Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer.

Miss these cute little faces around my house. 



They've gone to camp for the week. Till Saturday. House is dreadfully quiet. Boring, actually. Really looking forward to them coming back. 

So the trio of us remaining are just chilling at home. Temperatures are beginning to creep up again after a rainy weekend, so the pool was back in full swing this afternoon.

Been loving having time to catch up on reading. Seems there's often not enough to time to do quite enough of it. Recent devotional thoughts have been from 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For He (God) hath made Him (the Lord Jesus) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

But how is it, that He, so holy and pure and sinless, could become sin? This most certainly does not mean that Jesus Christ somehow became actual sin. This would be impossible. Blasphemous that any would even consider it possible. What it means is that He became the sin offering. He became the once-for-all sacrifice, my substitute, my redemption from sin. Other scriptures back up that truth...

"And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us and given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour." (Ephesians 5:2) 
"...by the which we are sanctified thought the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:10)

He became my sin offering. Bore my punishment for all of it. In His holy body. So that I, sinful me, could be pardoned from all of my sin and made acceptable in the presence of Holy God. Humbling to think of what my redemption cost the spotless Lamb of God

Last Sunday, a brother spoke on several "things" the Lord became for us. It was a touching message as it was sort of an extension of the truth I'd been appreciating of Him becoming my sin offering. I put the thoughts together in poem form. Hope you are humbled again, as I was, to be reminded of the stoop the Lord Jesus took to save from sin. If you've never accepted the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, He bore the punishment for your sins too. I pray you will accept Him. Today.

Here is what He became for you...

1. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

2. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich. (1 Corinthians 8:9)

3. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:8)

4. For He (God) hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

5. And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him. (Hebrews 5:9)

When we consider God and on His attributes reflect -
His righteousness, His love and power, His holy intellect;
Though King of kings and Lord of lords, we humbly must respect,
What HE BECAME for us. 

BECAME THE WORD IN FLESH, in grace and truth He dwelt with men;
From maker of the universe, to babe in Bethlehem;
From Father's house with mansions fair, to no room in the inn;
This... HE BECAME for us.

BECAME POOR so that sinners could be rich eternally;
He had no home to call His own, He lived in poverty. 
He was rejected by His own, despised by family.
This... HE BECAME for us.

BECAME OBEDIENT TO THE CROSS, that we might have rebirth;
Being found in fashion as a man He lived on earth,
Obedience to His Father's will displayed His holy worth.
This... HE BECAME for us. 

BECAME AN OFFERING FOR SIN so we might righteous be;
Although a man, He knew no sin, but lived in purity,
His substitutionary death paid our sins' penalty;
This... HE BECAME for us.

A perfect Man, a perfect Son, a perfect Servant - HE
BECAME THE AUTHOR OF SALVATION to all who agree,
That only God's salvation plan from sin can set us free.
This... HE BECAME for us. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Okanagan.

Spent a few days with fine friends in beautiful West Kelowna.

Ate burgers on the beach and jumped into Lake Okanagan, well...  these two jumped!


A little chilly after the sun went down, but still swimming and still smiling!


I love this kid, happiness and charm all wrapped up in one handsome little package...


...and this little kid too! Assesses everything and everyone in her path. She's destined for a profession in the field of Pschyological Analysis, for sure!


Slept in a room with a view.


These kiddies are the best of friends. Many attempts at a group photo, but we finally got them all looking. Although not necessarily in the same direction. 


Me, and my best friend. 


Heading home on the Coqahalla. Road trips are fun. Even with teenagers, said no one ever. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sunshine Days.

Surrounded by family, this week, and some of the cutest little people you could imagine. So no wonder my days are full of sunshine. 


The pool is proving to be a popular cooling resource. 



And a place for these little fishies to learn to swim. 



Ally, trying to eat more than her share of the cream puffs. 


Four June birthday girls. 


The three Henrys. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fourteen Years.

How can this be? Seems like only yesterday we were coaxing her to speak her first words, which were very long in coming. Now she talks non-stop. She is a family-first girl. Passionate about cooking, and more passionate about eating. (Comes by that honestly, I guess.) Her wit keeps us laughing most of the time. So tremendously thankful for her. Love you, Miss A. 


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Early BP.

She isn't officially a teenager until next month... but some school friends came to cheer her on to this next milestone, regardless. We break all kinds of rules around here. Even birthday ones.


And the pool managed to keep these hot shots cool for the day. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hello Summer.

And... we're done. As of yesterday, no more bagged lunches for 10 weeks. TEN weeks.

Just a night or two prior to being done, one of the many things we did was celebrate this group of teenagers graduating to High School.


I love these girls. Friends since Kindergarten. Different in so many ways, but they all share the same crazy sense of humour. No idea what is causing the laughter here, but it sure must've been funny!


Those few years flew right by, I tell you. Middle School is now a closed chapter in their books. Sniff, sniff. And by the looks of it, the High School staff better brace themselves for these comics coming their way, September 2015. 


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nicaragua - Grand Finale.

Today is Thursday and we've just returned from the resort. Still mighty hot outside, registering 35 degrees, maybe just a little too balmy for my liking. It's been a dreamy two weeks in beautiful Nicaragua, though. Relaxing, lazy, sunny... and plenty of free time to sit and enjoy the surroundings and each other. We will certainly miss this place, and our family here, who treated us like royalty.



But home is calling, and although we're not looking forward to a day of traveling tomorrow, we are looking forward to being home again, safe and sound.

Adios, mis amigos.