Friday’s Fave Five

friday-fave-five-springSusanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts a “Friday Fave Five” in which we share our five favorite things from the past week. Click on the button to read more of the details, and you can visit Susanne to see the list of others’ favorites.

My favorite moments from this week:

1. Getting a good start on getting the house painted. We’ve been wanting to get at that for a long time. I wrote more about it and showed pictures here, but this picture shows the old on the left and the new on the right.

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2. Cheerful helpful people. Our church’s ladies’ luncheon is tomorrow, and a number of ladies volunteered to help set up beforehand and then clean up afterward. Then earlier this week, I was at the school office where one of those ladies was volunteering that day while talking with another lady about helping her with something else going on this week. She also regularly helps me put labels with our church contact information on tracts. She’s a little bit older, and all her kids are grown and on their own, and I just appreciate that she uses her time to help others and does it with such a cheerful spirit. Plus another older lady has, on her own initiative, starting visiting with my mother-in-law at her assisted living facility, which my mother-in-law really enjoys, and agreed to sit with her at the ladies’ luncheon tomorrow so that while I am up and down taking care of things, she won’t be alone. That is such a blessing.

3. I know I have mentioned spring before and the dogwoods in bloom before, but it is still such a joy to see things greening up after winter and to see the dogwoods and azaleas in bloom throughout the neighborhood. Plus, my kitchen window, unfortunately, faces right into a neighbor’s family room behind us, and when the trees put out their new leaves that view is blocked and I feel like we both have a little more privacy. 🙂

4. Funny comment of the week: Jeremy works from home, and one day in particular he was having trouble getting going mentally with his work. He had been just generally puttering around on the computer. When he was telling me all this, he said, “I don’t get paid to play games on the computer and watch You Tube videos at work like other people do.” Cracked me up.

5. The devotional book I am using this year, Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer, has been used of the Lord to speak to me often this year. The April 22nd reading had an application I had never thought of before concerning Jacob’s wrestling with a man the night before meeting his brother, Esau, who, the last Jacob knew, was after his life:

when the sense of loneliness steals over the spirit, and the starry hosts expand overhead, it is then that we may come into personal contact with One, whose delights from of old were with the sons of men. He is the Word of God, but He is also the Saviour, the Lover and Friend of man.

In our first meeting, He will wrestle with us to break down our stubbornness; He will touch the sinew of our strength till we can hold out no more; He will withdraw from us till we insist that we cannot let Him go; He will awaken a mysterious longing and urgency within us, which He alone can satisfy. And as the memorable interview ends, He will have taught us that we prevail best when we are at our weakest, and will have whispered in our ear, in response to our entreaty, His own sublime Name, Shiloh, the Giver of Eternal Peace!

I love how, after a busy week in which I didn’t think I would have five favorite things, after thinking about it, I can come up with more than five, and instead of thinking, “Wow, what a busy week,” I am left thinking, “Wow, it’s been a great week.” Thanks, Susanne, for spurring us on to do that!

You can see other favorites of this week at Susanne‘s.

Updated to add: Our ladies’ luncheon is tomorrow. Those of you who pray, I’d appreciate your prayers if you’re willing! Everything is going well (except for a laminating machine that wouldn’t laminate the bookmarks we made for favors. Unfortunately I had not done them last week, which would have given me more of a cushion to deal with it, because I thought it would only take an hour or so. It took an hour and 40 minutes — and still wasn’t done. What we did try to do, I had to peel the laminating plastic off of. I took them to an office supply store today, and they can do them this afternoon for around $20 — not bad, considering.) But even when everything is going well, there is still a little underlying pressure or nervousness til it is all over. I’ll post pictures either this weekend or early next week.

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16 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. It’s good to take time to think about the things we’ve seen, heard, learned. Love the comment from Jeremy :0)
    How great to get your house painted so fresh and clean looking!!
    Enjoy your weekend…

  2. There are a lot of people in our world who do love to volunteer and fill a need. I love hearing how the spirit of volunteerism is still alive. If all we wives and mothers didn’t have to work outside the home, I bet we’d see more volunteering done.

    I agree with you that sometimes I don’t think I can come up with 5 things to talk about my week, but I always do. This is a really good exercise for all of us – stretches our spiritual “gratitude” muscles!

  3. Sometimes it feels like nothing important has happened during the week, and then when I start reflecting, images pop out all over.
    Sounds like you have a great group of ladies to work with. Enjoy.

  4. Its so true that this gives us a chance to be thankful everyweek. I am always thankful for the cheerful people that surround me as well. And for my devotional book, I need that!

  5. I really appreciated the quote from Our Daily Walk, Barbara. I have a friend who has been going through a difficult time and this will really help her! I love reading your fave fives and yes, you can depend on me to pray for you as you continue preparing for you ladies’ luncheon and I look forward to the pictures!

  6. Jeremy sounds like a riot! Too funny!

    Thank you for the quote from the devotional, Barbara. It really spoke to me.

    Ladies who lend a helping hand for functions are worth gold!

  7. Hi Barb! I’m just heading off to bed, but I wanted to stop in and let you know that I am praying for your ladies luncheon tomorrow! I hope it is a huuuge success — I know it’s going to be! We will be gone up in Green Bay all day tomorrow – so I won’t get to come visit…. but I’ll be around soon. I know you’ll post it – and I’ll catch up when I can! But you ARE prayed up!

  8. I enjoy reflecting as well. It’s one of those habits that got me thinking and trying out lots of things.

    I love what you and your family did with the house. 😀

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