Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday's Fave Five - and Farewell For Now

I know, I know:  it's been well over a month since I said I would be back.  I have been thinking and praying about whether to continue blogging.  I'd tentatively decided to stop, and I feel as though the Lord has confirmed that decision more than once.  Just this morning I read a quote from Max Lucado about decisions that feel right and fill us with peace.  This one does.

I'm not saying that I'll never post here again, but for now I have to take a step back to make time to follow where God is leading me.  I truly appreciate all of you, especially those among you who have been so faithful and patient with me.

In Clout, Jenni Catron gives an idea that I really like:
...I created a "what's good" list every morning.  It was usually no more than three to five things that were good in my life at that point, such as a project that I completed at work, a friendship that was thriving, and an opportunity that I was pursuing.  This exercise allowed me to focus on what was happening in my life and where God was using my gifts and influence for good.
The idea is that, instead of reciting a stale list of blessings, the same every time (family, church family, home, and so on), we focus on the gifts in what's happening right now.  It's a perfect fit with Friday's Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.  So after all of that, here's my list:
  1. Our Vacation Bible School took place this week, and I helped in the kitchen a few days.  It was so exciting to hear 100+ children listening to the Gospel and shouting, "Follow Him!"  Less importantly, we tried a new format for snack time, in which one team of campers assembled snacks for all of the campers.  The kids loved it!
  2. Yesterday marked five years since my last day of radiation therapy.  Praise God we've seen no sign that the cancer has recurred!  I'll be on tamoxifen for another week or two, and then it's just follow-up visits with the survivorship doctor.
  3. At VBS earlier this week, I saw a woman I hadn't seen in more than a year.  As we were catching up, she said, "It's so good to see you smiling!"  I thank the Lord, again, that my depression is under control.  She's not the first person who has said that, and I continue to be amazed at the difference that's dramatic enough for friends to comment.
  4. Our church has a weekly email that's similar to what I'd write in a blog post, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to contribute to it.  I love that I can write when I feel inspired and not feel pressured to do it all the time.  I'm thankful for my pastor who encourages me--in many ways, but specifically--to write.
  5. God has opened another door for me to help women grow in faith, which I believe is what He is calling me to do right now.  I don't remember how the conversation started, but a friend and I were talking about discipleship for women.  Within days she discovered another sister in Christ who shares that passion.  The three of us met and talked about ways to do this, then decided to pray about it until the fall season kicks off in mid-September.  It's an exciting opportunity, and these two women are wonderful to work alongside.  I am praying for wisdom to do this in a way that glorifies the Lord!
So that's it.  My indefinite sabbatical is not because things are bad, but because life is good!  I have new and ongoing opportunities to serve the Lord, and I need to "lay down what's good and find what's best" (Jonny Diaz, "Breathe").

Thanks for being here, whether you've been here since the start in April 2009 or today is your first visit!

8 comments :

  1. Well today IS my first visit to your blog, and that is because your visit to me enabled me to find you.

    I'm sorry you will be breaking, because I feel like you and I have much in common (just from reading this one post), but I know that you have to do what God has put upon your heart to do. In my 10 1/2 years of blogging, I have taken several breaks, including the most recent one of over 2 years.

    I am rejoicing with you that you won your battle with cancer. How awesome! May you continue to stay healthy!

    I love that you are writing for your church. Several months ago, I approached my pastor about the possibility of starting up a church newsletter. He was interested, but he hasn't given me the go-ahead yet.

    Wow, 100+ children at VBS! That is awesome!

    I have such a passion for other women too. I remember when my kids were little, I wanted so much to be in women's ministry, yet I knew my first calling was my home. God put upon my heart then that the timing wasn't right. Now that I'm an empty-nester, the timing IS right, and I am enjoying reaching out to young moms. In this age of living so far from our families, many young moms don't have an older woman to look up to.

    Anyhow, blessings on your blog break.

    Love,
    Patti @ Embracing Home

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  2. Enjoy your break, and like all breaks it is yours to do with as you see/feel is right for you! Take care until we talk again.....

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  3. It's good to visit you today and hear that you are embarking on a new journey. I hope it all goes well.

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  4. I havent been to your blog in so long!! I'm so thankful you are over your bout with cancer!! and yes, you MUST try and splurge on that coconut milk iced coffee I wrote about on my fff and you commented on. It is ok to spend a bit of money on $tarbucks now and then :) plus...it sounds like you deserve it with all that you have accomplished this week!! Many blessings to you as you puruse the discipleship group. I've been a leader now for 6 years and I just love it and love seeing God work in the lives of friends, family, and even new people coming in. ENJOY and EMBRACE each moment!!!

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  5. So glad to hear of the victory over cancer and healing from depression. Sounds like you have some wonderful opportunities. It's neat to hear how God worked through VBS in both spiritual and practical ways.

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  6. I hope your 'break' is temporary! And like the others, I'm so glad that you have passed your five year cancer free mark!

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  7. What a lovely way to start your blogging hiatus, looking at the blessings of the last week. Congrats on being 5 years cancer free. What a gift from God! I love that idea for VBS and am going to pass it on! Enjoy your time seeking the Lord!

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  8. So very happy things are going well for you :)
    That makes my heart happy!!!!!!

    This is such a great post to have as the first one people will come to when they come across your page. You can blog when the mood strikes or choose to end it now. I love the positive "goodbye for now" though. Congrats on 5 years. AWESOME
    HUGS

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