Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Day #1743

October 9, 2018 

The question of the day seems to be - where does the time go? 

Time for Christmas worship planning?! Really?!

And the piles keep growing on my desk! Where does this all paper come from?!

And our first godson turns 21 today! Really?!

And we’re a week away from the middle of October?! Really!

Well, the same 24 hours are in a day and the same 7 days are in a week. However, they just seem to be going by really fast!! Lord, have mercy!


Monday, October 8, 2018

Day #1742

October 8, 2018 

A prayer for the church/God's Kingdom:
Almighty God, all that we are and all that we have come from you. Inspire us to be so grateful and awed by your generosity that we wish to share the Good News with everyone. Give us courage and commitment to invite others into knowing you, worshiping you, and learning about you. Amen.
This prayer is inspired by a reminder of the importance of invitation:


Day #1741

October 7, 2018

Hurray for the beautiful weather for the annual CROP Walk to end hunger. And thanks to the generosity and dedication of many folks, over $6,000 has been raised, 25% of which will be donated to the local ministry, Family Promise of Great Falls. All in all a beautiful and “successful” day!


PS It's not too late to make a donation to this worthy cause. Check out CROP Walk Great Falls to make on online donation before October 31, 2018. Thank you!!!

Day #1740

October 6, 2018 

We had a beautiful drive to and from Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp for their annual meeting today. The colors of the trees are simply beautiful this year. Apologies for the lack of pictures - happens when you’re doing the driving. :-(

After we arrived home, we were doing a little “catch-up” on some tv watching and this line from the investigator on a diet, eating a salad, made us both laugh: “What did they do? Mow the lawn, rake it up, and put dressing on it? This is brutal.” I can relate!!! Hahaha!


Day #1739

October 5, 2018

Rant warning! ;-)

I have been trying for several days to get something worked out/changed with a local bank branch. This is not necessarily a bank complaint, but a lack of communication one. Late in the day yesterday I told the person I was working with that I would get the required form signed and back early tomorrow morning. Keeping my promise, I emailed the form only to get an automated reply they were out today and would be back Tuesday. WHAT!!!! I mean, couldn’t they have said yesterday, I’ll be out tomorrow, could you possibly get it back today, especially with Monday being a holiday? Or could they have let me know that it took 24-48 hours to get the change completed (this I learned from the “emergency” contact on their email). Nope! No warning, no communication that might be the case, just the empty assurance it would be taken care of asap. Grrr….I’m trying to be patient, but it was not a great start to a day off. 

Oh, well. Off to the mountains for a meeting tomorrow on the lake. How frustrating can a day off be with that in the plans, right?!?!


Day #1738

October 4, 2018

Thought this from Cystal Rock in the devotion d365 was an interesting insight: "we misunderstand that being in the likeness of God doesn’t mean that we are God; we are to be in relationship with God."

Also, in honor of the actual St. Francis Day, the ELCA shared this format of his famous prayer:

The prayer continues: "Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen."


Day #1737

October 3, 2018 

An interesting question of the day was brought forward: who has it easier, men or women? 

It seems our personal lens gives us a bias, either in favor of ourselves, or of the “other.” However, I suppose when we get right down to it, no one has life “easier.” Those who seem to be living a charmed and easy life are probably facing, or dealing with, something that others don’t know about or might not even understand. 

The longer I live, the more I realize that EVERYONE has difficult things in their life that they deal with and keeps them from having an “easy” life. Not that life isn’t worth it, but at some time or another, all of us will struggle in some way. Therefore, I’m very thankful we don’t struggle alone - that God is ALWAYS with us.


Day #1736

October 2, 2018 

Spent a good day of learning about the Gospel of Luke. We are blessed in this synod to have regular classes offered through the Northern Rockies Institute of Theology (NRIT). Keeping the focus on the importance of education and stretching our minds and knowledge, this organization and its planner (shout out to Jenny!) does a great job of offering varied topics. Today’s was no exception, and the presenter was also great. 

One of the things she said (many actually) really hit home, but this one I share here: “sometimes the inside changes when the outside challenges us.” I have found that to often be true - what I think or believe or dig my heels in over can be modified when I’m either challenged or invited to think a little differently. I like to think that is the Holy Spirit at work. :-)


Day #1735

October 1, 2018

A prayer for pets, in honor of yesterday’s Blessing of the Pets service:
Almighty God, your creation includes wonderful gifts - earth, sea, sky, rain, sunshine, and people. You also give us animals to care for and protect, including those we welcome into our homes and lives. Bless those pets, watch over them and those who care for them, and remind us of the joy their love and devotion brings. Amen. 

Day #1734

September 30, 2018 

Richard Rohr in his daily meditation writes: 
I observe that the people who find God are usually those who are very serious about their quest and their questions. It is said that asking good questions is a sign of intelligence. But Western culture has spent centuries admiring and promoting people who supposedly have all the answers—which, too often, they have read or heard from someone else. 
Hmm....reminds me of my internship supervisor who often said something like, "don't just believe what someone tells you. Read, pray, discuss and discern for yourself, too!"

Also, today we celebrate a baptism. What joy as we welcome dear Tayler into God's family! 


Day #1733

September 29, 2018

Be sure and notice the date of this entry, then guess what this is?!

Nope, momma, it’s not white sand. Haha!