Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shadow of Turning

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

I had cleared an lit an area where some painters would be repainting today. They actually found it to be too much light because it makes it harder to see the imperfections.

Perhaps that's a hint at what the “shadow of turning” means. When something is not as well lit, the shadows make it easier to see the imperfections. That may be especially true when there's movement (turning).

It's good to know God has no imperfections. Not only does light not cast a shadow on him, but He is “the Father of lights.” He is the Source of all light sources.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Family History-Keeping

When a family member is faithful to write almost monthly, certainly multiple times a season every year for years on end, that provides a significant amount of material for keeping a history of the family.

Perhaps this is unique to the closeness of the relationship and the geographical distance between those family members.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

$0.99 x 15+

In case you have not noticed the value of shoebox-sized plastic containers, they're quite handy. I've been using them for kitchen things, cleaning supplies, memorabilia, etc.

In going through a lot of old cards I had saved, I've noticed anew how much my parents love me and how much I'm on their minds. They are a huge blessing in my life.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Day 13

Little blog posts that give a progress report for the day were not my idea of writing each day, but this month has gotten busy.

Today was a combination of (a) apartment cleaning and item organizing in preparation for a couple painting days coming this month, and (b) updating a script to further streamline some work and provide additional options useful for and requested by people.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Venezuela

40 years ago today my family left the United States for Venezuela to reach tribal people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

My parents had been commissioned to spend their careers among those people learning their language and culture, showing the people that Jesus died for their people, too, and ultimately plant churches among the people that would in turn reach more people in Venezuela with that same Gospel message.

The preparation phase of that plan on the field never finished. It was interrupted with the death of my father very suddenly overnight May 4, 1979. My great-uncle, Dave Breese, preached his funeral. Another great-uncle, Bob Christensen, shared the following tribute.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Original Monday

Have you noticed in the creation account nothing was called “good” on the second day?

He did name something that day, but maybe that's because His accomplishments that day were not well defined. Maybe that's characteristic of when we're creating a space for things.

Whatever the reason, today feels similarly lacking in specific accomplishment. I reached Inbox Zero on one email account, and I need to do the same on another before today is done.

Nonetheless, this writing commitment was made to be kept.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Diet & Weight

When it comes to personal weight, there are three options: gaining, maintaining, and losing.

If you're young or an athelete, you may want to gain weight. The rest of us either want to lose weight or gain no more than we already have.

Some people think of eating healthy as being a way to lose weight. I don't. When I hear talk of eating healthy, to me that means maintaining weight.

It's certainly better than stress-eating which is a way to gain weight.

Losing weight is fundamentally about eating less. Why? Because you have to force your body to consume what it has already stored—the excess weight.

The fastest way to do that is to stop eating. It works, I promise.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Caves in the Scriptures

As the world awaits more news from the rescue efforts for the soccer team in Thailand, I think of caves mentioned in the Scriptures.

“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD; Lord, hear my voice!” (Psalm 130)

“I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142)

Many of us are doing just that on behalf of those trapped, and those helping them escape.

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