Saturday, December 31, 2005
We don't have much else planned for to celebrate New Years. We wil just stay at home and listen to the neighbors shooting off fireworks.
Anyway, you all have a safe and happy New Year!
Friday, December 30, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, do lean not unto your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge the Lord, and He will make your paths straight."
Sounds easy, huh?
Well, yesterday, I didn't do that. I trusted in my own efforts (made a conscious decision to do so) and today, I paid for it. Turns out, I worked all day long yesterday on a project. And I mean worked hard on it! Well, since I had decided that it was a "no brainer" and I didn't need God's help, I totally messed it up. Wasted the entire day yesterday, which affected two other entities in the work that they have to do to clean it all up.
But, God is good; all the time. All the time, God is good.
It wasn't as bad as it could have been and the one for whom it meant the most work turned out to be a gracious woman of God who has forgiven and already fixed the problem that it present to her. I contacted the other entitiy and they hadn't completed the task on their end and was able to stop her staff from entering any more data, which would have ended up being double work for them.
Thank you God for looking out for me. You are such an awesome God!
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Are you "playing" Christian today? Quit playing and start living. The best Gift has already been given. Just accept it. Take the Gift into your heart and truly live.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
It is Christmas Eve in
Merry Christmas to you and yours. In the words of a friend of mine, “may you have a Christ-centered, non-politically correct Christmas!”
Thursday, December 22, 2005
The Reason for the Season
Here in Thailand, people are beginning to put up Christmas trees, holiday music is played in the stores and folks are starting to celebrate Christmas. However, if you ask any of them what is the reason for the season, they will say things like "to show love" "to give gifts" "to have a party". They do not know that the reason for the celebration is the birth of the King of Kings. Jesus was born 2005 (more or less) years ago. It is for THIS REASON that we celebrate; not to simply give gifts. We give gifts because of the gift that God gave us in Jesus. We also follow the tradition of the wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus, so many years ago. And, of course, that gift now gives us the free gift of eternal life and forgiveness for sins, if we ask Jesus to save us and believe in Him.
This Christmas, instead of just tearing into the presents and stuffing yourself silly, how about a true reflection on the real meaning of Christmas. If you have a Bible, turn to Luke chapter 2 and read the story. If you don't have a Bible, go to this web site and read the section online.
Have yourself a very Merry, blessed, Christmas and may the real joy and peace that comes only from the Creator God reign in your life in the new year.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
This is a short list of things I saw this morning on my drive to work:
- a foreign man out jogging in shorts and muscle shirt;
- a Thai guard bundled up in winter hat, coat, and gloves; huddled over a fire trying to get warm;
- two stray(?) dogs sitting directly across the road from each other, seemingly guarding the road like two statues in front of a bank;
- a large dump truck completely full of people (all bundled with warm clothes) on the way to a work site;
- a newly painted bridge, even though they painted over the bare re-bar exposed from vehicle damage;
- motor cyclist driving down the wrong side of the road;
- a car driving down the wrong side of the road;
- a man leading two very large white Asian cows down the road;
- a woman taking her kids to school; (big deal you say? well, there were four of them on the little motor cycle!)
- a tree of beautiful orange flowers;
- a woman walking down the street in her pajamas; (no, she wasn't an insane person!)
- a 300 year old woman peddling her way on a bike; (well, she looked that old!)
- a bunch of chickens will little chicks spilling out into the roadway;
and more, just on the way to work this morning.
Ain't Thailand great?!?
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
There was a news report of a death attibuted to the cold(!) weather!
I didn't realize it was THAT cold. It wasn't quite "crisp", but I thought it is very, very nice.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
The Christmas House. Wow.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
We are going to miss living in Chiang Mai. We love it here and will miss our friends a bunch.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I never thought that a little "exterior illumination" would be so difficult to maintain! First, on Monday, my little "gazebo" lighting display decides to have some sort of short, triggering the GFI for the entire house. No matter which cord I unplug, it flips the breaker. I still haven't gotten that taken care of. Then, last evening, it started raining and it flipped the GFI AGAIN!!! Bummer.
Just call me Clark W. Griswold.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Sally and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by dining at the "Le Coq d'Or" (the Golden Rooster) this evening. It was quite possibly the nicest restaurant I have ever had the opportunity to dine in. It was beautiful, elegant, romantic, delicious, and quite expensive. But worth it once a year! I had french onion soup, Sally had Shitake mushroom soup; I had Caesar salad. Sally had a very nice steak Dianne; I had pan fried snow fish. We then finished with a spectacular crepes suzette, with coffee (for me) and tea. What a wonderful evening!
I love you, Sally.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
It was a 4.1 on the Richter Scale with an epicenter in Hang Dong, about 19 miles from my house!
I called a friend up in extreme northern Thailand, to see if he felt it, too, but he had been driving on a bumpy mountain road at the time and didn't feel anything. I tried to call a friend in Bangkok, but her phone was on "voice mail".
At this point, I can't find any "real" information about it; scale, epicenter, damage, etc. As soon as I find out something, I'll let you know.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
I thought this was pretty funny and something that parent's in the States don't have to say. It is an "overseas parenting problem". You see, the kids know what is here, what is at Toys R Us in Hong Kong and Singapore, and what is back at Wal-Mart! The problem is, there is no Wal-Mart or Toys R Us in Chiang Mai, so, some of the things that they may ask for would be IMPOSSIBLE for "Santa" to bring! Egads!
Friday, December 02, 2005
(now I think I might need a few more lights in my trees.)