Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Today was a reception for my old roommate, Mary Ayotte-Law, who was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. She was the 1982 National Champion in floor exercise. We lived together in the "Jackson 5 Household" from 1984-87.
Mary is very short (I think she is 4 feet 10 1/2 inch). We used to run together and cause major rubbernecking and traffic jams because of the great disparity in our heights! (almost 16 inches). One day, we discovered that my arm was as long as her leg! So, I just wanted to document that fact forever by putting it in my 365 Blog!
Read more about Mary here: Mary Ayotte-Law:Hall of Fame
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Here before you stands 138 years of missionary experience in Asia.
I had the wonderful pleasure of having lunch with these lovely, seasoned saints today, and it was the highlight of my entire year.
Standing to my right are Ginny and Lorraine (Day 64) who labored in post WWII Japan for 35+ years to see God's name glorified there. I meet with them once a month, and I will never take that for granted!
But my delight was doubled today as Joanne Shetler and Amy West came to lunch on the day I was already to meet with Ginny and Lorraine! Jo and Amy are with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Jo went to the Balangao people of the Philippines in 1962. Back then, there were no believers. Now, there are over 10,000 in a tribe of 25,000!
Joanne has written a book about her experience with the Balangao called And the Word Came with Power: How God Met and Changed a People Forever. I highly recommend it!
I had never personally met Joanne, but I had gone to a Proclaim Missions Conference back in November of 1988. It was a strange conference because my husband and I were not yet dating but had been spending significant time together doing fun things. Imagine my shock when he came to the conference with a girl from out of town! I was told from an unreliable source that he was going to be marrying this woman, and I was heartbroken. :(
Then, Joanne Shetler got up and spoke and talked about her experiences with the Balangao, and she helped me see the bigger picture of God's purposes for my life regardless of whether I was married to George or not. I was so inspired by her story about having to die to her dreams of the "white picket fence" life that I presented my feelings for George right there on the altar. It was a benchmark time in my life. God also spoke to me about a ministry of prayer through Jo's message called: "God Has No Substitutes." It is one that I have played over and over and given to countless people over the years. It was so strange to hear that same voice I had heard on the tape all those years in Ginny and Lorraine's living room in the flesh!
Well, you probably know the rest of the story. I offered by relationship with George on the altar, but it didn't die. I didn't end up going overseas single because I did marry George (and that girl is happily married to someone else), but my perspective on God's purposes for my life were set at that conference, and God used Jo in a powerful way.
The conversation was amazing as we talked about the Japanese, Balangao, and the Malay peoples and what they believe about the spirit world and God's power to deliver them from their fears. I can't tell you how stimulating it was to be in the company of these saints! Amy has been with Jo since 1988, and she is an amazing woman who has recently complete her Ph.D. thesis about the Balangao's atittude toward the spirit world and the implications of that once they become followers of Jesus. She was so delightful!
At the end of our time, I sheepishly asked Jo to sign my copy of her book, and she wrote:
"God bless you, dear Carol,
As you bring Him glory with your life and ministry.
A joy to serve our Savior together with you."
On my drive home through the beautiful Oregon Wine Country, I was thinking about the beauty of those four Godly, articulate, intelligent single women who have given their lives in order for God's glory to be proclaimed throughout the whole earth as I looked upon the beauty of the afternoon sun on the fall leaves of a grape vineyard. The beauty of those women and the scene overwhelmed me, and I burst into tears. As I looked at those bright yellow grape leaves, I thought of the verse that Jo had just written in my book:
"You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you,
that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain,
that whatever you ask of the Father in My name,
He may give to you." (John 15:16)
I was overwhelmed by God's goodness and presence at that moment. Thank you God for three hours with four chosen women whose fruit has remained to Your glory.
This is what it is all about. :)
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
"Oldest child" in Malay. It is grainy because of the low light, but I wanted to capture the memory of our dinner out while dad is away for four days in Austin. I loved the face-to-face time because they are really enjoyable people.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The "How to Spend a Day in Prayer" workshop went really well, the speaker was absolutely the BEST I have ever heard at a women's conference (Gisela Yohanan of Gospel for Asia), and the fellowship was sweet. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.
Monday, October 15, 2007
While preparing for my workshop at the library on Saturday, I looked on the shelves for The Three Musketeers and discovered that they had the new (and best) translation by Pevear! I was going to go buy it after my time in the library. So, I didn't have to! Monday is my "light" day, and I spent much of it reading this.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
It was a full and lovely day: Great Pumpkin Run, mediation training at Church, date with dh seeing Elizabeth: The Golden Age and eating Mexican, and practicing my talk. After dinner, we headed out to Dallas for a time of fellowship and prayer with friends who are heading back to India, and this is what we beheld on the way. It took my breath away and was the end to a perfect day.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I spent from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the library for seven hours of uninterrupted quiet time so that I could work on the breakout session I am teaching on spending time on a personal retreat. I ended up having a wonderful retreat of my own! I finished it. Now, I need to practice it.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
My last time was June of 2005. So, it was time. Is it time for you too?
(This gyn doc was more than happy to have her picture posted on this blog if it would encourage more women to get their annual you-know-what. Consider this a public service announcement.)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I was wondering what should be my picture of the day on this bla day of rain and drowsiness when Matthew came to my door selling popcorn for the Cub Scouts. He got my heart and the picture.
I was his first client. :) Don't you love how his uniform (really his older bro's borrowed uniform) was buttoned? He is such a cute five year old (but he told me his 6th birthday is in 50 something days).
Who wouldn't buy a can of popcorn from this guy?
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I didn't post last night because I took this for my dizziness and ended up sleeping for the late afternoon into the evening, woke up to watch Dancing with the Stars, and went back to sleep until 8:00 a.m. this morning and have been DROWSY all day long! Less Drowsy Formula?
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I will always remember this day. The kids were gone at 4-H all morning (dh is taking them and helping in the woodworking class), and I was determined to spend it doing three things I love to do: praying, exercising, and photographing. This will be my documentation of those four glorious hours.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
These are the final flowers in my front yard. I started with the purple crocuses in February and am ending with these purple ones (Don't know the name, do you?) in October. I had to wait for the rain to stop and the morning sun to hit them. I would have liked a closer crop in order to have the raindrops more magnified, but I like the variety of flowers in focus and out of focus and at their prime and past their prime!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
OK, it is not one of my photos, but when I was downloading photos today, I noticed MSPaint stored my oldest son's picture from a cell metaphor he wrote on Monday in my picture software. It made me smile. So, I wanted to document here.
Here is part of the metaphor:
"A typical animal cell is like a car. The nucleus is like the driver of the car. The nucleus controls all of the cell’s functions, much like the driver controls all of the car’s functions. The cell couldn’t function without the nucleus much like the car couldn’t move without the driver. The nucleus of the cell has a nucleolus that contains DNA that gives the instruction for your body. In the car, the driver has a brain that tells him how to control the car."