Friday’s Fave Five #33

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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. Mobility! It snowed overnight, but the rest of the week has been warm enough for most of the winter’s accumulation of ice and snow to melt. I’ve been trying to go outside to walk around or do errands each day to help build up my weakened leg muscles. I was even able to go without my cane a couple of the days!

2. Sense of humor One of the things I love about my husband id his sense of humor. He joked with the congregation that he and Pastor David had whirled around in teacups at Disneyland when they were in southern California last week. (No time for that kind of activity during a conference!!) A photographer in the church found some silly images of the pastors and photoshopped them into a teacup ride picture. The church family seemed to really enjoy seeing the lighter side of their pastors.


3. God remains the same Currently the winds of change are blowing for many of our family, friends and ministries. Most of these touch us in some way and cause me anxiety if I do not leave them with the Lord. God promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. I am asking God to keep me focusing on that promise in these times of uncertainty.

4. A photograph I took I love taking pictures, but am in no way a trained photographer. In the past couple of years two different publishers have asked permission to use one of my photos in their books. They both asked to publish a picture of a stained glass window portraying missionary Mary Slessor I took when we visited Dundee Scotland several years ago. This has been my fleeting moment of photography fame!

Mary Slessor Window Dundee

5. Family in Christ God has recently drawn to our church a number of families who have emigrated from Africa. I am enjoying getting to know them and marvel at the sacrifices they have made for the promise of a better life for their families. Language, culture, climate are all different, but we are one in Christ and enjoy wonderful fellowship together based on that familial bond.

What has God blessed you with this past week?


Friday’s Fave Five #5

1.  The lost is found.  A few years ago my husband and I had the privilege of going on the Journeys of Paul study tour in Turkey, Greece and Italy.  As a visual learner I often had fuzzy mental images of the places I read about in Scripture.  The tour helped clarify geography, travel, culture and climate which has enriched my reading significantly.

While in Istanbul we experienced the Grand Bazaar.  Noisy masses of humanity bobbed and flowed past fishmongers, jewelers, spice merchants, and purveyors of carpets, textiles, and exotic foods.  We were beckoned and urged into shop after shop where merchants hawked their wares and did their best to convince us to buy from them.

The expected bargaining and haggling over prices surprisingly intimidated me, but my unflappable husband was a pro at it.  We walked away with some lovely jewelry and with two bolster covers emblazoned with the symbol of an admired Turkish sultan.  The color and muted pattern perfectly complemented our living room furniture.

This past July our son and his family were here on their summer break from teaching in China so a number of things had been   Bolster from Turkeymoved around to accommodate them.  While they were here we did a massive ‘clean out and purge’ of all closets and cupboards.  My tidy youngest daughter was helping me purge and would exuberantly hold things up and say, “Mom, do you REALLY need to keep this?” and joyfully chuck it into the recycle bag.

After the Chinese branch of the family moved on, and my daughter left for college, I noticed one of the bolsters was missing.  I looked everywhere I could think of and had my house helpers look in places I could not access.  Nothing.  I guessed that the bolster had accidentally flown the coop in the great summer purge.  Sigh.  At least we still had one left.

While preparing for my niece to come visit last week, my daughter found the bolster wedged in a spot between the wall and the corner of the bunk bed in the room the grandchildren stay in each summer.  I don’t know how everyone who looked for it had missed it, but here it was, the lost now found!  I had a better understanding of the biblical lost and found passages after this missing bolster resurfaced.  Thank you Lord for joy in the little things.

2.  An appointment date!  After a long wait, I finally have an appointment with the Hip and Knee clinic on March 21.  The medical system in Canada can be slow so I am grateful for this next step in the process.  I won’t likely be running any marathons in the future but it would be lovely to walk again without a cane.

3.  God is loving and merciful   I am particularly grateful for God’s love and mercy.  In times of sadness, when our own failures or those of others near us cause us to pause and take stock, it is a particular blessing to remember that He will never leave us or forsake us and that there is forgiveness with our loving Father.

4.  More good experiences  This week we ate out once and had take out once (thanks to our niece!)   I have had such violent reactions to foods lately I was a bit skeptical about eating food from new places.  But both of them turned out great, with no bad reactions!  I have learned to ask lots of questions and let people know what my ‘allergies’ are.  So glad to find some more ‘safe’ places to eat.

5.  Rrrroll up the Rrrrim to Win Every February Canadians look forward to Tim Horton’s Rrrrroll up the Rrrrrim to Win contest. The contest is a fun pause in midst of winter weather and reminds us that spring is (hopefully) just around the corner.  It’s so much fun to roll up the rim of your cup and find ‘WIN COFFEE’ or ‘WIN DONUT.’ Of course there are grander prizes to be won but so far no one I know has won a big prize.  Some years we win a lot of ‘PLEASE PLAY AGAIN.’  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the contest and each cup has two parts of the rim to roll up!???????????????????????????????