I am thankful for...these past two weeks. Jim has been able to go to Peru with our son Chris on a special project related to alleviating some poverty concerns in some remote areas. They have had quite the experiences, challenges, fun and strange food. Their time there has been rich, both as servants in a needy community and as father and son. What more could I want for my two men? The bad thing was Chris got bronchitis at the very beginning and the good thing was a wonderful Peruvian Man and physician made a house call late at night and prescribed a bunch of meds and an injection that set things moving in the right direction. He is a member of our church, what a blessing. Giving service and then receiving service, what a great way to live.
I am reading...Sacrificed for Honor, an amazing historical research piece on infant abandonment in European countries for centuries to maintain the honor of unwed mothers. Very interesting, very sad, very eye-opening. It was recommended to me and I got it on Amazon. Italy had the highest rates of abandonment over 37,000 babies in one year in the 1800's. Interesting links to religion, economics and politics and other societal issues.
Some spiritual thoughts I have been having...We have a hymn in our church called "Keep the Commandments." I love it. It is a very simple and beautiful song. One of the lines is, "Keep the commandments, keep the commandments, in this there is safety, in this there is peace." Such true words. If we are seeking peace, this is the way.
Pet Peeves...that space between where and who I want to be and where I am in reality in terms of accomplishments, personal development and striving to be better, more, balanced.
I am going...to get all my ducks in a row or die trying! I have turned 65 this month, the Lord does not give us unlimited days to get it right in this life. The clock ticks on. Thanks heavens for His grace and tender mercies towards us. But still I want to do better because I just want to do it.
Check out this TED Talk on the subject, it is great! http://youtu.be/c0KYU2j0TM4
I am quoting..."Loving you is what I do for you, not what you do for me. Loving is a verb. It is my non-obligatory gift to you, it is unconditional. If it is returned wonderful; if not, I love you anyway. My gift is knowing you enough to love you exactly the way you are. That is joy enough." Anon
I am curious about...I am wondering what the Aurora, Colorado massacre will do to the security issues in theaters now and other public places. Bag searches, body scans, pat downs? And pretty soon people will not want to leave their houses. Whoever asks themselves, "What can one person do to make a difference or make changes in the way things are?"...should remember the other night.
If I could change one thing it would be...A prefect brightness of hope in Christ for all those who seek for goodness as we carry on. It is our safe haven always, no matter what. Faith in Christ, hope and charity.
Some photos from Pinterest I am sharing this week... from pinterest.com I think they should call this site Pinspiration.
Inspirational sweet thoughts.
I had no idea it would be so effortless!
Inspiration to not take life so seriously and be silly sometimes.
Inspiration to lead a full and positively lovely life.
What's not to love?