Sunday, July 27, 2008

praise, praise, PRAISE the Lord!

Sorry for the lack of a fact on Friday--busyness and no computer got the best of me. I figure it will just set you up to enjoy next week's fact all the more. :)

The good Lord has blessed my past few weeks in a rather different way than I'm used to "looking out" for. I have been receiving a mass of emails from missionary friends these past 2 weeks. Some of them are friends who I hear from on a regular basis (career missionaries who send me their monthly update), and some are on short-term missions as they write to me. They are in many countries: in the United States, in the Czech Republic, in Papua New Guinea, in Kenya and in Mexico. Furthermore, a family I met in PNG last year is on furlough right now in Orange County! I can't wait to visit and fellowship with them again.

I just finished reading through 2 separate updates from missionaries in PNG & was so overwhelmed with reading of God's goodness! He continues to draw tribal people toward Himself, saving their souls from eternal separation from Him. Likewise, youth in the Czech are hearing accurate teaching of God's Word--some for the first time--and responding with hearts of humility and surrender. Lives are practically and physically being ministered to as orphans are fed and medically tended to in Kenya. Needless to say, there are prayer requests attached to each of these emails. They include but are not exclusive to: further salvation from some, health issues for others, local fighting/warfare in one place, sanitary living situations in another. May we be reminded that God uses the hard times to prove His character just as much as He uses the joyful times.

As I read and reflect on the words these faithful men and women write to me, I cannot help but exclaim through tears, "praise, praise, PRAISE the Lord." My heart years to be in those countries laboring alongside my church family, and to know that my meek prayers carry them through is contentment enough. To God alone be the glory!

Friday, July 18, 2008

411 Fath's Fun Fact Fridays

Here's this Friday's Fun Fact:

Did you know...

-the brain tends to remember black writing on yellow paper.
-the eye is more inclined to read black writing on light blue paper.
-the eye is hesitant to read black printing on red paper.

Therefore, you should use yellow paper for flashcards or memos, light blue paper for brochures or newsletters, and you should avoid printing black on red paper.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Everyday Evangelism

The mats where I stretch before and after runs at the gym are directly opposite of a few cardio machines. I like to take my sweet time stretching and just people watching others around me. This morning I was stretching after the run and listening on the conversation between 2 moms who were on the stairmasters. I heard their entire conversation, a mom of a 2-year-old (& I'm pretty sure she was pregnant again) was chatting with the mother of an elementary-aged child. These two moms had just met each other while working out. They talked about everything from discipline to potty training. Though I am not yet a mom, I understood and could sympathize with every comment they made. I was tracking with every situation they were describing, rolling my eyes when they did, giggling when they did, etc. 
The toddler's mom was describing her recent potty training endeavors (joy mixed with frustration) when she started talking about how she prays. She told the other mom how she prays for everyday grace from God, and how she finds herself stopping in the middle of frustrating situations to remind herself that God has granted her this "lot" for the day. It was sooooo cool! It was apparent that the elementary-aged mom was pretty clueless as to why toddler mom would do such a thing, and it was a beautiful lead-in to sharing the gospel!
Watching their conversation happen was such an encouragement and definite reminder to me of the situations our Lord puts us in to share the gospel of grace to this world! It was a reminder to be sensitive to the Spirit, to always be ready for any opportunity to boast of my Lord. May He continually be on the forefront of our minds.

Friday, July 11, 2008

411 Fath's Fun Fact Fridays

This new Blog themed Fridays is all due to the credit of Phil. There's a little history some might find useful to fully understand the "Fath" and the "fun facts" parts. First, Fath was a nickname I gained in college. As innocent little "wow-ies" we had name tags we were supposed to wear throughout the week. Well, whoever wrote my name decided to be artsy-fartsy with it, and the "K" for "Kathryn" ended up looking more like an "F." Therefore, my name tag ended up reading "Fathryn." Over time the nickname evolved to just plain "Fath." Only select friends are allowed to call me "Fath," so don't go getting any ideas. The fun facts part comes in because--according to the sources--I know a lot of random facts. But they're useful! In all reality, I'm surprised that most people don't know them anyway. Maybe you will stumble across some of mine that you already know, so good for you! But enjoy the rest...

It's hard coming up with a fact on the spot. Usually they're "in the moment" kind-of facts. I'll give you one I told Anna & Monique on the other day you might not know:

Did you know...?
...hairy legs on middle-aged men means that they have good circulation? Hairless legs on middle-aged men could be early signs of heart problems. I know, you 'll be looking every time you see a middle-aged man now...

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Birthday, MOM!

Today is my mom's birthday! A cute story about her life is that she was actually born in Germany but moved to America when she was just a few weeks old. She grew up in America like any average American child, but her dad told her that the 4th of July fireworks were for her. She was the only one who got fireworks on her birthday. She was led to believe this until she was seven or eight years old, and when she found out the truth (that the 4th of July is also Independence Day and the fireworks were for that), she was crushed!
Here are some things I appreciate about my mom:
  • she domesticated us. Seriously. Knowing how to cook, sew, clean, and do domestic things has been SO useful!
  • she is hospitable. Mom knows how to make anyone feel welcome into our home and always accommodates for the last-minute friends we are always bringing home.
  • she's a nurse. Mom's medical knowledge has saved us in many circumstances, and has potentially even saved a few of our friends lives. We always call her for medical advice before anyone else. Usually the doctor ends up telling us to do the exact same things that she already told us.
  • she is a giver. Anyone who knows my mom knows that she loves to give gifts. She is always thinking of someone else when she's out & about...and she never hesitates to purchase something "just because" it reminds her of someone. So fun!
  • her faith. Mom has a simple faith that believes the promises of God's Word are true. She is quick to pray and has a teachable heart. Her example is contagious!
I love you, Mom! Happy birthday!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Check out our God!

In Genesis, He's the breath of life
In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He's our high priest
In Numbers, the fire by night
Deuteronomy, He's Israel's Guide
Joshua, He's salvation's choice
Judges, He's Israel's Guard
In Ruth, the kinsmen's redeemer
1st and 2nd Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles He is Sovereign
In Ezra, He's the true and faithful scribe
In Nehemiah, the re-builder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He's Mordecai's courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms He is our morning song
In Proverbs, He is our wisdom
Ecclesiastes, He's the time and season
In Song of Solomon, He is the lover's dream
In Isaiah He is Prince of Peace
In Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, the call from sin
Daniel, the stranger in the fire
Hosea, the forever faithful
Joel, the spirit's power
Amos, the strong-arms that carry
Obadiah, the Lord our Savior
Jonah, the great missionary
Micah, the promise of peace
Nahum, our strength and shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He's brings revival
In Haggai He restores that which was lost
IN Zachariah, He's our fountain
And in Malachi, He's the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

In Matthew Mark Luke and John, He is God and Messiah
In the spirit filled book of Acts, He is the reigning fire from Heaven
In Romans, He is the grace of God
Corinthians, the power of love
Galatians, freedom from the curse of sin
Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servant's heart
Colossians, He's God and the trinity
Thessalonians, our calling King
In Timothy, Titus and Philemon, He's our mediator and our faithful pastor
In Hebrews, the everlasting courage
In James, the one who heals the sick
In 1st and 2nd Peter, our faithful shepherd
In John and Jude, He's the lover coming for His bride

AND in the Revelation, in the very end, when it's all over, said and done, when time is NO MORE. He is and will always be the
King of Kings and
Lord of Lords,
Prince of Peace,
son of Man,
Lamb of God,
The Great I am,
Alpha and Omega,
God and Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Vacation is Here!

Hi friends. I know it's been a while. Too long. Life as a nanny is busy, what can I say?! Well, I'm proud to announce that today is my SECOND day of vacation! Yay! I have the next THREE weeks off, and I'm already enjoying having the extra time! Summer moved in on Saturday, and since that deserves its own entry itself, I'll write more about that later.

My older sister came to visit for a few days. She got in yesterday evening and is leaving again on Thursday morning. She had an interview in Costa Mesa so decided to stay here with me! It's been so fun. I made dinner tonight to enjoy with Sarah (sister) and the roommates. So even though it's not Thursday, here's a yummy and EASY recipe! I tore it out of a CookingLight magazine recently. It's really affordable to make, too!

Mediterranean Garlic Chicken

1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 lb. small creamer potatoes, cut in bite-size chunks
1/4 cup canned whole olives, cut in half
1/4 cup California Sun-Dry Garlic with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
(found in the produce section in a glass jar)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon oregano

Toss all ingredients lightly in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl.
Cover (with paper towel) and MICROWAVE on high
for about 15 minutes
--I checked every five minutes and stirred--
or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender.

Serve with baby greens salad and sliced apples!
Yield: 4-5 servings