we as followers of Christ should all agree that the Bible is our guidebook to life. The Ten Commandments are the laws given to the Israelites by the Lord God. Today, the Gentiles (anyone who is not a Jew) have grace, we do not need to be constricted by the law. 

 I have been praying for Central Asia, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan recently. There are so many terrible things happening in our world. But Jesus Christ can give us peace in the midst of it all. That is amazing for me to think of.

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit) is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:1-2, 8-15

I hope you have a blessed Tuesday! 

I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them—My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
25 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid. 29 I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. 30 Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord God.’
31 “You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 34:23-31

Saturday, April 9, 2016

26 and Below MIDWEST (Bible Conference)

My sisters and I enjoyed our trip to Iowa to attend the "26 and Below" MIDWEST Bible Conference. 
It was an amazing time of fellowship and Bible teaching. 

       A new friend let me borrow her  lovely magazines during our drive there.

Sunrise in Iowa.

Pearls, flowers and a "blast from the past."

"But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.

14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 It cannot be purchased for gold,
Nor can silver be weighed for its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx or sapphire.

17 Neither gold nor crystal can equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz,
For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

Job 28:12-19 

Pillar candle and metal flowerpot from IKEA.

Announcing: "A Blast From the Past." Brought to you by Nikon.  (Just kidding)

In my earlier bookworm days..... I was obsessed with the American Girl Book Series. I started with Felicity, then read about Josefina, Addy, Samantha and Molly.
                                                                        Circa 1997.
Spending quality time with another sister.  :) Circa 2000.

Grandpa reading us a book about Moses. Circa 2000.

Circa 2000

Making Hot Pot for Chinese New Year

Hello my faithful blog readers, sorry for my inconsistent blogging. Thanks for sticking around!
I have been busy with work and my three classes at community college. My poor blog has been on the low priority list.

On February 7 we celebrated Chinese New Year with a Chinese friend. 
 We went shopping for ingredients with her and she showed us how to make Hot Pot soup.

Cilantro, cabbage and bean sprouts

Fish balls

The broth simmering on the stove

Mushrooms from the sea.  I forget their actual name.

The whole spread on the table. Once the soup started boiling, we added the raw vegetables and chicken into the soup to cook. It was delicious! 

          My sisters and I and our friend. :)