What is Average?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average family size is currently 3.14 people. There is nothing average about that. How do you have a .14th of a person? My husband and I once had an averaged sized family, one son and one daughter. That was when I was writing the story . . .
Then I gave God the pen.

Our Yearly Tradition: Leavenworth After Christmas

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Recovering What Was Lost

There is a parable of a woman with ten coins who lost one and now has nine. Luke 15:8-9 tells us that she lights her lamp, sweeps the house and searches carefully until she finds it. Then she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, "Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin."

Just recently I lost something of value. It was the memory on my hard drive. The diagnosis: it had failed and all data was lost. My digital pictures, my excel spreadsheets and my word documents were gone. There was nothing I could do. Lighting a lamp, sweeping my house and searching carefully would not bring back the treasured data.

With hope, I took the hard drive to the Geek Squad at Best Buy. They sounded optimistic that they could recover the data. After not hearing from them for a week, dad went to see if he could "encourage" them to put us as a priority since we had been shipped a new hard drive and needed to mail the defective hard drive back. It was then that a divine intervention took place: Dad ran into Richard, a man who attends our church, at Best Buy. He told him about our dismal situation. Richard offered to take a look at the hard drive if the Geek Squad couldn't recover the data. He mentioned that he has been able to retrieve information when others couldn't.

And the Geek Squad couldn't. Thus ensued a phone call to Richard, then a quick delivery of the dead hard drive, and finally a resurrection of all my data! A light was lit, the house was swept and the careful searching produced what was lost.

I called my friends and neighbors together and said, "Rejoice with me; my lost memory has been found!" Thank you, King of Kings, for showing up at Best Buy at the appointed time.

Matthew 19:26 - "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Preparing a Place

I overheard you telling granny that having company over was hard work! On Christmas Eve you had family visit and now you were expecting more company on Christmas Day.

It is a lot of work if you want to present your company with an experience they will enjoy! Preparing a place for them to hang their coat, an area for them to sit and exchange conversation, a place at your table for a feast they will savor . . . yes, it really is a lot of hard work to prepare a place for company!

John 14:2 says "In my Father's house are many rooms . . . I am going there to prepare a place for you." In some small way our preparations at Christmas connect us closer to the truth of this scripture. We prepare our homes for the company that is coming and we deeply desire for their visit at our house to be a warm and welcoming experience.

In this New Year that is quickly approaching, let your preparations be not only in your home but also in your heart. The song Joy to the World says it best, "Let every heart prepare Him room."

Son, preparing a heart that has room for Jesus is also hard work! Let's break a sweat, sweep the floors and remove all the garbage from our lives so that the Savior can hang his coat, sit for a lovely visit and enjoy the feast at our table!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Pearls of Wisdom Project

On Christmas morning 2007, I asked my mom to blog her thoughts daily, over the course of the next 364 days, passing on wisdom and insight that she has gained over the years, general advice on life, and other Biblical truths and principles that would help guide me in life.  The following is what transpired.