One hour? Do I have one hour? Well, I could eat lunch…or I could text a friend…or play “Words with Friends.” I could run my many errands, and drive over to Starbucks and get a quick coffee…but did I hear that there are some people meeting for an hour to pray?
My friend who runs Apple of His Eye Charity, felt compelled to open their office each day for prayer. One hour, Mon- Fri. from noon – 1pm. Who would come? Who would give up their lunch hour to pray for the orphan, widow, poor and forgotten around the world?
Tj was called to start this charity through a penny she found on the ground while running. She had been arguing with God about taking the next step, but God definitely got her attention during this prayer run. At first, she dismissed the dirty penny as worthless Continue reading
Wayde and I absolutely love being grandparents. Our hearts stop when Jordana and Johnathan reach out their little arms to us, when they cry out, “GiGi…Papa!” I’m constantly taking pictures. I want to record, to remember every moment. They grow up so fast. So, I got our pictures taken for Christmas; it was a beautiful morning. We had gotten up early to make sure we were ready in time, gathering some last-minute items to hopefully hold the babies’ attention so we could obtain that perfect picture. As we pulled up to the tree farm, I could just make out the top of the camper through the trees. I was excited to see the scene that our photographer, Kristi Crawford, had created for this season’s shoot. She did not disappoint us. It gave the feeling of being on a cozy winter holiday, far away from all the complications of life. Continue reading
Another Christmas fast approaches, prompting delightful memories of Christmas long past. Oh, the wonderful traditions that filled our days come December 1st! I was one of two girls, older than my sister, and “full of vinegar!” My memories are numerous. Those days it always snowed! Every Christmas was white. We lived in Northeast Portland on the corner juncture of four streets – Alameda Dr., Mason, 20th, and the hill that led down to Sabin grade school. That hill was long and even turned a corner! The sledding was amazing – for both us kids and our tireless parents.
We all knew each other well – as neighbors did in those days. Television was fairly new and radio was our old standby. Tucked in the breakfast nook, finally home from school, my sister and I could hardly wait for the radio to blare forth with: “And Here’s the Cinnamon Bear!” Half an hour Continue reading
On a crisp, clear morning 104 years ago, thousands of British, Belgian and French soldiers put down their rifles, stepped out of their trenches, and spent Christmas mingling with their German enemies along the Western front. In the hundred-plus years since, the event has been seen as a kind of miracle, a rare moment of peace just a few months into a war that would eventually claim over 15 million lives.
But what actually happened on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of 1914? And did they really play soccer on the battlefield?
To this day historians continue to disagree over the specifics: no one knows where it began or how it spread, or if, by some curious festive magic, it broke out simultaneously across the trenches. Nevertheless, some two-thirds of troops — about 100,000 people — are believed to have participated in the legendary truce. Continue reading
Ask people on the street for their opinion about the Bible and you’ll probably hear four very different answers. One response will likely state that the Bible is a good history book but not to be applied to modern life. A second group discounts the veracity of the Bible because it contains accounts of miracles, which puts the Bible in the same category as fairy tales. A third group of people thinks the Bible is only a rule book, giving moral advice that may be unrealistic for today. And a fourth group believes the Bible to be God’s love letter to every person of every generation in every culture. Do any of these responses sound like yours?
If I was asked today, I’d be among this fourth group. But this hasn’t always been the case. Until I was nearly twenty I lived as though the Bible was completely irrelevant to my life. I had absolutely no interest in its content. What changed? One night I heard that after I died, Continue reading
The holidays bring us so much, in many cases more than we need. Yet each of the winter holidays can deepen the meaning of our lives. We can venture away from the frazzle-dazzle of holidays.
But if you succumb to the frazzle-dazzle of “shop ’til you drop,” treat yourself. If your feet are dog-tired (pun intended) then treat yourself to a soothing footbath as soon as you can get those swollen feet out of those shoes. To refresh worn out tootsie-toes use a handful of fresh herbs, or 1/4 cup of dried if no fresh herbs available. Using a dishpan or large bucket, throw in some salt and water. To refresh feet use any or all of the following: bay leaves (those old ones in the cupboard?), lavender, marjoram, sage, thyme. Add vinegar if your feet itch. Continue reading
Last minute holiday shoppers will delight in the opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gift for loved ones this year. Join us for the annual Last Chance Holiday Bazaar, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds December 8th and 9th, 10am-4pm. Parking and admission are free.
The Columbia Gorge is abundant in talented artists and designers that are anxious to share their unique products, including fine clothing and accessories, pottery, photography, jewelry, home goods, and more! Browse over 40 local vendors with beautifully made arts and crafts, baby and kid items, decorations, baked goods, and gourmet food products. This is the perfect opportunity to find one-of-a-kind, last-minute Christmas items, and a great chance to connect with local Gorge artisans. Lunch options and beverages are available in the fair kitchen. Located in the community building, this is a fun, family-friendly event you won’t want to miss. Continue reading
Ah, splurge. The word itself is an indulgence to the tongue. Say it with gusto. But this is your conscience speaking: I am here to tell you to strive not to acquire more junk and in the process not spend beyond your means this holiday season. As parents we have an urge to give our children the best or the most or the seemingly one thing in the world that would make them happy (at least until the next toy comes along). But—and here is my rant—we in the United States of America possess too much stuff! Let us not train our children in a likewise manner. Our kids will have a big enough chore cleaning out our garages, attics and storage units when we downsize or leave this earthly realm anyway. Hint: start purging now! Continue reading
When I quit smoking cigarettes decades ago, I made a solemn vow not to become one of those obnoxious, smug ex-smokers who try to make life miserable for all the other smokers in the world.
Not for me the pious lectures on the evils and dangers of inhaling all those noxious gases, and tars, and nicotine. I promised to keep my mouth shut for three years, barely responding even when asked whether and how I had quit. Continue reading
It was early Sunday morning and I was listening to the radio as I was making my breakfast. On KXL they were doing an interview of Bill Russell, selected by Portland Metro Area Realtors to be Portland’s First Citizen. The name I recognized immediately because Bill and I were in the Gresham Rotary. What I didn’t know since many years have passed is that Bill is the executive director of the Union Gospel Mission. He has a background as a prosecuting attorney in Lewiston, Idaho. He witnessed many of those he was prosecuting go through the turnstile of prison and addiction to drugs, alcohol, and homelessness.
In 1982 Bill met Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship and he became the regional director overseeing programs in four western states. Upon leaving this ministry to join Union Gospel Mission he helped create LifeChange. This program requires responsibility to those seeking a better life.
At their downtown location 3 N.W. Third Avenue, they house 50 men in a residential live-in program and 38 women and children at their Continue reading