Women’s History Month Part 2

March is Women’s History Month. The Christian Faith has been blessed by countless numbers of women who have made positive contributions to the faith. A Hall of Fame could include women like Corrie Ten Boom, Mother Teresa, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus.

As a blogger there are so many women who have blessed me through their blogs. This month I will share the blogs of women I follow who I did not share last month.

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Euyadeen of quietmomentswithgod.wordpress.com. She is a mom, wife, a chaplain, and blogger. She shares her faith and shares posts by other bloggers.

fochwoman.com shares her faith in her blog. I enjoy her posts.

Sally of newfoundlandhousewifestheology.com. She shares her faith and about life in Newfoundland Canada.

Jenny of ofprogressandpurpose.com. She shares her faith and about her life as a busy mom and wife.

Please check out their blogs if you have not already. You will be blessed.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

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2 Coffee Shops In 1 Afternoon-Life In The Fast Lane

Yesterday was a big day for me. It was a day of living large and boldly going where I have not gone for a year, cue Star Trek theme. 🙂

Life is opening up in my city. Yesterday I went to a coffee shop in the early afternoon to meet some friends. We sat outside because it was such a nice day. That is my state for you. 3 weeks ago record cold temperatures and yesterday it was 70 degrees F, 21 C. I made a new friend named Winston. He is a very friendly dog. 🙂

Then I went to one of my normal hangouts for coffee shops to sit inside, drink some Moroccan Mint Iced Tea and work some more on my book. As I chatted with the manager, she told me she was trying to decide what delivery food to order. A prompting in my spirit led me to go next door and get her an order of nachos. Of course I got one for me too.

When I gave her the nachos, she smiled and said, “moments like this make me think God exists.” I could not resist saying, “He does exist, By the way did you know I am a part-time pastor?” She laughed saying she loved it.

That kind of day would have been a normal Saturday for me before the pandemic. But yesterday felt like I was living in the fast lane. 🙂

How is your weekend?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Hamburgers and Deep Conversation- Episode 3

Yesterday after my morning class, I enjoyed lunch with my friend from Bosnia again. Of course we met for hamburgers which are his favorite. I keep forgetting to take a picture of the actual burger I eat, so the one from pixels will have to suffice. 🙂

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The first I said when I sat down was, “my morning class is now on break.” One change we noticed was how full the restaurant was. When we met two weeks ago, there were only a few tables being used. Yesterday all of the tables were full. The COVID situation has improved that much in my city. We talked about how life seems to slowly be getting back to normal in my city.

He told me his sister-in-law is coming to visit for a week, so I sent a message to him and his wife saying, “Next Tuesday will be warm and sunny a perfect day to go to the Outlet Mall and walk around for 8 hours for the three of you.” I send fun messages like that all the time. Then I looked up and said, “You are so lucky to have me helping you.” We laugh a lot when we get together.

So my break started off by having lunch with a friend at the same restaurant that was my last public outing last year when the pandemic hit. It was a life comes full circle moment.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Twas The Friday Before Spring Break

I will NEVER forget the Friday before Spring Break for my morning class last year. We heard COVID was in a few places and no one knew what to expect. I thought maybe it would be like the flu season, but was I ever wrong.

The Friday before Spring Break last year, all of us teachers in the building said to each other, “See you after break.”

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But we did not. We ended up 100% remote learning. We did not see each other in person again until August last year. We had to adapt on the fly. Our lives were lived out in ZOOM. By the way, the strangest thing happened. People panicked over toilet paper of all things. I still don’t get that one.

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So here we are one year later. In my city we saw the risk dial go all the way up to red and stay there for two and a half months. It has come down to yellow now which is great.

Today as I interact with my fellow teachers and my students I will again say, :See you after break.” But this time I feel confident we will. The vaccine has been given to thousands in my city. We have also stayed in the yellow for a month now

The teachers are so deserving of a week off. They need Spring Break to refresh for the final 10 weeks of the school year I had thought about surprising them with more bananas today, but they will already be excited about a week long break. So I will surprise them the Monday after break to help them get started again.

When a break for teachers comes where you live, remember them, be kind, do small things for them. But please don’t go crazy buying toilet paper, 🙂

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. The Christian Faith has been blessed by countless numbers of women who have made positive contributions to the faith. A Hall of Fame could include women like Corrie Ten Boom, Mother Teresa, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus.

As a blogger there are so many women who have blessed me through their blogs. This month I will share the blogs of women I follow who I did not share last month.

Alicia of forhispurpose.com. She is my little sister in Jesus and we live in the same state. She joins Blogger Chat on Saturdays. She is a mom, a wife, a substitute teacher, and a wonderful young Christian women.

Vanessa of braveblessedandbeautiful.com also joins Blogger Chat on Saturdays. She is a mom, wife, teacher, and a wonderful young Christian woman. If you want to be called gorgeous read her blog. She starts with Hello Gorgeous. She lives where there are many alligators. 🙂

Cheryl of parkinsonscaregivernet.wordpress.com also joins Blogger Chat on Saturday mornings. She is the primary caregiver for her husband who has late stage Parkinson’s Disease. She is a retired teacher. She is a mom. I admire her faith in difficult times.

Barb of mylifeinourfathersworld.com is a mom, wife, a bus driver for pre-school and a jail ministry chaplain. She joins Blogger Chat on Saturdays as well.

Ruth of plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com is a mom, wife, wonderful Christian woman, a homeschooler. She also joins Blogger Chat on Saturdays.

Dawn of dawnfanshawe.wordpress.com is from the UK. She joins Blogger Chat on Saturdays. She is a mom, grandmother, and someone I always want praying for me.

Bethany of flowersonthedashbaord.com a mom of two little boys, a wife, a wonderful Christian woman. She shares her faith and life in ther blog.

alwaysfindingthesilverlining.com is a blog by a young Christian woman. I love to read her posts.

If you have not checked out their blogs, please do yourself a favor and check them out.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Wellness Wednesdays- My New Glasses

This past December, I actually went for an eye exam with an ophthalmologist. Perhaps I should mention that for years my eye exam consisted of me going to a Dollar Store with a piece of paper and checking which pair of $1 reading glasses helped me read better. But I needed to get checked for Sjogren’s Syndrome and had a thorough eye exam.

After he checked my vision, he flipped to three settings and asked if they were clearer. To my surprise they we so much clearer. The result was me ending up with trifocal blended lenses.

It took about two weeks for me to get used to them perhaps because I kept using my $1 pair for working on my computer. But alas those broke forcing me to only use my new glasses. Now I love them.

Why is it that sometimes when it comes to things that will benefit us, we are reluctant to use them? We get used to what is not as good but helps a little and want to keep the status quo.

One thing my fellow spoonies, people who live with chronic illness, will understand is the thought of going to any doctor is stressful. That is due to many reasons such as doctors telling us everything looks good based on blood work, but we are in pain and have other symptoms, doctors not believing us when we talk about symptoms, and the whole maze of getting a diagnosis.

So I avoided eye doctors too. I kind of lumped all doctors together. My discovery was that ophthalmologists are not stressful. I plan to see him once a year.

I am still not convinced I will make the BIG appointment in a city one hour away at the University Medical Center with a rheumatologist. That is the kind of appointment where they poke, prod, do tests, take blood, and tell me they do not see anything. Either that or a diagnosis comes that is life altering such as when I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Hypothyroid, Celiacs, Fibromyalgia, etc.

I think for now I will just enjoy seeing better.

Thank you for reading. God Bless..

Jesus Can Do A Lot with the Little We Offer- John Chapter 6

I will never forget what Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade, said when he was speaking at a church I visited in Crystal Minnesota. He said, “When it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, you can never dream too big for God because God’s ability to empower and anoint is far greater than your ability to dream.”

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Jesus showed his ability to anoint and take what little is offered when he fed thousands with a few loaves of bread and a few fish in John 6.

Jesus went to a mountainside and a great crowd followed him because they had seen the miracles he performed. When he saw the great crowd coming, he asked Philip:

“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 

We read in the next verse:

He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Jesus knows what he can do and will do. He gives us opportunities to look to him in faith for help.

Philip showed he was only looking to what they did not have not to what Jesus can do when he answered:

 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Andrew look at what little they had;

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

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Jesus took those five small barley loaves and two small fish and blessed them. He had them distributed to the people. The bible says 5,000 men were there. We can multiply that at least by two for account for women and children. After the thousands had enough to eat, Jesus told his disciples to collect the leftovers.

So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

There was way more leftover than they started with. In fact, there were 12 baskets enough for each of the 12 disciples to hold a basket in their hands for a tangible lesson.

When Jesus calls us to do something, do we look to ourselves, what we have and don’t have, or do we step out in faith looking to him?

Do we look to our own ability or the Jesus’s ability?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.