Friday’s Fave Five

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week
with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

What a week! In these times where there are so many causes for concern, it’s more important than ever to consciously note the blessings God has graciously sprinkled through our days.Earlier,  I wrote a specific list about what I am thankful for during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some other blessings:

1. Pi Day. We celebrate Pi Day because the date, 3.14, is the value of pi. And any excuse to eat pie is a good one. 🙂 But then my husband noticed that the value of pi written backwards also spells pie!

Pi dayWe had Hamburger Pie for dinner (no crust, but a meatloaf-type texture on the bottom topped by mashed potatoes and cheese), and Mittu brought a great salad. Then we had Chocolate Pretzel Pie for dessert.

Pi Day dinner2. Spring is here! The signs of spring are heartening—daffodils coming up, flowering trees blooming. But knowing that we’re now officially in spring boosts my spirit.

3. Pink heart bird feeder. I found this in a bargain bin a while back, but stashed it in my closet. Now that the weather is nicer, I need to figure out where to put it. I probably won’t use it as a feeder–I’d have to refill it several times a day.

4. Supplies. Thankfully we were pretty well set for most supplies when the mania hit. I try to buy one or two ahead of most toiletries and some nonperishables anyway. Two stores were out of TP, but my husband found some at a local discount store and my son found some for his family at Walgreens. I found most of the grocery items I needed this week. Hopefully by the time we start running out, the stores will be replenished. I’ve seen notices that most stores will limit the purchase of certain items to combat hoarding.

5. Providential reading. I’ve had Breaking Anxiety’s Grip by Dr. Michelle Bengston on my shelf since September. I picked it up several weeks ago, then set it aside for some Easter reading. When my regular Bible reading ran shorter than usual this week, I picked this book up again. It was just what I needed this week! The truth that dealing with anxiety, worry, and fear is not a one-time event, but a process, and several paragraphs on relinquishing control to God especially hit home. Also, she quoted Psalm 131:2. I was used to the KJV version, which says, “I have behaved and quieted myself,” but other versions say “I have calmed and quieted my soul.” Reading it that way reminded me that “calmed” and “quieted” are actions verbs, and that we can and should remind ourselves of the truth and comfort of God’s Word.

That’s my week. How was yours?

10 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. Your pi day dinner looks delicious. That is one day I always forget to celebrate. My friend works at Walmart and she says it’s been nuts. They can’t keep up and people are getting aggressive. So sad that people lose it in these times and start only thinking of themselves. That sounds like the perfect book to be reading now.

  2. I’m so bummed we missed pi day! I didn’t even think of it until the day after. We are doing well, stocked up (I keep a full pantry, too, so will just add to it as necessary). We were hit with a blizzard yesterday. Everyone was so preoccupied with the big news of the day, that I think it was a bit of a surprise to some.

    Be well!

  3. I made a similar pie but with ground bison and green beans with thenpotatoes and cheese. My mom called it Shepherds Pie!

    I made an apple caramel pie for dessert Sat night.

    Everyone’s working from home now and I’m forced to take NYS OCFS online classes while our school is closed. But it’s only for 1-2 hrs a day so i have lots of time to enjoy books and get started on some spring cleaning.

    With the peace and strength of the Lord we will get through these strange days!

  4. Would you be willing to share your Hamburger Pie recipe? That sounds like it would be a big hit.
    Thanks!
    (And thank you for your faithful blogging!)

  5. So many wonderful blessings here, Barbara. You are wise in the way you keep ahead of certain items by picking up one or two extra. We do that out of necessity here…especially since Carroll retired…because of where we live (meaning a 30 minute trip one way to a store). We are good to go here, too. I’ve been enjoying daily walks in our backyard and enjoying those wonderful signs of spring in my flower gardens. Your book sounds very timely.

  6. You are lucky still allowed to see your family ! Our shops were in the same state as yours in the day before confinement was announced a rush on toilet paper and I realize it’s worldwide !! We had our shopping also controlled because people bought for weeks and the personal didn’t have the time to fill in the shelves again. Now the second week has started and the rush on TP, rice and pasta has calmed down and is back to normal. We never had a problem because by coincidence I had bought everything we needed one day before !!

  7. It sounds like you are all set and can ride this out with mostly what you already have. That’s a good thing.
    I am getting lots of books read, too. My birthday is St. Patrick’s Day so I have three new books from my son and his family that they sent me. I decided to wait past Pi Day for my pie and had it on my birthday 🙂
    Stay safe and well!

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