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November 24, 2008 at 10:16 am 2 comments

My post titles are compelling.

This weekend was restful, and full.  I rested, The Hub worked.  That worked out pretty well for me.

I got so rested that I cleaned out most of my drawers in my bedroom and went through all my winter sweaters, a task I’ve been putting off for too long.  (The “maybe-reject” pile is still in the middle of the formerly clean floor).

I played praise band Sunday AM, bright and early, and at 20 degrees, no less.  It was a “real” time of worship.  Someone said I looked tired, and I said, “No, actually I feel better…so much better that I’m not trying to fake it, and…that probably means I am looking worse, but I’m actually better.”

Cold Update: much better.  Hot drinks are taking care of me now, and I like that phase much better.  Me and hot tea can hang.

Van Update: back in it’s spot in my cluttered garage which I did not clean this weekend (dirty because I threw everything out of the van before I could take it to the shop!)

Larry’s Identity Theft Issue: Hopefully some last paperwork will get that notarized and in the mail today.  UGH.  I hope this thing dies.  It’s such a pain.  Copy this, sign this, find this…today I have to find some back bills to prove they lived here during that time period, copy them.  Feels like a “calling circle”.

Prayer: Last night, I laid in bed, praying for rain for a two year drought we were called to pray about yesterday.  I started hearing a knocking, thumping noise, and just the hour before, the water line on our refrigerator had sprung a major leak (fortunately, we found it before bed or fifteen minutes later, we would have been asleep and would have woken up to my new kitchen floor ruined.)  I got out of bed to explore the thump-knocking sound, hoping it wasn’t the fridge again…and traced it to the back door.  I opened the door at 1:30AM, and The Hub said “What are you doing?”

I said, “Well, I was just praying for rain and I started hearing a weird sound, and it’s rain.”

I slept soundly after that.

Blog Mail: I got a blog comment this morning from my cousin (Our Happy Home).  I was so delighted.  I don’t know how she found that I had a blog, but I’m so honored to have them visit, and to read their lives.  I miss them!  Man, what a beautiful fall blog!  To read the last days with her mother from the hospital room, blogging…their journey, and how good God was….what a precious thing.  Thank you, Lord, for the small gifts you gave in that time.

She told me that my cousin (Adventures in Sprouting) I was telling you about who is blind also blogs about her adventures in parenting.  I can hardly even say that it is so unbelievable to me to even think.  I just read about  her relationship with her seeing eye dog, Garnet and I teared up.  Then about the day her four month old first rolled over…how she felt that experience for the first time.  I’m in awe.

You both are such great writers.  K, I won’t count it against you that you are a strong Democrat, but I do value how well you expressed your views.  Thank you for the challenges.  That’s how we all learn from one another.

Both just updated as I’m writing and that sense of family connection and sharing is so precious to me right now.  I can’t wait to go read them, see how they are doing, and pray for them afresh for this day.

Leading Worship: A particular challenge for me the week before Thanksgiving.  It will be a different holiday for us this year.  If the Lord had not been telling me, “You will be asked to lead soon, ready yourself if you will do it.”, then I probably would have said “No.  I’m not enough for it right now.”  I did hesitate, in fact.  But, everyone needs a break and I gave all I had, whatever that is.  I pray God was glorified and that we worshiped him together.  I’m not a professional, just a life-worshiper (that word always seems to need two “p”s to keep a short i sound to me), and I hope that came across.  It can take everything out of you to prepare and I was wiped out last night.  I wasn’t very sure of the direction of the sermon and as it turns out, I think I may have still misunderstood (was it about thanking people, or people who thank “thanking people”…I think perhaps the former where I thought the prior), but hopefully it all wrapped itself up anyway.  I guess if you are a thanking person you deserve to be thanked.   Anyway, we did cover thanksgiving from a lot of angles, and for this week, that was goo.  I was blessed.  God spoke a lot to me in the whole service and those who lent themselves to it.  Too much to blog here, perhaps for now.

Well, the morning is moving on.  I need to see if I can get records moving and get my big task for this morning done:  this AT&T situation, before my 30 days is up.   Blessings, friends.

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  • 1. John Mark Pendley  |  November 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Maggie I was not at worship service last night but I heard it was very good, the whole service.May God will be with you and your family this holiday season.

    God Bless JMP

  • 2. Cindy  |  November 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Hey sister: We missed last night – hubbie was wiped out from yesterday morning, on top of which he is coming down with a bug. Mom said it was a good service – thinking of you and praying for all of you. Love you!

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