Friday’s Fave Five #48

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. This week we were able to enjoy the fellowship of a family temporarily here until their immigration papers come through to serve in ministry elsewhere. It was a blessing to get to know them a little this week. We’ve also had a fellow minister and occasional teacher at the college staying with us this week. He is a blessing to our family in every way and we always enjoy having him in our home.

2.Freshly returned from their honeymoon to Rome, our daughter and son-in-law regaled us with stories of their travels and explorations of the City of the Seven Hills at our weekly family night dinner. It was so much fun to discuss special places we discovered on our visit there a few years ago and learn what’s the same and what has changed.

3.This week I began rereading some of my missionary biography collection. I was looking to source a quotation which I thought was from Amy Carmichael’s God’s Missionary and ended up reading the whole thing. It’s a booklet, so not hard or long to read, but Amy Carmichael’s writing tends to be introspective and somewhat mystical so it requires some contemplation, evaluation, and simplification when reading her works. I did not find the quote I was looking for so began perusing Elisabeth Elliot’s work on Amy Carmichael, A Chance to Die. Still haven’t found my quote, but I shall persevere! (Ahem * Grumpy Grammar Lady reminds you that this word is pronounced “per-se-vere.” Do not be bamboozled, hornswoggled, or flimflammed into saying “per-ser-vere.” There is no ‘r’ in the second syllable of persevere. But I digress…)

4.Someday some smart researcher will be able to definitively explain why cloudy days and stormy weather make some of us ache physically (my arthritis and fibromyalgia yell at me when it’s cloudy outside!) or feel down mentally. We’ve had a few of those days this week. I am grateful for every clear and sunny day and the positive influence they have on my outlook. More sunny days coming! Sunday is the first day of Spring.

5.I am grateful for brothers and sisters in Christ who willingly discuss thorny theological issues and controversial topics without judgement, but with an understanding that our mutual goal in any such discussion is to be made more conformed to the image of Christ.

I didn’t get much photography practice this week, but did get a few gloomy day pics of rural Alberta on Saturday.

Near Beaumont 2 Near Beaumont 5 Near Beaumont 7

What were some of your blessings this week?

7 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five #48

  1. I’ve reread Frank Houghton’s Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur several times but have only read A Chance to Die once and would like to revisit it. Have you tried Googling part of the quote? I’ve been amazed to find sources of obscure lines that way.

    Low barometric pressure causes extreme headaches for my husband. We used to be able to tell when a storm was coming by his headaches. Thankfully they’re not so bad now. I’m sorry for your increased pain during cloudy weather.

    The honeymoon to Rome sounds fun! As well as your visitors.

    I appreciate what you mentioned in #5 as well.

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  2. Agree w/Barbara on googling the quotation!! Also agree on theological discussions. I have been greatly sharpened by discussions where sometimes there is not agreement. Hope you’re feeling better!

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    • Thanks, Ann and Barbara, about the googling suggestion. I actually spent most of last Sunday afternoon doing that with every possible rendition of the quote I could think of. Then I began wondering if it wasn’t a quote, but someone’s summation of a passage or chapter. Ah, well! I’ll let you know when I get to the bottom of it……or give up!

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    • Thanks, Ann and Barbara, about the googling suggestion. I actually spent most of last Sunday afternoon doing that with every possible rendition of the quote I could think of. Then I began wondering if it wasn’t a quote, but someone’s summation of a passage or chapter. Ah, well! I’ll let you know when I get to the bottom of it……or give up!

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  3. What is the quotation? If you want to email to me, I can think about and check my quotations notebook from missionary books I have read. (Occasionally I have come back to look at it and wondered why I wrote something down — maybe something impressed me a certain way at the time, but many of them are still poignant and relevant to me now.)
    Appreciate your comment on theological differences being discussed. That is such a helpful way to look at them with others.

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