Friday, December 30, 2011

It's a BOY!

Stephen Emanuel Moore
17 weeks

I've seen hundreds of ultrasounds revealing gender, but there is nothing like seeing one that announces your own grandchild.
Indescribable Joy!
And then to see your children's smiles...
Today I had the beautiful blessing of seeing my grandson,
Stephen Emanuel

 For you created his inmost being;
you knit him together in his mother’s womb.
I praise you because he is fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
 Psalm 139:13-14

Farewell 2011

Sam's first snow!
Julian, California
     Zoo Time
  Memorial Day
Photo shoot with SunFlare Photography
Fun morning at Rice
Sprinkler Fun
Church Camp
Summer Fun
Mount Hood Trip

Cannon Beach Trip
Tammy's 50th Birthday
Baylor Homecoming

Sam's Second Birthday

DCB Farewell Concert
Baby Moore is on the Way!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Today marks 35 years of marriage with my very best friend. It's been a wild ride of unspeakable joy! Oh, how I love this man! I wake up to him; I close the day with him and wish that every moment in between could be spent with the one that makes me a little better each day. Each step is a little sweeter, my beloved.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I love this scene from the The Chronicles of Narnia. Do you remember it?
“A circle of grass, smooth as a lawn, met her eyes, with dark trees dancing all around it. And then-oh joy! For he was there, the huge Lion, shining white in the moonlight, with his huge black shadow underneath him. But for the movement of his tail he might have been a stone lion, but Lucy never thought of that. She never stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that she was kissing him and putting her arms as far around his neck as she could and burying her face in the beautiful rich silkiness of his mane.
“Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan,“ sobbed Lucy “At last.”
The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell half sitting and half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and just touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all around her. She gazed up into the large wise face.
“Welcome, child,” he said.
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one, “ answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
So as one year of Bible study ends and another begins, do you find Him bigger?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I must remember

crossbeam tearing wounded flesh
hammer striking iron
shrieks of unfathomable pain
drops of redemption blood
wincing with each agonizing breath
trembling limbs stretched
startled eyes searching the heavens
haunting thoughts of abandonment and betrayal
uncontrollable sobs from a grieving mother
jeers from a lost crowd
repentant cries from a thief
merciful eyes forgiving humanity 
pierced for our rebellion
crushed for our sins 
 man of sorrows 
acquainted with deepest grief

He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness;
by his wounds you have been healed. I Peter 2:24


Monday, April 4, 2011


Laid wide open like a butterfly pinned to board.

Shame blushes...Every dirty pore, every weak fiber, even the sacred places...


Fears, dreams, words

Placed on the auction block.


No place to cower, no chance for retrieval.

I grasp for cover and Jesus tenderly offers

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Annual heart checkup

It's that time of year when I see my heart specialist. I have "hiccups" in my heart rhythm, so he runs a yearly EKG and re-evaluates my medicines. Oh yeah...I have to step on the scales as well and I usually get "fussed at"! I always feel exposed during this visit. The EKG doesn't lie, telling my doctor and me if my heart is in sync; the scales rat out my secret snack attacks.

I do like the timing of this visit, though, as it falls close to Easter, reminding me to visit with God about my spiritual heart condition. Exposing the ugly places of my sinful heart is uncomfortable, but necessary for my journey with God. Would you join me in doing some serious reflection during these last few weeks leading up to the greatest celebration in history?

Consider taking a few minutes each day to ask yourself these questions:

Is my heart divided between God and other things?

Do I love Him with wholehearted devotion?

Is my heart in rhythm with the things God loves?

Does my heart skip a beat when I think about worldly things?

Are there any heart conditions in which I need God's healing, like pride, selfishness, dishonesty, ingratitude?

Is there something I need to fast from during this Lenten season in order to make my heart healthy?

Proverbs 4:23 reminds us that we have to guard our hearts at all cost.

Let's get heart healthy together!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Messiah has made things up between us so that we're now together on this, non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. Ephesians 2:14. Msg.

Walls! Easier to build than to tear down. The apostle Paul encouraged Jews and Gentiles to finish the demolition process that Christ on the cross had begun. His shed blood formed the foundation for the two groups to unite and grow as one Church.

Walls! We all keep one around our hearts. Don't let anyone in...don't become vulnerable and show our hurts, mistakes, weakness. We keep adding bricks each time we feel pain or embarrassment.

Walls! Easier to tear down the ones that separate groups and differences than to let down the personal barrier that guards us from possible exposure. Shouldn't that be the first wall to fall?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"I can't believe she just said that to me!" "She calls herself a Christian and acts like that?"
Yep, it's true; friends on the inside of the church can be just as irritating as those on the outside.
Sometimes, they make us want to run away from the whole Sunday thing!
But then I can't help think how much Christ loved His church, warts and all. He must have for crying out loud; He went and died for her. Check out Ephesians 5:25-27 for yourself. Jesus deeply cared for His followers and He knew it would be a lifelong process of learning how to trust and obey Him before they looked even close to His image.
Look at Paul, one of the greatest teachers in the New Testament church. He knew he had not reached perfection. So how much do you look like the God who died for you? I know I have a long way to go! But Jesus still adores me, even when I fall short of His great desires for me.
I guess I'll stick close to this crazy group that calls itself "Christians" and begin to forgive some of the same behavior I'm guilty of displaying. If it's good enough for Christ, than it's good enough for me.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Courtesy of her wonderful mommy!
Happy Valentine's Day...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

We talked about letters last week. They still count!
We never want to miss the opportunity to speak blessing over each other's lives.
May I leave some words for you today?

My sweet girls,
You are so very precious to me. I think of you so often during the week and try each day to pray over your day. You are a light in your classroom, on your team, on your facebook wall, so I want you strengthened against the enemy's attack. There is NOT ONE thing that you could do that would separate you from my love and esteem for you.
Thank you for putting up with my gray hair, my hearing loss and my lack of relevance at times. I'm trying to figure out all of the new technology and the latest musical group, but of course, I need your help!!! But this I hope you know, my passion for you and God's Truth is never out of style. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and my desire for you to cling to Him is renewed every single day.
Each one of you is beautiful and unique, God's cherished treasure! Thank you for the honor of walking with you. We are on an amazing journey, each of us at a different pace, but together we, even the "Old One" will grow in wisdom and grace.
May the Father who delights in and sings over you, protect and bless you until we gather again.
Always in need of Grace,

Monday, January 31, 2011

A split moment...a bad decision...perhaps, a lifetime of sad consequence.
Life bumps; we spill whatever fills us.
Tears... anger... revenge? or kind, life-giving words and deeds? Overflow touches another heart in the deep places.
One bad decision sets into motion a whirlwind of emotional consequences. Even the almost unnoticed choices can wound another.
Sometimes we need to pause and ask God to define what's filling us before our eruptions damage lives.
What's filling you these days? Jealous... bitterness... or.. joy and truth?
Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Matt. 12:34.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tuesdays with Beth... Charges fed and delivered to the "animal" rooms...women folk embrace and smile love into each other's eyes...Holy words fill the air. Tuesday has arrived and Jesus is our host! Study with Beth knits the generations tightly together; each sharing its unique blend... wrapping His fold with encouragement. Tears tumble freely as we expose the dark hours and welcoming laughter lightens the load. Beth unwraps the Hope and we hide it in the deep places. God graces us with His arrival. Tuesdays cradle our questions and the absent days gird our prayers.
God continues to carve a tender Bride in our gathering place, etching His image on our hearts.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Rule Number One: Don't dare break one of them. Fear keeps a faithful walk on the straight and narrow, but what if that fear to stray prevents the commitment to thrive. I alone carve the sacred commandment to obey others' expectations. Self-inflicted imprisonment. So afraid to disappoint or incur judgement. Abandon the image others paint of me? An intriguing possibility. Go ahead, self...break one!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Four years of survival. That's all. Treading water...Counting hours...Girding myself for the next assault. The onslaught of losses taking its toll. As the year bids its final farewell, I find myself ready to leave the wasteland. No more just surviving, ready for a season with a pulse. Ready to thrive!
That's going to require putting off some old things: guilt, beating myself up, others' perceptions. Time to breathe...Time to risk...Time to move...
We're launching 2011 with a feast of Truth!
Begin memorizing each of these beautiful scriptures and get excited about our celebration later this month.

You are created.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

You are chosen.
The Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession. Deuteronomy 14:2

You are celebrated.
He will take great delight in you...He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

You are cherished.
I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jeremiah 31:3

It's all about relationship.