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Today I’m looking over my past week to see where some of the blessings are. Doing this shows me that my life has enough. Enough connections, enough answered prayers, enough happiness.
To share your blessings and show that you have enough leave a comment here. Or go to Susanne’s at Living to Tell the Story and link up your FFF post.
1. I finished a book: Carpe Mañana: Is Your Church Ready to Seize Tomorrow? by Leonard Sweet. Here are some of his thoughts that are making me THINK!
- We are now living in a world where each person can create their own world. Do you share the same media life as your children? What about you and your spouse?
- What are the implications for faith of living in a world where everyone inhabits different realities? (p 60)
- In every arena of life, we are facing the inconceivable. Everyday existence has become s sci-fi chapter. In fact, science fiction can hardly keep ahead of reality. In the lifetimes of most natives [folks born after 1962] and the lifetimes of their children, there will be raised the most stupendous ethical challenges and brow-knitting puzzlements ever faces by humankind. Life is now a moral chess game of enormous complexity. (p 91)
- The people of planet Earth are getting fatter . . . while the people of planet Earth are starving to death. In 2000, half the world’s population is struggling with obesity, while 1.3 billion people live on less than a dollar a day. (p 129)
- In a world of doomsayers, how can the Christian be a doomslayer, one who has, in G.K. Chesterton’s words, “hardened his heart with hope” and sings and slings that heart at a lost world? (p 29)
2. I bought 4 tops to go with 4 skirts for my India trip. Now all I need to get “clothing-wise” is a poncho and travel towel.
3. I now have complete funding for the missions trip to India. THANKS to all who supported me through donations, encouragement and prayers. We leave July 29th.
4. On Sunday I met with a couple of gals from my college cohort. We haven’t met for 7 years. We started with an even dozen folks in our cohort at William Jessup University. By the time the 2 year program ended, we had 4 women and 3 men.
5. A friend sewed for me. I needed a queen sheet folded in half (length-wise) and sewed together like a sleeping bag. Since that turned out to be a smallish space, Michelle sewed in an extra strip along the long side. Now I am ready to sleep anywhere when in India. And Michelle is going to sew two more: one for my sista and one for my niece. THANKS, Michelle.
1. India dinner Fundraiser. On Saturday we fed about 75 paying customers. Our hope was that everyone would get excited about India. I think that goal was achieved. After expenses we made a little more than $1,000. That in itself was a blessing.
Other blessings included: Consistent help in advertising from a friend (Pam) who also brought in half of the raffle prizes, unexpected help (Gennifer), last-minute raffle entry (from Dan), lovely food (Mike & crew), and beautiful tables (Mark). Another friend (Gillian) helped me to make Chai ice cream and ginger cookies. There are more folks who helped and we are GRATEFUL. This truly was a team event – thanks everyone.
2. Framed photo collages. When my daughter was here she filled 2 (empty of pictures from folks I know) photo collages. One frame has photos from family members. The other frame has photos from my New Zealand trip (including 2 from Hobbiton). These photo collage frames have been on my office wall (empty) for at least a year!
3. Skirts. When we teach and go to church in India, we have to wear skirts. I don’t wear skirts and so needed to buy some. Have you priced skirts lately? $60 is a common price and they weren’t the style I needed (long and untailored). So I went to a thrift store and found four! What’s even better is that my sister and I can share them. Now she doesn’t have to go shopping. Tops are next – but that’s for next week’s Friday’s Fave Five.
4. Friend time. Friend time included watching Despicable Me 2, eating shawarma and frozen yogurt, and having a chat. It was a refreshing and encouraging time.
5. Quote to live by. I found this a couple of weeks ago, but I keep referencing it, so needed to share it.
Your Turn . . .
- Leave a comment sharing one or more of your favourite blessings from this week.
- Or write a post and link up at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.
- Leave a comment about one of my faves. It is always encouraging to get a comment!
What happened this week that makes you grateful? Below are five “grateful” things I am sharing with the gals who participate in Friday’s Fave Five (FFF).
ONE: Completed Visa. Some of the India Team Members met on Wednesday night. First we dined on hot dogs and chips. Then we tried to sort out the complicated mass of instructions for the visa. I will mail it today and pray I/we did it properly. Please join me in this prayer. NOTE: Our yard sale fundraiser was a success.
TWO: Thinking God’s Thoughts. The below verses are my verses for this birthday year. I can remember where it is because I am fifty-five this birthday year and the verses are found in Isaiah fifty-five: 8-9. Sometimes I need a reminder that God’s thoughts and plans are way different from mine. And that’s good.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
THREE: Decluttered Kitchen. My daughter, Elizabeth, was here giving an “Art and Martial Arts” Camp for 3 families. She had some extra time for me. One thing I am especially grateful for is that she decluttered my kitchen. I actually have empty spaces. I am not in the kitchen like when my children were growing up. So I don’t need a service for 12 or tons of pots, utensils, etc.
FOUR: Art for the Hallway: As part of Elizabeth’s camp, she and the kiddos created an art tape mural. It was layered onto 1.5 walls of the children’s ministry (cm) wing. It is a spectacular and fun sight to greet all who enter into the cm wing.
FIVE: Community Prayer Meeting. As part of the July 4th festivities, our community had an outdoor worship service. This 2 hour service interspersed singing with praying. Various community clergy led us in prayer about our community: schools, first responders, homeless, etc. This was an encouraging event because of the prayer and praise but also because it brought a majority of the churches together.
NOTE: I didn’t celebrate the 4th of July this year (no fireworks, parade, waffle/ice cream breakfast) because of the flu. However, I AM very grateful to live in America despite her flaws: 5 Reasons I Love My Country.
Your Turn . . . Share your five faves in the comments or write a post and link to Susanne’s FFF.
1. Rainy days in northern CA in June are rare. I love warm rain and the fact that the temps were not in the 100′s.
2. Meeting with a Sunday preschool teacher had an unexpected ending. One of our main preschool teachers (Lynette) was just hired for a full-time (preschool) job in the Fall. I thought for sure she’d have to resign from her Sunday duties. But, NO! We talked about how to make it work for her. I am chuffed! She is an excellent, intuitive teacher who loves the kiddos and they love her.
3. Meeting with a Kids Church teacher was encouraging. This teacher, Jeanne, has great ideas and loves teaching the kiddos. I recently sent her this book: Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for Life. She is a musician as well as a teacher and found some ideas that will work for our Kids church program. She is keen to help our kiddos worship and make a relationship with God their own.
4. I am finally using a present I got back in March. I don”t use many scented products because they upset my stomach and many are too greasy. But this gift passes the “stomach” test and the “no-grease feel” test too. I love the smell and feel of CO Bigelow Lemon & Pomegranate Body Cream.
5. Grand-daughter photos always brighten my day. My daughter-in-love sent one via text and posted one on Facebook. I think there is no such thing as getting too many grandchild photos!
BONUS 1. If you are looking for a TASTY cake dessert, you MUST try this Upside Down German Chocolate Cake.
You won’t be sorry.
BONUS 2. A friend killed a black widow spider for me. We were in the church garage and I felt the tell-tale sticky web and then saw the tell-tale red hour-glass. Marsha, with no shivering, took off her shoe and used it to smack that beauty and her egg sac. Marsha is my hero!!!
Your Turn . . . Post a fave of yours or go to Susanne’s Living to tell the Story to post your own FFF.
I like reading books written for children and adolescents. I like looking for the “lesson” each one has. The latest book I finished is The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo.
My favourite character was the mouse who stayed true to his calling. He did the hard things even when he thought he couldn’t succeed.
When I read I like to collect quotes. I like to ponder them and see how they apply to my life. For this Friday’s Fave Five, I found five favorite quotations.
ONE. ” . . . an interesting fate (sometimes involving rats, sometimes not) awaits almost everyone , mouse, or man, who does not conform,” (25). The non-conformists are also the ones who are world changers.
TWO. “Say the word “quest” out loud. It is an exextraordinary word, isn’t it? So small and yet so full of wonder, so full of hope.” (221) Reading this quote makes me want to go on a quest. You, too?
THREE.. “… nothing is sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name. Nothing.” (258) Especially if that name is mom, auntie or whatever my non-speaking grand-daughter (she’s not even 3 months old yet) will call me.
FOUR.. “And hope is like love . . . a ridiculous, wonderful, powerful thing.” (134) Hope and quests are like the 2 parts of velcro. You need both sides to make it work.
FIVE. “Might just as well be happy, seeing as it doesn’t make a difference to anyone but you if you are or not,” said the soldier,” (143). Such wise words. We might as well as take charge of our attitudes, feelings, and actions. No-one else has that power or care.
I see that Amazon Instant Movies has this title to rent. Hurray! I am going to watch that this week. I will let you know how it is.
Your Turn . . .
- What’s on your Friday’s Fave Five list? Leave a comment here or link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.
- What are some of your favorite quotes from this book?
- Any thoughts on the quotes here?
- Have you seen the movie? Comments?
- Have you ever been on a quest? I haven’t. But I will be when I go to India later this summer.
- 3 Reasons to Read This Bible Storybook (interview with an 11-year-old)
- 11 Grief Resources: Books & Websites
- 21 Things I Learned by Reading Individual Bible Books in One Sitting
- A Grown Up Book Report on Children’s Book: The 21 Balloons
- How Good Books Aid in a Child’s Growth
- I Am a Declutterer of Books
This is one of the books I read for my Yearlong Birthday Plan.
TIME to share how well I am doing with my birthday yearlong plan. I wrote in detail here what I want to accomplish in 9 areas in my yearlong plan.
One. Collect 55 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. I’ve packed 19 boxes so far!!! Go here for this first quarter update.
Two. Raise $4,000 so I can go to India in July. I have about $2,200. We have had a car wash and yard sale. 3 more events are coming up . . .
- June 29th – yard sale and car wash (if enough people to help)
- July 4th – sell food & drink before/during parade
- July 6th – India Dinner & Raffle
Three. Practice gratitude 55 times. I have not been very intentional about this besides writing Friday’s Fave Five and two posts on gratitude. The posts are Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss – a book review and Choosing Gratitude And Why It Matters.
Four. Move 55 minutes daily. I have not progressed in my daily minutes count – still at 30 minutes 3-4 times a week.
Five. Write 55 posts. I have written 50 posts so far. In April I was part of the Blogging From A-Z Challenge and I wrote 23 posts that month. I am so sure I can reach my goal of 55 posts.
If you want to see what I’ve written go to my right side bar (towards the bottom). “Stuff I’ve Written and When.” There is a monthly archive.
Six. Create 55 times. Go here to read about the things I created this first quarter.
Seven. Read 55 books. 14 read, 41 left to go.
Here is what I’ve read so far.
1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson
Eight. Do 55 things from previous bucket lists. I haven’t even looked at these lists, so I probably haven’t done any of them.
Nine. Bake 55 pies. I have made 7 pies so far. Below are the reviews.
Tally – 5 of the categories are going GREAT, 1 is okay, and 3 are a fail (so far). Come back in September for the next review.
Your Turn . . .
- Did you make any goals on your birthday this year? If yes, how’s it going?
- If not yet, what would you like to accomplish before your next birthday?
Related Posts . . .
- My 55th Birthday Yearlong Plan
- 1st Quarter Review of 55th Birthday Yearlong Plan: Create 55 Times
- 1st Quarter Review of 55th Birthday Yearlong Plan: Collect 55 OCC Boxes
“I can do hard things.” This is my new mantra which brings me encouragement and truth.
My best piece of advice: “You can do hard things.” Because life is tough and we need reminding that we can navigate it.
These past weeks I’ve needed reminding that I have choices and power to act in grown-up ways. These grown up ways made me feel good about myself, diffused potentially explosive situations (even when I was the only person in the situation), and more than that, brought peace into my life at these hot spots.
For Friday’s Fave Five I am grateful for these Things I Can Do . . .
ONE. I can apologize when I am wrong even when I feel insecure.
TWO. I can exercise and/or get gas even when I feel unmotivated.
THREE. I can eat right and/or use my calm voice even when I feel stressed.
FOUR. I can go to bed on time and/or clean the kitchen even when I feel rebellious.
FIVE. I can step one step in the right direction and/or stop making excuses even when I feel overwhelmed.
I CAN DO HARD THINGS. Read this for 6 Powerful Keys 4 Not Giving Up.
And then “you can say ‘I did it! I am awesome!’” I need to start saying this sentence to myself too.
NOTE: Come back next week to find out why I can do hard things. Here is a taste of why: God is in Control.
Your Turn . . .
- What hard things can you do? Why can you do them?
- In what area do you need to remind yourself of the truth that “You can do it”?
- Did you read the article I referenced? What do you think?
Related Posts . . .
- 4 Things I’m Pondering While the Goliaths Outnumber Me
- 9 Ways Chronically Ill/Injured People Benefit from a To-Do List
- Done is Better Than Perfect
- He Called Me Daughter Not By My Sin or Disease
- I Talk Scripture to Myself
1. My baby had a birthday on Friday. This is Elizabeth’s last year in her 20′s. In her short life, she has done soooooo much. I am proud of her and look forward to what the coming years bring. We will celebrate with the whole family this coming Saturday. In fact, we are celebrating 4 birthdays!
2. Most shots for India are done. I had polio, Hep A/B, and TDaP shots. The nurse gave me cute cartoon band-aids for the “oozes.” I am taking typhoid fever pills. My arms are fine – no side effects. Of course maybe the ibuprofen has something to do with that. I am also taking some bromelaine to counteract inflammation.
3. New hair-do. At retreat I got tired of my loose hair so I tried a french braid. To my surprise and delight I was able to do it. This is awesome for two reasons. (1) My left shoulder was strong enough to handle that extended movement. Ever since I broke my shoulder 2 years ago, I haven’t been able to do that. (2) It looked good. If I can continue to do this, maybe I won’t have to cut my hair before going to India. I will post a picture next FFF.
4. Drive-in movie. “At the height of their popularity in the 1950′s, there were over 4,000 drive-in theaters in the U.S. Today, only 366 remain.” One of them is 10ish minutes away from my home. I posted the above quote on my Facebook page and 3 gals took me up on going even though the movie didn’t start until 8:30pm. It was chilly (but I had my trusty blanket, jacket, and gloves). We stayed for only the first movie. We saw After Earth (with Will and Jaiden Smith) which was moderately scary. I only screamed twice. We had plenty of snacks and great conversation before the movie started. This was Lynette’s first time. I want to GO again!
5. Activa yogurt. I am always on the look out for ways to improve my health that are easy to implement. I don’t know how come I never tried Activa before to better my digestive health. It is tasty especially the vanilla. Although it does make me gassy. My chiropractor said that could be a good thing. He said to wait a week or two before giving up this treat. I guess it remains to be seen if Activa will be recalled as a fave.
BONUS: I hope to write-up a fave five list from the Retreat we had over the weekend. If not, all you need to know is that Retreat was awesome.
Your Turn . . . Leave a comment on a fave (or five) that you experienced this week.
Related Posts . . .
- ONE. ABOUT ELIZABETH: What a MOTORCYCLE Reminds Me About Parenting . . . Figuring Out the Real Meaning of Humane Society
- TWO. ABOUT GOING TO INDIA: Sewing Machines and Lessons Transform Lives in India: Here’s How You Can Help . . . INDIA Trip is More Than Travel Delight; It Includes a Conference, Shoeboxes, & Sewing Machines
- THREE: ABOUT MY HAIR: New Haircut and Making a Decision
- FOUR: ABOUT SUMMER: 5 Reasons I Love Summer . . . 4 Items On Retreat Bucket List 2013
- FIVE: ABOUT SELF CARE: 7 Reasons to Drink Smoothies for Breakfast . . . Ten Ways to Practice Self-Care
- SIX: ABOUT RETREAT: 5 Blessings from Retreat 2011 . . . 11 Reasons Women Attend Retreats
I am leaving for retreat in a few hours, so I will make this post short. If you want to read other lists and/or join us, go to Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.
1. Retreat help. On Wednesday’s post, Choosing Gratitude book review, I listed some folks that I am thankful for relating to Retreat. Well, I have 2 more names: Roberta – made the graphic for the name tags and notebook stickers. Trudy – put together the notebooks, assembled the name tags, proofread, helped keep me on track, and about a billion other things. THANKS, ladies.
2. Day off. I love a day that is truly a day off: relaxing, sleeping in, reading, wearing jammies most of the day, doing things at my pace.
3. Graduation. This week is graduation-dense. Yesterday I had the privilege of attending Emily’s graduation. Since she was president of the student council, she got to speak. I loved watching her graduate from 5th grade. I was also able to watch 2 other student-friends get their diplomas (Sophia and Gavin). Congrats, guys!
4. Meditating. Our Retreat theme is John 3:16. I speak on “He gave His one and only Son.” I have been thinking and thinking and thinking on that phrase. I am so ENCOURAGED by this mediation time. I’ve never contemplated or studied John 3:16 before. I always thought it was more about the response of folks to Jesus. Now I see it is about LOVE. It is about love God the Father has and Jesus the Son of God has for everyone in the world!
5. Quote. Here’s one of my favourite response quotes about this love of God’s: “The greatest honor we can give almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of His love,” Julian of Norwich.
Your Turn . . . Leave a comment about your fave event, person, item. I double-dog dare you!
1. I was getting low on trousers and I hate shopping. BUT after searching my closet, I found some tan trousers. One movie later, the trousers are hemmed and waiting to be worn tomorrow.
2. Almost 2 months ago a friend and I decided to be accountability partners. We exercise 3 times a week or pay the other person $10 for each day we didn’t make the goal. I have been consistent each week. Now I am on to 4 times a week. My goal is 6 times a week, but I am taking it slowly. I feel stronger and more flexible. Today I had the best chiropractor adjustment since my hip went bad 4 months ago.
3. Sometimes I read something that resonates from crown to heel. This week I read Dr. Crabb’s commentary on the book of Jude from the 66 Love Letters book. The main thing I got from this chapter is “God loves me. He really loves me.” And you, too!!!! He knows we’ll fail. And He isn’t waiting to bash me (us). He is waiting to shower me (us) with grace.
4. It has been a long time since I’ve had a klutsy moment. Last night put an end to the wait. I opened a door (at work) right over my sandled toe. Yep, there was blood and a gouge. But hurray – it didn’t interfere with my pool workout this morning.
5. A friend started a job today. It has been a year (maybe 2) of praying and networking and looking. We prayed almost every week (at work) for her (and others). I am grateful and happy for her. And I am proud of her perseverance.
Your Turn . . . Share your five favourite things from this week in the comments or in a post and link up to Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.
Five faves from this week in no particular order. Link up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to share your faves.
ONE. HONEY Greek Yogurt. It’s a given that I prefer Greek yogurt. But why didn’t anyone tell me about the honey flavoured Greek Yogurt? Ohhh, such deliciousness.
TWO. BIBLE reading with a friend. A friend and I (Michelle) are reading through the Bible together. This is her first time through it. I LOVE the questions and insights she has. It keeps the reading fresh. Plus we get to have a bit of time to catch up and then end in prayer.
THREE. BED TREATS are done. When we have our women’s ministry retreat, we put together bed treats. It is some sort of “container” that holds a few pieces of chocolate and earplugs. We place them on each bed before the women arrive. Some years they are totally handmade, like the time we sewed pencil cases. Or they might be a heart-shaped tin box which we bought at Michael’s.
FOUR. SWIMMING pool weather. This past week I was able to swim twice at my apartment complex outdoor pool. I am trying to get into better shape before going to India (Late July). The nice thing about swimming as opposed to walking is that I can more easily exercise other parts of the body besides the legs.
FIVE. Mother’s Day SPOILING. Mother’s Day was filled with pressies, special phone calls, time with the family, a gorgeous lunch, and I even got some work done. It was FUN work though. Why yes, I do have a favourite steak: filet mignon.
Your Turn . . . So tell us what your faves are from this week.
It is Friday and I am thinking and writing about five favorites from my past week. Go here to join in the fun.
1. Finished Mother’s Day gifts for the women in our church. Each year the women’s ministry team gives something to this invaluable group of women: mothers. We’ve made corsages, cards, and candy. We’ve decorated pens and lip balm tins. We always include a verse. Not only is it rewarding to encourage the moms. It is FUN to get with the gals of this team and craft and talk. I will post a photograph after Mother’s Day.
2. Saw Les Mis and ate home made pizza. My boss and his wife had some folks over for pizza cooked on a bbq. We had 3 types of pizza: 2 savory and 1 dessert. It was delish!!! This is the 2nd time I saw Les Mis. It was just as impactful, but at least this time I didn’t sob.
3. Mentoring is going well. We’ve started a new to us ministry in our church: a mentoring program for the ladies. The age range is teen to 60′s. It is fun to hear how each pairing is so different.
- One pair communicates mainly through texting.
- Another meets face-to-face each week.
- One is by phone every other week.
- One pair is going through a book together.
- And one focuses on the goals set at their first meeting.
I am enjoying my “pairing” and am reminded weekly of God’s grace. I pray that my mentee also gets this same encouragement.
4. Weekly small group is awesome! I know that my 66 Love Letters group is often one of my 5 faves. This past week was no exception. It was a smaller group than normal so of course the dynamics were different. We had lots to share. I can’t think of a specific thing that made it awesome except that the friendships there are growing, encouraging, and honest. Do you think the German Chocolate cake could have influenced my feelings? :)
5. Walked with a friend. I like to walk by myself as this is a time to reflect and work out things. But lately I just can’t seem to get out the door. So it was awesome that a friend and I walked 2 miles. We caught up with each other’s lives. We planned. We praised God. And I felt so emotionally FULL afterwards.
Your Turn . . . What is a favourite from your week? Leave a comment.