Friday’s Fave Five

Susanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts a “Friday Fave Five” in which we share our five favorite things from the past week. Click on the button to read more of the details, and you can visit Susanne to see the list of others’ favorites or to join in.

Often I have my FFF post prepared the night before, but I didn’t have anything written up yet, and this morning I almost decided not to do it today, thinking “I ain’t got nothing.” It hasn’t been a bad week — there just wasn’t anything “favorite” standing out to me, and the situation in Haiti kind of overcasts everything. I was so thankful this morning for warmth at the push of a button and all the conveniences I enjoy while feeling a bit guilty about them when so many are without. But as Shannon said, God wants us to enjoy what He has provided while at the same time realizing they are fleeting, not the most important things in life, and remembering that we should be generous with what we have.

Then I started trying to come up with a “fave five” for the week, and as so often happens, came up with more than five once I got started. That’s why I like this meme — it reminds me to look for the unexpected blessings, large and small, along the way.

So here are my favorites for the week:

1. Lindt truffles. My mother-in-law received an assortment of several different types of chocolates and shared some with us. Love those things. Such perfect little balls of chocolateness.

2. Home-made pizza that Jeremy made for lunch yesterday. It’s so nice when kids cook! (I say kid — he’s 25, so he’s not exactly a kid, but your kids are always your kids. 🙂 )

3. Our ladies’ meeting Monday night. We had a real sweet college girl majoring in Missions who interned this summer with some missionaries we support in Ecuador. It was neat to get a glimpse of our missionaries and their ministry, and it was astounding to hear of and see the wide-open door for evangelism and the receptivity of the people there. They were able to pass out thousands of Spanish gospel CDs to people eager to receive them.

4. 40+ degree temperatures, so nice after several days of 20s and 30s. Today it is supposed to get into the 60s!

5. The Jan. 15th reading from Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer on “Things to Be Left Behind.” One quote: “The best way to leave behind is to press forward.”

Bonuses:

Rereading Anne of Green Gables for Carrie‘s L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge. Not quite finished yet, but it has been a delight.

Does God Hate Haiti? by Albert Mohler, HT to Challies. (Short answer: No, but I encourage you to read the article.)

I updated yesterday’s post, but wanted to say here as well that Dr. Frank Garlock and his colleagues who were missing in Haiti have been found and are well. Of course, there are many others still missing. The country will need our prayers for a long time to come.

Dr. Hantz Bernard of Bibles International is a native of Haiti and is going back with as many “comfort and witness” tracts in the Creole language as he can to help with the spiritual needs as well as any other way he can. He would have opportunities and be able to help as only a native of that land could, knowing the language and culture. You can find out more here about what he is doing and how to contribute if you feel so led. HT to Diane.

17 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Great fives Barbara…
    I already said it on facebook but I really do appreciate the article by Mohler. Anne is so much fun for sure…
    Yippee for warmer temps for you…
    Have a great weekend…

  2. Great post! I am thankful for the warmer temperatures and the sunshine. We had Goldfinches at the feeder yesterday. A rare sight. This morning, I saw a Robin and a Nuthatch.
    My women’s club had their meeting last night. We had a speaker and then business. It was after 11:00 before I got home and then 12:30 before I turned out the light.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mama Bear

  3. Barbara, Thank you for putting the word out for Hantz. He is a dear friend of mine, and I know his heart must be aching to be there already. I hope many accept the invitation to help with this effort, reaching the hearts of these desperate folks.

    On a lighter note, some day I’d like to make through the whole Anne series. Maybe when I grow up. 😉 Not a good aspiration for this season of life…it would be complete with “both flying [i]and[/i] thud.” 🙂

    Blessings,
    Diane

  4. Well, can I say that I am glad you posted? I always save your post for last. It’s a cozy read and I like learning what your favorite things of the week were.

    The weather here has been in the 50’s the last couple of days which was so nice (and not rainy!). So we’ve gone on short walks and had a break from the house which was helpful for the mind, body and spirit! It’s so nice to be able to get out of doors when possible!

    Hope your weekend is relaxing and wonderful.

  5. I often feel like you Barbara! “I have nothing to post” And then all of a sudden, after I stop and reflect…I realize…there is so much that God has put in front of me and what a fantastic way to document these blessings.

  6. 40 degrees still sounds pretty cold to me! I always wonder how all of you in the colder climates survive!

    Love the chocolates too, and the devotional, all great stuff.

  7. You’re so right … taking time to reflect on what’s right with our lives often yields significant benefits. I enjoyed you list … am glad your weather has warmed up and appreciate #5 with the link to the reading from Our Daily Walk. I plan to check it out when I finish my comment. I see I’m logged in with my WordPress ID but I shared my FAVS today on my Small Reflections blog.
    Hugs and blessings,

  8. I LOVE Lindt Truffles! Lindt is THE creamiest chocolate I’ve found! Especially the white! It’s really the only white chocolate I like!

    Sounds like you had a great ladies meeting this week! I love it when the missionaries come back – and especially when they bring pictures or movies to share… I think THIS is why I always want to go AWAY on a mission trip – because it does seem that the people in these other countries are anxious to hear the Good News… certainly different from in our culture! Lately all of our mission trips have been to Nigeria… and they sound absolutely fabulous! (I’m sure they have their rough spots – but … you know!)

    I’m coming back later or tomorrow to go read Does God Hate Haiti — of COURSE not! God doesn’t DO hate! sheeeeeeeeesh!

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  10. Those 40+ temps are great after the cold. We are enjoying it here too! And the pizza sounds great!
    Thanks for posting the info on Haiti also.

  11. I’m like you, Barbara…..I sometimes think I don’t have anything to post, but once I begin, it seems that a flood of thoughts come to my mind and I don’t really care to do looooong posts, as I think they might be a bit tiring to others who are reading them.
    Anywayyyyy…..*smile*…..my fave of YOUR faves was the F.B. Meyer quote: “The best way to leave behind is to press forward.”
    thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Oh, Lindt chocolates should be a permanent feature on FFF! I especially love the dark ones and the mint ones.

    I’m so glad you found so many things that were favorites once you got looking!

    It is so good to hear good news out of Haiti…and to know of all the people who are willing to give in so many ways to help.

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