Friday’s Fave Five

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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.


Because of some savvy shopping, I even have $5 left.

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.


Cindy, Monique and I (left-to-right) shared our life story since graduating (2006) and we went through some of Cindy’s course notebooks. We talked about teachers, lessons learned, and said praises to God that we even MADE it through the program!

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.


Michelle sewed the bottom and half of the side together. Then she hand-stitched 18 inches of Velcro on the side.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura Lee Groves  |  . at .

    That book sounds fascinating! Glad to hear your funding is all in place. Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

    How nice to have a friend sew for you. Have a great week ahead.

  • 2. Brenda  |  . at .

    That sheet sleeping bag is a great idea! I should have had one of those when we lived in latin America!

    I love your selection of tops and skirts, you’ll feel comfortable knowing you are dressed appropriately.

  • 3. Susanne  |  . at .

    Friends who sew are friends to keep! ;v) That’s awesome that she could help you out like that.

    The date is coming up fast. I’m getting so excited for you.

  • How fun to get together with old friends. Sounds like you are all set for your trip. You must be getting very excited.

  • 5. willow  |  . at .

    That sounds like a great book (i love it that so many FFFers post about the books we read). Love that GK Chesterton quote.
    Yay for having all the clothes ready for travel and that ‘sleeping bag’ sewn and ready to throw in the suitcase too.
    You had a great week, especially meeting up with your friends.

  • 6. blessedmama3  |  . at .

    Hi, Susan! I have an award for you at my blog. ;-)


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