Saturday, November 09, 2013
A fine, young man, only 39 years old, was murdered early this morning. After he finished college, I hired him to work with at-risk youth. He was an excellent role model. My heart goes out to his family at this time of loss. It is so senseless.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
October, November and December have traditionally been months for self-indulgence. This month I am working hard to break that pattern. I often joke that if there were reincarnation, I would come back as a hit fudge/caramel sundae. One of my favorite decadent treats is the Pumpkin pie blizzard at DQ. Yesterday, I nearly succumbed to a treat but as I drive I reminded myself that the excessive calories were not worth it for me. I remembered that I had some GNC pumpkin flavored protein drinks at home and half a shake is 80 calories. I stuck with the plan.
I can not take all the credit for this change. My challenge teams has been helping keep my focus on this journey. There are family and friends who have been there for me. Finally, I have turned toward God for the comfort and support where in the past I reached out for that ice cream. The ice cream did nothing to help but stuff the feelings. My faith has grown and I am coping better.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Teaching 2nd graders in Sunday School class is one of my greatest joys. Tomorrow, we begin a unit on creation. I have wrestled for several years how to best get across to the kids that "In the beginning God...".
I begin to ask the kids what their favorite things their mother makes. We discuss how their mom has so many recipes from which she can make their favorite dishes.
I indicate that one of my favorite things my mom made was "chocolate chip cookies.". I ask the kids what goes into make the cookies--I even have some of the items there. Suggest we let them set and at the end if class we can all have chocolate chip cookies. I ask the kids if that will work. Usually they say we have to mix the items. I suggest we could all take an
ingredient from different areas in the room throw them together to make the batter. When asked if that would work, they quickly recognize that it would not because you need certain amounts in certain orders so mixed just right. Also need to put in over certain temp and time for the cookies to bake.
I state that we were starting with flour made from wheat--we did not have to create the soil, the seed, the rain, etc to grow wheat.
In Genesis we read, we are created in God's image. Our mothers use their mind to remember to make not only chocolate chip cookies but many if our favorite dishes. I challenge them to think of how great God's mind us that he had recipes for the tiny butterfly and the soaring eagle, a small puppy and a giant elephant, etc. Also, each boy and girl is made special.
I let them know some people may tell them that the world cane about by accident with random things coming together--like us if we just thru things together but that for me this is just too hard to believe. I believe we are created in His image. With our minds, we can follow a recipe to make food or a plan to build a house. God has such a great mind compared to us that He was able to create this world.
Of course, we will have chocolate chip cookies for a special snack.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
I am so grateful for the love and support I have recieved from my family, friends, and the church as well as from others here at Spark People. It is approaching one month. Initially, after Homer (dh) passed away, I was in a daze. It happened so quickly that I was not prepared. Gradually, the reality of his loss has seeped in to my consciousness. I will be reading a newspaper article, hearing a commentary on NPR or seeing something on tv and think I will tell him about it because I know he would have been interested.
Grief is much like the tides. At times, it ebbs and the surface is smooth. Suddenly, it crashes ashore as something triggers a memory,
As a retired counselor, I know the stages of grief and that they one does not just check off a stage as a to-do item as the stage may fade briefly only to re-appear.
I am taking this one day at a time. Our faith is a definite comfort to me. I know my husband is now able to move freelly without pain. He is probably loving to get to talk to historical figures such as Martin Luther.
During this time, I am giviing myself time to make decisions. There is so much to do still. This next week, we do not have any appointments so I should be able to focus on taking care of business matters.
Getting back to routines such as teaching 2nd grade Sunday School class, two women's Bible studies--one this fall on Gidean and another another during school year on Matthew are helpful. Remembering God is good. All the time, God is good.
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