Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday's Fave Five #568

Oh my goodness, where did that week fly off to?  Seems like just yesterday I was putting together my FFF post and here we are again!  Good thing FFF is here to ground me and help me to slow down and shift my focus from whizzing through the week and my to do list to being intentional and looking for blessings even in the midst of the busy.  Please join me in sharing five favorite blessings from the last week.

~ small group's first meeting of the year ~  though us Ladies did meet up for our post Christmas dinner out our first official study night was this week.  It was so nice to get back to learning about the word of God and discussing  and sharing.  Though I love the break, I really do miss good fellowship that encourages and uplifts.  This session we are studying by the book of Philippians taught by Jo Saxton on Right Now Media.  I can tell just from the 1st evening that it's going to a really good and challenging study.

~ weather change ~ well you know from the last FFF that we were sitting in a deep freeze for over a week here in Alberta.  Sunday we saw a massive change in that.  I woke up to -24*C (with a "feels like" of -30*C) at 8:35 a.m.  For my American friends that is  -11*F (feels like -22*F.  By noon it was almost +5*C  (41*F).  And that was without a chinook wind to do the warming!  Each day since has just been getting warmer and warmer and today we're supposed to reach a crazy balmy 11*C (51.8*F).  That apparently is warmer than some parts of Florida right now.  I'll take it.

~ friends who pray and are there for you ~  This week I had a matter that was heavy on my heart and mind.  I shared it with a very good friend who took the matter to pray.  She has checked in with me everyday and has continued to lift it up before the Lord.  I really appreciate and am so thankful for friendships like this.

~ Gift cards ~ I received a couple of gc's for Christmas and my birthday one of which was to my hair salon.  It was so nice to just go and get my hair cut and colored  and even pick up one of the products which I really like, and which I rarely get because of the price, without giving it a second thought.  I also got one to the bookstore and pre-ordered my favorite author's new book which comes out in May.  Again, didn't have to give a thought to spending that money.  Love gift cards.

~ body lotion ~  I received a gift package of Lush products from my oldest daughter and her hubby for Christmas and a couple of the products in it was Sleepy body wash and lotion.  I just love it.  It's a lavender smell which is touch and go for me.  Love lavender but if it's too strong my head can't handle it.  This is nice and subtle and the lotion seems to work really well.  Perfect just before bedtime.

What were your 5 favorite blessings from the last week?


Deb J. in Utah said...

Your small study group sounds like a good one. I love friends you can confide in who will pray for you and understand what is heavy on your heart. Gift cards and thoughtful gifts are the tlhe best. So glad you were able to order that book you wanted. I went to the link to read about it. Sounds like a good one. Hope you keep warming up a bit. Wow, you have been really, really cold up there. Hope you have an awesome weekend!

Barbara Harper said...

Our ladies' Bible study doesn't meet as often, but I always love the things different ones bring out that enhance the study for all of us.

What a nice warming trend, especially for your area! It's nice to have friends like that, that you can bring anything to and know they will care and pray.

I love gift cards! Glad you had some and had fun spending them this week.

Wendy said...

Wow they were some cold temperatures. I'm glad it's warmed up for you. Some nice things in your list. I love getting gift cards too and Lush do some lovely products and I love the ethics of them. They even take plastic bottle tops here that can't be recycled with our usual collection! Have a good weekend.

ellen b. said...

Thank you for interpreting your temps for us U.S. folk. That is cold. Glad you are in a warming trend. We are so wet and sloppy right now with our 15 inches of snow melting and making a mess. This too shall pass. :)
Happy weekend to you!

Faith said...

Yay for warmer weather and gift cards!! My vegan daughter uses the Lush body soaps. Most of the products at Lush give me a headache...especially the lavender ones. But i love Lush as a company as their products are all safe/vegan.

I wrote about praying with a friend too!! It's awesome to have that kind of friend isn't it??

The small group i lead started back up but i neglected to add it as a fave. It was a GREAT first of the semester meeting. Glad,yours was uplifting too,

Happy weekend!

Willow said...

How I appreciate those small group meetings and all the women who band together to learn and pray for one another. I'm glad you have that support group.
Wow! That temperature change was dramatic. (those poor plants; they have no idea what season it is!) Enjoy that warm weather!
Love gift cards! (if I remember to use them!)