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Macrame

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Ever see the back of an unfinished rug? It is messy. Kinda like life sometimes. Recently, I watched Pastor Robert Morris preach a sermon on how it parallels our journey. People and events come and go which weave an intricate pattern called life.

At first glance, you may look at it and think that doesn’t look very nice, but then you turn it over and see the final product. The beauty is astonishing.

God sees us and can take the messes of our lives and turn it into something beautiful like a Persian rug shown below. Wow!

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We may not get the answers to all of our questions here on Earth that we’d like, but my hope is when we look back on our journey, we will see how God put all the pieces together that created our unique story.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to Him,

and He will make your paths straight.

– Proverbs 3:5-7

Do you have a story you’d like to tell about how God wove a beautiful story in your life? I’d love to hear it.

Blessings, Rebecca

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Working Mom

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Do you ever struggle balancing working with motherhood? I think a lot of moms find it difficult to balance career and parenting.

When I was fresh out of college, a 60 hour work week was the semiconductor industry standard. Initially, I found my manufacturing management position rewarding. Down the road, I dreamed of having a family of my own. Most of my friends were married and had children. In fact, one day a co-worker of plopped in my office chair and said, “Rebecca, why aren’t you married yet?” I sat stunned, “I’m not sure. I just haven’t met the right guy yet.”

Fast forward a few years, my focus became my marriage and family life. Now, I enjoy watching my kids grow. My new challenge is balancing work, taking care of our household, and helping with homework.

One way that helps me balance my day is starting out with some quiet time with the Lord, praying and reading God’s word. Carving this time out of my busy schedule always helps me keep focused and makes my day go smooth.

Can you relate? If so, what tips have you found successful?

Unexpected Company

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From left Aunty Randi, Austin, Uncle Mike, Nephew Christian, Randy, Rebecca and Alicia

Unexpected Company

Have you ever had something unexpected happen in your life? Sometimes surprises can be unwanted such as a loved one saying, “I want a divorce.” Other times, the unexpected can bring us joy. For instance, when your spouse tells you, “I’m pregnant.”

Well, this week I want to share with you about my pleasant surprise I received. My sister-in-law text me saying, “Did you know your brother-in-law and nephew are coming down in a few days?” What? No!

Unbeknownst to us, they were coming down for a visit with family and friends. So, I asked my boss if I could take the day off and we headed to San Francisco which is about one hour and a half north of us. Another surprise awaited us, my husband’s aunt, who we haven’t seen in 12 years, joined us.

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We tried to catch a ferry to Alcatraz, however, it was already sold out by 10am. Instead, we took one of the nostalgic cable cars and toured the city. We walked around Nob Hill, China Town, Market Street and Pier 39. Along the way, we feasted on a variety of foods and drinks. We walked for miles looking at all the beautiful architecture of the buildings. Towards the end of the day, we drove over to Coit tower and looked at the City from a 19 story advantage point. Spectacular!

The next day, we road rides at Santa Cruz Boardwalk, ate seafood on the wharf and boogie boarded at Capitola Beach. We had a blast!

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I love the wisdom of Proverbs. It says in 16:9 that:

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

This tells me that I may plan my day. Yet, God may direct me in a different direction filled with delightful unexpected company.

Has life ever caught you off guard and, if so, how did you handle it? I’d like to hear. Feel free to share with us.

Car Trouble

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I think we have all experienced car problems in one way or another. This week, I’d like to share with you a special time when God intervened during mine.

Car Trouble

The Lord will be…a stronghold in times of trouble.

– Psalm 9:9

After eating lunch at a nearby restaurant, I jumped in my car, turned the key , but the engine did not start. Uh oh, I need to get to the library and return to work.

I went back inside and asked if anyone had jumper cables.

“Sorry Ma’am, No.”

I returned outside and noticed a gardener trimming bushes. “Excuse me. Do you have any jumper cables? My car battery died.”

“Yes, they’re at my house. I’ll run home and get them.”

Five minutes later, he returned with a compressor/battery device. I cranked the key and it started immediately. “Thank you so much!”

“No problem,” he said. “Have a good day.”

I called my husband Randy, “Hon, my car died and I had to jump it. Right now, I need to go to the library to get the kids’ books before I head back to work. I’m worried my car won’t start up again.”

“You’re battery terminals are probably corroded,” he said. “Wipe them down and run your errands. You should be fine.” 

I wiped off the corrosion and ran to the library. Afterwards, I tried to start the car, but it was dead again. Argh!

I looked to my left and saw my neighbor at the stop sign. I ran to her van, “Hi Kate! Do you have jumper cables? My car is dead.”

“Yes, I do.”

She tried to jump my car, however, we couldn’t start the engine. So, I called Randy, “Hon, my car died again. Kate offered me a ride to work.”

“Sounds good. I’ll go to the library to fix your car.”

An hour later, Randy informed me he started our Camry, drove it home and repaired the terminals. “I left my truck at the library for you to drive home,” he said.

After my shift ended, a co-worker dropped me off a the library and I drove home.

At the end of the day, I prayed, Thank you Jesus for scheduling today’s divine appointments to help me with my troubled car. If it wasn’t for all the help I received, I wouldn’t have been able to finish my shift or arrive home safely.

Have you ever experienced a typical problem where you saw God’s hand at work to resolve it? If so, please share with us!

Communication

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This week, I researched the top issues facing marriage and family today. As I suspected, communication landed in both arenas. Then, I got to thinking, What does the Bible say about communication?

I discovered several basic truths about communication and I will share with you two.

“But let your statement be ‘Yes, yes or ‘No, no’.” – Mathew 5:37 

When I read this long ago, I took it to heart and do my best to stick to it. In addition, when I do say “Yes” to a committment, I do my best to fulfill it. People may not like it when I say “No,” however, they will appreciate my follow through when I do agree.

I think back to a time when I worked in the semiconductor industry. I remember a director who reported into the same vice president I did. It was my first experience with a “Yes man.” Our VP would ask him can it be done and his proverbial answer was “Yes.” However, each week when we presented our metrics, the lofty goals were often not met. I used to get so frustrated and decided I would not follow suit. If I knew my team could complete the assignment, I would sign up for the task. If we could not, I simply would say we cannot do “X,” but we can do “Y.” As a result, my superiors respected my results and appreciated our contribution.

If you find yourself overcommitted, I urge you to take a look at what your to do list is and ask yourself do I really need to do all of this? If the answer is “No,” then reprioritize and communicate your intentions to others. Like me, you may experience less stress and increased satisfaction for a job well done.

You shall not steal, deal falsely, nor lie to one another. – Leviticus 19:11

Do not lie is found in the 10 Commandments that were handed down to the Israelites by their leader Moses. He met with God on the top of Mt. Sinai and was given laws to live by which were incorporated into Judaism and Christianity.

I strive to tell the truth; even though sometimes it hurts or is humbling. Admittedly, it is not always the easiest course of action. It is sometimes easier to tell a little white lie. However, it’s been my experience that if I lie, I often have to cover it up with more lies. It’s exhausting trying to remember what I told different people. So for this gal, honesty is the best policy, and I think people appreciate it.

If you find yourself caught in a web of lies, I would encourage you to untangle it by simply telling the truth. Like me, you may experience freedom in your communication and relations.

These are just two of the many biblical ways to communicate with your circle of influence. Best wishes with your marriage and family.

I’d love to hear what communication techniques you’ve found successful. Please feel free to share with us!

Blessings, Rebecca

Summer Camp

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I trust your Christmas was merry. Ours was! We relaxed by the fire, opened our presents and grazed on delicious food throughout our day. It’s hard to believe 2017 is just around the corner.

As I plan summer camp for our high schooler this week, I’d thought I would share a story with you about a time our son wanted to attend camp. We couldn’t afford it at the time, but the Lord provided a way.

Junior Camp

Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalms 124:8 

I reclined on my friends’ backporch swing and enjoyed a barbequed steak dinner theyd prepared. “Hey Kim, did Logan enjoy junior camp?”

“Yes, he had a blast. You should send Austin.

Hmmm, I wonder how much it costs.

I meandered into their kitchen. “Nathan, how much is summer camp?”

“It was about four hundred dollars for the week which included lodging, food and activities.”

My eyes widened, “FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS! Ooh, unfortunately, we can’t afford that.”

“Do you know if they offer scholarships, I asked.

“I’m not sure. Check their website,” he replied.

That evening, my husband and I prayed, “Lord, we’d sure like Austin to go to camp. We don’t have the money, but you do. If it’s your will, please provide the funds necessary to send him.”

The next day, I called camp to inquire about scholarships and discovered they were all taken. As I hung up the phone, I looked outside and saw Nathan pulling up. I ran outside, He handed Randy an envelope. “Austin’s going to camp. Everything’s taken care of. Just send in his registration form.

“Are you kidding, I choked out the words. “Thank you so much!”

A few weeks later, Austin attended his first solo camping adventure. He swam, hiked, and canoed. He learned to eat whatever camp food was prepared and meet new people. When we picked him up, I noticed a change in him. He’d grown in confidence and independence.

“How was camp, Austin?”

It was fun, Mom. Can I go again next year,” he chimed.

It warmed my heart to see how God moved our friend to fund our child’s trip.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for blessing our son with an awesome experience.

Have you ever sent your child(ren) or another child(ren) to camp? I’d love to hear about it! Please share with us your experience…

 

Merry Christmas

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An angel of the Lord appeared to them (shepards in the field), and the glory of

the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause people

great joy. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;

He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will

find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

-Luke 2:9-12

Merry Christmas!

Adopted Family

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As Christmas approaches, I thought I would share with you a short story about a time when our family was adopted for Christmas. I hope you enjoy…

Blessings, Rebecca

Every good and perfect gift is from above. – James 1:17 

Four days before Christmas, we still hadn’t any gifts for our nine-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter. Due to my recent job loss, my stay-at-home husband/dad and I didn’t have money to purchase presents for our children.

Two weeks earlier, I learned about a local outreach program where they placed your name on a list in the hopes a family would adopt you. I sheepishly applied for our kids so they would have presents to open.

A week later, I received a phone call, “Rebecca, our family has adopted your family for Christmas. We got everything on Austin and Alicia’s wish lists. I’d like to drop it off Wednesday.”

Stunned, “Wow, I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much. Yes, we’ll be here.

I meandered into the garage, “Hon, guess what? We’ve been adopted and she’s bringing our gifts next week.”

“That’s fantastic news,” he chimed.

“You’ll never guess who adopted us. It’s the children’s new school principal. It’s such a small world. I taught her daughter at preschool.” We chuckled.

The day arrived to receive our gifts, and I looked at my husband, “How do you feel?

My stomach is little queasy,” he said.

Mine too. I’ve never done this kind of thing before. We’ve always been able to provide gifts for our children. It’s very humbling.

We heard a knock at our door. My heart pounded in my chest. “Good morning. How are you? I’ve got all your gifts in my car,” she beamed.

We slipped on our shoes, “Let us help you bring the gifts in.”

To our surprise, she reached into her minivan and handed us several brightly wrapped boxes. Our arms were brimming with presents. “Wow, thank you very much! We really appreciate it.

“You’re very welcome. It’s my pleasure. I especially like to help my students.” She hugged us and went on her way.

As Randy and I sorted through the bounty of gifts, we found a $100 grocery gift card labeled “For Mom and Dad.” Tears welled up in my eyes, Thank you God for blessing our family this Christmas.

Have you ever been adopted or adopted a family for Christmas? Please share your experience with us.