July 2008


I watched her as she stood there and studied the wall in front of her: the edges, the corners, and the curves around the permanent objects that were fixed upon it. Slowly, she bent down, dipped her roller in the paint bin, lifted it just a bit to allow the excess paint to drip off, and, after a moment, placed it on the wall in front of her. In a steady rhythm, she quickly rolled the paint onto the large, bare part of the wall, back and forth, back and forth. Then her eyes started to squint and her motion became a little slower and more focused. She knew it needed to be exact – coming as close as possible to the fixed object on the wall yet keeping the paint only on the wall. She took a step closer, squinted a bit more in her added concentration, then slowly began rolling the paint in a downward motion. As she continued down the side of the object, unconsciously, the corners of her mouth began to rise, little by little. By the time the paint roller had reached the bottom, a broad smile, full of pride, accomplishment, and deep satisfaction had covered her face. She stopped to admire her work and I could almost here her say to herself, “Ah… that’s good!” (more…)

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In the last few weeks, I have attended two bridal showers. At each one, the host asked for each attender to share some words of wisdom with the bride-to-be. Many pieces of advice were offered, including

  • don’t go to bed angry
  • pray together daily
  • and continue to date your spouse

  • Please take a moment to pray with me for these couples as well as the many other couples that are getting married in these summer months:

    “Lord, I pray for each couple that is getting married. May you bind them together as one. I ask that you would reveal to them the sweet joy of knowing another person so intimately. Use them for Your glory each moment of every day.

    I also ask, Lord, that you would be with each marital couple that is represented in this group. We pray that our marital relationship is pleasing in Your sight. Continue to work in us, both as individuals as well as a couple. May You be glorified!

    In Jesus’ name we pray–“

    Genesis 2:24 (NIV) For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

    Your turn to share: What words of wisdom would you share with a bride-to-be?

    Last night, we had the privilege of sitting on the edge of Lake Ontario to watch the sunset.

    I was sitting on the rocks with our five-year old, Jacob, and as we were staring at the water and out toward the horizon, he asked, “Mom, does the sun know how to breathe under water?”

    For the next few minutes, I explained, in the way that I thought he would understand, how it just looks like the sun is going down into the water. Actually, it is really, really far away in the sky. I continued, using hand and arm gestures, to explain how the earth is round and turns and goes around the sun – how one part of the world sees the sun while the other side doesn’t, etc. (more…)

    The Bible passage I chose to memorize in June came from Isaiah, chapter 26, verses 3 and 4:

    You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.

    Al de carácter firme, lo guardarás en perfecta paz, porque en ti confía. Confíen en el SEÑOR para siempre, porque el SEÑOR es una Roca eterna. –Isaías 26:3,4

    Thanks for keeping me accountable!

    Your turn to share: What verses have you been memorizing lately?