05 July 2015


"The day will be the most memorable in America.  I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival...it ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade...bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward, forevermore."
- John Adams, in a letter to his wife after the Continental Congress decided to proclaim the American colonies independent from Britain.

Thankful that this is the only rocket's red glare I know.


Randol Schoenberg: It's hard to believe Hitler once applied to be an art student here. 
Maria Altmann: I wish they'd have accepted him.


Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
- Daniel 3:24-25 (ESV)

pretty awesome VBS illustration, Ryan.


RaspaWednesday. It's become a thing.

(this week: Ice Ice Baby. We tried the Kids Creepy Crawler, Mango Lemon Lime and Strawberry Delight. One word- YUM!)

01 July 2015


Vacation Bible School at Instituto Isaias 55- the school for the deaf in Reynosa.
And I can't help but smile.

30 June 2015


Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
- Proverbs 16:24


Their excitement and delight was contagious, though I haven't tried the slide myself, not quite yet...

27 June 2015


"You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours."
"What is courage? Let me tell you what I think it is. An indefinable quality that makes a man put out that extra something, when it seems there is nothing else to give. I dare you to be better than you are. I dare you to be a thoroughbred."
Ok, maybe a bit extreme for today, but can't go wrong with some 'Erb, right mi futbolista? :-)


Turning an ordinary trip to the hardware store into something much more fun...

25 June 2015


“How can I make sure not just to coast through life living for the temporal and the trivial, but lift my eyes to that which is eternal? What’s going to matter not just 10 minutes or 10 days or 10 months from now, but 10 billion years from now based on what I do this week?” Give yourself to that."
- David Platt in "Should We Change How We Think About Missions?" Relevant blog, June 25, 2015

24 June 2015


     there is something 
inexpressibly beautiful 
about the world
     when the sun begins to rise
and fill the dim sky
with soft rays of light
     and only the birds are awake
to sing to you "good morning"
while everyone else
     is curled up in their beds
unaware of the magnificence 
they're missing
     and everything feels so simple
it's as if six a.m. is an epiphany
that sparks at your fingertips
     and spreads until
you are encompassed entirely 
by a feeling of clarity
     there is something 
inexpressibly beautiful
about being awake to behold
     the splendor of this world
while everyone else
is still asleep
- m.k.


Father of mercy and God of all comfort…
Show us how to handle deep disappointment and hurt, as redemptively as possible. 
Show us the difference between appropriate anger and destructive rage.
Show us how to pray down the gospel, lest we try to call down fire.
Show us how to hope when we want to hurl something.
Show us how to keep from importing old wounds into a new wound.
Show us how to listen to you quietly, 100 times more than we launch our opinions.
Show us how to grieve and lament, and not gossip and mock.
Show us the difference between worldly sadness and godly sorrow.
Show us what the gospel looks like in stories that seem to utterly contradict it.
Show us how to be still, and know that you are God.

23 June 2015


6 families.
20 kids.
Ultimate frisbee.
No rules soccer.
Just a few injuries (only in the parents. ahem.).
Cookie cake.
Laughs and jeers and cheers.
Happy birthday, E.


so thankful to be home.


but even better is
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)
(goofy fortunes! But a fun laugh after a full and good day and a delicious Chinese dinner with dear saints.)