We all appreciate feedback, but hate mail is never fun. Thanks to those of you who send kind and thoughtful responses. They're almost as sweet as the flowers W brought home last week.
How we'd love to have you sit at the table with us so we could hear your stories, too! What are the best things that have happened to you the past month or so?
Meanwhile, the living room has shed its black and white for blue accents. I do love slipcovers. I'm biding my time to change the black sofa to a sunnier color. It's still rainy season. I have to wait for another surge of energy, I guess.
We loved to travel, meet new people, and see distant places. W is even more adventurous than I, so he plans most of our excursions.
"So Creative!" says the driver. He figures it was put up in August to celebrate National Day. Still looks cool.
The country is packed with flowers - I spotted this one tucked behind huge leaves near the house.
sprayed black lacquer over the gold lines.
(Left is before; right is after.)
Bandung International Church. The bouquets are often spectacular, as you can see! When we visit people, we take the blooms along - or deconstruct larger arrangements - as a BIC hello.
We ate out a few times with our daughter. This little not-quite-oval plate of brownies was a feast for the eyes as well as a base for the delicious snack. (We split one. I'm trying to be good.)
For those who care to look, life is beautiful.
*Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. Job 11:7-9 NIV
*In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel. For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long. Psalm 71:1-8 NIV
*I will save you that you may become a blessing. Zechariah 8:13 NASB
*I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy. 1 Timothy 1:12-13
Moravian Prayer: Forgiving God, thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon us. Your mercy and forgiveness saved us, and we are eternally grateful. May our service to you be worthy of your love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.