This Weekend ~ March 11 ~ me encanta

This weekend, I hope you find many hours of “me encanta.” Me encanta translates to “I Love.” Over the last many months, I have not posted any “This Weekend” posts. I have been surrounded by my dissertation and lots of travel.

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There have been fewer times of rest. Fewer times with friends. Fewer walks with Ruby. Pancakes with Dad continue. But overall…Fewer times of me encanta. This post by Ann Voskamp gracefully reminded me the me encanta is vital.

Praying that because of grace, you enjoy many me encanta moments this weekend.

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This Weekend: Consider giving someone their best day

This weekend, consider giving someone their best day… watch this sweet video for ideas…

Bretagne's best day

 

 

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This Weekend ~ August 22 ~ Rest

TodayIWillRest

Here is the link to Hope for the Broken Hearted if you would like to learn more

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This Weekend ~ June 5 ~Fly with Drones

Spend 5 minutes flying virtually with a drone over playful dolphins and soulful whales

Blue Whales and Drones

 

 

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This Weekend~March 27~This Weekend Don’t Listen

This is my first weekend post in awhile. The last weekend post was just two days before my mom passed to Heaven, although I did not know it at the time.

Perhaps that is why this collage from Brave Girls Club means so much today…

From Brave Girls Club

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This Weekend~ December 19~Carve it

Moon Horizon

Today marks an anniversary of one of my favorite stories of love.

On December 19, 1972, the last Apollo crew landed safely back on Earth. Apollo 17’s crew of three included the last two men, Harrison Schmitt and Gene Cernan, who would walk on the moon. It is the final act of astronaut Gene Cernan that contains the favorite gem for me.

As he walked toward the lunar module, Cernan knelt and scratched his daughter’s initials in the lunar surface.

It is possible that his daughter’s initials, TC, still remain on the moon’s barren surface. His act of fatherly love certainly remains in memory and…in practice for me, and maybe you too, today. Because of Grace, we have received such love.

 

 

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. ~John 15:13-14

 

Today, might you consider, some act of “initial impression?” I know you won’t deface anything, but might you be on the lookout for, and notice any opportunity to impress the initials of a loved one (doesn’t have to be a daughter) in the snow, the garden soil, the playground sand, even a Styrofoam cup (this is where you’ll find me scratching out my daughter’s initials).

Do it in honor of Gene and love that literally can be to the moon and back!

 

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Sources:
The Writer’s Almanac
Gene Cernan
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This Weekend~August 1~Leave It

Leave It

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This Weekend: Remember

We celebrate the 4th of July because Patriots stood for their beliefs. They stand in defense of their dream and crafted it to a reality.
With July 4th approaching, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all current and former
military personnel and their families. We are very grateful for your service. We can never understand the
sacrifices that you and your family make, but we are thankful.

  • To the men and women who place themselves in harm’s way, thank you.
  • To the spouses who are at home taking care of the family and keeping a sense of normalcy, thank you.
  • To the children whose parents are working hard at home or are deployed around the world, thank you…your moms and dads are heroes.
  • To each and every one of you who sacrifice daily in defense of our country and our freedoms, thank you.

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This Weekend~Go on a Digital Detox~June 20

Go on a Digital Detox

“while we’re doing a digital detox we’re allowing our thoughts and conversations to get all the way to their conclusion” ~Frances Booth

What is a Digital Detox?

A digital detox is switching off all mobiles, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers for a certain length of time. Spend your screen-free time slowly reconnecting with your Grace and Bliss. Get outside–that is where the ultimate cognitive benefit awaits, according to this study from the University of Michigan. A digital detox is also a chance to recharge and rest, writes Booth in this post.

Although  recommends a minimum of 24 hours, any amount of time is a good place to start. Start small and unplugged for a little bit of scheduled time and then build on that success to longer amounts of time unplugged and un-digitized.

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This Weekend~unHurry~Can you Do It?

“Hurry rushes toward the destination and fails to enjoy the journey” ~Alan Fadling in his book An Unhurried Life*

A sudden winter ice storm caused me to do it today as the roads became slick with frozen reminders that we are not in charge.

Perhaps the early sunset will cause you to do it.

Perhaps a cold, or other wintertime illness with cause you to do it.

Or a traffic jam,a long line,

Or a brief encounter with beauty:

sunset

Whether or not it is intentional or unintentional, might you take time to take your time this weekend?

Might you unHurry?

Pause

Savor

There will be time to jump on the conveyor belt of busy…

But, perhaps, this weekend, especially today when many flags will fly at half-staff,

it is a good time to engage in the unHurry, in the uneventfully vital.

Sit and watch/Stand and see/kneel and pray/

unHurry for a respite.

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I first learned about Fadling’s book from this post at Domestic Serenity

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~ Continue to Savor

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Take a little time this weekend to Savor the landscape of your weekend.

Perhaps you will:

Look intently at a sunrise, cloud formation, sunset, or star-filled sky

Listen to the sounds of laughter, nature, conversation, or music around you

Feel the warmth of the blanket, the softness of a hand holding yours, the cushion of grass under your bare feet

Breathe in the aroma of food cooking, a candle burning, a cup of steaming chamomile tea

Taste the last bite of a good meal, the coolness of ice, a sweet treat that might be waved away

Thank Him for all of these blessings that arise from Him…
And the Lord smelled a savor of rest…Genesis 8:21*

What will you Savor this weekend?

After each act of creation in Genesis 1, “God saw that His new creation was beautiful and good.” When creation is nearly complete, God not only declares it “good” but is described as “savoring its beauty and appreciating its goodness” (Genesis 1:31) Ecclesiastes 7:19,

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**the voice translation

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This Weekend~Easy Weekend Activity~November 8~Postpone

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Perhaps it is that I/we spend so much time avoiding procrastination that the act of avoiding it, in itself becomes a spiraling kind of procrastination. Perhaps all the “to-do” and “to-don’t” lists are a form of distraction procrastination. And the non-attainment of my/our list completion ushers in guilt and frowns toward myself/ourselves.

Well, perhaps, for a short while this weekend, just give in to it. Make an intentional decision to postpone that decision, that chore, that assignment, that activity.

And…just…for a moment…savor

There will be plenty of time to re-enter the spinning wheel.

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This Weekend~September 27~Just Remember

You Are Blessed

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This Weekend~September 13~Dare

 

Dare to be strong and courageous. That is the road. Venture anything. ~Sherwood Anderson

dare to be strong and courageous

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

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Sherwood Anderson was author of the novel, Winesburg, Ohio.

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This Weekend~Enlighten~Strengthen~Mend~Bind~Heal~Revive

This weekend-go for the Big 6: Enlighten~Strengthen~Mend~Bind~Heal~Revive

Enlighten your mind by thinking and considering the opposite of an opinion you hold.
Mend a fence, a friendship, and a neighborship
Bind  whatever you’ve allowed that obscures grace.
Heal a wound by reminding yourself of who you are in Christ
Revive your physical body through water and sleep and smiles.

What Feeds You?

Dear Lord, Please enlighten what is dark in me, strengthen what is weak in me, mend
what is broken in me, bind what is bruised in me, heal what is sick in me, and
revive whatever peace and love that have died in me… ~from Healing Hugs

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This Weekend~August 30~Listen for His Voice

Perhaps you have an extra day in your weekend. If not, or if so…pause to listen for His Voice.
How do you know when you hear His Voice?
Perhaps these suggestions will help:

Listen to His Voice

    The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic. ~Psalm 29:3-4

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This Weekend~Throw a Party

To love myself through the challenges that came when I didn’t know how to move through what felt like cement walls. When we take shame out of the equation, getting back up and adjusting our path takes on an ease we never knew before. We don’t have to be embarrassed. We can just do different next time. … Failure isn’t always so bad. There are things I am happy to have failed at: Hiding. Playing small. Staying stuck. Being alone. Feeling lonely. Feeling uninspired. If I can celebrate those then I can celebrate them all.” ~Jo Anna Rothman

Read More here: Throw a Party for Failure

This Weekend~July 26~Let them Drive their Mirrors

With experience, a driver adjusts his understanding of how a car feels when it is near its limits. A driver becomes comfortable driving on the edge, so when his tires begin to lose adhesion, he can easily correct, pause, and recover. Knowing where and when he can push for a little extra becomes ingrained in his being.

When the pressure is intense and the race is only half completed, a driver who is being chased relentlessly by a competitor realizes that he might be better off pushing from behind than pulling from the front. In that case, the smart move is to yield his lead to the trailing car and let the other driver pass. Relieved of his burden, our driver can tuck in behind and make the new leader drive his mirrors.

…Racing is about discipline and intelligence, not about who has the heavier foot. The one who drives smart will always win in the end.
~Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Chapter 30

When  things are going well and you feel that you are leading the way, making a change and doing no harm, often you will notice that others tend to snip and snap and try to distract you with fear, worry, and the dreaded- “What-if.” Slowly (or suddenly), you, (or I) begin to “Drive our mirrors” and we lose focus. We begin to spend too much time thinking about what Drain people say, or the problems and negativity they are bringing to our circle of influence. We start driving our mirrors–we stop looking forward and focus sideways and behind instead. And then we can get off – track.

Well, this weekend, let the naysayers and the pity-me’s, and the busy-be’s and the woulda-coulda-should-ites pass. Let them pass you by. Bid them safe passage as they pass you. Refrain from arguing and challenging them. Resist the urge to explain anything to them because explaining is just arguing with a passive voice.

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Let them drive their mirrors for awhile.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.       ~1 Corinthians 9:24

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This Weekend~July 12~Birthday Practice

Today is a special day. It is my dad’s birthday—his 86th birthday.

And we are celebrating. He went to the movies yesterday. There are hamburgers and home-made Butterfinger ice cream today. And his son arrives tomorrow.

It is a big deal!

And it arrives in the middle of challenges for me that are not of his making and out of his control. To bring my struggles in along with his birthday present and his favorite Mr. Goodbar candy bars would be irresponsible and selfish.

It will also be a test of my discipline to stay in the moment. To hold a space for gratitude in the moment. To, travel with mustered joy and, as Ann Voskamp writes in this post to, “Practice the discipline of the present.”

the discipline of the present

If this is where you also are today, might we practice together?

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This Weekend~Embrace the Odds

tballonlineThis weekend is the second weekend in the “High Holy Days” of Wimbledon. I love to watch the coverage, forwarding through the commercials and hoping for more than a parting glance at some doubles play.

Oddsmakers look forward to Wimbledon too. They set the percentage odds for all the players, based on their past performance.

This year these were the pre-tournament odds for four popular women’s players:

A. Radwanska……………………………….. 40/1 odds
M. Bartoli……………………………………..150/1 odds
K. Flipkens…………………………………..300/1 odds
S. Lisicki……………………………………….80/1 odds
Each of these women made it to the SemiFinals. Bartoli and Lisicki await tomorrow’s finals. Flipkens was too injured last year to even qualify for Wimbledon and her playing rank slipped to under the top 200.

These were the pre-tournament odds for the previous Wimbledon winners:
S. Williams………………………………………   2/1 odds
M. Sharapova…………………………………..  15/1 odds
V. Azarenka …………………………………….    7/1 odds
None of these women made it to the semifinals. They were eliminated in the early rounds by one of the women from the list above.

So, perhaps this weekend, it is a good idea to consider your odds. Consider the odds of a struggle, challenge, wish, or dream you face.

Consider the odds and then, Because of Grace, embrace those odds, wink at them … and twirl right passed them!

Because odds are based on the past. They are based on the remnants of yesterday. But, Because of Grace, God invites us to the future.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future…I will be found by you. ~Jeremiah 29:11

The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you…and I will give you rest-everything will be fine for you.” ~ Exodus 33:14, NLT

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