Friday April 29, 2011
Can you name five blessings from your week? Susanne from Living to Tell the Story hosts Friday’s Fave Five each week. Click on over and see her if you’d like to join in!
Here are my favorites from this week:
1. Those who love my boys. (Will I – someday – stop calling them “boys”? I don’t think so…) I mentioned last week that my oldest was making his first family move into his first pastorate. They were so welcomed! From two carloads of people waiting at midnight to unload them, to dinners, a stocked pantry, and a packed church, it was awesome. So thankful for these and others who minister to my sons every day. (And I just had to include an Easter picture of Aiden in his new home.)
2. Peppermint Mocha Coffeemate. I had never tried this (being a Hazelnut aficionado), but I decided on a little variety this week, and I’m hooked! Somehow, the peppermint is just relaxing.
3. Sirens. I grew up in the Midwest and spent many a night in the closet under the stairs with the battery operated television. Then we moved to Oklahoma, which certainly has its share of twisters. Now three of my boys and my mom are experiencing tornado season firsthand, and I’m ever-so-thankful for those sirens. They all hear them and heed them, and that makes me feel a little better, as I pray my way through this season. Right now, I’m praying, too, for all those who were so devastated by tornadoes this past week. May they find peace and comfort in the One who loves them.
4. The countdown. I’m ticking off the days, my friends – the days till summer vacation. I’m now looking at the calendar in terms of how many more class meetings for each class. (Trying to get everything in, and get them ready for exams!) I’m also gearing up for my summer writing goals. More on that later.
5. This quote. I’ve read it many times, and I love it each time my eyes fall upon it.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Ralph always reminds me not to whine or wallow, but to look within and move ahead. Emerson was likely talking about intestinal fortitude, resilience, and human determination. But what a blessing that, for me, what’s within is greater than what’s in the world. I can look up, grasp His hand, and step out in confidence.
Wishing you that confidence, that assurance, this week.
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