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June 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm 4 comments

I hated to blog that I’d be away from home, so I didn’t, but Red and I went to visit a dear friend close to the kid’s camp so I’d be close enough for emergencies for a few days.  We had a wonderful time.  She cooked Paula Dean food for us, literally.  Mmmmm.  We went on a biking adventure, having packed up both our bikes in the van, visited a huge park, went to “Bounce U”, he saw a movie, we did some shopping…truly a time of rest and refreshing for me. 

I’m so thankful for the gift of hospitality God grows in my friends…the way it blesses, challenges, and refreshes me.  I’m thankful to the Lord for his surprise gift to me this week of friendship and joy!  Thank you, friend!

Now, preparing to teach the last week of our finance class!  Time has flown.  I have so loved the lessons each week…they have challenged us much deeper than finances, to the way we live, parent, and the reasons why we do what we do.  I’m still challenged to sort through the joys of stewardship and servanthood in every aspect of my life…I haven’t felt this focused in a long time.  There is nothing like the feeling of contentment, blessing, favor, and purpose as we pursue those “un-taintables”. 

Eye Update:  My left eye is passing my right currently in clarity some.  I’m not sure why, remain trusting, trying not to evaluate too often, prayerful.  Surprised each day by the gift of sight without aides.  Truly a miracle to me.  I drove with no strain.  I looked at leaves for three days for fifteen minutes at a time sometimes, the wonder of it all.  I can’t “speed-read” or scan easily yet, but I can read several pages at normal font if I plod more slowly.  Some pain in my right eye…feeling of a rod pressing on my eye…I will hydrate a lot today and get back on my flaxseed and fish oils.

Entry filed under: Everyday.

Camp, Day #1 Pure: Kari Jobe

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan Kishner  |  June 18, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Great post. I will read your posts frequently. Added you to the RSS reader.

  • 2. ~E  |  June 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Glad to hear you are home safely and that you had such a wonderful time of refreshment and blessing. Talk to you soon!

  • 3. bellissimanh  |  June 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Sounds like you had a lovely time. Bless your friends! Glad to hear you’re home, though. You are definitely missed when you’re away 🙂


  • 4. Misty  |  June 19, 2008 at 8:47 am

    So happy to hear you’re progressing! Glad you had a great trip too. We’ll be traveling the next 3 weekends, so pray that we’ll have safety AND sanity! 🙂

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