Friday’s Fave Five #3

FFF birds on a wire

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.

I confess I wanted to skip the Fave Fives this week because it has been a week of struggling for me physically, which inevitably affects my ability to think and my mindset.  Then came the thought, “There is something very wrong with a Christian who cannot come up with five blessings from the previous week!”  So true!  So here we go…

1. My family chipped in together to buy me a Ninja Ultima blender (think Vitamix, but half the price) for Christmas.  It is a powerful machine and has inspired me to experiment with my morning veggie-fruit-yogurt smoothies.  I’m working on shifting my pH away from acidic to more alkaline and have discovered I like the kale-spinach-zucchini-carrot combo…when I add an apple and some raspberries to the mix.

2. My husband and I were married in a double wedding with his sister and her husband almost 35 years ago.  Although ministry for each couple has separated us physically, we try to get together every 5 years to celebrate our mutual anniversary.  This year we are looking at heading to the Grand Canyon and it’s been fun to start researching what is available.  That set me to thinking about previous trips and brought back some lovely memories.

3. When I was waffling about posting this week God reminded me of the passage in 1 Samuel 30 when David encouraged himself in the Lord his God after the devastating raid on Ziglag.  I turned to the scriptures with that in mind and was blessed by meditating on the Word.

4.Last night my daughter-in-law sent us their flight itineraries for this summer.  Our son and his wife live and teach in China and are the busy parents of our two grandchildren.  Each summer the Chinese contingency hits North American soil and splits their time between Canada and the US, where her parents live.  Woo-hoo!!  Just a few short months!!

5.The missionary book organization project is almost finished. When I told my daughter Sarah that I was getting my office cleaned up, she laughed.  Hard.  I guess I will be forever known for my piling system of organization.  But, hey!  I know where all my stuff is…..at least most of the time!

Have a joyful week!

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!