2012 In Review

By Sunday, December 30, 2012 0 0

Clockwise from top left: First snow; in Mama’s sweater; nine months out; new camera lens

In January, I unintentionally picked a yes word for 2012. Was 2012 a yes year? I’m not sure. Enough people said “yes” to partnership that we are nearly 50% supported. I am still learning the art of being a yes mom who also maintains a clean and organized home but doesn’t idolize it. February was full of love and sweet photos of Susanna. In March, I stepped onto my soapbox about an important issue, sponsored a little lady from Peru (who then moved, but was replaced by World Vision with Yasmina from a nearby village), and began to reevaluate how we do youth ministry. April brought more ministry posts, including one about church planting and another about salty living.

Clockwise from top left: 10 months old, Mother’s Day gift, Happy Fourth of July, eating blueberries, first birthday

May brought a precious moment in discipleship, visions of 100%. In June, I went to my 10 year reunion, blogged from our mission agency and celebrated the best gift ever. Summer posts included some lists, a post about rejection, a recap of how God is working in (“Godless”) Portland, what God is doing in us while we wait.

Summer in September; pumpkin patch; Thanksgiving smiles; cute in the cold

September was our summer in Seattle, but I still found time to just write. After posting two silly things in October, I tried my hand at a series on praying for missionaries during NaBloPoMo. Finally, in December, I recapped the year, took a few photos, and began to think about my word and plans for 2013.

We celebrated Christmas simply this year, with nearby family. Susanna looked darling in her Christmas dress.

Sihon Christmas 2012-12-22 024

I’d love to see your year recaps, so post links in the comments!

Resources {Day 29}

By Thursday, November 29, 2012 0 0

Here are some resources, articles and links I have found useful in praying for missionaries around the world. Our resources page has lists and articles for supporting, loving, and learning more about missions as well.

The Dry Well {Day 13}

I have been thinking and praying about this post for a few days now, but I am feeling depleted. Even as I am willing to take liberties with the month’s theme, writer’s block plagues me. Sometimes, the well runs dry.

Those statements are true in life as well. The people you pray for might be struggling with “blocks” of their own. Roadblocks to ministry, volitional blocks among the people they serve, or blocks set up by the enemy to deter, discourage or delay God’s work. Pray against anything that hinders their ministry. Sometimes, the well feels as though it has run dry. But He is the Living Water. Pray for refreshment.

He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.” -Jeremiah 17:8

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God? -Psalm 42:1-2

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – (Jesus in) Matthew 11:29

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered. -Proverbs 11:25

Don’t Forget Birthdays {Day 2}

By Friday, November 2, 2012 0 0

In honor of the third birthday of Seasoned With Salt, I want to emphasize an annual opportunity we have to pray for missionaries and tell them we’ve prayed: birthdays.

It’s no secret that I love my birthday, but I am not trying to increase the number of cards in my mailbox. Rather, I want to point out that birthdays are a great opportunity not only to pray for a missionary, but to encourage him as well.

On our birthdays, pray that God would give us the strength to serve Him another year. Pray that we would express gratitude to our Lord for the time He has given us, and that we would use our time wisely and effectively for Him. Pray that we would seek Him anew, and find our joy and rest in Him alone, despite difficult circumstances.

Our family celebrations are noted in our About Us page.

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Links for Lazy Summer Evenings

By Wednesday, July 18, 2012 0 0
Susanna Jane's 1st birthday party, 6-30-12

Photo by Kellie O’Brien

Some of the things I’m saving, printing out, cooking or loving on the internet these days.

50 scriptures to memorize. I want to do this as a family!
♥ It is time to babyproof our bathroom, because Susanna loves to open drawers and cabinets. Here’s my new medicine cabinet plan.
♥ “Jesus loves the outcasts. He loves the ones the world just loves to hate.” Relient K
This for our bedroom wall, which features photos of Spain. With the heart over Madrid, of course.
♥ Don’t click this link unless you really, really really like puns. Like, a lot.
♥ My sweet grandparents celebrate 50 years of marriage next summer. Thanks to Pinterest, the planning starts now!
♥ My friend Elizabeth, on being brave. That we would all go after our dreams with such intention, and with the support we deserve.
♥ Many bloggers do lists like this, but to this day the most popular post on Seasoned With Salt was inspired by Elizabeth, and this one was too.