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February 21, 2008 at 11:17 am 2 comments

TODAY:  An ice day.  Spirit recovery day:  some personal internal challenges to work and rest through.

MORNING READING:  Reading off and in in spurts this morning Richard Foster’s “Meditation” and “Prayer” chapters.  Reminded in some cases to do what I already know, and in other cases, challenged to try new things, search harder, seek deeper.  A refreshing read for me right now.  It’s taking me away from the noise into the quiet my soul needs.

SPECIAL PROJECTS:  Working on Flash’s Preschool scrapbook set from my Becky Higgins’ School Days kits that the big brown truck lovingly left at my home a couple days ago.  LOVING having a base of supplies ready to start with for each grade.  I’ve always struggled with school photos and memorabilia and this is jump starting me.  LOVIN’ IT.  Will post on that more later.  I remembered this morning that I’d wanted to tuck in a special primary prayer we had for each child for that year in a little hidden envelope.  LOVED writing that down for them to read later, and I know they will love it, too!  They love reading my prayers for them.  I’ve not written any new ones in a long time.  I need to update soon as His Grace leads.

EXERCISE:  Incorporating exercise and yoga into my morning as I fatigue reading or working for breaks rather than making it a stand-alone task of “working out”.  Seeking the quiet of it rather than the noise of tapes or videos.  The thought of more sound wears me out right now.  Loving the kids tangling themselves around my stretches and meditation for hugs and love.  A very quiet thing.

CHORES:  Got the garland down and the ornaments all packed in their Hallmark boxes yesterday.  I love my ornaments.  I’m glad I’ve enjoyed them a while longer this year.  Mom has invested so much in them for us to enjoy each year.  They are so precious to me.  Careful with Josph’s stick staff as I wrap him lovingly up in tissue paper, precious baby Jesus turned the right way to fit the plastic cart indention so the box will not pucker, gentle with the radiant little angel with the light up star, announcing his birth, and the birth of my own baby that year, tucking away the heart with “Our First Christmas” written on it.  I’m glad I have a room to set aside special things that I just want to leave sitting for a while:  trees, tracks,  Legos, games, music, puzzles, books.  Just what a “front room” should be for in my mind.  But, time to clear it for the next things.    

NEW DISCIPLINE TIME:  This week, I started reviewing memory cards in the car line at school this week.  The short reading/review is just right for ‘stop and go driving’ of that ten to fifteen minutes.  I’ve hoped to add a couple new verses the last two weeks, but struggling still with references so I can’t move on.  With that….

NEW DISCIPLINE TOOL:   I’m excited about this.  I remembered a book I think the Lord led me to about ten years ago to help me with memory verse references.  It links the each number with a phonetic sound and eventually, peg words.  It sounds complicated, but actually helps the mind remembers numbers very effectively.  Having three kids distracted me from applying it to scripture as intended.  So…I’m picking up where I left off, by golly!  More on the process later, perhaps.  The book is “Super Memory – Super Student” by Harry Lorayne if you want more now.  I paid $9.95 ten years ago new. 

BLOG READING:  Enjoying and appreciating the “deep and real” blogs again.   Thank you for being vulnerable, real, passionate, and yet WHOLE.  Wholly dependant and thriving on Jesus!  You guys are awesome.   I need the accountability and company.  Keep it coming! 

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wanderer7  |  February 21, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    life is about routines and patterns and a structured existence. That is the only way we can move forward in certain areas.

    nice to see you have it all so worked out.

  • 2. Cindy  |  February 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Getting the tree down! I know you had wanted to leave it so the decorator could get perspective. Have you started that project yet???
    Cj

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