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a benefit from being injured

 Well, I have to make a confession – I tried to snowboard on a sprained ankle.  I thought I had recovered enough to enjoy some riding w my family, but alas, I was sorely mistaken, in the literal sense.  So unfortunately, my choices were to be in pain all day, slow down my family who would have to wait for me all the time & risk further injury or sit on the sidelines while my family enjoyed a great day of skiing.  Grrrrrrrr.  At this point in my life, I don’t see the X Games in my future, but I do have to be up to speed for some upcoming Saving Moses travel.  So I opted for the sideline view of a beautiful mountain.

Here’s the great part of this stupid injury – each of my kids took a turn to hang out with me so I’d not be alone.  Just so you know, I have no problem being alone, but to have solo quality time with each of my kids is nothing less than sublime bliss.  Maybe when we are forced to slow down, it helps us to appreciate what is so vital in all of our lives – relationships.  This is a unique perspective on what Paul said in Philippians 3 – I want to know Christ and the fellowship of His suffering, along with the power of His resurrection.  We often follow strength, but some of the best fellowship can occur around hardship, suffering & difficulty.  Selah

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it’s puking snow!!

   I live in Denver and we’re having a really lovely snowstorm – it’s beautiful, quiet and abundant!  My kids have been playing in it for most of the day because school was closed due to the snow.  I was driving around in it a bit earlier and I’ve noticed a few things that can be helpful not only w a snowstorm but also with life:

  • clothing is like our attitudes:  the right attitude can turn many hardships into some great potential fun
  • together is better than alone:  playing in the snow is much better with a friend than alone and the same is true for hardships
  • time changes things:  in the Summer its hard to imagine snow and in the Winter it’s hard to imagine 90 degree heat, but its only a matter of time until things change
  • teamwork can clear off alot of driveways, or so they say ,)
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friends are important!

 On the whole, I believe that God has designed us to be social & for people to be important in our lives.  And in my life, I see that God has put lots of different kinds of friends & people in my life.  For me, its important to have a diversity of friends & not just try to have everything wrapped up into one person or only a few.  Here are a few of the diverse friendships that I have:   

  • friends with whom I share recipes,
  • friends that I see movies with,
  • friends with whom I talk about good books,
  • friends where our kids have similar ages so we hang out when our kids play together
  • friends with whom we share about God at very deep & transparent levels
  • friends that enjoy travel adventures
  • friends that challenge my political thoughts, even though I have very few ,)

Let’s be sure to celebrate & honor the various friendships in our lives & let God unfold their purposes over time.  Being & having friends is important! 😀

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a good laugh

I was recently reading about Abraham & I was pleasantly surpised to notice that when the angel spoke to Abraham about having a son in his old age, he literally fell to the ground laughing!!  And when Sarah heard that she would carry a baby in her very old age, she also busted out laughing!  Both parents had a good laugh at what seemed totally impossible, but what was also probably the biggest desire in their lives.  Perhaps they had been disappointed when year after year, Sarah never became pregnant until it seemed to be too late.  Maybe the only reply that they had left to their decades of disappointment was to laugh at what seemed to be absurd. 

Nevertheless, God is faithful to His promises even when they seem impossible & Sarah became pregnant.  Its completely funny to recognize that God’s name for their son was Isaac, which means laughter  .  The decades of disappointment had been replaced with laughter for everyone.  Please be encouraged that God is faithful to His promises even when they seem impossible.  Maybe one day, you’ll look at the impossible & laugh with faith, knowing that nothing is impossible with God.

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Christmas plans & cooking

 We are coming to the close of the  Christmas  season & it seems to me that we all do Christmas in our own unique ways – which is cause to celebrate!  Thankfully, I changed a few of my normal habits so that this year has less stress than preceding years (normally, I procrastinate package wrapping because this is the one task I totally HATE, for various reasons).  Anyways, this year we had a wrapping party, so that atrocity has been overcome ,)

I’m now putting my brain into the cooking mode, since today & tomorrow will be filled w food prep.  Here are some things that we’ll be cooking (my daughter is helping me):

  • breakfast:  2 savory bread puddings (spinach / artichoke and ham, cheese & sun dried tomatoes) – I think these hold great promise ,)
  • meats:  turkey & ham
  • veggies:  sweet potato casserole ala’ Isabell & green beans
  • salads:  green salad & my mom’s infamous black cherry jello
  • chorizo stuffing (my husband’s favorite)
  • desserts:  pecan pie & peach cobbler

So what do you cook & how do you celebrate Christmas???

We are having lots of people over, but the whole point of all of this cooking, preparation, celebration, et. al, is 100% due to Jesus’ birth – indeed, the most noble of all events to celebrate.  Merry Christmas!!

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differences are valuable

Although my husband & I share very similar values & priorities, we are quite different. Generally, that works out well for us. Sometimes if we’re not careful, however, we can let our differences be divisive rather than complementary – like the idea of acute & obtuse in Geometry ,)
But here’s my thinking on this topic of differences in relationship: it seems to me that some of the best relationships are not between people who are clones, but rather between people who allow for differences in personality & style. I think that having relationships that tolerate differences are very important because they can help you appreciate the many different ways that God loves you & the diversity of ways in which He communicates with us. Diversity can have some rich potential 🙂

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Some things you find in vacation :)

We’ve taken a few days of vacation with Thanksgiving & it’s super great to have some fun family time 🙂
Last night I was putting my son to bed & the lights were out so I couldn’t see very well. As we finished praying, I went to straighten out the blanket & saw what I thought was a toy, with like a handle. When I went to pick it up, to move it off the bed, I flashed it through a small strip of light & it was a dead, dried up mouse!!! I of course jumped & semi-freaked out because I wasn’t expecting to find nor fish out a dried mouse from my son’s bed!! My son wanted to know what was wrong w me, but I’m waiting until we are done w our vacation to update him on his disappointed sleeping friend ,)
Happy Thanksgiving!

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aid for charades

Charades is a fun game to act out lots of different things.  If you’ve played this game in a group, you know that you’re supposed to act something out & help your team guess your word(s) based on your acting.  This game can be lots of fun, but unfortunately, I think we play this game in our life, from time to time.  Here are a few examples:

  • Sometimes I think we pretend to be humble, when the reality is that we’re merely insecure.
  • Sometimes I think we pretend to be confident when the reality is that we’re arrogant
  • Sometimes I think we pretend to be peaceful when the reality is that we’re apathetic
  • Sometimes I think we pretend to be strong when the reality is that we’re scared
There are lots of other ways we live the charade game & ultimately, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to be humble, confident, peaceful, strong, etc.  But my sense is that we can’t really have these things well integrated into our lives as a normal reality without God’s help.  Just some food for thought 🙂
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laugh and enjoy

When I was growing up, people used to observe that I was very serious.  As a little kid, I was always thinking about learning, growing & being mature.  I didn’t like it when restaurants would have “kiddie” menus because I thought that was condescending.  Suffice it to say that I was super serious.

Now days, I’m not quite so serious & probably what I most like to laugh at is myself.  I take myself far less seriously now & I think that a healthy dose of humorous humility is very constructive for lots of different reasons.  I also like to laugh with my kids – one of whom just pulled out an empty Starbucks gum tin from inside his footie pjs, leading me to 2 questions:  what else might he keep in his footie pjs & why does his keep the gum tin in his pjs???

So I’d encourage you to laugh today, look for ways to enjoy the diversity of people, encourage others & find a few constructive ways to take yourself less seriously 🙂

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friendships

  When I was growing up, I used to complain to my parents about not having any friends – it was partly true, because I wasn’t a very friendly person.  Nevertheless, my parents would always encourage me that I had lots of friends & they were always very affirming on this topic.  Here are some other pearls of wisdom they taught  me in relation to friendships:

  • diversity is good – its good to have lots of different kinds of friends:  smart, funny, healthy, beautiful, chubby, witty, deep, seasonal, insightful, superficial, . . . . .   Diversity is the spice of life!
  • in order to have friends, we must be friendly:  smile, be forgiving, generous, seeking to understand
  • be more concerned about being interested rather than interesting:  listening can be a timeless gift
  • a friendship isn’t merely about what you can get out of the relationship, but also what you can give
  • don’t be disappointed because someone is unable to give something you want in a friendship – maybe they don’t have that skill set or ability, just like you also have some shortcomings
  • give the benefit of the doubt:  don’t assign malicious intent
  • no one person can be your everything in life – this expectation is unhealthy & ultimately idolatrous
  • be the friend you would like to have 🙂
  • forgive, forgive, forgive & be prepared to continue forgiving
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