Friday’s Fave Five (9/4/15)
Next up is my list of five blessings from this past week. To link up your own or to read more lists, go to the FFF meme hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.
ONE. Gratitude Calendar. One of the past recent weeks my Wednesday small group studied “overwhelmed.” I gave everyone a $1 planner that goes from August 2015 – December 2016. We brainstormed some various ways to use our new planner in order to combat overwhelm.
The suggestion I am following is using it to write down something I am thankful for each day. It is small enough to fit into my purse (or back pack). And since it is small I have no need to feel guilty about not writing LOTS on each day’s space. A friend from the class (Denise) even helped me transform the bright pink cover into something more eye-pleasing.
Your Turn . . . Do you have a 2016 calendar yet? Do you keep a daily gratitude journal?
TWO. Finished 3 books this week. I spent most of my free time finishing these fast reads. Book 1 – The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge. Some FFF writers suggested this book . . . mental illness . . . spiritual discipline . . . love and renewal . . . an unexpected find. . . Book 2 – The Registry by Shannon Stoker. A friend lent this (first book of a trilogy) to me. Such a different premise for how the USA ends up financing herself – by the sale of *&%@#* – – You’ll have to read the book to find out!. . . Book 3 – The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I’ve read it before and reread it for the Reading to Know Classics Book Club. Whenever I read this I am reminded that the satanic influences around me are real and that they are often very subtle. So I want to stay alert to God’s leading and love. BTW – our Barb is leading the discussion on this book.
Your Turn . . . What is the latest book you’ve read? Have you read any of the above 3 that I mentioned? Any more book advice?
THREE. Two Day Staff Planing Retreat. Every 3 months we gather and plan the upcoming quarter for church. It is always helpful to nail down dates, hear what the other ministries are up to, and make sure there is just enough on the calendar to encourage growth but not so much that we get ourselves overwhelmed.
In addition to planning we also played. We were introduced to a new game called Coup. I even won one of the hands. But it might have been pure luck that I won. While I am competitive I am not a skilled card player as I am too lazy to keep track of the cards and plan ahead.
Your Turn . . . have you ever played Coup? Does your work do this type of planning? Do you ever do it for your personal life? I never have but I am thinking that this could be a very beneficial task to do.
FOUR. LONG talk. Sunday after church I had lunch and a 4 hour visit with a friend (Pam). It was meant to be short since we both had things to do. But after lunch we sat in the car with the windows down and talked and talked and talked. The reason we stopped when we did was because my cell phone rang. I am glad we had that time. I don’t know about Pam, but I still got everything done that needed doing (by bedtime).
Your Turn . . . When was the last time you had a LONG conversation with someone? Didn’t the time just fly by?!!
FIVE. Clothes shopping. I typically don’t enjoy shopping because it is so hard to find things that look okay. But today the unexpected happened; I went shopping and came home with a HAUL (of course all on sale). I needed some new work clothes and so this was a real treat for which I am grateful.
Your Turn . . . Did the unexpected happen this week? Share what that was. . . . Feel free to answer these questions or share a blessing or two from your past week (in the comments).