January 29, 2013

1000 Gifts

881. Minor miracles
882. Mark Driscoll's newest series on Ephesians and who we are in Christ
883. Gray skies, which make me appreciate blue skies the more
884. Winter rain
885. Sprouting seeds
886. Chopin's nocturnes
887. Phoebe's cooking creativity
888. Ultimate frisbee on Monday evenings
889. being a licensed driver
890. Curly hair

891. Bagels
892. Early morning quiet time and journaling
893. Spring-like days in January
894. Games with Jaden
895. My black teddy bear t-shirt
896. Hearts
897. Thyme
898. Bath towels
899. Missionaries serving the beautiful people of Ethopia
900. Dad's hugs

My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!
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January 25, 2013

Siblings interview: Jaden

Today I am joined by my youngest brother, actually my youngest sibling, Jaden.  He just turned 10, and is full of life and activity.  And creativity and questions, and learning.

Anyway, I've been wanting to do some sibling interviews for a while, and now here I am.


Question 1:  Jaden what would you say is your favorite activity?  J: Ultimate frisbee!  
Why do you like Ultimate?  J: Because I get to see a lot of friends, I'm good at it, and I like to throw the frisbee around. 

Question 2:  What do you like most about being homeschooled? J: I get to be with my family a lot.  And, I get to pursue the things that interest me, and I want to pursue.  

Question 3:  If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? J: Colorado and Poppy and Grams house.  Because Colorado is beautiful. And Poppy and Grams house is fun to play and do things at, since it's in the country.  

Question 4: If you could ask a famous person one question, who would you ask, and what would you say? J: Craig Gentry, Texas Rangers outfielder, why do you like being on that team?  

Question 5: What do you like to eat? J: Breakfast a bunny in the hole (toast with egg in the middle), for lunch Quesadillas and for supper tacos. 

Question 6: What kinds of music do you listen to? J: Tenth Avenue North, For King and Country, Lecrae, TobyMac, Brando Heath, and I like Beautiful You by Monk and Neagle.  

Question 7: What book are you currently reading? J: Try and Trust, Where There's Smoke and Lights Out.  (editor's note: Jaden has read all three of these books multiple times, I think he likes them ;))

Question 8: What do you want to do when you grow up? J: Be a rancher. And a rally racer.  Why? Rally racing because I think it's fun.  And ranching because I think it's fun also, and I like animals.

Question 9: What is your favorite chore? J: Probably hugging my Mom and Dad and my siblings (yes folks that is on his special list of things to do daily).  

Question 10: What is your favorite animal? J: Squirrels.  And kittens.  

Question 11: What is your favorite car and truck? J: Car would be an orange Dodge Viper, and truck would be a Dodge 3500, 1989 model, Cummins turbo diesel. 

Question 12: If you could see one person right now, who would it be? J: My brother, Caleb.  I LOVE HIM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!

Question 13: If you had one important message to pass on before you died, what would it be? J: That I love all of my family.

Question 14: What is your most treasured possession? J: My brand new Kershaw Volt 2, black serrated knife. :D

Question 15: What is your favorite color? J: Orange!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question 16: What is your favorite Bible verse? J: Revelation 22:21 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." 

Question 17: How long have you been on this earth? J: Since Thursday the nineteenth of December, 2002. 

Question 18: What is it like being the youngest of 6? J: It's fun.  It actually is.  That I can work with my older siblings, and play. ;) 

Question 19: What is your favorite game? J: Nertz (Dutch Blitz), a really fast paced card game.  Or, Speed (another card game). 

Question 20: What is your most favorite season? J: Summer then Spring.  Why? J: Because Summer is hot and I can go outside a lot, and it's not school days.  And Spring, it's warm and the flowers are blooming and it rains a lot.  

Thank you for doing the interview Jaden.  You are so cute, and I love you heaps!

January 23, 2013

Build Your Kingdom Here

A new favorite

January 22, 2013

1000 Gifts

863. Build Your Kingdom Here - Rend Collective
864. Journaling to Jesus
865. Sunday afternoon bike rides with the siblings
866. Bethel experiences
867. Baring my heart to my dear family
868. Mark Driscoll's preaching
869. Jaden's hugs
870. Pink
871. Blueberry candles
872. Tacos
873. Dust rags
873. Theological discussions with Camille, Gretchen, Chloe, Phoebe and Johanna
874. He Trusted in God - Handel's Messiah
875. Godly humor
876. Planting onions with Phoebe
877. Sunshine
878. 1 John
879. My grey cardigan
880. Rules

My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!
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January 21, 2013

Understanding your identity crisis

IDOLS - Items. Duties. Others. Longings. Suffereings.

  1. You live in fear that your identity idolatry will fail you or be taken from you.
  2. Your identity idolatry crumbles under the weight of being in God's place in your life.
  3. As your identity idolatry begins to crumble you become panicked.
  4. When your identity idolatry fails, you look for someone to blame (self, others, God).
At this point you can do one of the following:

  1. Turn to Jesus Christ for a new eternal identity 
  2. Or, sadly pick a new identity idolatry
Only in Christ is there a new you (or me)!!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 
II Corinthians 5:17 

January 20, 2013

Prayer requests

Tomorrow is a pretty big day for my family on two fronts. 

First of all, my Poppy is having major surgery, bi-lateral knee replacement, to repair some serious damage he has sustained over the years on his two knees.  He will be in the hospital a few days, and then on to rehab, if all goes well.  Please pray that he would pass through the surgery with flying colors, and that he wouldn't contract any infections while in hospital. 

And secondly, my brother Caleb is launching out on an adventure... I will not divulge the details at this time, just that you guys would lift him up in prayer for safety, strength, wisdom, a powerful time, and lots of blessings flowing from Above. 

Thank you guys for this!  And, if you have anything I can pray about for you, please leave me a comment.  I'd love to pray for you in any way. :)

xx abby

January 13, 2013


"Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves... the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession.  Cheap grace is grace without discipleship....
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sough again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock...
It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life." 
 Dietrich Bonhoeffer {The Cost of Discipleship} 

January 8, 2013

1000 Gifts

842. Family vacations with family we don't see often
843. Let Me Rediscover You by Down Here
844. Prayer journals
845. A new year full of promise and dreams
846. Weatherbug app for my phone
847. Phoebe's smile
848. Oatmeal
849. Strength
850. Frost
851. Cooking with Grams
852. 1 Peter 1:6-9
853. Jaden's good mornings
854. Family business dreams and plans
855. toe-shoes
856. Text messages from family and friends
857. Dogs barking
859. Birds chirping in the winter, reminding me that spring will come
860. Knock-out with my siblings
861. Communion of the Lord, as a true and effective spiritual gift
862. Wants are my best riches, for I have these supplied by Christ. ~ Samuel Rutherford

My list will continue to grow as I praise the Lord each week here on my blog!
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