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Friday’s Fave Five – September 20, 2019

It is Friday, so it is time to share five favourite blessings. That’s why we call it Friday’s Fave Five or FFF.

ONE. I have a new Physical Therapist and thus renewed hope. I just wasn’t healing well. My PT and I just weren’t connecting. I got a 2nd opinion last week. My arm is back in jail (in the brace); but I am already noticing less pain and more sleep and energy. I am HAPPY dance full of gratitude for this blessing.

TWO. God helped me write (my sermon) and share it. Without God’s enabling power, I would not have been able to do either action. Sunday’s topic was GRACE Listen to this to find out why grace is like super-hyper-abounding, crashing waves. I am thankful for God’s help and for all I learned about grace.

THREE. This video will make you laugh, think, and feel differently about God’s grace. My two favorite quotes — “I [Jesus] took the unforgivable and made it forgivable,”  — “Andrew, my face is smiling, but I [Peter] am serious.” — I am thankful for Christ’s forgiveness and for laughter.

FOUR. I went to a meetup with Sacramento Cake4Kids bakers this week. It was great meeting people, participating in a tool swap, hearing from an agency we partner with, and making a celebratory cake topper. I am grateful that I am part of a ministry that bakes cakes (and other treats) so kiddos can celebrate their birthdays. Some have actually never had a birthday cake. NEVER!

FIVE. I more than survived a PEP field trip. The folks over 55 at church (PEP) went to Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens. I was nervous about going because I remembered that the trails are uneven, rocky, and steep in places. Normally, that wouldn’t be an issue. But with my brace on, I felt very vulnerable and worried about falling.

I brought my walking stick and a plan. My plan was if I felt too scared about the path, I would just find a nearby bench and sit to wait for the group to come back. I kept my focus on the bits right before me.

That’s the best way to handle life when it is overwhelming or scary: just look at the bits to do that are right in front of you. (Right?)

With Marsha and Gail’s encouragement, I was able to make it all the way to the top and down.Usually one was before me and the other one was behind me. I am thankful for these ladies.

I never realized how handy a walking stick is. I am thankful for this piece of equipment.

None of us fell. All of us had a good time. Half of us made it to the top. All of us enjoyed the scenery and the beauty around us. All of this good news also went on my gratitude list.

This list has more than 5 THANKS. I am sure I will not get into trouble for that! Leave a comment below or share your post at Living to Tell the Story.

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Friday’s Fave Five – August 24, 2018

“Strive to find things to be thankful for, and just look for the good in who you are.” ~ Bethany Hamilton

It is time to recount 5 blessings from this past week. I am joining up with others at Living to Tell the Story for this week’s Friday’s Fave Five.

One. Geranium Cuttings. About three months ago a friend gave me 4 of these geranium cuttings. three took root; and look, this one is blooming.

Isn’t it beautiful?!

I love how cuttings multiply into more plants. . . . I’ve also grown plants by taking cuttings from my mom’s cactus plant.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever grown a plant from a cutting? . . . 

TWO. OCC Plastic Boxes. I’ve done Operation Christmas Child (OCC) for a lot of years. This is the first time I have bought some (2 dozen) of their plastic shoe boxes. (To be fair, it is only the 2nd year they’ve been for sale.)

They are sturdy, roomy and pretty.

Your Turn . . . If you contribute to OCC, do you use your own shoe boxes (either cardboard or plastic) or do you use the pre-printed boxes from OCC (either cardboard or plastic)?

THREE. Cookie Love Sunday. Folks brought cookies. We took the first hour (at church) and made up plates and wrote notes of thanks.

During that time, some folks delivered their goodies. Cookies were delivered to neighbors, firemen, gas station attendant, VA hospital, Pet hospital, service members and wait staff.

I made cookies using a boxed cookie mix. I have never done that before. The macadamia white chocolate chip cookies mix was tasty.

Your Turn . . . What is your fave cookie?


FOUR. Cinnamon Water. This gallon container has two cinnamon sticks. It is refreshing and delicious.

I like to drink water, but sometimes I get tired of plain water. That is why I investigate putting different things into the water.

I have a LOT of extra lemon cucumbers this week. So the next time I fill up my water jug, I am putting in slices of cucumber.

Your Turn . . . Do you ever make flavoured water? If yes, what do you put in it?

FIVE. Virtual Reunion. For 80 minutes I attended a virtual reunion (via Facebook messenger) with 3 gals I went to high school with in Canada. We graduated 40+ years ago. I haven’t talked to two of the ladies in decades! It was an easy conversation and it was GREAT to visit and SEE one another. It was cool that we could have this group conversation. We are going to do this about every six weeks or so.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever had a virtual reunion? . . .  Is there a group of people who you could organize to meet up via Skype or FB messenger video chat?

BONUS. Bible Lens. This app adds a Scripture to your photo. You have a choice of multiple Scripture and multiple layouts. This is a free app and EASY to use. Thanks to Faith for sharing this app last week on her FFF.

Your Turn . . . We made these dolls for our OCC boxes. Would you put faces on them or leave them plain? . . . Which of the three doll photos/Scripture do you prefer?  . . . Aren’t you tempted to give this app a whirl?

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1st Quarter Review of 55th Birthday Yearlong Plan

Thsi year when I blew out the candles, I had more in mind than birthday wishes. I had a plan: a Yearlong Birthday Plan.

This year when I blew out the candles, I had more in mind than birthday wishes. I had a plan: a 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.

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie

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?

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Friday’s Favourite’s – 9/24/2010

1. FFF. I am grateful to Friday’s Fave Five (FFF) for prompting me to examine my week for blessings. FFF is hosted by Susanne of Living to Tell The Story. To see what this is all about click here . To link your FFF post click here.

2. Daughter’sLlife. I am grateful for the blessings my daughter has received this week. (a) Elizabeth had a second job interview on Saturday and started work the very next day. She is working at a framing shop that is green (very important to dd). (b) Elizabeth moved her stuff to SF. Two of her cousins helped her with that enormous task.

3. Spiritual. I have had extra spiritual nourishment this week. (a) On Friday I went to hear Sister Anne Smollin speak on wellness and spirituality. Laughter, learning and friendship were the “meat’ of this evening. Go here for my notes and reaction to the evening. (b) On Saturday 12 women and I attended a Beth Moore simulcast at a neighboring church. Awesome worship. Awesome teaching. Awesome time with friends. Awesome personal interaction with God. The theme was kindness.

4. Home. I renewed my lease for another year. I am grateful to live in a place that is safe, inexpensive and has good neighbors.

5. Friends. I am grateful to have people in my life who like me, encourage me, “grow” with me and make me laugh. Here’s a sampling of who I met with this week. (a) Geri invited me to the Friday night women’s event at her church. Geri has been with me through many tough times in my marriage and subsequent divorce. (b) Every week I have a standing date with Sandra and her kiddos. Sandra makes us lunch. I love coming into their home. The kiddos smother my legs with hugs and shout “SUSAN!.”How’s that for a special greeting? Sandra and I are preparing for a class we’ll be leading in November, Becoming a Godly woman. (c) Claudia is a new friend. We both love Starbucks, our kids, talking and sharing answers to prayer.

Now go and write your own FFF.

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Friday’s Favourite’s – 9/17/2010

I have been living life more intentionally these past few weeks. Now that I participate in Friday’s Fave Five,  I pause throughout the week to savour the moments of blessings as they occur. One reason I do that is so I will remember what happened so that I can share on Friday. To share your blessings go to Living To Tell The Story to link your post.

1. Friends. This week I spent time with a woman I’ve known for several years. She is a young mom with four children. Her life has been very different from mine in regards to culture, familial relationships, and religion. Her life, at times, has been difficult, but she perseveres. She laughs, loves and listens to me. And I listen to her. We are friends.

This week I also spent time with a woman who I am getting to know. Her background and culture are also different from mine. But we are the same in our devotion to our family and our ministry. Her eyes sparkle when she talks about her little guy and her husband. She is devoted to her pre-k students (in Sunday school.) We also shared laughter and conversation. I am going to like developing this friendship.

2. Secret Friends. The Secret Sister Program at CNC concluded last Saturday with a Reveal brunch. The 35 participants were able to find out who was praying for them these past 6 months. The woman (Barbie) who prayed for me also became a new friend because she was new member of our women’s ministry team. We’ve been doing things together, like kayaking and eating from recipes that she just has to try. I never knew that she was my secret sis! While this is mainly a prayer ministry, Barbie’s notes, and little gifts, like fresh cherries and popcorn, were thoughtful, inexpensive, and made me feel liked and appreciated. I loved knowing that someone was praying for me daily!

3. Alumni Friends. Thursday I talked to two students who graduated with me from William Jessup University. We went through the 2 year program in the same cohort. Van was at my church on Thursday doing a bike tune-up on our youth pastor’s bike. (I introduced them.) I get to catch up on news with Cindy next week. We graduated in 2006 and have hardly communicated with one another since. I hope today’s conversations change that lack with these two relationships and with the others in our cohort.

4. Preaching Class. Pastor Mike is teaching us about expository preaching. There is no agreement on a singular definition. We did agree that expository teaching is on the decline. Respect for the ministry is on the decline too. Hopefully our instruction will help us reverse these declines at least in our spheres of influence. I am so excited because my sista is going to join the class. That will make it 3 men and 2 women in the class.

5. Job interviews. My daughter went to SF this week for two job interviews. One was a framing shop and the other was a ceramics shop. Both interviews went well. DD should hear today whether she’s been hired at one or both places. I am praying that dd’s job search comes to an end soon and that the right job grabs her and hires her! I’d love to hear her carefree laughter again.

Your Turn

What blessings have you savoured this week?

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