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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Monthly Challenge – September

 

This month’s challenge is about reaching out to others and adding something positive to their lives. 

Once school starts in north America it seems that people’s busyness only escalates until after January 1st.  It can be easy to fall into a habit of being more self-focused, and more focused on one’s own particular set of interests and responsibilities.  I thought it might be a good idea to make a point of remembering others and this is a good month to get into the habit.  It’s also a good time to start making an effort to be more cheerful since the days are getting shorter and the start of SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder) is upon us.

So…

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Smile more at others both at home and in public.

And/Or

Talk to someone you usually don’t talk to much – at church meetings, at the shops, at your homeschool group, at your Bible study group, at your kids’ activities, etc.

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Proverbs 15:13  A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Obviously this is about being more friendly. :-)  It will also push some (most?) of us more or less out of our comfort zones.

The first one isn’t going to be a “one-time-and-you’re-done” type of thing.  It’s more in the line of making a new habit, if possible.  I try to remember to smile at people in public, particularly other ladies and children.  Sometimes it’s hard to keep in mind, though, especially if I’m feeling off myself. 

Sometimes I’ve found people either acted like they never even saw me, or they acted almost nervous that I would smile at them.  Some people will readily smile back.  Some will smile almost like it’s a duty or they are embarrassed about it, but at least the try.  The responses are interesting at any rate.  But, the fact of the matter is that people need smiles.  That is why God gave humans this unique, language-less means of communicating.

Talking to people with whom we don’t usually talk may be more of a challenge than the first one for some.  It can take some perseverance trying to visit or have a conversation with some people.  If the first one doesn’t respond, try someone else.  Start with a greeting and friendly comment or question about everyday life.  Don’t ask them something very personal, even if you know they are going through something (unless you have some legitimate reason to do so).  The point is to be friendly and extend some kindness, not to put them on the spot or make them uncomfortable (though some people seem to feel that way for their own reasons).

If you struggle with being friendly with people outside of your little circle of friends and family, I really encourage you to make that a matter of prayer.  We are often the only face of Jesus that many people will ever see out in the world.  Our countenances and the way we speak and interact with others (and our own) will often speak louder than tracts or invitations to “come to church”.  If we look like curmudgeons, why would they want our Savior?

I must say, there is also something very satisfying about transforming a troubled or gloomy face into a smile with one of your own.  I think it has to do with Acts 20:35,  I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

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Links:  (Possible disclaimer on some content.)

Here are 15 Benefits of Smiling.  It can make you happier and healthier!

Jo at “Finding Joy In the Every Day” wrote an interesting post on smiling recently.

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If you missed it, I wrote an update last week on my efforts to do some of the challenges. :-)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Go Ye – A Poem by Annie Johnson Flint

 

In the spirit of the spiritual song that was posted last night, here is a poem on reaching the world for Jesus Christ.

Go Ye

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Hear your commission, O Church of the Master!
Friends and disciples of Jesus, take heed.
How are you doing the work of the Father?
How are you caring for hunger and need?

Useless to stay in your doorway, and beckon --
Those who most need will never come in;
Fighting the devil with art and with culture,
How he must laugh at his stronghold of sin!

Continue Reading.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Evening Song – A World We Never Touch


Mark 1:41  And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him…

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sew Happy Friday – The Big Star Quilt with Jenny Doan

 

Here’s another great tutorial from Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Co.  This pattern would go together quickly because the blocks are so large.  You don’t have to put the stars together just the way she does here.  You could leave out the sashing.  (Just remember it will be a smaller quilt if you leave it out.)  You could sew the stars together without snowballing the corners.  You could even just make one star and make it into a table topper or a wall hanging.  :-)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Australian Memories – Bamboo

 

Getting back to photos from our trip to Australia two years ago.  We took hundreds – and no, I’m not going to publish them all, but we saw some amazing things. :-)  The Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha again.

I included this last picture to give an idea of how tall some of the bamboo is; notice my dad and husband on the path.  That may be the giant bamboo on the right; I can’t remember any more.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

An Update On the Monthly Challenges

 

After the rather serious post on Sunday, I decided to do something lighter for today, or at least different.  So, here’s an update on some of the things I’ve done in the monthly challenges.

In May the project I finished was to send some promised packages to two friends.  As it turned out, one lady’s elderly mother-in-law was in the hospital with serious problems.  I don’t know if she passed on, but it was a stressful time for my friend.  So, I kind of managed to do both the challenges, sort of.  I’m calling done. :-)

In June I watched the sunset while sitting on the foot of the bed in our new guest room on the last day of the month.  Well, I watched most of it.  My husband came home before it was completely over. :-)  Later that same night we went out and looked at the moon and planets (photo above) which were in an unusual position.

In July I took one day or partial day “off”, but instead of doing something I didn’t have time for I think I just rested.  Well, sometimes that’s what we need, right?  For the other part of the challenge, we planned and took my brother and sister-in-law out to one of our favorite restaurants.  Not a very exciting outing, but it works for me. :-)

This month I ate frog legs.  It was at our favorite seafood restaurant.  They were pretty good with some sauce on them, but not that great alone, and overpriced in my opinion.  Let’s just say I won’t be paying to eat them again if I can help it. :-/   I haven’t studied a country yet, but the month isn’t quite over, so we’ll see. :-)

 

How about you?  Would anyone like to tell us some of the things they have done for the challenges?  I’d like to hear about it, and I’m sure other readers would be interested too.  It would be especially interesting this month to hear your new food and “new” country adventures. :-)