Friday March 23, 2012
This has been a busy week in some ways…and I’m knee deep in my students’ rough drafts. Regardless, there are blessings to be found.
I’m counting them this Friday along with my FFF friends. You can join in by clicking over to meet Susanne, who hosts us each week.
This Friday, I’m thankful for…
1. March Madness! I grew up in a basketball household, with a dad who loved his b-ball. He attended University of Kentucky and was a huge Wildcat fan, so I’ve always favored Big Blue. Tonight, we have a house divided. As much as my husband loves Kentucky, he has to root for his alma mater, Indiana University. Should be interesting.
2. Friends who take time. It’s been almost ten weeks since Andrew’s accident and life goes on. It’s easy to get busy and forget what’s going on in other people’s lives, but I have some friends who come in, look deep into my eyes, and say, “How are you doing? How is Andrew?” They listen, they love, they pray with me. I can't even express how thankful I am for them.
3. An interesting book. I read a bit of this book earlier this year and had to return it to the library. I decided to order my own copy and it came this week. I’m anxious to get back into the book! I’ll probably be blogging on this topic in the future; I find it fascinating. The book is Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers.
4. Paradise Lost and kids who get it, even if just the small moments. The book is definitely challenging, but my Honors class is getting close to the end. There are some beautiful moments in this work. I just love it! Some of my students are really into it and some are less than enthralled but they get captured by those small moments, too. Nice teachable moments – I love them.
5. A quote. My friend Jean Wise sent me this one, and it’s just lovely.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower. (William Cowper)
Jeanie reminded me that God is the master of turning burdens into blessings. Indeed He is!
Hoping that you (and I) can see the blessings in burdens this week.