Friday’s Favourites: November 12, 2010

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This is my 11th week of participating in Friday’s Fave Five hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. I love that this contemplative writing exercise is on my mind many times each week. This shows me that I am thinking about my blessings.

God is not stingy. There is much to be grateful for each week. And in truth my list could very easily be Friday’s Fave Fifty. Below are five blessings I plucked out from the many I’ve received this week.

Blessing One – I am grateful that I am closer to my goal of decluttering the garage. Moving from a house to an apartment by necessity requires thinning out the possessions, but when you have a garage that necessity can be delayed. This past week I removed four boxes of stuff (books, clothes, art supplies). That was one of my goals for these remaining months of 2010.

Blessing Two – The highlight of my week was the women’s ministry team meeting. Creative ideas flowed. I.e. We made plans for the Women’s Regifting Christmas Party (Dec. 4 with Pamela Finney as our speaker), Retreat (June 10-12), Secret Sister Program (forms out late Dec./early Jan.) and our breakfast/walkathon fundraiser (April 30). The money from this will go to building a woman’s community center overseas. Compassion and encouragement flowed. I.e. We shared our concerns and hurts and found comfort in each other’s words and prayer. To show my gratitude to them, I gave each lady a c-u-t-e teapot candle that I picked up last week at a teahouse I visited with some friends.

Blessing Three – Pastor Mike is leading 5 of us through the book Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson. What a privilege to get this type of tutelage as part of my job! This week’s lesson was about asking 3 questions of the text we are studying. (1) What does it mean? (2) Is it true? Do I believe it? (3) So what? What difference does it make in my life and in the lives of others? It’s grand to know that the Bible is applicable today even if/when I have a hard time believing and/or applying its principles.

Blessing Four – My shoulder is feeling better. The pain is not as constant nor as intense. I can finally think about other things, although I still need to keep up with certain routines.

Blessing Five – I am grateful for the encouragement movies can provide. I don’t have cable or rabbit ears, so my TV does not get reception. However, I am minutes away from Blockbuster and several stores that have Redbox. This week I enjoyed The Tale of Despereaux and Love Finds a Home. The link for Love Finds a Home is not a trailer, but part 1 of 9 of the movie. Yep; you can watch it for free on Youtube. Two other movies that I’ve viewed recently that encouraged me (and were just fun to watch) include Temple Grandin, and How to Tame a Dragon (I read about this on someone else’s FFF several weeks ago).

Your Turn . . .

  1. What did you do this week that moved you closer to one of your goals?
  2. What did you most enjoy doing this week?
  3. What did you learn that turned out to be a blessing?
  4. What movies do you recommend because of their encouraging nature?

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  • 1. Ellen  |  . at .

    Enjoyed reading your faves! I’m glad your shoulder is feeling better. I can relate to you as I’m suffering with a tennis elbow right now. It really slows you down! De-cluttering is such a good exercise. I’m glad you had some success! Have a great weekend.


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      I hope your tennis elbow heals soon. It has such an innocent name and yet it really is quite painful and gets in the way of life. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope your weekend is good too.


  • 3. Brenda  |  . at .

    So glad your shoulder is feeling better. Reading that reminded me that my wrist is feeling a lot better as well.

    Those candles are adorable! I bet the ladies enjoyed them.


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      So glad your wrist is feeling better. Chronic pain can be such a mental drain.


  • 5. Willow  |  . at .

    I noticed that you have 365lessthings on your sidebar! I’m a regular commenter there! And now I find you on FFF! Hurray for declutering the garage!

    I have read Despereoux, but I didn’t realize there was a movie out. Such a sweet book!


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      I just found out about 365blessings and am looking forward to learning from her insights. My nieces lent me their Despereaux book which I will read over Thanksgiving break. Thanks for visiting.


  • 7. canli tv  |  . at .

    Drew my attention as someone who loves movies captions.Thanks for the post


  • 8. BlessedMama  |  . at .

    Susan, I had no idea your shouler was bothering you – I’m glad ot know it’s feeling better. You know, prayer can be a two-way street. You’re always so good about praying for me, but I want you to know that I can be there for you, too. 🙂 Those candles sure are cute! I love your blessings. And you are one, too.


    • 9. susan2009  |  . at .

      Okay then, I would LOVE your prayer for my shoulder and for my dog, Chip. He has bronchitis. It is scary when he has a hard time breathing. You are a blessing to me as well, Blessed Mama!!!!


  • 10. Susanne  |  . at .

    I’ve never thought of it in those words, but you are absolutely right, God is not stingy. Glad to hear your shoulder is feeling better.



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