Our Journey Home

Friday, May 28, 2010

Miss Christine

For the last several months, the girls and I have had the precious opportunity to spend time at Miss Christine's house every Thursday morning. I know that God ordained this unique friendship, between a sweet 83 year old woman and me & our little girls. Miss Christine has two bird feeders in her front yard, and each week, Wubs and Bella would run to the bag of birdseed. Miss Christine would give each of the girls a plastic cup to fill with birdseed and a spoon to sprinkle the seeds into the feeders or on the ground. After feeding the birds, Miss Christine would always offer the girls something from her pantry or cookie jar. There were a few Thursdays where Miss Christine pulled out her photo albums and spoiled me with beautiful old photos from when her husband served at Pearl Harbor. Bella would always bring toys to 'share' with Miss Christine and Wubs enjoyed coloring pictures at the coffee table. When it was time to leave, the girls would always hug Miss Christine good-bye and wave out their car window until we turned the corner and her house was no longer in sight. We loved Miss Christine, and I know she loved us too. But we won't be having our Thursday morning dates anymore. Miss Christine passed away this week while she was sleeping. We are praying that she in heaven with Jesus, and we are thankful for the times we shared with her. It really reminds me of how short life is, and how important it is to share the gospel.

"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. - Jeremiah9:23-24

Friday, May 21, 2010


We have been praising God for sunshine and warm weather at our house! In fact, there have been a few days hot enough to even enjoy our sprinkler! When I was sitting outside with the girls, taking pictures and watching them play in the water, I quickly found myself aware of how uncomfortable I was becoming in the heat. The entertainment was sweet, but I knew if I was going to stay outside for any length of time, I needed to make a change! I went inside to grab us all a cool drink, rolled up my t-shirt sleeves, and found a place in the shade. I thought about my relationship with the Lord, and how 'uncomfortable' I become when I try to do my everyday routine by my own strength. It never fails- those are the days when I am left feeling the most exhausted, the most frustrated, and the most defeated. I am praying that I will work hard to spend each day celebrating the Lord's goodness, mercy, and love... especially in the times when I feel the 'heat'. I pray I'll always remember how refreshing it is to walk with the Lord!

"I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land."- Psalm 143:6