This Weekend~February 28~Find a Glass

glass half empty

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Midweek Question: What is your Focus?

For the last several months, I’ve focused on being attentive and grateful. My focus word was “Savor.” I wanted to Savor my blessings, my silent, quiet moments, my new courses, textbooks, colleagues, learning partners, professors, parents, and even the mistakes I had made in my life, because these led me to the point of Savor.

What is your focus?

It is time for me to refocus my focus. With the extended hospitalization of my mom I have had to get up-to-speed on medical terms, new faces, new professionals, new opinions, new treatment vocabulary, new healthcare guidelines, and so much more.

My New Focus Word is Gather.

I have begun to Gather my energy. Gather my supplies. Most importantly, I Gather my faith.

God is bigger than any diagnosed medical challenge. But if I am holding tightly to my perceptions, my watchdog advocacy, my intention to “be on it,” then where can He squeeze in? I learned this from my new prayer warrior friend, Rachel, who I met at the new Rehab hospital for mom. Rachel also quietly brings dinner to me now. Dinner is a great concept.

The Learning Curve for me is steep. But over the weekend I spent my first night back at home since January 20. I am in Gather mode. I’m gathering my team. My team includes the doctors, nurses, aides, companions, PT/OT/ST professionals, the insurance reps, the government workers at Medicare, my friends, and most importantly, my prayer warriors.

What is your Gather Mode? What are you Gathering?

Might you also join my Gather team?

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Previous Focus Words

Previous Midweek Questions

Photo by Anne McCrary

Monday Words for the Soul~February 24

you decide

“As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.” ~Emmanuel Teney

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Additional Words for the Soul

a word from The Sponsor~February 23

Copy-Right! Because of Grace

peony by Garrett Eastman

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Romans 12:2

 

 

 

Additional words from The Sponsor

Peony photo by Garrett Eastman

Monday Words for The Soul~February 10

there is a plan

 

 

Because of Grace, there is this wonderful printable with these words from Ann Voskamp

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Additional words for the Soul

a word from The Sponsor~February 9

But you belong. The Holy One anointed you, and you all know it. I haven’t been writing this to tell you something you don’t know, but to confirm the truth you do know, and to remind you that the truth doesn’t breed lies. ~1 John 2:20-21

Read more about this verse at this link

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Additional words from The Sponsor

Kinda sums it up…

Kinda sums up the last three weeks for me, as my mom has been in the hospital.

This weekend, call your mom…and your dad.

Nothing is Lost

by Noel Coward

Deep in our sub-conscious, we are told
Lie all our memories, lie all the notes
Of all the music we have ever heard
And all the phrases those we loved have spoken,
Sorrows and losses time has since consoled,
Family jokes, out-moded anecdotes
Each sentimental souvenir and token
Everything seen, experienced, each word
Addressed to us in infancy, before
Before we could even know or understand
The implications of our wonderland.
There they all are, the legendary lies
The birthday treats, the sights, the sounds, the tears
Forgotten debris of forgotten years
Waiting to be recalled, waiting to rise
Before our world dissolves before our eyes
Waiting for some small, intimate reminder,
A word, a tune, a known familiar scent
An echo from the past when, innocent
We looked upon the present with delight
And doubted not the future would be kinder
And never knew the loneliness of night.

Monday Words for The Soul~February 3

Sitting by my mom’s hospital bed and reading about the kindness of strangers–each to each other, in Atlanta- SnowedOutAtlanta.

“Where am I needed? Can make it just about anywhere?” ~Graham Lutz

We are community and we are better together

“I’m near Little Five Points. .. gassed up and ready. Who needs help?” ~Payten Readfern

Read more here

and here, where, because of grace, others received help in Alabama.

Do you  know about Mark Meadows? Mark Meadows is a hero.

Might it perhaps be the right time to stock your car with some Blessing Bags?

a word from The Sponsor~January 26 and February 2

a description of the grace-filled life.

…give constant encouragement, lifting their spirits and charging them with fresh hope. ~Acts 20:2

a word from The Sponsor~January 19

Joshua 1:9

On January 19, here is a favorite verse from Joshua 1:9

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Look it up and savor these words that are always true.

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mid-week question~January 15~Boxes

boxes

How many miracles have I missed between the thin lines of all those neatly penciled boxes? ~Jennifer Dukes Lee in this post

Geometrically speaking, when everything is ready and boxes intersect, they transform into elegantly,  interconnected designs.

At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ ~Luke 14:17
Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. ~Luke 5:25

Monday words for the Soul~January 13

the ones who say you can't...

It is true, you know!

But, most importantly, how have you found this to be true?

 

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more words for the soul

a word from The Sponsor~January 12

a repost of sorts, of my verse for this season of new beginnings…

What is your verse of focus? Might you share it in the comments?

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more words from The Sponsor

Mid-week question of the Week~January 8~one year from today

In one year from today…

What might I deeply regret if it didn’t get done?

I saw this question in a post from Domestic Serenity. It called to me to stop and consider the pace at which I complete things and also the pace at which I disgard things and activities off of my “to-do” list. To counter-act any over active “to-do” list, I often strike-off activities at will. Whether I make my “to-do” list my idol or, alternatively, make my “to-don’t” list a savior, the result is the same: I need to count the cost.

Luke 14:28-29 (MSG) “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish.”

Finding a balance between rigid oak and driftwood is delicate and must be accompanied by prayer for discernment.

You’re either someone who makes things happen or watches things happen — or maybe you have no idea what’s happening! Those who make things happen are the people who change the world. ~Rick Warren

Monday Words for the Soul~January 6

Once you slip through the net of your own fears, there is mystery in every step.  Out here, in the open space between the “yes” and the “no” of judgment, you discover the treasure that’s been yours all along: your life is filled with grace. ~Katrina Kenison in this post

a word from The Sponsor~January 5

A new focus verse for the new year.

I wanted them to trust Me and obey My voice. In those early days, I told them, “I will be your God, and you will be My people. Follow Me every step of the way into a life that is good.” ~ Jeremiah 7:23

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Jeremiah 7:23

 

I want to stay close to His Grace this year and hang on to His path.
The next verse in Jeremiah is a warning to avoid backward steps and mistakes of the past.

Choosing instead to step in footprints of grace, straining through the noise to hear His Voice of Grace and protection.

What is your focus verse for the new year?

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Small Note: This picture taken on a hiking trip last week.

At the bottom of the photo, on the pink card, is my focus verse for 2013, which I left at the summit.

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2013 words from The Sponsor

(photo by Helen Teague)

This Weekend~January 3~Gratitude Jar

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“To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” ~Johannes A. Gaertner

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More Weekend Activities

Happy New Year!

Happiest New Year!!!

pooh new year

A Question for the New Year: What will your adventure be?

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Emerson

Resolution Opportunities

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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Monday Words for the Soul~December 30

On this last Monday of the year…

bring me to the cross

…may silence and peace always accompany you…

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Francois de Fenelon quote from the book 100 Days in the Secret Place

A year’s worth of words for the soul

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