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Monthly Archives: April 2011

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Luke 11:9

Ask, Seek, Knock. This verse directs toward action.  God provides the “how” when we decided on the “what” – with action.  “Faith without works is dead” we are told in James.

Today I pray that we live our lives in faithful action that illustrates to our children how we work with the most important partner in our life – our Heavenly Father.  Life is not a spectator sport – it’s an active partnership.

Ask, seek, knock.

Ask, seek, knock.

Ask, seek, knock.

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Tonight I needed to get to bed early. However it was the colorful sunset falling behind the lady birch trees that stand around our home that caught my attention – and have kept me awake.  It’s 11Pm and only now is the sky beginning to close into darkness. I so love how the layers of light play out dramatic roles with new voices each and every day we live in Alaska.  It seems that there is a new surprise waiting for us each morning and night. 

As I am captured by the light I am reminded of the true peace that comes in the perfect moments we have in the present.   The sunset reminds me of the exquisite beauty that we must seize where we are in order to truly appreciate it. 

Suddenly the long to-do list is set aside from my overflowing mind and I am quiet.  Ah, this is a gift worth staying up for. This is true Sunset Inspiration. 

Thank you for the light show dear Mother Nature!  Now I lay me down to sleep….

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“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ swell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:15-16

As I begin Maundy Thursday in the deep quiet of the morning these are the words that strike me. “And be thankful.” This is a succinct, simply and yet poignant message.

The power of gratitude is truly transforming. After being challenged to be patient with the hiccups of life the past two weeks (having lost two Blog notes that never made it to the site), today I begin in gratitude instead of griping.

Today we begin with thankful hearts for the changing power of God’s living spirit in our lives. Today we walk more closely with Him and with gratitude in our hearts this Holy Week.

Education – our children understand what Maundy Thursday is and how it is significant to the Easter story.  In their young hearts they understand, and in their minds the pieces of the story are coming together. Of course Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of “The Last Supper” is the beautiful picture we hold in our mind’s eye (and we hope to see it in Milano some day!). And I have to admit that C.S. Lewis’s book – “The Chronicles of Narnia” also help the children to emotionally relate the path of this week, too. It’s the beginning, of understanding the beauty, the significance, the power behind Easter.  Get those Easter Eggs out – it’s all about new life to be thankful for this weekend!

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There’s nothing like that in-between time of day when what the kids want is not available and are told “choose another option.”  It’s 5PM, nearing dinner time, and everyone is getting a little tired. Still the sunshine beckons, and the mere notion of spring pulls us outside.

In this case, we’re finally breaking into spring – even though we’ve had snow fall the last few days. The snow has mostly melted off the roof – enough to drop a ball that’s been stuck in the snow on the roof for quite a while.  There is a huge puddle under the basketball hoop, which now has become a new play space. The flower beds are free from snow and are ready to be cleaned out for this spring’s planting. At 50 degrees, and with more day light, we are all quite ready to get the bikes out and play.

When bikes are not yet available the kids are tempted to whine.  Then I spout out a list of options to choose from – outside, that include what they already have access to.  Then in the end, it’s making art with mushy snow and melted snow and beach toys that becomes the focus of outdoor entertainment.  Suddenly there is a strong sense of liberation as we simply play outside – without all the layers on. Granted, I am wearing my Patagucci down sweater – the perfect layering piece of clothing in Alaska (yes, I love you Patagonia!)

I am grateful to be interacting with nature and our bare hands again. I am grateful to see children excited about uncovering toys from the garage that have been put away for six months. I am grateful to simply sit outside on our front porch and smell this glorious fresh air, and hear the birds sing all around us. I am grateful we live on a wonderful street where the kids can safely play, ride on their scooter, and investigate nature – naturally.  I am grateful to see spring arrive, even if it’s a slow entrance.

Yes, spring time does give us a whole new list of options to pursue.  It’s great to have options. I feel as excited as the kids!  Life in Alaska is grand – and limitless!

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