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Enduring Word Bible- To Completion

Enduring Word Bible- #48 Philippians   1:3-11
Thanksgiving and Prayer Paul's prayer for the people in Philippi. He speaks of joy in remembrance, and is filled with the hope  of all the good things the Lord  has already done  and will continue to do  in the lives of the faithful.  Today this was a part of a farewell service  for a pastor and his wife  who teamed in ministry  in a congregation for  23 years. What a blessing-  this partnership in the Gospel. May this be the prayer  for all who serve in ministry,  and indeed for all of the  Lord's church here on earth. That the Lord may bring it to completion- what He has begun.
Supplies: Colored pencils Gelato Washi tape  Illustrated Faith Vellum Die Cuts

Making Memories- #Dengrandloves

Levi had a "sleepover" last week. First - there was fun at the pool. He loves to harvest his lettuce  in his dinoland garden to eat for supper. This part of his garden is getting a bit bigger. On a cooler evening it is out to the garden  and the picnic table for banana bars  and building Lego structures with Papa. This is a great spot  that is protected from the late day sun. Night night routine is reading books  and picking out a favorite Bible Story. and singing from this Song book. Levi loves sleeping in his "boat bed." When there are "new things" at home some times it is a  good thing for "one-on-one" time. It is hard work to be the BIG Brother- all the time. Loving and learning what it means  to be a "band of brothers." It is always good to have  a respite time at Papa and Gigi's. (think they like that too)

Worship into the Week- Declare

Worship into the Week- Luke 8:26-39

Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
On the other side of the Sea of Galilee
 from Capernaum
is the country of the Gerasenes.
A man met Jesus as he stepped out on the land.
He knew Jesus.
Jesus had commanded the demons to come out.
Then Legion confronts Jesus 
and begs him to enter the pigs
 rather than be sent to the abyss.
It is rugged on this part of the shore
 with a high spot and steep drop off.
It would have been a pretty spectacular 
spectacle of the racing pigs
 for the edge of the ridge.
The herdsmen went in the city
 and country to tell the pig story.
Then others came to see what had happened.
They find the "possessed" man- clothed,
 in his right mind, 
and sitting at the feet of Jesus.
This scared them.
Those who had seen the event told them all about it.
Afraid- they ask Jesus to leave.
The healed man begs to go with Jesus.
Jesus sends him away,
telling him-
"Return to your home,
and declare how much God 
has done for you." 

That man had a BIG STORY.

By My Spirit

Zechariah 4:6
6 Then he said to me, 
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: 
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,"
 says the Lord of hosts.
Everytime I hear this phrase I think of this song by
Ron Kenoly
And that is pretty much 
what I have for this section.
But...So who was Zerubbabel?

Zerubbabel displays a plan of Jerusalem to Cyrus the Great According to the  Biblical narrative, Zerubbabel was a governor of the Achaemenid Empire's province  Yehudi Medinata and the grandson of Jeconiah, penultimate king of Judah. Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews, numbering 42,360, who returned from the  Babylonian captivity in the first year of Cyrus the Great, the king of the Achaemenid Empire. The date is generally thought to have been between 538 and 520 BC.Zerubbabel also laid the foundation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem soon after In all of the accounts in the Hebrew Bible that mention Zerubbabel, he is always associated with the high priest who returned with him, Joshua …


In the garden- an update. 4 inches of rain so far this month. Makes me think of the verse: "He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:3 Seems like some days we do  have a stream of water in the back yard. The growing things are prospering.
But the balloon flowers love it.

The Filipendula- Queen of the Prairie love it. The Hydrangea adore the moisture. This Stella D'Oro daylily is ready to open. You can see why this loosestrife  is called- Gooseneck. The flowers in a pot nuzzled  against the hydrangea. Brilliant Bee balm- it does attract the bees.

Worship into the Week- Trinity

Worship into the Week- John 8 :39-59
Only part of this section was the Lectionary reading  for this past Sunday,  but I think it helps to have the larger portion  to read to get a better context. It helps to read the previous section  to understand why the Jewish leaders  were so upset with Jesus that they  picked up stones to throw at him. Jesus had told them they were  children of the devil because  they did not "hear" His words. That was maddening enough. Then He tells them that His Father is God. Last straw. This section helps to "flesh out"  other readings for Trinity Sunday. I love to think about Jesus  and this Three in One mystery. Complicated even for the most learned Bible scholar. "Before Abraham was, I am." He would be the Light for all Nations. He was not shackled with earthly realms.  He was without boundaries. Most of all- He was not alone. All of His earthly journey  was with the presence of the Spirit and His Father. What comforting HOPE for me today- that even thoug…

99 Years of Blessings

Florene Alma Marie Denninger June 16, 2019 99 years old today. A day to celebrate because such days are worthy of just that- celebrating. This was taken in 2013 at Sara's wedding. Grandma Florene lives in Vinton, Iowa  these days to be near her daughter, Lois. We were able to stop by  for a visit the end of April. This Father's Day it is somehow fitting  to share the mother and son together photos. Things are a bit harder these days  for our storyteller matriarch. But, there is also great license to stitch together past days into "new stories." Sometimes they are woven together  in such ways that we are brought  to tears in laughter. So, on a day of great blessing-  of knowing a Savior's great love  for 99 bountiful years, it is also ok, if you only  want to eat cookies.

Grandson #7

Welcome to the World- Jonah Dalton Wilson Born June 13, 2019 2:26 pm 7 lb 8 oz    21 3/4 in to Sara and Joshua Wilson a tiny little bundle of joy A dad blessed with a third son- who has been heard to say a few times  the past couple of days- "I have so many children." Oldest brother Levi comes  to meet his littlest brother. A bit of awe and wonder. Doesn't get old-  this grandchild love. Blessed beyond imagination.

Reunited at home with Big Brother 1- and Big Brother 2!
Just trying to figure out this family life stuff- may just take Jonah a few tries.

Be Joyful Always

Be Joyful Always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
On a small easel, sitting on a book  in the corner. A simple verse reminder. Just a bit of colored image  that becomes a breath prayer in a moment of the day. Perhaps to whisper a moment  of encouragement from hundreds of years ago- right into the streaming of my days. Thank you, Lord.
Supplies: Joanne Fink mini canvas and easel (Michael's-purchased 3 years ago)

You Got This- Momma

This youngest daughter heads  to the hospital on Thursday to have son #3. We had a last minute Target run this evening.  Earlier this week we had talked about  how the "baby preggo" shots are a bit different  by the time you get to the third one. 
So to document the end of this third pregnancy  we hit the back aisles of Target. Snapped a few shots of this beautiful little momma. Wondering how life changes  forever with this third son. Yup- some pretty poppies.  and a prayer for this little family- Dear Heavenly Father, we ask your care and tending  for the health and delivery of this little baby.  Guard and protect this little momma. Be with the caregivers, nurses and doctors and  give them a good measure of expertise. Take away the anxiety of becoming  a family of five for this mom and dad.  Bring grace and  resilience  to the two older brothers. Bring the bountiful good to this family, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Pentecost 2019

Pentecost 2019 Worship into the Week John 14:15-31 Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit
The Helper- the Holy Spirit is sent to us. This comes to us at our Baptism. Power beyond what we have  as humans here on earth. Supernatural gifting sent by the Father in the name of Jesus. The gifts of the Spirit to His people. Today I was blessed to worship  at my home congregation.   Six Christian communities worship  in the building each week.  They sing in their own heart language. We heard their praise and worship. I give thanks for seeing a bit of  heavenly worship today - this Pentecost. I give thanks for this Paraclete gift  to His church here on earth.
Supplies: Visual Church Year
childrens-bulletin-john-1427-6919 Magazine cutouts Junk mail Bulletin cover Ephemera Colored pencils
Fine-point Sharpie pen

In the Garden

You keep him in perfectpeace whose                                                                   mind is stayed on you,                                     because he trusts in you.                                    Isaiah 26:3 I
An evening walk in the garden  is so peaceful. Daylight is fleeing  and the work of the day is ending. Colors are more brilliant and not as  washed out with the sun's caress. There are multiple images  repeated over and over  of flowerhead and petal. I am reminded in my "willy-nilly" garden- that even the small details in God's world  are planned by the Master Gardener- the Creator himself.
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Worship into the Week-Before the World

Worship into the Week- The High Priestly Prayer  John 17
A conversation between Jesus and His Father. One that the disciples were overhearing. A bit of praise, review, foretelling. Jesus recounting that His Father has loved him  before the foundation of the world. And so He has loved me. I get caught in my realm  of tangible now and present tense. Forgetting that the realm of time moves  in dimensions that I cannot fathom.  I have to forget that my reality in time  and space gets readjusted  when it comes to God and His plan of time. Everything about that and how Jesus fits  into the scheme of things defies  all of my expectations. All of my finite measurements  just don't fit His scale.   Jesus lived his life to bring  His father glory and to make HIM known. In ways beyond my understanding -  before the foundation of the world. Something to learn here. A prayer that moves across known time  to bring to me the blessing  of the fullness of the goodness of God. Reaching right into eternity  with an expansive incl…

Pressed Down

So I don't know if this is true for anyone else.  The pansies start to droop in the  heat of summer here in Virginia. Time to replant pots.  But, I cannot throw in the trash  the last few remaining blooms.  They looked a bit ragged when I finally  got to snipping them off.  I pulled down the remaining phone book  that I keep just for pressing flowers. Flipping through to find a good spot -  I found the pansies pressed from last year. I added this year's petals.   One week later here they are together.  I am not really sure what  happens with them next. They will end up on something  in a collage of sorts.
But whenever I do this pressing of flowers-
 it always makes me think 
of this section of Scripture.
Luke 6:36-38
36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not,  and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down,  shaken together, running over, will be put into you…

Scripture Doodles-May

Scripture Doodles- May Using the devotions of Portals of Prayer  from Concordia Publishing House. This months devotions were written by Sarah Baughman of Cypress, Texas.
Using the calendar from  Concordia Publishing House. Dividing it into thirds  to fit a travelers journal. Still find this devotional practice  grace-filled and workable.