"Even when the rainbow seems to pass right by me....I'm still finding Gold in the clouds....."

18 November 2016

Mid-November Faves

Wow...only 1 more month of autumn and then my baby will be turning 18 and all of her college applications will be done and sent.  Time is going by too fast!

Let's pause for this morning and take a moment to share FIVE of this past week's FAVES....the blessings that God brings and that we are thankful for.  I'm joining other ladies by linking up Susanne's blog.

photo taken by my husband Dave
  • OUTDOOR CHORES COMPLETED:  Last Saturday was a nice day so we figured we should put away the deck/backyard furniture, as well as begin burning some of the brush we have piled up from a small tree we removed a month ago. We burned quite a bit before dinner and this photo is when most of it was dying down.  It felt so good to get some leaves raked (we did 7 bags total and we still have the large maple to do once all the leaves have dropped). Our shed is now packed with the grill, some lawn furniture and odds and ends.  Deck chairs are folded and stacked in the corner of the deck and the front stoop rocker is covered and on the back deck. I'm thankful we took the day to get these winter preparations done!

  • SERMON SERIES:  Our pastor is preaching on the following Scripture and I love it.  He's taking apart each section and giving us a lot of "meat" to chew on each weekend.  I'm so thankful for him and our church and the fact that we learn something new every.single.week.  The passage we are studying is: 
                       "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." ~1 Thess.5: 16-18~

Courtney at lunch in Brattleboro, VT

photo used by permission from Courtney
  • ROAD TRIP!  Courtney had Tuesday off from work so she and I went to Vermont to hit up 2 of the artsy towns for a little Christmas shopping and lunch. We ate at this place and we both ordered the turkey/mozzarella/pesto panini. It was such a fun day. I'm thankful for the time I got to spend with my oldest girl.

  • OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD!  My youngest daughter still likes to fill the shoe-boxes for this ministry.  She asked me if we could go together Sunday afternoon to shop for a girl ages 10-13.  We had fun choosing things...I actually didn't need to do much except dig out my credit card because Claire knew exactly what she wanted to include.  We have been doing this as a family since 1995.  I love it.  I'm thankful my oldest continues to do it with all of her young adult friends, too. I'm very thankful for the ministry of Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child.  It's a blessing to be able to give.

  • COMPLETED CLASS!  For the last 8 Wednesday evenings, I've been in a class for women at my church.  We studied the above book and it was so dynamic and has really changed the way I approach prayer.  How wonderful this study was and how much deeper we could have gone if we had had more time each week to discuss the homework.  I just loved this study, Last night was our last class.  Because there were about 45-50 women who signed up, we were put into small groups of about 8-10 ladies each,  and the small group I was in decided we'd have a Xmas party in December. We also watched War Room together and a couple of us went out for pie and coffee afterwards. It was the first time I saw the movie and I loved it!! I loved meeting new ladies, both young and my age, and I hope to join in on the winter study after the holidays. I'm thankful I took a year off of leading my own so I can take one at church.
That wraps up my week......

.......let's continue to be in an attitude of gratitude each and every day.

Have a blessed weekend!


ellen b said...

hello Faithe!
So many good things this week. We have one more leaf pick-up at this old house and we'll be done till next fall. Good for you for getting your clean-up under control. It's so good to go to a church that still sticks to the Word of God, the Truth. Love the verse you shared. Sweet time with your girl. That's always a bonus. Hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Willow said...

No hikes to report? :) Me, either.

I know that the shoe boxes are a great way to help and express love to children. Our church has a ministry directed at blessing kids in Mexico each December. I'm glad Claire still enjoys serving in that way.

The study sounds like one I'd love to do,too!

Barbara H. said...

Glad you had a nice day to put away the lawn furniture and such! We're under a burn ban here due to extremely dry conditions. Your road trip with your daughter sounds fun! How good that your oldest still lives near enough to do that. It's sweet that both daughters still want to do the Christmas boxes. Sounds like you've had good feasting in the Word with your church and small group lately!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Hello, I'm visiting from the Friday's Fave Five. The weather has been lovely here too and we are still able to spend lots of time outside. Have a good week.

Ann said...

The Christmas boxes are a wonderful ministry!

Anonymous said...

I completed this Bible Study in July, it was powerful. It is one of the best Bible Studies I have ever done! And like you, we watched War Room afterwards, loved it.


Wendy said...

Sounds like a really good week. Especially sending time with your daughter. Have a good weekend.

Jerralea said...

So glad you got to see War Room! I'm still thinking about it months later after I saw it. I'm glad for you that you got a chance to participate in a study that you are NOT leading.

Your pastor's series sounds so interesting. I love 1 Thess. 5:18 and always tell people if you want to know God's will for your life, just read 1 Thess. 5:18 and there it is!

It's always good to have a Mother/Daughter day out!

Deb said...

I haven't seen The War Room, but I want to get it! We have been trying to watch more Christian/Uplifting movies, and that one is one our list. I love that you do the Christmas boxes. We have done that in the past, but lately have been focusing our efforts on your missionaries in need. I love this post. Haven't been visiting blogs much lately, but am trying to do a bit of "catch-up."