This Weekend~February 28~Find a Glass

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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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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


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




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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


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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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?

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