Friday’s Fave Five

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FFF daisiesWhat 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.

This is one wall that was "taped." Didn't they do a great job?

This is one area that was “taped.” The artwork extends from the top to the bottom of the wall. Although you can’t see it well, my fave part is the hedgehog. It is to the bottom left of the big tree.  Didn’t they do a great job?

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.

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Yard Sale for India Was Successful Because of You All; Thanks. Friday’s Fave Five

13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elizabeth  |  . at .

    It was wonderful seeing you last week. I am sorry to hear that you are sick. Get better soon!!!

  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    It was wonderful having you here, Elizabeth, and having your help in numerous ways!

  • 3. mamamanuscripts  |  . at .

    I love the mural. So nice. I hope that you have a lovely week and are feeling better.

  • 4. Faith  |  . at .

    oh dear…the flu in summer??? i hope you get well very soon!! Yay for your daughter organizing your kitchen and yay for those prayer groups and the missions team work. the mural is wonderful..thanks for sharing!

  • 5. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    I hope all the Visa stuff goes well. It sounds so complicated!

    How nice to have someone declutter for you!

    Love the art work!

    How neat to have a verse for the birthday year.

  • 6. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    Oooh. Hope you are over the flu. Seems especially unfair to be sick in summer! Thinking God’s thoughts with human brains is definitely a challenge.

    Congrats on your streamlined kitchen and getting off those visa documents.

  • I always feel so much better when my kitchen is clean and uncluttered. I can’t stand to have a messy work space.

  • 8. Susanne  |  . at .

    Decluttering is always such a great feeling. I wonder why I put it off all the time. So nice that you had some help with that. Love the wall mural and what a fun idea for the kids. I might have to do a scaled down version of that for the dayhome kiddos.

    Visa and passport stuff is stressful. Glad you got yours done and praying that is was done just right for getting passed. Feel Better!

  • 9. kathy boyer  |  . at .

    I just LOVED your birthday prayer passage. How do I find mine this year on 8/14 when I turn 53?

  • 10. Hazel  |  . at .

    Isaiah 55 for your 55th birthday – how lovely! That is such a wonderful image of your community joining in prayer in celebration of July 4th. What a thoughtful, talented daughter you have!


  • 11. Brenda  |  . at .

    A decluttered kitchen would be a wonderful thing! I always manage to have too many kitchen toys. . .

  • 12. Gattina  |  . at .

    I would also need to declutter my kitchen ! the mural painting looks beautiful !

  • 13. blessedmama3  |  . at .

    Oh, I didn’t know you had the flu! I’m so glad you are feeling better. I saw that mural in the hallway and thought it was so cool! Now, I know who did it, thank you. :-)


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