Friday, March 16, 2018

Day #1535

March 15, 2018

Russell Art Week - its 50th anniversary! A big deal in this town - and with family who have come to visit, we get to enjoy the art and such. So much to do and see - don’t imagine we’ll get around to it all. But we’re going to give it our best try.

And what could be more appropriate - a little snow for the morning. Haha!!


Day #1534

March 14, 2018 

Another evening with a special Lenten Worship Service and faith sharing - with a large dose of humor. What fun to participate with others in sharing their faith and their stories of God’s presence in their life.

I really am not looking forward to Lent ending because I’m enjoying this so much. Perhaps we can incorporate this sooner rather than later into our Sunday worship?!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Day #1533

March 13, 2018

Just have to share the question I had from a young one - "is there a school here" (meaning at the congregation)? "No, there’s not," I said. "Oh, I was going to ask if you were the principal."

Out of the mouths of babes. Haha! Principal/pastor - similar....

But the same one later gave me a fist bump and said, I’m so glad I got to see you.

Makes my heart smile!!!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Day #1532

March 12, 2018

A prayer for today in the midst of Women's History Month:
Almighty God, thank you for the gift of women. Those with generous hearts and courage who have paved the way for others of us to follow. Women who help raise children, educate them, love them, and encourage them, and who are wonderfully made in your image. May there always be women who follow you, teach about you, and love you. Amen.

Day #1531

March 11, 2018

Happy 29th wedding anniversary to my patient, kind, loving husband. Amazing how fast the years have gone! Here’s to at least 29 more!

I love you, hubby! Very much!!!


PS Thank you to others, too, who helped make the day special!

Day #1530

March 10, 2018 

Two items of appreciation today - one was a quick yes in response to a plea for some help. Another, a place that was all too happy to make room for two who wanted to celebrate their anniversary a little early. 

I truly am thankful for folks with willing hands and welcoming hearts. Life is good!


Day #1529

March 9, 2018 

For 18 years, an annual event to benefit FISH, the local Food Emergency Assistance program, has been lovingly planned and executed. Loaves and Fishes, a freewill offering salmon loaf meal, along with a silent auction and raffle, brought in lots of folks who want to do what they can to help those who are hungry in this city. 

Thank you to all who came to eat and buy, brought really nice items for auction and raffle, made jello salads and desserts, and who have hands and hearts that care and are generous. 

I must say, however, one of my favorite comments was - I’ve never heard such giggling during salmon prep. Yep, I enjoy making some fun out of a not so fun task. A little of the humor gift from God can go a long way - smiles are so good!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Day #1528

March 8, 2018 

Today is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate the strength and influence of women in our lives and in the world. Women are amazing creatures. I do not say that because I am one, but because of the ones who have been influential in my life - from my mother, to my grandmother, to friends, to women I don’t even know personally but who have paved the way for others to follow.

And what better way to celebrate this day than at Ladies: Let’s Do Lunch. Sixteen wonderful women joined me for good food and great conversation and much laughter. I’m so thankful for each one of them. 

Thank you, women of the world! For everything you do and who you are!


Day #1527

March 7, 2018

Another evening of faith sharing and a reminder that the assurance of God’s presence comes to each of us in very different - and yet similar - ways. God’s presence in times of sadness or need can be so very apparent, and yet in the simpler times, God is just as present and cares just as much about us. That is good news!!

Also, today the question to begin Bible Study was about our favorite scriptures. A good reminder that scripture is another way God’s presence is made known to us, and that assurance of God’s love is found throughout the Bible. 

One of my favorite verses of scripture is Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. A copy of that is front and center across from my desk. It often gives me courage - and a kick in the pants - when I'm hesitant to try something new. 

What about you? What scripture verse is most important to you? Do you keep it somewhere visible?


Day #1526

March 6, 2018

The requests do not come that often, but when I am asked to write a letter of recommendation for someone, I consider it an honor. It can be for all sorts of things, from jobs to awards to requests for money. Each time I take seriously the responsibility - it could make a definite difference in the outcome. 

I am also thankful - for all the people in my past who I have asked to vouch for me. Their responses, I know, have helped me, and I feel certain they took them as seriously as I do. 

There is much to appreciate in the joys of community and collegiality.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Day #1525

March 5, 2018 

This from the Moravian Daily Prayer:
O Lord, grant us a new spirit for work and growth today. May our hearts and minds be centered on the direction your Spirit seeks to guide us. May the work of our hands, our hearts and our minds please you this day. Amen.
inspired this prayer from me:
Gracious God, thank you for giving each of us meaning in our lives through the work of our minds, hearts and hands. May our minds be used for building up the kingdom in ways of creativity and inclusion, our hearts be turned toward you and our neighbor, and our hands busy with serving. And while our daily jobs vary in as many ways as we are people, may our vocation as Child of God and member of Your Kingdom, guide and direct us in ways that always bring you glory and honor. Amen.

Day #1524

March 4, 2018

When I make a promise (see Day #1512 ), I do mean to keep it. So I’m not saying anything more about this winter. But, if I were to, I’d have to report nearly 6 more inches of snow (80 inches for the season). 

BUT….the weather I’m not mentioning didn’t keep folks from worshipping. Wow!! Hearty souls hungry for the community, the word, the meal, and the assurance of God’s presence in our lives.

Thank you for a beautiful beginning to an otherwise, well, somewhat gloomy day. :-)


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Day #1523

March 3, 2018 

Saw this and couldn’t help but share:

It’s a good reminder that really the only person I have control over for behavior, decisions, choices, etc., is me, even if I think I know what might be best for someone else. I’m thankful God is the one, however, who ultimately knows the best - and sifts through my prayers otherwise.


Day #1522

March 2, 2018 

What fun to see pictures of children enjoying a day to honor a special author - Dr. Seuss - on what would have been his birthday. So on this day, I offer this:

To be a poet is a gift, for sure
To be one for children, a gift most pure
Green eggs and ham, Cat in the Hat, the Places You’ll Go
All books everyone should lucky enough be to know
Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for bringing us smiles
May your words, your thoughts, your insights take us miles.


Day #1521

March 1, 2018 

Have I mentioned before how honored - and humbled - I am to do what I do. When someone has questions about their own faith or beliefs, it’s truly amazing to be one they may come to, to talk it out and be open to new perspectives. And one to pray with them, and for them. 

I give thanks for these moments, hold them in high respect, and handle them preciously. And trust that God is the agent of change - and assurance - always!