Marveling at the Marang

“This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.” Ecclesiastes 5:8 The marang is an interesting fruit. When I first saw it, I thought its spiky outer covering would…

Service: Save the Butterflies

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40 While on our walk today, I saw a butterfly on the sidewalk. Part of what drew my attention was the size of the butterfly, about 3/4…

Batangas or Bust

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 “Let’s go to Batangas,” Bjorn said this weekend. He then regaled us with fond childhood memories of visiting beaches in that area. Journie, always up for going to the beach, excitedly said yes. We packed…

MECQ

“For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.” Romans 13:3 On August 4, Metro Manila and other provinces were put under Modified Enhanced Community…

What is it?

“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3 It’s definitely not manna. I had asked Bjorn to buy seasonal…

Service: Make the Connection

“Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.” 1 John 2:10 Journie’s service projects, as usual, have been going well. Last week she drew a picture and give treats to her friend, Ate M. She also signed all her birthday thank-you cards…

To Journie, on her 5th birthday

😍“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is Christ.” Ephesians 4:15 Beloved child of mine, you’re 5 today, What would I give to keep you this way? A daughter so helpful, smart and sweet, With a sense of…

July is for Journie

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 2020 marks the year that Journie turns 5. Turning 5 is a big deal to me. I mean, it’s a whole hand. Plus, it’s usually when kids start “real” school; their world expands by leaps and…

Life in these Philippines

“Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Genesis 31:3 July marks our 8th month of staying exclusively in the Philippines. It’s quite a milestone for us; since 2013, that’s the longest stretch we have ever  stayed in one country. Even…