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Failure

Monday, March 29, 2010

I'm writing a term paper that includes a section on John Wesley's mission trip to Georgia in the early 1700's. Many historians consider that trip to have been a failure. In his journals, you can read that Wesley himself was humbled by the experience. Yet, it put him in a position of spiritual poverty, an awareness of a need for God, that allowed him to have his famous "warmed heart" experience at Aldersgate in 1737. What exactly happened there we can't say, but he came to new depth of understanding, a new assurance in his relationship to God his Father. Now we remember him as the founder of Methodism. His sermons and writings continue to touch lives today. He was never really personally involved in foreign missions again but what an impact his "failed" mission has had on the greater church!

Thanks for letting me share that today. I need to get back to writing because I don't want to "fail" to meet my Wednesday deadline! No time for tracking, but I will get in at least a short walk to the post office.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/31/2010 7:09AM

    Failure is better than procrastination. Failing forward is Jesus' strength made perfect in our weaknesses.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 3/30/2010 9:13PM

    Nice reminder. Thanks for sharing!

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SJG1953 3/30/2010 2:34AM

    God often uses unlikely circumstances to help us grow in Him. This is an interesting blog. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Shirley

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OPAL50 3/29/2010 5:47PM

    New perspective on "Failure"!! We all can learn a lot from this. emoticonfor sharing!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/29/2010 5:21PM

    Thank you Michelle, it's great to know a little more about how God works through the lives of men and women.

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RURAL3 3/29/2010 12:51PM

    To the post office and beyond. The paper will be done.

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LADY_DONKEY 3/29/2010 9:50AM

    Wow, that's really cool to know! I think it goes to show how complex life can be, that there are several layers or definitions of "success". I'm reminded of the part in Little Women where Beth was the one who was always left behind at home, while the other girls sought lives outside in the world. But then she died, and SHE was the one who moved onward and the others were left behind.

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NANC304 3/29/2010 8:48AM

    Good luck on your paper.

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QUADCMOM 3/29/2010 7:14AM

    Thanks for sharing and best wishes on your paper.

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ASMPP1 3/29/2010 4:44AM

    emoticonThanks for sharing!

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ANGELLACOLE 3/29/2010 4:43AM

    A couple of years ago I had the wonderfully opportunity of watching a one-man play entitled "The Man from Aldersgate". It was so moving to hear the story of John Wesley in a first person account. The actor had taken his script from Wesley's journals and other accounts of the day. It was very moving.

Good luck on your paper!

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Castles in the Air

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I was teaching an English lesson in a town nearby on Saturday. Had some time in the afternoon before I was to meet a friend for dinner, so I decided to take advantage of the spring-like weather. Thought I'd stroll up to the top of this hill and take a look at this castle: www.preussen.de/en/today/burg_hohenz
ollern.html


It took me about an hour to get up there and about twenty minutes to get back down. Super view! I'd love to go back when it's green and leafy. That may be possible if I continue the lessons with this young couple who are preparing to move to the States for a couple of years. Another teacher has been working with them, and it's a long drive for me, but I can use the hours and they want me to take over. We'll see.

Notice I said "spring-like"! Two weeks ago, we had a major snow storm and about 6 inches of fresh white stuff on the ground. So I'm not quite ready to trust the warmer temperatures just yet. But I'm hopeful.

As I posted on my status today, I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the work I need to do to finish my course by the end of the month - reading assignments, a term paper, article critiques! I need a plan. I notice that NOT making a goal list this month was probably the wrong way to save time. I won't make that mistake next month and am putting together a plan for the next two weeks. I don't want my degree plans to be a "castle in the air." I much prefer the real ones like Burg Hohenzollern!

P.S. This isn't the "Disneyland Castle" (Neuschwannstein) that you may have visited in Bavaria!

  
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SONJASTWIN 3/27/2010 1:35PM

    That looks amazing! How cool to have something so fun to visit close by. I can totally sympathize with being overwhelmed! Story of my life right now. Hope next month is better for you.

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HOMEBUNNY 3/24/2010 1:10PM

    Wow! It looks like living in a fairy tale. Glad you were able to visit it and thanks for posting the picture for me to visit as well.

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FRANNIEDID 3/23/2010 10:21AM

    That is beautiful! It is trying to be spring here too so I am walking a lot!

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/22/2010 6:11PM

    Michelle, that scenery reminds me of Switzerland, just so beautiful !!
I know you'll get all your work and plans together because you just seem that sort of person!
Hugs
Janet

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/22/2010 6:01AM

    Wonderful blog, lots and lots of pressure.
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SJG1953 3/22/2010 12:53AM

    The castle is awesome. I can't imagine what it would look like inside.

Sounds like you have your work cut out for you this month. You are making goals to get things done though and that is good. I pray for your success.

Blessings and hugs, Shirley

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CTEMPLE 3/21/2010 8:31PM

    Baby steps, one at at time. work best and Spring for you is really coming!
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TRYINGHARD1948 3/21/2010 7:42PM

    They certainly knew how to build a castle in the old days. Often they were drafty old places though. No castles in Australia but I miss the history that is so much a part of Europe.
All the best for getting through your degree and catching up on everything. A bit a day will get you there. Take care.

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JCOLUMBINE 3/21/2010 6:55PM

    I am sooo jealous. What a wonderful walk. Good for you. Keep to your plans and goal setting. We all tend to get more done that way. Maybe I should go make my list. emoticon
Blessings and prayers!

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ASMPP1 3/21/2010 6:22PM

    emoticonWhat a beautiful place! I hope next month goes better for you.

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ANGELLACOLE 3/21/2010 6:07PM

    What a beautiful place for a walk!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/21/2010 5:47PM

    Quite beautiful! and an impressive walk. I have been to Neuschwannstein, and that's pretty interesting too, especially all the stuff related to Wagner.
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LADY_DONKEY 3/21/2010 5:12PM

    I'm praying with you. I love that, "Prayer Break". Kind of like a coffee break for the soul?
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SLENDERELLA61 3/21/2010 4:50PM

    What a beautiful castle. I almost didn't click on the link, but glad I did. Yes, hope you can go back when it is green and leafy. Good plans. Plans do help us stay on track and achieve. Good luck with all the work you are facing. I know my food choices and exercise tend to suffer when I'm pressed to produce. Hope you can get it all in. It's important to take care of yourself, too. -Marsha

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Where'd the weekend go?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

I've been back from Florida for a couple of weeks, but dove into an 8-day intensive course in missions history only two days after I got back. Can you say jet lag? It was actually very good for me to be almost forced to adapt to the time zone right away. And as I posted on my status, I did not fall asleep in class. It was a very good course, but an awful lot of material to cram into 8 days. I gave a short presentation (in German) about Amy Carmichael and that kept me busy when I wasn't actually in class.

Now that the lecture part of the course is finished, I'm feeling the need for a rest. I have four weeks to complete the rest of the reading, and do the written assignments and turn them in, but have been taking it easy the past couple of days. Monday always comes soon enough, doesn't it!? It will be a full day at the language school. Tuesday I'll be back to hitting the books.

This Monday will also be my first weigh-in for the month - I don't think I'm going to be too happy with what the scale has to say. I've been back on track for a couple of days, and always keep up with exercise so it shouldn't be toooo bad. During my trip to the States and in the evenings after the lectures, I did some extreme snacking and I feel it. Daily exercise was non-strenuous for long stretches because of another cold bug. I can't wait to get back to running, especially outdoors if it ever warms up! We had a blizzard here Saturday and still have several inches of snow on the ground. I was really glad I didn't have to drive anywhere yesterday:

There's more to say about my trip, my goals, what the Lord has been doing in my life, and about some decisions I've made. Will share more as the week progresses!

  
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TRYINGHARD1948 3/12/2010 1:17AM

    Wow, you are like one huge ball ov energy, take care and enjoy.

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SONJASTWIN 3/11/2010 12:28AM

    Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

I grew up in the midwestern US, so I remember snow like that. Must say, I don't miss it! LOL It is pretty though. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/8/2010 5:22PM

    I always love reading your blogs.

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NANC304 3/8/2010 12:54PM

    The weekends always go too fast. Good luck with your weigh in this month.

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HOMEBUNNY 3/8/2010 10:08AM

    It is good to hear from you. I enjoyed the picture of the snow you all got. I am hoping we are finished with snow & moving on to nice spring weather.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/7/2010 9:33PM

    You have been very busy and still managing to exercise. Hope your cold is over now!! It sounds like you are ready to kick it again. Start fresh in the morning and move forward!!!
I love your picture...I think it's because that snow isn't here. lol Ours is in the melting stage now and I hope it continues. Love the sunshine we have over the weekend, although it is now only 26*.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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SJG1953 3/7/2010 9:03PM

    It's so good to hear you are doing okay. I hope you get caught up on your rest. Sounds like you have been super busy since you have been back so I can understand why you haven't been on here. I hope your mom and dad are doing okay.

Stay safe in the snow! Blessings, Shirley

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ASMPP1 3/7/2010 7:58PM

    emoticonGood to see you are back posting! Yes, that is a lot of snow! Ours is in a slow melt stage with rain overnight last night. It was about .2 of an inch. Our dd's snow fort is still standing! The kids re-enforced it with ice slabs from the roof that dh took off of the house last week.

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CTEMPLE 3/7/2010 7:10PM

    OMG so much snow!
Hope yo get the rest you need dear M.
Claudia

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/7/2010 7:09PM

    Welcome back! That's some picture.
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MOM2KNL 3/7/2010 12:57PM

    Sounds like a great class. Glad you are feeling better - these head colds are awful! Even if the scale shows a gain, you are definately living a healthy and active lifestyle. Don't beat yourself up, just keep moving forward!
Blessings!
Michelle

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CAHUNO2 3/7/2010 12:17PM

    Good luck with the weigh in. I hate the scale but am working on it!

We keep getting snow too. Been a very wet winter - looking forward to spring emoticon

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Blitz Greeting from Florida

Monday, February 08, 2010

The missions conference was amazing. The congregation treated us like royalty. I've been eating constantly for a week. Time to stop the calorie intake madness. Good that it's only a week and not a lifestyle! The spiritual food - messages, fellowship, worship - was even more delicious and satisfying. I can never get enough of that kind of nourishment!

I've also been enjoying my early morning walks/runs. The temps have been quite cool here but have made for perfect running weather. It's so good to be able to work out outdoors again! Germany has been just too icy and snowy, and that stubborn January cold put a kink in my exercise schedule. Today I'll head for the beach after Bible Study. Ahhhh. God is good!

  
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SONJASTWIN 2/13/2010 10:45PM

    The beach is my absolute favorite place. Lucky you! Good for you for staying active. It'll balance out a few extra calories. Enjoy.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/10/2010 5:22AM

    Glad to hear that you are getting some wonderful runs in!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 2/9/2010 12:09PM

    What a great post! We've been praying for you on the DR unemployment thread. Carol

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SJG1953 2/9/2010 1:57AM

    It's good to hear from you Michelle. The running sounds great. I hope your mom and dad are doing good. Blessings, Shirley

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PIANO*LADY 2/9/2010 1:21AM

    It's good to hear from you, Michelle. Almost every time I check the 10-day forecast for Tuebingen, it shows snow showers, so I'm glad you're experiencing some Florida winter weather for a change.

By the end of conferences like you experienced, I always felt like I was on a mountaintop. I'm glad you were blessed in such an incredible way.

Let us know how your mom is doing when you get a chance.

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LIGIRLATHEART 2/8/2010 8:19PM

    Thanks for the reminder that we are blessed.

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ASMPP1 2/8/2010 7:37PM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy your time!

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CTEMPLE 2/8/2010 6:55PM

    Great to hear!
Claudia

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HOMEBUNNY 2/8/2010 5:12PM

    Glad you are having a great time!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/8/2010 4:25PM

    God is good.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/8/2010 1:34PM

    Sounds wonderful. Where in Florida is the conference taking place?
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KATELJM 2/8/2010 1:18PM

    Sounds like a good break for you!

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FRANNIEDID 2/8/2010 11:05AM

    Enjoy it while you can! It must be nice. At least it has not been icy here for the last couple of weeks, I can walk most days. They are calling for lots of snow tomorrow though!

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NANC304 2/8/2010 10:29AM

    I can't wait for it to warm up here so I can walk outside.

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KMIRANDA2000 2/8/2010 10:27AM

    Amen

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Countdown

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I leave a week from today for a three-week trip to the States. I've got a lot to do before I leave and not much energy for it. I'm on my second round of antibiotics this month! Ugh! I really don't like taking them but, with my health history, it's necessary. I am feeling much better than a few days ago, but still doing a lot of heavy resting.

I need to be productive this weekend, even if I'm not able to get everything done that I want to. I'm not OVERwhelmed, just WHELMED. (Yes, it is a word! I looked it up!) I have a list of what I'd like to get done today but I know that I probably won't be able to finish it.

In the past, I remember being led to pray, "Lord, show me what I need to do TODAY to have a sense of victory."

I think I need to pray that way again. Too often lately, even at the end of a very busy day, I find myself wanting to do just one more thing: answer one more email, do one more household chore, get in a few more minutes of exercise, read one more chapter.

There are times when a little extra push can make a big difference in reaching a goal. I remember a few months back when I came up a little short of my one-month cardio minutes goal. I saw that, if I had just exercised two more minutes a day, I would have made it! That encouraged me to do just a bit more on those days when my schedule and energy level permitted.

But what I'm talking about is more of a giving in to an unhealthy kind of "drivenness." Gordon MacDonald talks about this is "Ordering Your Private World." He contrasts being driven with being CALLED. He gives the example of John the Baptist whose "call demanded submission to God's ways, God's methods, and God's criteria for success."

What are God's criteria for success for me, just for today? Instead of making a TODO list and then asking him to give it his stamp of approval, maybe just slowing down and praying for his direction and priorities is a good place to start.

  
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CHICADEE26 1/26/2010 12:27PM

    A trip to the states, how exciting! Take care of yourself and get well! I had to take a round of antibiotics last month to get rid of a sinus infection, never fun! I always seem to get a yeast infection from them - so you might want to eat yogurt as a precaution!
Vicky

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LADY_DONKEY 1/26/2010 8:18AM

    That is a great prayer! And how exciting this trip will be!
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SONJASTWIN 1/25/2010 12:14AM

    Hmmm, I'm rather at the other end of the spectrum. If I didn't *have* to do things, I could quite comfortably and happily stay in bed and lounge all day long and accomplish nothing at all. It feels glorious. Unfortunately, I can't do it nearly as often as I'd like because then, you know, things don't get cleaned, bills don't get paid, etc. LOL Sounds like we both need to move a bit towards the middle of the spectrum. I hope you find what you need. Take care.

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LIGIRLATHEART 1/24/2010 9:11AM

    There isn't much I can add beyond what the others have already said -- but I wanted to wish you a productive week ahead as you get ready for your trip. And to thank you for writing such a thought-provoking blog entry.

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/24/2010 6:16AM

    Ah Michelle, time to listen to your body, that's why God gave you a good brain. I do hope you get back to normal soon, take care, Sandy

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 1/24/2010 4:10AM

    I used to take antibiotics all the time for an acute & chronic condition, and they almost wrecked my health. Also they never addressed the root cause, they just treated the symptom; so, my health issues were never addressed. Traditional medicine failed me, and I was scared of quacks.

I don't know what you've done so far or your history, and I'm also not asking because I know that's none of my business, but I urge you to see an integrative doctor who is an MD, while you are in the States, and get a comprehensive eval from fresh eyes. You have nothing if you don't have your health, and you CANNOT stay on antibiotics - your health will become ruined - ask me how I know. Plus the root cause that is causing the need for the antibiotics, has to be addressed! Pay now, or pay more dearly with your health itself, later.

www.acamnet.org, click on Public Information.

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CTEMPLE 1/23/2010 10:22PM

    Yes I very frequently think you do too much, I'm like that too and a therapist said once that I had a "sadistic super ego" that demanded too much of me. You can laugh but it's true.
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SJG1953 1/23/2010 8:51PM

    Michelle, bless your heart. I hope you feel much better soon. I prayed for you and your parents. I hope all goes well for you and you are successful in doing what you need to do. God bless you, Shirley

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NANC304 1/23/2010 2:43PM

    Good luck with your todo list. Try to do what most important but be sure you don't push too hard.

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ASMPP1 1/23/2010 11:39AM

    emoticon To get through the day safely and manage what comes my way is a standard prayer for me. Then, I thank him when I have made it through the day regardless of how it ended up being. emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/23/2010 9:28AM

    Amen Michelle and I feel that is a good place for you to start and indeed me!
I'm praying the Lord helps and directs you so you DO get fully prepared for your upcoming trip.
We'll miss you on the team but maybe you'll have time to still weigh in and write a blog or two?
Trusting you will find your parents doing well too.
Blessings & hugs
Janet

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