A happier topic this morning and a continuation of my writing prompt series. Here’s the prompt.
Balloons … Streamers … Cake. I love a good party! What would be the best
theme if someone were throwing a party for you? What would capture your
all-time favorite things? What unique decorations would be used? What food
would be served? What music would be playing? Would there be costumes?
What do the centerpieces look like? What different elements would make it
the ideal party specifically for you? Capture the scene with your words …
My 50th birthday was last December. I hinted to my husband in every way I could that I wanted the day or days around it to be special. (since the actual day of my birthday was on a Monday) I would have to say he did well with the hints taking our family to dinner the night before and to see Christmas lights for the first time in the city we now live in. He also asked our entire church to sing to me when he was making an announcement after the service was over in the morning. I was not expecting that, and it was pretty cool.
What made it really special though was the actual day of my birthday. I’m a pretty simple person as far as decorations and centerpieces are concerned. It doesn’t matter to me whether I eat off of china or paper plates. I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl who likes country and Christian music. So, when a good friend invited me to Shane’s Barbecue for lunch, I was very happy to get to spend time with her and wasn’t expecting anything else. Boy, was I Wrong! I write that with a capital W because I was wrong. Let me set the scene. I walked into the restaurant, and she came up and hugged me leading me to the back of the restaurant. I was bewildered because usually, ordering was done before sitting down. But, I walked back there and saw a group of our friends from church. It was a surprise party! It had been a long time since I had someone plan one of those for me. I was greeted and hugged by everyone and was especially excited to see my birthday buddy who turned 5 on that day. It made me feel good to know that I counted with these people because I struggle with that. Anyway, we ordered and had a good time talking and laughing as we ate lunch and the birthday cupcakes my friend had brought. People even brought me presents which was the last thing I had expected–mainly writing journals and Christmas decorations. The party was precious and made me cry. It was the best birthday party I had ever had. I’m very grateful for the community around me who showed me the love of Christ that day and who put up with me even when I’m not the best person to be around. I guess that’s what grace is all about. 🙂
Hope everyone has a great day!
I struggled and struggled with what to write this morning, but then realized I had a topic right in front of me. What is friendship? Wikipedia defines it as “a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people.” It also names a number of characteristics of friendship which I would concur with. Some of these include: sympathy, honesty, empathy, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and several more. But, have you thought of some of the reasons for friendship? There are some people I call friends for different reasons. I know them from a particular place or a particular part of life. Some of them are more distant, and there are those who I would consider closer friends.
Why am I writing about this today? Well, we found out that the wife of a friend of my father-in-law passed away this week. This couple was like a second set of parents to my husband growing up, and the news saddened us. My father-in-law and this man served together in the Air Force, and they truly had a bond like brothers. They would do anything for each other. Even when my father-in-law passed away many years ago, this man was a friend to my mother-in-law helping her with chores around her home and taking her to doctor visits. He was and is the example of a true friend. I will never forget what he did for us the day before my mother-in-law passed away. My husband had taken her to the ER because her blood sugar had spiked. We thought they would keep her, but told him she just had an infection which caused the spike. He brought her home at 10:30 at night. I went outside to help, but she was unable to walk, and there was no way the two of us could have lifted her. We called this man at 10:30 at night to ask if he could help. He came over, no questions asked, and the three of us were able to get her into the house. It was the truest example of friendship I had ever seen and will be something we will always be grateful for. I would wish that kind of friendship for all of us.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Today has been a year since I first started writing in this blog. In some ways, it has been the fastest year I have ever lived through, and in others, time has passed slowly. I have grown so much this year–as a writer, as a teacher, as a person. I have lost things, and I have regained things too; most especially my relationship with Jesus Christ. I read this in my devotion book this morning.
“Make a big deal out of God. Become who you are for him! Has he not transferred you from a dull, death-destined life to a rich, heaven-bound adventure? Remember, “You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God.” And do so every day of your life. With God, every day matters, every person counts. And that includes you.” (Grace for the Moment, Max Lucado, pg. 319)
“To tell about the excellent qualities of God.” That told me God knows what my gift is and how he wants me to use it like I posted the other day. It is a marvel to me that I can read just what I need when I need it or that I get a phone call or an email just when I need it. But, it really isn’t a marvel. It’s God working in my life showing his love and his grace even when I know I don’t deserve it. My main goal is to show that love and grace to others so that people can see Jesus in me. I look forward to growing more in this next year.
Until next time, be real!
This is the holiday, as you all know, that’s most known for romantic love. But, there are other kinds of love too. There is the love between friends; there is the love for family; and finally there is the love of self. Now, what do I mean by love of self? There are some people who are so focused on doing for other people, on gaining a romantic love, or on just missing what they think they should have that they don’t take the time to take care of themselves. To be worthy of love though, I really do think you need to take care of yourself–to take care of your physical and emotional health and to do the things you were called to do, like write. There is no one else that will do that for you.
And then once you’ve done that, you can look at this quote by Robert A. Heinlein from Stranger in a Strange Land.
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
Also, the chapter in the Bible which is considered the hallmark of love–I Corinthians 13
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I have nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes,what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Until next time, be real!