Friday’s Fave Five

Here we are at the last Friday of January. We’re 1/12 of the way through 2023! It’s nice to pause the swiftness of time passing by to reflect on God’s gifts and blessings of the week with Susanne and friends at Living to Tell the Story.

1. Lunch with Melanie is a highlight whenever we can meet to do so. I always enjoy our fellowship.

2. Cracker Barrel is one of my favorite restaurants, but my family isn’t crazy about it. Plus they have little to offer the gluten-free members, and I wouldn’t trust any of their food not to be cross-contaminated with gluten. But that’s where Melanie and I often meet. And as usual, I took home a slice of the Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake, which I divide over two days.

3. A long afternoon of errand-running was tiring and didn’t result in finding what I was looking for. But it was nice to push through and get everything done so I could stay home the rest of the week. And at least I can say I checked at various stores, so I can now eliminate them as places to look.

4. Perspective. We’ve been visiting churches, the most recent one just a few minutes from our house. I was hoping that this might be “the one” rather than another we visited that was almost 25 minutes away. Then I read the prayer letter of friends who minister in Papua New Guinea. They were rejoicing that a recent trip to a new area they are trying to reach for the Lord took “only about 1.5 hours of backpacking compared to the usual 4.5 hours” due to some “bush bridges” that the people had built.

5. Live-streaming of funeral services. I mentioned a few months ago that Debbie Talbert, who ministered with her husband in Alberta, had pancreatic cancer. She used to participate in FFF at a blog called Purple Grandma (which is no longer online). We knew Debbie and her husband in early married days as we attended the same church and went to the same college. We had lost touch over the years and then reconnected through our blogs. It was a blessing to be able to watch the funeral service online.

Bonus: My son and daughter-in-law had us over for dinner and games last Saturday, which we always enjoy.

How was your week?

8 thoughts on “Friday’s Fave Five

  1. What a lovely combination of eating at a spot you love with a friend whose fellowship is encouraging to you. You’ve got me figuring out how to get some chocolate cake into my life…

    My mom tells me stories about believers in remote places thankful for any gathering, no matter how far. It does make me rethink my preferences. But do hope you are able to settle into a community where you can thrive.

  2. I did enjoy our lunch and I really do like Cracker Barrel for their variety (and their gift shop!). I know what you mean about getting things done so that you can stay home the rest of the week. I do that often. Imagine having to backpack 1 1/2 hrs to go to church! My church is about 20 minutes away. Not bad. I hope you have and great weekend!

  3. Kudos to you for making the cake last 2 days. I just got a brownie at Starbucks (I had “stars” that were expiring) and decided I’d divide it in two. Somehow I just ate it all 🙂 I hear ya on church. The church we’re currently attending is about 30 miles away. How I wish we were closer, but as you say — perspective.

  4. I don’t care for Cracker Barrel either (not nearly any plant based options….unless that’s changed in the last year) but I”m glad you and Melanie got together and had a yummy time. (I love both your blogs by the way!).
    How fun to have dinner and games night. I love those!
    It’s definitely about perspective……we live just 2 miles north of our wonderful church but sometimes we go to our sister site in Saratoga which is about 25 min north of us……
    On line services…even for funerals…is a true blessing!! I’m sorry to hear about your friend though.
    Happy Weekend!!

  5. Sorry to hear about your friend but, being able to view funeral services online is one good thing to come out of the pandemic. Sounds like you had a nice lunch. Hard when you’re trying to cater for a lot of people’s needs when eating out. Yes perspective is often needed when comparing things lol. Have a good weekend.

  6. Sorry for the loss of your friend. I am glad you could meet up with Melanie! We don’t have a Cracker Barrel nearby, but I have been to one once and I enjoyed it. Our church is about 10 minutes away. There is also one about 5 minutes away that we visit on occasion. Enjoy your restful weekend!

  7. I had read about Debbie Talbert’s passing. It was sad but we have to remember we don’t grieve as others do because of our hope in Jesus.
    Yes, perspective is a good thing. If my power goes out for a bit, I have to remind myself of the years we lived with no electricity in Papua.
    Melanie mentioned lunch with you as a Fave too!
    Have a good weekend.

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