Sunday, April 11, 2010
Update on the Fun Factor: Not only did I have fun this week, I had the responsibility of making English learning fun for a group of 10 kids at the language school's Kids' Camp. We played Red Light-Green Light, Simon Says (great for learning those action verbs), Keep Away, Duck-Duck-Goose (with opposites), sang songs, made collages, drew monsters and more. At the end of the week, I was beat. But I think we all had fun.
And MORE fun: I got to meet the daughter of a Spark friend IRL yesterday! That was very cool. She is here in Germany leading a team of Christian workers who minister to university students. I got to see the house where they have their gatherings and chat with her about "Gott und die Welt" - "God and the world." In other words, just about everything. It was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours and I look forward to getting together with her again.
I laid something down this past week that is, and has been, very important to me - leading worship at my church. Officially, I'm on a break until I finish my degree. But a lot can happen in a year and I don't know if I'll ever go back to it as a regular role in this church.
I came to this decision after much prayer. At one point, I felt the Lord saying that I needed to let go of the old if I wanted him to fill me hands with new things. It seemed fitting to have Easter Sunday be my last day. We sang "My Redeemer Lives" and, as I led the congregation in the song, the words about "you lift my burden, I'll rise with you" really resonated in my own spirit!
I believe that getting this degree in Educational Ministries will open new doors for me, but the next year is going to be very challenging. Resources like time, energy and money are not unlimited. So something had to go. Funny, now that I have a little more time, I keep coming up with ideas for new projects! That's a challenge in itself - staying focused, not spreading myself too thin as is my tendency. As my pastor says, "Not every good idea is a GOD idea."
I may need reminding, dear Spark friends! I know I can count on you!
Sunday, April 04, 2010
I could have titled this post "Shameless II" --- When I click "post blog entry," I'll be crossing over the 40,000 Spark Points mark and can go pick up my new trophy. What is it about those points and those little icons? One of the Spark People mysteries, I guess. In a couple of weeks, I'll cross another milestone - 3 years on Spark. I'm amazed.
More news, and a bit more significant: another long-time Spark member is about to have her baby today. According to her status, JENSFITJOURNEY has gone into labor and is on the way to the hospital. (I'm pretty sure it was her husband who posted for her!) Join me in praying for a smooth and safe delivery. Lots of Sparkers are looking forward to welcoming Michaela to the world!
P.S.Picked up my trophy:
Saturday, April 03, 2010
This blog is a shameless effort just to get 3 more Spark points before the day is over. I have less than 100 to go before I reach 40,000 and a new trophy. I'd really like that to happen tomorrow, on Resurrection Sunday! I really hope Sandy makes her goal of 50,000, too. She'll probably beat me, though because her day in Oz starts quit a bit earlier. Yay, us!
Thanks to everyone who responded to my last blog about having fun. I'm fine, I know I'm not a failure (see my signature line on my message board posts!) but have been rather down lately. Some people mentioned things - like book-store browsing and RL conversations with a good friend - that reminded me to make time to do those things soon. In fact, I got on the phone and arranged to have breakfast in the city with a friend on Easter Monday morning. We are both busy and don't get to see each other too often.
I agree, too, with the people who were on the other end of the planned vs. spontaneous spectrum. We can really be surprised by fun if we just allow it to happen. Other people might not recognize what were doing as fun (I love to do library research, for example!) but that doesn't mean it's not real fun.
It wasn't just the ideas, it was the thought and time you put into responding. I am blessed with some wonderful Spark friends. Have some fun this holiday weekend!
...and blessings on this day of days - He is risen indeed!
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