August 12

Wow!!!………..

Yesterday afternoon my grandson and I embarked on a little journey.  He wanted to see the end of the road so we got our lunch courtesy of the local electric cooperative and gassed up and set out.

We stopped at the visitor’s pavilion and ate there.  Then we continued on.  As we passed many different sites along the way I of course gave my grandson some commentary.  He was driving.

We got to the end of the road and he was quite distressed that we could not cross the river and continue on to the glacier.  I had told him this and he actually knew it, but he was still distressed.

On our way back to town, we stopped at One Eyed Pond, the recreation area next to it, Alaganik Slough where we got out and walked the boardwalk, and Sheridan Glacier. It began to rain quite heavily, but we got out and walked to the point where you can see the glacier.  We were soaked, but my grandson was happy we did this.

He grilled some salmon for our dinner while I made the salad and cheesy potatoes.

Then we made Swedish tea ring and a loaf of bread and delivered them to the pastor and the youth pastor which was all my grandson’s idea.  He had some left for his breakfast today.

It was interesting to view these places through his eyes.  I have been to all of these places many times, but it was obvious he saw them through new eyes.  He immediately started planning our next family reunion and of course it would be in Cordova.  He actually wants it next year, but I reminded him that we do it every two years and next year we have a graduation and a wedding in our family.

He has always loved Cordova and when his family moved he was not happy.  He would come back here in a heartbeat, but that is not to be as nearly as I can see.

I encouraged him to be happy where he is and to find ways to be a blessing to his family.  After working on the Sustainability badge for Boy Scouts and being in Cordova I think he has a new appreciation for money and what it can mean for a family.

Being a grandmother reminds me that our job of parenting is never really through.  We have many opportunities to be an influence in the lives of our kids and their families and we can make a big difference.

Father, I am thankful for my grandson’s appreciation of Cordova, for a fresh look at familiar places.  I am thankful that he treasures our family reunions so much.  You have blessed me abundantly and I praise you.  Amen.

Luke 6:38

August 11

Lessons learned….

Yesterday I had my grandson install some under the counter lights in the kitchen.  It was pretty funny to witness the process.  It reminded me so much of his dad at just the same age.  They both have hot tempers and they both expect things  to turn out a certain way. My grandson acted just like his dad and got very frustrated in the process.  However, he persevered and the installation turned out well.

Nevertheless, we were presented with a problem.  The remote does not work.  Well, that is actually inaccurate.  It doesn’t work on the newly installed lights, but it does turn the old lights off and on.  We tried everything and could not come up with a resolution other than just plugging and unplugging the cord.  I am sure we will eventually get to the bottom of it.

In the course of the installation I told my grandson why his dad pushes him to do these things and that his grandpa had pushed his dad.  He told me that he knew that and understood it, but it was hard to do tasks that were not easy for him.

Isn’t that true of all of us?  We don’t like to do things that don’t come easily for us. But God offers us help and he says if we trust in him, he will give us the strength to accomplish the task.  It is hard to remember that in the heat of the moment when we are trying to accomplish a task and we’re having problems.  We have to constantly remind ourselves of those promises of help and then the big thing is actually believing them and trusting in them.

I have a couple of situations facing me in which I am leaning on God to provide the answers.  My co-worker can’t believe I am not totally stressed. I keep telling her God will give me the answers I need.  They may not be the exact ones I want, but I am sure that He has a plan and I need to be patient and wait for that plan to unfold.

Father, I am so thankful I can put my problems in your hands and know that you will provide the answers I need.  I rest in complete confidence and trust in you.  “Smile your blessing, smile” as your words in Psalm 80: 3 say.  Thank you.  Amen.

Psalm 80:3-6

 

August 9

Motivators…..

Success.  Yes, I finished the photo books before the deadline and when I placed my order I got the 60% discount which was a savings of $100.00.  That discount was the big motivator to finish by yesterday.  I actually wanted to get them done in a timely manner, but there is nothing like a motivator to move me to the goal quickly.

I suspect that this is true of many people, but I wonder if certain motivators are better than others.  Money is always a big motivator for most people.  In school one would think that a higher grade would be a motivator, but this is not always true. Maybe it is the perception of success upon reaching the goal that is the real motivator.

Jesus encourages us to work heartily and to do that work in secret.  Paul encourages us to work heartily for the Lord and not for man.  We need to be motivated to work and the knowledge that the Lord who sees in secret will reward us in secret should be our motivator.

Father, let me be motivated by you to do my best work and to know that this will please you.  Give me direction and help me to be successful.  Amen.

Matthew 6:1-4; Colossians 3:23

 

 

 

August 8

Teenagers….

My grandson requested a sleepover last night and this morning he told me they had been awake all night.  I was busy making banana bread and pumpkin bread for their breakfast and I could hear them, but when I finished it was totally quiet in their room, so I am guessing sleep finally overtook them.  My grandson told me they weren’t sleepy, but I know how that goes.

I would think he would be sleepy just from all the work we did yesterday.  We got his blueberry jam made and in jars.  We made a rhubarb custard pie which he really wanted to do.  And we discussed a lot of other baking ideas too.  It was fun working together.

When I think of our kitchen efforts, I am reminded that most things are easier when they are undertaken by more than one person.  Having another one there to talk to, to discuss how things are going makes tasks easier and seem to take less time.

Of course we always have someone there to help us shoulder the Lord.  The Holy Spirit that God has given us never leaves us or forsakes us.  It seems that sometimes we forget that help and assume that we are all alone, but that is simply not the case.  As long as we can remind ourselves of the presence and help, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, we can work with renewed energy and focus.

Father, the gift of your Holy Spirit is such a blessing.  Help me to keep my mind and eye on you.  Amen.

John 14:26

 

August 7

Photoshop…

I had another Photoshop lesson this morning.  I asked one of my former students to come instruct me.  She is a lot better than I am and has used all of the tools a lot more than I have.  I am confident that if I used Photoshop as much as the kids do I would be a lot more proficient at it.

She helped me learn some new tricks and we talked about extra projects for the students when they finish learning how to use the tools.  She is also willing to give me help during the semester if I get stuck.

I love being able to get help from my former students.  I am encouraged that they are such great learners and willing to share their expertise.  I am also encouraged that college is going so well for them.  This particular student is very happy at school and feels that the college gave her a great head start which is a blessing to me.

Father, thank you for help which arrives in so many different ways.  I am always amazed and blessed.  Amen.

Isaiah 40:10

August 6

Blueberries…..

It was great to be at church and to see everyone.  After being gone for three Sundays, it felt good to be home.  The kids were very responsive and I was happy to teach them.

After church and my visit to the hospital, my grandson and I went blueberry picking.  He drove to our destination.  Kansas requires 50 hours of driving before he can get his actual license so he is keen to drive here as much as possible.  I am sure that once school starts for him his driving time will be greatly curtailed.

We weren’t very successful in getting a lot of blueberries.  We went to one of our favorite spots and looked high and low for blueberries.  There is a lot of evidence that more blueberries are coming, but they appear to be very late this year.  My flowers have been late too so it seems to fit in with the theory that we had a cold snap that set everything back.

We are about a fourth cup short of the amount of berries needed for our jam project so we may look again in another spot tomorrow.  I am hoping we get enough as this is one of Luke’s favorite summer activities and the last time he came we had to resort to fireweed jelly as there were no blueberries at all.

I am sure that everything will work out.

Father, thank you for loving us so much and giving us special times that we can hold in our memory.  I love you.  Amen.

Philippians 1:3-5

 

 

 

August 5

Friends…..

My grandson is visiting from Kansas.  He used to live in Cordova and really wanted to see his old friends, but so far he has only been able to get in contact with one of them.  I thought about flying him to see his best friend who is working on a family boat, but the price is just too high so that friend will have to wait until another time.

The good thing is that he has made another friend and has been spending time with both boys.  He took them to the Home Port at church tonight and they had a great time.  One boy’s step grandma told me how great it was to hear him really laugh and have fun.

I can see my grandson’s leadership in other ways too.  He is able to encourage younger kids to do the right thing without getting them angry.  That is a great skill to have.  He is a leader in his Scout troop back in Kansas and I am glad he is being encouraged to develop that skill.

There are always times when your leadership skill will be tested and I know that will confront my grandson.  I will keep praying that he will be strong and remember what he has been taught about the Lord Jesus and that he will make good decisions.  We have talked about this and about consequences and he understands my concern for which I am thankful.

Father, thank you for blessing me with a great grandson and giving him skills which he is using wisely.  Help him to continue to grow in Christ and to accept his leadership role.  Amen.

I Timothy 4:12