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Saturday, April 9, 2016

26 and Below MIDWEST (Bible Conference)

My sisters and I enjoyed our trip to Iowa to attend the "26 and Below" MIDWEST Bible Conference. 
It was an amazing time of fellowship and Bible teaching. 

       A new friend let me borrow her  lovely magazines during our drive there.

Sunrise in Iowa.

Pearls, flowers and a "blast from the past."

"But where can wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
13 Man does not know its value,
Nor is it found in the land of the living.

14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me’;
And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’
15 It cannot be purchased for gold,
Nor can silver be weighed for its price.
16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir,
In precious onyx or sapphire.

17 Neither gold nor crystal can equal it,
Nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold.
18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz,
For the price of wisdom is above rubies.
19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it,
Nor can it be valued in pure gold.

Job 28:12-19 

Pillar candle and metal flowerpot from IKEA.

Announcing: "A Blast From the Past." Brought to you by Nikon.  (Just kidding)

In my earlier bookworm days..... I was obsessed with the American Girl Book Series. I started with Felicity, then read about Josefina, Addy, Samantha and Molly.
                                                                        Circa 1997.
Spending quality time with another sister.  :) Circa 2000.

Grandpa reading us a book about Moses. Circa 2000.

Circa 2000

Making Hot Pot for Chinese New Year

Hello my faithful blog readers, sorry for my inconsistent blogging. Thanks for sticking around!
I have been busy with work and my three classes at community college. My poor blog has been on the low priority list.

On February 7 we celebrated Chinese New Year with a Chinese friend. 
 We went shopping for ingredients with her and she showed us how to make Hot Pot soup.

Cilantro, cabbage and bean sprouts

Fish balls

The broth simmering on the stove

Mushrooms from the sea.  I forget their actual name.

The whole spread on the table. Once the soup started boiling, we added the raw vegetables and chicken into the soup to cook. It was delicious! 

          My sisters and I and our friend. :)

Friday, February 5, 2016

My new Bible cover!

For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
For I will not contend forever,
Nor will I always be angry;
For the spirit would fail before Me,
And the souls which I have made.

Isaiah 57:15-16 

I just recently had my Bible rebound and the pages restored. I have had this Bible since I was 7 years old. I received it as a gift from my parents after I learned how to read. Since then, it has traveled with me to England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Turkey, China, Lebanon, and other countries. I am so excited with the new cover! 

If you need a book or Bible rebound, contact Ace Bookbinding. They will do an excellent job restoring your books!  Their website is:

Several sections of pages had fallen out.


They added several blank pages to the front and back. And also a sheet protector to keep notes handy.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

True Love

Quiet. The only sound is a slight wind rustling the leaves, ever so gently. 
Everything else is still.

No birds singing, no car engines, no clamor and hurry of the city. 

Reflect. "Be still and know that I am God." I know why the Lord said that to us.... I know that I need quiet to be able to focus. Noise, bustle and adventure are all nice, but after a while, it grates on the nerves.

I continue to reflect on love, the topic at a recent Bible conference I attended. What is true love? How can I consistently love my family in simple, small ways? Cleaning a room, washing the dishes, cleaning the bathroom, reading a book to a younger sister, giving a piano lesson, talking in kindness, patiently listening, not leaving a job for "someone else" to do. The list could go on and on. 

Really, it is all about my heart. If my heart is in tune with the Lord and has been conditioned after reading His word for the day, I will be happy to love. If I have neglected my Bible reading, neglected prayer or have unconfessed sin, then I will not be a nice person to live with.

If I truly love, I will be willing to sacrifice my time, my minutes, my hours, my days, for another person. Even when I don't feel like it. Even when I would prefer to do something for myself. Even when the person has been unloving to me. Then I remember that Jesus Christ died for me. He wants us to be channels of His love. Without Him, true love is never possible. 

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 
1 John 3:16-18 

  • What are three different ways you show love?
  • Is it harder to love your family than to love friends? 
  • How do you like to be loved? Do you desire words of affirmation or acts of service? Maybe you enjoy receiving gifts, quality time, or physical touch? 

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1 John 3:1-3