Monthly Archives: June 2015

learning

1.  long awaited phone conversation with the apple rep reviewing the cool features of my Apple watch;  so much to learn.  Next trip will be to the apple store for hands on training

2.  beautiful red birds quietly perched on the branch outside my office window

3.   meditation that brings peace

4.  need to experience and connect with God, path to peace

5.  thankful for kind and loving friends

6.  courage to change

7.  releasing fear

8.  thankful for the gift of the day

Happy Birthday Canada!

  • Grateful for a break mid week to celebrate Canada!
  • Grateful I found the courage.
  • Grateful Dad can forgive and forget, even though he turned out to be right.
  • Grateful for tent trailers
  • Grateful for foot ball tickets and caring colleagues.
  • Grateful for friends who think of me as family.
  • Grateful for homemade red wine.
  • Grateful for summer hours.
  • Grateful to be so close with my family.
  • Grateful for JO.

My time

Grateful for this quiet time when I can reflect and prepare for the day.

Less stressed than yesterday.

Reviewing my prayer list. I am near the top. Picturing people and whispering a prayer for them.

Email such a nice way to keep in touch. I write a few and answer a few,

Words with Friends Chatting and competing I play with about 20 peopleThe thrill of victory The agony of defeat Am I wasting time? It is a favorite part of my day.

Facebook is a way I can connect with many.

Reading a little. I take 6 books out for Summer reading club every couple of weeks. I fall asleep quickly when I read at night.

Thinking about what must be done. One day at a time. One thing at a time. One hour at a time.

A cup of coffee. A splash of this and a sprinkle of that. Jumpstart me for my time is almost over..

 

Thank you God for June 29, 2015!

  1. The incredible smell of kettle-cooked popcorn!
  2. Everything cooked in the oven turned out just right!
  3. Yesterday I was just wondering about the neighborhood pizza place, what they served there, what their hours were, etc., because I had never been there before. Today, I went to get the mail and guess what was there?! 2 flyers and coupons from the neighborhood pizza place!
  4. God supplying all of our needs and giving us our daily bread in abundance!

Here

Beginning where I am
Grateful for now
Grateful for safety
Grateful for health
Grateful for beauty
Gratwful for love
Grateful for what inspires us
Grateful for honesty
Grateful for better and better questions
Grateful for connection

Thank you God for June 28, 2015!

  1. So many wise older adults at church for me to learn from and they are such great examples by the self-denying, pious way they live. I am so blessed to be able to learn from them!
  2. Recently while planning the Summer Fair Ministry Booth, disagreements rose among members of the planning team. Someone with whom I was good friends suddenly became unkind and offensive toward me. I prayed that Jesus would help us all to live in peace, love, and harmony and restore our fellowship with one another, since we are One Body in Christ. Today, we had a planning meeting at church and I felt the Holy Spirit acting through me. The way that God restores and heals relationships is by making us die unto ourselves (our ego, our pride, our selfishness, our ways, our opinions), treating them not the way they treat us but by loving them unconditionally, finding things to agree on, helping us to focus on providing for the other person’s needs (not our own), and by giving to them. If we recall our early childhood, many friends are formed because one child gave or shared something with another.  As soon as I had the opportunity to talk to her, I offered her oranges, which she accepted. She gave me an odd look at first, but I continued to smile and be friendly. Then for the meeting, I motioned my hand for her join us. During the meeting, I enthusiastically agreed with several points she made and listened to her speak when everyone else wasn’t. Very quickly, she started to smile at me again and we were talking like the friends we were before. She even made a positive remark toward the work I did so far. After the meeting, I continued to look out for her interests and noticed that there were no vegetarian options available at the lunch provided at church. I apologized to her and told her that we should’ve been more considerate to everyone’s nutritional diets. Afterwards, I went to pick up donations for the Ministry Booth and when I returned to church a few hours later, I saw her again. I greeted her joyfully and enthusiastically. Finally, when I was leaving to go home, I specifically acknowledged her and bid her farewell. She responded well and everything between us was OK again. This was such a relief and a tremendous blessing! Thank you God! “If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.  Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others” (Philippians 2:1-4).
  3. On my walk to church this morning, I encountered a homeless man sleeping under a bridge. I happened to be carrying a large bag of oranges and cereal that I was going to donate to church. When I first passed by this man, I had a strong desire to give him something. Then I thought, “If I talk to him or give him something, he might follow me” and the road that I was on was very quiet and empty with no one in sight. But then I quickly realized that this thought was a focus on the self instead of on others. I felt moved by the Holy Spirit to give him something and I knew that God would protect me from harm, as He always does. God lets me take care of others and God takes care of me. So I turned around and offered him an orange, but he said “No, thank you.” What touched me was how grateful he was. He was lying down under layers of blankets and he may have just woken up. He was so gracious and immediately got up just because I was talking to him, like he didn’t want to be an inconvenience to people. He surprised me by how polite and courteous he was! He was such a gentleman and I was able to see Jesus through him. What a blessing this man was to me and I would not have received this blessing had I decided not to turn around and talk to him! After he refused the orange, I thought about how thirsty I am every morning when I wake up and how everyone needs water. Maybe this man needs water. So I offered him water and he said yes! I also got the opportunity to wish him a good day! Very grateful for every opportunity that God gives me to perform the corporal works of mercy and to encounter Jesus in everyone.
  4. Got the opportunity to visit the home of my friend, who happens to be a religious nun, and enjoy wonderful spiritual conversations with her!
  5. We continue to receive many generous and useful donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and pamphlets for our Ministry Booth!

Energy

Adrenalin that cleans a room in an hour.

Anger not usually thought of as positive but like a thunderstorm can clear the air.

Opening a Bible study and having it speak directly to you. “Call me Mara for I am bitter.”

Working on changing bitter to better.

Sermon on risk telling me not to be afraid.

Mee reminding me to stop struggling and lay my burdens down and trust the Lord

Second chances

Apologies

Searching for peace, a lonely road but I am not alone!

 

 

 

OKAY!

1.   God and my church.

2.   Freedom to speak my mind.

3.   My son and dog.

4.  Family and friends who understand.

5.    Love.

6.   Good support with my husband’s death.

7.   Warm summer day.

8.   A.A.