Friday’s Fave Five

Welcome to Friday’s Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, in which we can share five of our favorite things from the last week, a wonderful exercise in looking for and appreciating the good things God blesses us with. Click on the button to learn more, then go to Susanne’s to read others’ faves and link up your own.

This has been a busy week.  My flare of fibromyalgia seems to to be glowing less brightly these past few weeks (maybe an upturn in my health?  I hope so!!) and I have been able to get to some of the work on my backlog pile. Yay!! A few more things crossed off my ‘To Do’ list.

1.  I am an organizational paradox.  While I keep a well-organized filing cabinet for tax purposes, I am quite comfortable with my piling system for personal stuff.   Right now it looks more like a mountain than a pile as I work on organizing my missionary books which, of course, must be cataloged, cross-cataloged and arranged alphabetically by subject and sub arranged by author.  Out of chaos comes order?  Well, something like that.  It feels good to organize the books and dust the shelves.

2.  God gave me privilege of being the person used to lead a young woman to the Lord this week.  She was a serious seeker who has been attending our church for the past couple of months.  We will meet weekly to discuss her questions and to work through a new believer’s series my husband wrote.

3.  Three young ladies, ages 12, 13 and 14, come help me with household chores.  One comes early in the week and two sisters come later in the week.  I am exceedingly grateful that they wanted this kind of job.  They clean, shovel sidewalks, collect mail from the superbox, carry laundry up and down the stairs, take out garbage, help with spring / fall cleaning and even lend a hand with decorating.  They are fun and hard working and I am very blessed to have a clean house and necessary jobs done through their efforts.

4.  I finished reading all of my personal library books on Gladys Aylward.  God used her in amazing ways because she took God’s Books - Careyword at face value.  I hope to write a couple of posts about her next week.  I see that writing about missionaries who have multiple volumes on their lives will prove to be challenging, if only because of the time it will take to wade through all of the books before writing stories and reviews.  Glancing over my library I see about 20 books on William Carey, over 30 each by or about Amy Carmichael, David Livingstone and Hudson Taylor,  about 10 each on or by John Paton, Isobel Kuhn, Jonathan and Rosalind Goforth, Robert Moffat, Adoniram and Ann Judson, plus hundreds of volumes on other missionaries.  I need to figure out an effective system for writing the kids missionary stories without having to pause for weeks while reading up on one subject.

5. My husband is a southern boy who grew up in South Carolina (strangely, without the accent.)  He loves grits and collard greens, and hoppin’ john, and shrimp, and iced tea,and okra, and other southern culinary delights.  Last week a local grocery store highlighted greens and offered collard greens for sale!  We rarely find them here so I got a bunch and fixed them (had to look up a recipe – my husband thought they tasted great, which isn’t always the case when I try a new recipe!)  We also found yellow grits at our local Bulk Barn and no longer have to wheedle every visiting family member into bring us grits when they come for a visit!

17 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. I have some things organized well and other things not so much. I have been working on my craft stuff as I’ve had time, but I’ve finally come to realize it’s going to be a continual work in progress as I use items.

    How wonderful that the young women put her trust in the Lord!

    Great to have some good helpers around.

    I’m glad you found some good ol’ Southern food. I’m not a fan of collard greens – the way they were made when I was growing up, they were always mushy with a strong, unpleasant flavor. But recently I saw a stir-fry recipe that looked like it might be worth trying. Spinach was the same way, and as an adult I discovered I like it much better raw in salads than cooked.


    • Sometimes I think my right brain and left brain short each other out when it comes to my messy but creative piling system vs the well-organized files.

      I begin discipling my young friend tomorrow night. It has been amazing to me that God is bringing ministry to me when my current mobility limitations make if difficult to participate in ‘normal’ ministry.

      Barb, I’m with you about not really liking collard greens….but I am learning to like things I never thought I would as I work toward adapting my diet to more alkaline foods.


  2. I enjoyed your post. I have piles, too and I usually find exactly what I want out of one which amazed my students, but I long to be more organized with less clutter. Part of this goes with studying the past — I hang on to articles thinking they will be useful for teaching in the future — and some of them have been that as I have changed field areas from the U.S. to Europe.

    Glad you get some help for the house. I know you enjoy the fellowship, too, of having some young women around when your daughters are not nearby.

    I brought grits home to my family my first couple of years in S. Carolina. They liked oatmeal and malto-meal lots better as a breakfast item but were willing to try them. 🙂

    Discovered today that Karen Cleary who had been our camp nurse at THE WILDS is the school nurse where my observe in our county. What a special added blessing for my job!

    Biographies are wonderful to write but are time consuming to make them interesting. Stories are similar but God will show you when you’re ready and you have enough material for a good thread


    • How lovely that you have reconnected with Karen! Renewing Christian connections from the past brings a special blessing to our lives.

      I never thought I would be a grits fan, but I am fond of yellow grits. Corn is one of the few grains I can still eat and I’m glad to enjoy an occasional serving of grits.

      These young house helpers are fun and funny. It’s like having students. They clean for me while I teach them to work hard, find a different way, or focus on a task!


  3. well i am an organizer freak and would love to organize your books for ya! 🙂
    I bought and wrote about collard greens last week for one of my FFF’s!!! I don’t see them often here in eastern New York. they were yummy!!! You sound so happy to have household help. I would LOVE that…although my own 15 year old is a great help around the house and is learning to do her own laundry and do a little baking/cooking My 20 year old daughter, when home from Gordon College, also is a big help. It’s great we can have help as we get more into middle age!!


    • And I would love to have your help with organizing…as long as you don’t employ the ‘throw half of it away’ method….at least with my books!!

      My current mobility limitations make it necessary to depend on others each time I leave the house. In addition to my young helpers I have three wonderful daughters who live nearby and take me to appointments or do errands for me. I am very blessed.


  4. I love to organize and declutter. I’m better at the organizing 🙂

    I’m glad you are able to get your special Southern food where you are. When we find Indonesian food fixin’s, we get so excited.

    How great to have those girls to help you! Send them on over!


    • My helpers are industrious girls. The 12 year old is saving for college – she wants to be a vet – and the other two work all kinds of odd jobs such as shoveling in the winter and cleaning for me. Their parents want them to learn the value and rewards of hard work.


  5. I had to laugh at your “piling system”. I’d never heard that term before and reread the sentence to make sure I understood it right. So funny. I’m am the queen of piling personal papers on my dresser!

    What a great idea to hire young helpers around the house. I used to do that when I was a kid.


    • Where would we be without our piling systems?

      My youngest daughter moved back home after two years of college and became my main helper when my mobility declined. Then she felt the Lord wanted her to attend college in China under a program my son oversees. God blessed me with the young girls to step in and do the work that my daughter used to do.


  6. I use the piling organizational system too. . . . I look forward to reading your posts on Gladys Aylward. I wrote a paper on her in seminary. When I was talking to a friend about Gladys, my friend told me she knew Gladys. My friend and her hubby were missionaries to China.

    Have a great week.


    • I am particularly drawn to reading about missions in China. I wonder how many faithful Chinese Christians from a century ago prayed for future generations to become believers. It is a marvelous thing to see God accomplishing this transformation of lives even under the restrictions of Communism.


  7. What a pleasure to hear about those young ladies working hard to earn their way and bless you! Hope for the future. :o) Here in SoCal we struggle with seeing the entitlement found even in young children!

    What a joy to see a life restored in Christ! And how wonderful that you follow through to answer questions as she grows in faith! That is such an important component that is often lacking in the altar calls of the church today.


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