Monday, June 11, 2012

Our Sixth Week

Thanking God for His many gifts to us - finishing up the sixth week of our Sabbatical/Time Off - all a gift. How can we so blessed to have these three months off, celebrating the privilege of being in ministry for 40 years, and pausing to rest and reflect before we continue on ...

Thankful for so many things ...

Strength and endurance to tackle a much-needed home project last Monday - cleaning out our garage (we tackled it with determination to get rid of a lot of junk that has just been sitting around unused - such a good feeling to clean it up so thoroughly).

Our wonderful, refreshing Devo/Prayer Outing the next day to beautiful Chalco Hills Recreation Area - we loved this spot, and want to go back again - was such a refreshing time for both of us.

These familiar verses - in a different translation, bringing depth of meaning:

"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
So don't try to get out of anything prematurely.
Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way."
(James 1:2-3 MSG)

And so thankful for family and friends ...

A day filled with family last Thursday

More progress with yard work and garden - thankful for a son's help

Time with a daughter and a three year-old grandson and his baby sister

Bread made together - bread, plus 80 hamburger buns (for our freezers, to use on summer days)

Nine year-old grandson and four year-old granddaughter here for a few hours

These wonderful days of Sabbatical/Time Off with my husband

Gateway to the West parade in nearby town - watching with friends

High school reunion for my husband's class of 1962 (graduating 50 years ago - unbelievable - and we continue to be in full-time ministry - to high school students!)

Visiting with good friends at our church picnic

Words of thanks from a friend

And so blessed each day, with the closest of Friends

"The way of the soul's transformation is the 
Way of Divine companionship.
Not so much the asking Me to make you this or that
but the living with Me, thinking of Me, talking to Me -
thus you grow like Me."
(God Calling)

(Counting 1000 Gifts in 2012 #506-519)

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  1. Cherry,
    Too funny that you beat me to linking by a nanosecond. Hoping you are well - great list of gifts.

  2. Wow! Your life, at least during your sabbatical, looks wonderful! Your grateful heart is refreshing too! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your productive, as well as, lazy days! :)

  3. Your prayer outing looks wonderful! Cleaning out the garage... now that is something we need to do and it will be so nice when it is done! :) Making bread... oh I can almost smell it. Homemade bread always makes a home smell amazing!!

  4. A day away from it all, time with family and friends, getting projects done...God has truly blessed you!! Thanks for sharing!

    In His Lo♥e, Ann

  5. Soaking in your gifts today, Cherry. Thank you for always encouraging this mother-heart! :)