Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday's Fave Five #516

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  It's time to take a look at our week and find the blessings that entered our lives and pause and be grateful.  It's been a busy week here at the Living to Tell household so it's especially good for me to stop and take note because that busyness can be a real distraction so that blessings can slip right on by without me even pausing to take note of them.  Let's just jump right in.

~words of encouragement~  during this week, right at the most needed moments, words of encouragement came.  Whether they were through friends, family, someone in church, prayer with the ladies group or books there were words that lifted up, pointed in a direction or confirmed, gave hope.  I am so grateful that God knew just what I needed and those around me were so willing to give those words freely.

~getting back in the groove of healthier habits~ boy did I slip off the healthy wagon during Christmas.  Partly due to all the delicious celebrating with food and partly because the gym was closed or had shortened hours during the week after Christmas which made it really inconvenient.  While I enjoyed all the yumminess of the Christmas season and the break from hitting the gym, it is really great to start getting the routine back to normal.  It feels good to get moving again and eating more healthier without all the sweets and richness that Christmas foods bring.  

~great start to ladies study~ we had our first evening of study after the holiday break and it was really nice to see everyone and get caught up.  We started our new study which is the book "Unshakeable Hope" by Max Lucado.  It's a challenge doing a book study as compared to just watching a weekly video and answering questions but it is good to be challenged in our walk and our study of God's word.  I'm looking forward to put a bit more effort in and searching out scripture as we answer the questions.

~relaxing Sunday at home~ Sunday was a wonderfully relaxing day.  After a great service we had Mom over for lunch and then the rest of the day was just spent relaxing.   Sundays can tend to run almost as busy as any other day if I don't intentionally put the brakes on.  So nice to not have to run and do anymore shopping or cleaning.

~meeting new people~  this week there were several new people that I got to meet through different ways.  While sometimes meeting new folks and finding common ground to chat about things is sometimes difficult it is good to get challenged in this area.  And I find the more I do it the easier it becomes.  Now if I could just find a way to remember names better it would be awesome!  

What were your favorite blessings this week?


Faith said...

Sounds like a great week full of special blessings!!

Have you tried the new Cinnamon Shortbread latte from Star$$ yet??????? ( i of t do dairy so did coconut milk...heaven!!)

Barbara H. said...

How wonderful to hear about the encouragement the Lord brought in various ways and the great start to the Bible study! We're getting back into healthier eating, too, and need to get back into some kind of fitness routine. I agree about Sundays. I try not to do any work that doesn't have to be done that day, and use the day to read, rest, fellowship with church and family, and sometimes write a little. It's lovely knowing that after church and lunch, I'm "done" for the day except maybe for throwing a few dishes in the dishwasher. For years now on Sunday evenings everyone fends for dinner themselves, usually heating up leftovers. Meeting new people can be a challenge for me, too. Often once I get started, it's fine - I think the anticipation is often worse. And it's usually rewarding.

Dianna said...

You have had a wonderful week of blessings, Susanne. I especially appreciated hearing about how God sent you words of encouragement in different ways. I love it when he does that. I hear what you are saying about getting back in the groove of healthier habits. That rich Christmas food can really throw us off track. Your ladies Bible study sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you have a wonderful study as you work through this book. I totally understand about meeting new people. I can find that to be awkward, but I am learning as you said that the more I do it the easier it becomes. Have a wonderful and restful weekend, Susanne.

Jerralea said...

Getting back to routine feels so good, doesn't it? I love this time of year when it feels like a do-over.

I love anything by Max Lucado. I see that our library has it, so I'll be checking it out, pronto!

I've been working hard to build rest into my schedule. Sunday afternoons are so lovely for that very thing. I'm a big believer in naps!

Wendy said...

So glad you founds words or encouragment just when you needed them and yes getting back into routines feels good after the madness of Christmas :) Have a good weekend.

Ann said...

I'm having to eat healthier now, due to a new health situation. It's a big adjustment but I'm almost relieved to have to do so. Glad to hear you're "back on the wagon." :-)

Karen said...

It sounds like your year is off to a strong start. I'm trying to make Sundays days for rest and regrouping this year. Naps are a good way to do this.

I'll have to check out the Max Lucado book. Thanks for the suggestion.

Deb said...

Hi Susanne - I totally agree with you about being too busy. I think That can be such a distraction and sometimes an excuse as well. We all probably need to slow down and reflect, enjoy and be grateful more! Sounds like a great week for you - new friends and words of encouragement - always wonderful in any week! Have a good one and see you again soon!

Willow said...

I am happy to hear that you were given those words of encouragement just when you needed them. I can relate.
Your quiet Sunday sounds wonderful! I hope this next Sunday is just as restful.
I'm getting back in to my routines too. It does feel great!

ellen b. said...

Chuckling about the remembering names part. It's amazing how they just slip away. Good to read your favorites from your week. Glad you had a restful Sunday. Happy Wednesday to you!