Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Know that He is Lord

Since last October I've been doing a chronological read-through of the Bible using an app called Bible Box. This app calculates how many chapters of which books I need to chronologically read each day, so that I can finish in a year. I'm 72% of the way through the Bible as of today!

What I've loved in doing a chronological read-through is gaining a new perspective on the whole sweep of the Bible. I've been reading since I was young, and have read through it many times. But somehow I'd never done a chronological read-through. It's been awesome!

I just finished Joel and am on to Daniel today. And if there's one thing that I've read over and over in the past weeks (through Jeremiah, Lamentations and Ezekial) it is this phrase:

"Then they will know that I am the Lord", or some version of that.

It's not always coupled with the nicest things that precede that phrase. Such as in Ezekiel 33 where it says, "Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have made the land a desolate waste because of all the detestable things they have done.'"

We can't know for sure why it was so hard for the Israelites to remain steadfast in their trust and love for the Lord; for sure the pressures of society and the gods of other nations pressed in deeply on them. After all I recently saw in Greece and Turkey, and from what I've seen in Israel, I can understand a little better how hard it was to stand firm in faith when everything and everyone around you is enticing you to worship something else.

I've been thinking about how much I want to "know that He is Lord", and NOT find out through those kinds of dire circumstances!

That means sticking to the basics...spending time with Him, reading the Bible and living according to it, praying without ceasing and giving thanks in all circumstances.

When you write it out like that it doesn't seem so hard to do! But we know from history that it's not usually the big blow out that gets you off track, but rather the slow leak.

So today is yet another day of "raising my ebenezer", committing to remember how God has come to the rescue of his people, even to me, when they humbled themselves before him; and committing to live for Him, by His Spirit, doing all that He asks me to do.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Happy Moments

I once heard a quote that said, "A good life is a collection of happy moments".

Today I had one of those happy moments.

Ever since having grandchildren I've been thinking about making our patio into a better place for gathering with them, and their parents. But until now I haven't seen a table that fit our space, where we could all sit together for a meal, or just hang out and color pictures or build Legos!

But last week I stopped by a store nearby to run an errand, and lo and behold, there was this table...ON SALE! I've never seen anything like it here so was rather ecstatic about my find.

I came home with pictures of it to show Dave, but knew he'd need to go see it in person (and wrestle it in the car if he deemed it the right thing for us!).

Today was the day he had time to go see it, and...happy for me...he said yes, that it was the right thing to get!

So tonight I'm feeling so very thankful to the Lord for hearing the cry of this Nonnie's heart, and leading me to the right table. It might be a small thing to someone else, but to me, it's huge!

Life feels so good tonight!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Discipling the Next Generation

Today was one of those "oh so perfect" mid summer days here in Czech!

The sun was shining, the air was crisp, our garden is growing and we had a friend over for the afternoon.

Dave has known Josef for 12+ years, from his years as a high schooler, and then as the youth leader in his church here in Czech.

One of Dave's favorite things to do is disciple young leaders, so the two of them had a great day talking about the Lord, his Word and what's next for Josef.

I love seeing Dave doing what God created him to do, and pray that there will be good fruit from it in Josef's life!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Afternoon in Vienna

Every six months now I have to take a trip to Vienna to either pick up a prescription or see my doctor there. Or as is the case today, do both!

This time I invited Claire to come with me, even though we've just been together for two weeks in Greece and Turkey on an Early Church study tour. What can I say? I enjoy any and all time I get with my daughter!

Since the appointment wasn't until later in the afternoon, we stopped by the Albertina art museum, because it's a favorite of Claire's. Plus, you never know what traveling exhibitions will be there, so it's fun to be surprised by different kinds of artists.

One of the exhibits was by a Viennese artist named Nitsch, who is known for his use of color and abstract paintings.

They're huge! And there were so many of them.

Claire and I were sitting on a bench talking about the above paintings when I heard my name called.

Who could possibly know me here??

This is Kaja, from Slovakia! I've known her for several years now, having met up with her through the years at KPM's and Fusiondary. I didn't know the young man, but he knows us because he's from one of our supporting churches in Colorado! What a truly small world it is!

After time at the museum Claire and I made our way to the pharmacy to get my medications, and then headed for the doctor's office.

I had a silent prayer that my doctor would be willing to see Claire, even though she's not currently taking new patients. But I thought if I brought her with me there might be a chance of her getting in.

Thankfully, my prayer was answered! The doctor is willing to do the kind of testing on Claire that she did for me two years ago, finding out precisely what foods she's intolerant of or allergic to, as well as what she might be missing in vitamins and minerals.

This made my heart sing with praise to the Lord for hearing my prayer and caring to answer it through this doctor!

Claire isn't sick; I don't want to give that impression! Rather, I just know what a help it's been to me to find out those things and think Claire will benefit from it too.

What a perfectly lovely day in Vienna with my darling girl!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Down by the River

It took me longer than expected to get over the food poisoning/stomach flu (still not sure what it was) that I brought back from Istanbul.

But this morning I was feeling better so headed into Ostrava to surprise some little people.

Tyler told me that they were down by the river while Lara was at her Czech lesson. So I parked and set off to find them!

If I hadn't been so anxious to hug and kiss them, I could've stood here for a long time, mesmerized by the charming beauty of these little boys feeding the ducks down at the river!

I managed to get pretty close without them knowing, and took this photo just before Judah recognized it was me!

Lots of hugs and exclamations of "NONNIE" poured forth (doing my heart such good!).

After we'd fed all the bread to the ducks, and thrown in enough rocks, we headed back to their home.

Little brother is enjoying older brother's scooter!

A picnic lunch on their porch, and reading books brought from the States was just about as idyll of an afternoon as it gets!

Asher took a fall a few days ago, not seeing the lid to a pump at some friends' cottage, and face planting right into it. He's going to be one tough guy for all the times that he gets bumps and bruises like this!

My mom had bought these books for the boys when I was visiting her and my dad in June, so it was fun to deliver them and get to read this afternoon to those book loving boys!

Love you Judah and Asher! I'm glad to be home so I can see you, hug you, read to you and some over to visit whenever I can!