Sunday, February 22, 2015

Minding our Marriage

Marriage Seminars have many ways of helping us in life.  In our marriage. In our personal life. Phil and I attended one yesterday at the Oregon Christian Convention conference and retreat center, in Turner, OR.  It was a planned day out and it was interesting.  Dr. Paul Alexander, a college administrator, ordained pastor and licensed marriage and family therapist,  led the seminar. It was a great Biblical perspective of marriage.  How we saw our parents marriage....what we took away from that .......God's picture of marriage....(Ephesians 5:21-33).....myths and truths of marriage...(myths being the American model, instead of Biblical model. Myths show selfishness. Christ shapes us to be more like Him. Rely on Christ to fulfill us.) ....Communication....(just touching some of the points discussed)...By the end of the session right before lunch, I had been touched by God. I'd been struggling in my heart the past few days....praying that God would help me through the days when I have been tired, my mind not fixed where it should be in Him.  Been dealing with pain of a tooth that should have a crown by now. But the crown wasn't right on Friday, at the dentist.  I was dealing with that struggle as well. (crown will be fixed and ready for me Tue a.m.!!)  Life gets to us. So thankful to sense His love in my life at this conference. And my husband's as well.  We were to fill in the blanks about how God looks at us...feels and thinks about us. In return, when God looks as Me, I see, I feel, I think......"Many of our marriages are stretched thin because we are trying to deify our spouses to provide for us things that they are never intended to supply. Many of us identify with God as critical parent, distant relative, missing spouse, police officer, we put our spouse in place of God. The problem is that we can make pretty good spouses if we work at it, but we make lousy Gods. (taken from David Seamand's book, Healing for Damaged Emotions.)"(from our handout).  Interesting to think on these things....and feel God's love in our daily walk together.  How we see God's perspective and how we feel He sees us,  is good. If we are positive about those answers, it is the positive attitude we have in our relationship with our spouse and every one else. (our thoughts collectively).
"..but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things in Him who is the head---Christ--- from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:15-16)...."And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,  even as God in Christ has forgiven you." (Ephesians 4:32  NKJV)  

 Following Lisha...Give Me Grace

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Pre-Birthday Delight

A birthday is no fun without a friend. I met Teresa at Starbucks for a late morning get together, a day before my birthday.  She drove in dense fog as well, thru the country, to get here.  It was good to talk and eat our delicious treats and sip hot drinks. Mine was black tazo tea which was so good. I am not a coffee drinker.  She insisted on paying even tho I was going to pay. She drove miles to get here. But she insisted on paying becuz it was my birthday!!

My gift was an angel with a purple heart necklace and purple hoop earrings. Purple is my favorite color.  Our time was up so we parted with hugs. Will see each other soon, since there will be another college grad party and wedding for her second son this year as well.  So glad the fog lifted here and hopefully ok where she was headed.

In the afternoon, I shopped at Cost Plus World Market. I had a birthday coupon to use. A good excuse to go, right?? I picked up another basket for the kitchen stand.  Also mustard and my fav hummus and delish decaf tea. I'd been to REI looking specific shoes but good choices for me. Apparently another store in Tigard has morr shoes. This store at Keizer had just opened and was a bit closer. I did end up buying a zipped hoodie to replace one that is starting to fray in spots. I wear it to and from work. Sometimes I wear it at work when it's cold out.  It was on clearance for $23. The regular price was $99!! I find that a bit much for it. I shop sales and know this time of year the best time to find winter clothes needs for next year.*******Coming soon...more birthday fun. I had a busy fun weekend celebrating my birthday with family and friends!!! Thanks for coming by and leaving sweet comments!! Have a blessed day!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Week Thus Far

 Quite an interesting week with stormy weather  Sun eve. We were out for our dinner when we saw the lightning then heard the thunder. We had just finished eating. We decided to leave and head for home. We were two blocks from home. The wind was quite blustry, nearly knocked me over. Phil took my hand and we walked quickly. Rain started pouring sideways becuz of the wind. We made it home fine and drenched. That is one way to get our shoes cleaned!! It all subsided when we got home!!  Hit again almost all day Mon. Calm, lovely but cool Tues. This a.m. we had fog til the sun broke through. Still a cloudy, cool day. My neighbor's daffodils are cheery thru it all. 

A friend machine embroidered this Mary Engelbreit design on this sweatshirt for me sometime ago. It still is going strong. I especially like to wear it close to Valentine's day. I wore it to work Tues. One lady, near end of day, was telling her husband to "stop looking at all the little do dads at the register. Finish your transaction as this cashier has only half a cup of kindness left!! "  We laughed!!
My birthday is late this week. Here is a photo of me 56 years ago. I found this Mary Engelbreit frame years ago when she first came out with frames. I have quite a few. I figured this photo would be great in this frame.
~~~~~The down side of the week is that Phil's car key became stuck in the ignition last night. It refused to budge, even using Triflow couldn't coerce it out with lubrication. He drove to dealership this a.m.  Diagnostic showed a bad solenoid, which will be in most likely Fri. His battery needed replaced due to one cell gone bad. We are thankful for our garage and it didn't happen elsewhere. It is driveable but not gonna park it out til it is fixed. All we needed was another bill. NOT!!!~~~~~Phil is working on our taxes tonight. Most of that money will go to our roof replacement, due this summer. ~~~~I started knitting slippers last night. But I need to get different sized double pointed needles. I figured out they were two sizes too big. I think I will knit the bottom on regular needles then do rest of work on dbl pointed needles. Maybe I can find them this weekend. Always something. But it is ok. I am just keep on pushing thru the ups and downs and be happy!! It is my birthday week and I need to be thankful in all things!!! Thanking God for a good life, with loving family and friends. Thanks for stopping in for a visit.  :-D
(All photos © Becky Lowmaster 2015, LG phone)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Family Christmas 2014

Nothing like remembering our Christmas.  Still have my wreath outside. Still looking pretty good in Feb. Here's our Christmas highlights........
Phil reading his Nelson's Illustrated Bible dictionary I got him for Christmas. I'd read about it on Erin's blog. Sounded like a good gift for him, cuz it's hard to find him a gift. I ordered it off Amazon and it made it here in time!! He liked it and I've used it a few times as well.

 I had this book laying on the chair and realized the wrapping paper looked good with the book.  Loved all the artwork within the book. Also the Bible stories to think about in Advent season.

Melody reading the Christmas card I made for her.

I made a mixed berry crisp and Erin made some gingerbread cookies. We had chocolate ice cream on the crisp.  The maltballs were amazingly delicious!!

There's always a game going on, with our family.  This was one we played with Melody.
Another game we played with the adults. It was fun.

Owen and Melody enjoyed Aunt Megan's box of Legos to play with. It kept them occupied while we played the "cheesy" game!!
Owen put his Lego car together that we gave him.  He thought he had to leave it here when he left. He was happy to take it home with him.

Megan's cat nesting dolls we got her.

Photo shoot time....the ladies...Erin, Melody, Becky and Megan.....
....the men.....Owen, Justin and Phil
The children and grandchildren.....

A book for Becky!!!

"The Lord said to me,,,,,"Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever."  Deuteronomy 5:28-29 {NIV}

Monday, February 2, 2015

Shadowed Tulips

In honor of Ground Hog's day and my dear friend, Laura, whose birthday is today, I am sharing this photo. There is a shadow in it. Who is it?  Where is it?  I was printing out a few photos on Sunday. A few were done while watching the Super Bowl with Phil and Megan. {Megan and I were rooting for Seahawks.} I had to print something out since the new Canon printer needs to be used often or the ink can dry up. I needed an excuse to print photos since I needed to make some cards to send out for birthdays,  get well and sympathy. That's when I came across this tulip photo with the shadow in it.   We were busy on Sat. doing some catch all things, which I will share later. I need to unzip some files so I can share last week's project. Been a busy week. Weather has gone from foggy to finally sunny for a couple days. Nice on Thurs. On Friday I drove to the dentist which takes me through the country. Through town and a bit into the country was clear. Then I saw fog lifting up from the farm land. Further along fog got thicker. One point there were leafless trees, sun in behind fog, that made shadows with the branches. It was so pretty and all I could do was remember it. No time to stop and take photos nor did I have my camera. Just my memory bank holds them. One point I realized there was a school coming up and fog was quite thick. Blinking lights of school zone appeared suddenly!!!  55 mph to 20 mph in no time flat isn't easy to do. Good thing there wasn't anybody behind me!!!   Trip to dentist was to prep a tooth for a crown. It took longer than dentist anticipated.  But all is well, except for a bit of soreness that is nearly gone.  Have a good week my friends!!!! Be blessed!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blessings on a Wednesday

Crock pot chili starting to cook filled the air with a delicious aroma as I left for work this morning.  It was one of a few things I felt grateful for this day that started out tired. But I talked to myself while getting ready for work. "I am just fine!". Believe it!!! I felt better later mid morning. ~~~ Figured out my mascara was causing my eyes to itch. So I used a new mascara tube. (still think it's going to take time to get it to stop bothering me completely. Cuz it still bothers me in the evening....or it's the weird, warm, or foggy days we have been having. Who knows??!!)  ~~~~ Decided to make biscuits once I got home. We enjoyed them with our chili.  ~~~~Scripture reading that I drew from this chapter in Acts 4:8-12 "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name among men by which we must be saved." " (RSV)   (Reading through the New Testament in a year).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Amy-ryllis Awoke!!!

The other week, I shared about Amy (amaryllis) at work.. and now she started opening this week.....

........and there she is fully opened.

The sun behind her lit her up and the edges were golden. Can u see it? And there are 3 more blooms coming open. By Thursday another bloomed. Sadly, she had to be moved into the paint dept. She was too much for my allergies/asthma. I am thankful my co-workers understood. It is good to breath!!!!  Have a blessed weekend, my sweet friends!!!!