Gold and Hope and Spring

Friday April 13, 2012
Ah, spring!
One would think that we wouldn’t notice the difference here in Florida…the slow slide from March to April. But notice we do. I miss the daffodils pushing up through the hard ground, but I sense spring here anyway.

Perhaps I see it most in my students, that straining toward spring and just beyond, to the golden days of summer. Which leads to my list of favorites today…

(Joining in with the FFF ladies for Friday's Fave Five, hosted by Susanne here. Be sure to click on over if you'd like to join us!)

1. Counting them down. The weeks, that is – until summer begins for us. I turn the page in my attendance book on Monday, so that means we’re halfway through the last quarter. Dividing my time between home and school has been hard since January, so I’m certainly anticipating late May.

2. Jan Karon books. Oh, my. I do love them. I read her latest last week, In the Company of Others. It’s #2 in the Father Tim series. I love a book full of “characters,” and this one didn’t disappoint. It takes place in Ireland (which makes it a personal favorite of mine) and I found myself thinking with an Irish lilt as I read! Now I need something good to read…it’s hard to follow a good Jan Karon novel.

3. Reveling in Easter. We got to worship together – all three of us – for the first time since January. Easter is a holiday full of hope. Hope fulfilled, in fact. It was great for all of us to be in church on Sunday, for so many reasons.

4. Remembering my mom’s words: “Don’t borrow trouble.” There’s so much unknown and uncertainty in life that we can make ourselves crazy. I often remind myself of what my mom says about trouble. We truly do have enough trouble for today, and we can’t do anything about tomorrow’s unknowns…except trust.

5. A quote:

“So strong, so beautiful is hope, that it is scarcely possibly to overpraise it. It is the divine alchemy that transmutes the base metal of adversity into gold.” (A.W. Tozer)

I just love that – “the divine alchemy that transmutes the base metal of adversity into gold.” There’s no improving on that.

Anticipating the gold in the coming week,

8 comments:

Faith said...

Oh another GREAT quote from Tozer!! I love it! Sounds like you had a great Easter week and I don't blame you for counting down the last weeks of school. I enjoy the Karon books as well but haven't yet begun the Father Tim series. I so enjoyed the MItford series though....I just finished a book you might like. "Flies on the Butter" set in SC..christian fiction and excellent! I have a book review about it on my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Laura!!

Carrie said...

I think I need your mom to come and lecture me about not borrowing trouble! That's definitely a good thing to remember!

Hurray for being close to your summer break. (Or closER at any rate.)

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

Oh, yes...I remember counting down the days, too, when I was teaching. This year, I look forward to my daughter not attending preschool for many reasons. One is that I hate waking my son and baby up to pick her up three days a week!

Jean Wise said...

Your post brims over with hope today! love it

Jerralea said...

I love Jan Karon books! I definitely will be checking out that book.

I also love quotes by Tozer - especially this one. I want to make gold out of adversity!

I know you are coming through your difficulties just fine!

Brenda said...

Those Jan Karon books are like eating candy, they are fun, fast reads.

I have a Tozer devotional app on my iPhone. I don't read it everyday, but its nice to have it there for spare moments in the day. Love, love technology! :)

Willow said...

Five weeks--I have five weeks of classes left. But who's counting? :)

I'm so happy that you were able to celebrate Easter together!

Susanne said...

How exciting that you were all able to attend the Easter service together. That is definitely cause for celebration!

I think I read a Jan Karon novel when I was a teenager because the Father Tim character sounds familiar. I'll have to look into that author. So many people talk about loving her stories.

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