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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?

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Susanne hosts the Friday’s Fave Five at Living to Tell the Story.  I have been challenged each week to focus on just five blessings each week and share them here with you.  I hope this encourages you to find blessings in the small things each week!

1. Geese returning – Today I heard the ‘honk, honk, honk’ of a gaggle of geese flying overhead as they return home.  Spring is almost here!

2. Warmer weather – It has been a crazy winter in many places in the Northern Hemisphere this year.  Though we may not have seen the end of winter quite yet, I am grateful for this past week of warmer weather.  The snow and ice are disappearing quickly which means I will soon be able to get out and about on my own.  Yay!

3. Ministry to ladies – One of my burdens is to be able to encourage other ladies.  In spite of my current health limitations God had allowed me to visit with ladies here in my home and to communicate via all of today’s wonderful technology.  I am very grateful for that.

4. House guests – I am grateful for the help of friends and family so that we can still extend hospitality to others.  A colleague of my husband’s has been in town teaching a block class at the college and is staying with us.  I enjoy hearing the sometimes animated discussions between these men as they hash out thorny theological issues. I am blessed that my husband prepares breakfast for our guest at a time of day when I am barely functional.  My daughter and my young helpers cleaned the house before our guest’s arrival. So thankful for the help they each give.

5. Kindness of others – My current flare of fibromyalgia has inspired many of my friends to offer information and suggestions for treatments and supplements that they hope will help.  Though I cannot possibly afford every option offered, I am grateful for the love and kindness behind the offers.  Plus, knowledge is power.  As I research various options for fibromyalgia treatment, I can make educated choices about what to try.  I’m looking forward to the day when researchers can tell us what causes the symptoms instead of just giving us a list of symptoms that define the condition.

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