On Advent, Bonhoeffer, and Waiting

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I have a short list of favorite writers. That might surprise you, but it shouldn’t…because when your favorite Author is God, it makes you rather persnickety. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is on that short list. His words inspire me, challenge me, convict me. His words lead me closer to the life of Christ within I want to tap into daily. His life of passionate opposition to Hitler’s racist evil campaign against the Jewish people is a powerful testimony of standing with and for Jesus in the face of adversity and passive religion. If you want to read more about this humble servant, theologian and leader you can find many resources.  More

There’s No Place Like Home…on Monday!

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A week full of blessing and  lessons 
while walking with the Savior!
My usual random Monday post. 
So, grab your coffee or tea and I’ll catch you up!
Monday, I headed to Providence.
I had a visit with this lovely lady!
Sharon is the creator of Janes 
(patient examination gowns (superior to a “Johnny”) for women!
She is also one of the amazing women in my Inspiring Women series.
Click to read more about Sharon Linder and Janes!

Monday was a very special time visiting old friends 
who are more like family. Sweet Sharon and I enjoyed 
catching up but seeing her daughter Olivia was an additional blessing. I am still smiling
 at the memory of seeing her in a baby carrier with those big blue eyes and gorgeous 
lashes blinking up at me many years ago and now the delightful young woman she is today.
Wow, I am getting old. Thanks, Olivia! 

Banjo got the December spot in the Friends of the Exeter Animals Calendar 
and sends a paw shake of thanks to all of you who voted as well as
 liked the page for this great local shelter.
We couldn’t be happier. We love our rescue puppy-
even though he did end up coming all the way from Arkansas!

We watched a couple of family movies this weekend. 
I love the slapstick silliness and craziness
of Home Alone- one of My Girl’s favorite since the early years. 
We wrapped up Sunday night with 
The Wizard of Oz and I realized I have not watched it in a long time! 
Of course, we made popcorn.

I went ahead and ordered Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God In The Manger” 
after my friend Shanyn mentioned it in Facebook conversation! 
I am looking forward to receiving it this week and will tell you all about it ASAP!

Hubs and I are guilty of sometimes taking one another for granted. 
When this happens what I usually do is not make him coffee or lunch to remind him of how reliant he is on me. What he usually does is…um, nothing…or worse- he will do something I didn’t get to in the house in an attempt to help! Yeah that’s the point, I’m a jerk! 
Seriously, we rarely fight but we also rarely get out. 
So…we had ourselves a coffee date while our daughter and her friend saw a movie.
(It was a too many movies weekend in my opinion).
It gave us a chance to talk and for fun I said let’s make Christmas List’s of things we want IF we could have whatever we wanted. Even though we know that we will not get them but just to kind of see what comes out. He asked me to clarify. I said  the sky is the limit. 
I had a couple of reasons for wanting to do this, of course.
One being, my hubs does not ask for much. 
I wanted to give him permission to really have a go at it and also see what he might want that we could actually give him this year.Well, oddly I came up with things that he said were practical and possible but his list was more, well…less possible, but revealing as well. Most of my list things were the same old things that I always want…a journal is always on my list. But a house that “stays clean” made it’s way to a top spot. 

Last but not least since it has been a too many movies weekend I have to tell you I am a BIG fan of the Lord of The Rings films and am looking forward to the release of The Hobbit
Counting down to December 14th!

337. the surprise of my own audacity!
338. three praying moms, Jesus around us
339. Coffee date with my better half; the simple joy of 

the mundane planned somewhere else.
340. A turkey bought at 69 cents a pound-
 whoohoo for a giant sized bargain!

Rejoicing in His grace with a thankful heart
 all week and season long!
Join me?
Wishing you all a wonderful week full of thanksgivings!

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Stop The Insanity, It’s Monday!

You know things are chaotic when your calendar is upside down!
Seriously, that was my desk recently. It’s not better, yet. But I am working on it. It seems when I try to get organized or clean, I tend to make a mess. It just works that way. I kinda ‘splode. Everywhere. Sometimes I find my way back to sanity. Other times I just close the door. Did you ever just wish that one of those Home Improvement Extreme Makeover Shows would knock on your door and say “Poof”, and all of the clutter  would be gone? Friends, that horrifies me, all my ideas are in that mess!
Last week my life felt full.
Overflowing.
With.
Blessing.
I just raised my hands and face to Heaven, receiving graciously.
Every single gift as it was poured out, like oil, spilling over my head.
Running down my cheeks.
I felt no shame, as I licked my lips, smiling.
Thank you, Lord.
Thank you.
One year older.
One year more blessed.
One year wiser. 
Tomatoes and Basil from our garden.
Thank you, Lord.
Peaches (gently tossed with a touch of lime and sugar)
served in Martini glasses with fresh Mint
(from our garden)
Thank you, Lord. 

My sweet Moms In Prayer friends from New Hampshire. 
I love these ladies and am loved by them
Thank you, Jesus! 
Gifts! 
Thank you Starbucks-
I look forward to my free drink each year!

So I took it here and had myself a fabulous morning.

 I brought a Good Book! 
My Girl gave me a wonderful pedicure
and my Amazon book order had just arrived!
Talk about divine timing. I finally got my hands on
The Jesus Storybook Bible
 and because of this combination enjoyed the pampering
of my feet from the soles
right to the soul!  

but be warned- he feels that the person who wrote this recipe, 
perhaps is not familiar with recipe writing or something to that degree.
It was delicious but I felt I should give you fair warning if you want to try it!  

281. Sisters in Christ who pray faithfully for me
282. A husband who never ceases to amaze me
283. My sweet friend and SIC Pauline who spoke this beautiful truth:
“Fellowship IS worship” 
Amen.
284. The daily surprises of God
285. The beauty of 4 seasons in New England
286. His Creation- continual source of inspiration, hope and beauty.


On this last note I leave a quote of encouragement from the amazing
  Dietrich Bonhoeffer journey
I am on from Bible Gateway:


When people are deeply affected by the Word, they tell it to other people. God has willed that we should seek and find God’s living Word in the testimony of other Christians, in the mouths of human beings. Therefore, Christians need other Christians who speak God’s Word to them. They need them again and again when they become uncertain and disheartened.
D. Bonhoeffer

May your week be full of fellow Christ – Followers
 who speak words of life into your life, Friend!


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