Love

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I just posted the final installment in my Advent series @Sweeter Than Honey Ministry. I hope you’ll come check it out.  Here’s a small sample:

I heard Janet Parshall speak at a conference and she remarked that “Hannah prayed and a nation changed; Mary prayed and the world changed”….Read more

Blessings,

Mimi

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV Bible

Joy

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This week’s theme for Advent is Joy.  I hope you’ll click over and check it out.  Here’s a small sampling of my post @Sweeter Than Honey Ministry.

Have you ever been stunned by God’s goodness?  Have you ever had something or someone do something in your life that left you speechless, made you want to pinch yourself or perhaps, you thought you must be dreaming?  Read more…

Blessings,

Mimi

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” Proverbs 13:12 NLT

Advent Season

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This morning, I’m beginning an Advent series @Sweeter Than Honey Ministry.  I hope you’ll click over and check it out.   Here’s a sampling below:

This past Sunday, the Advent season began.  Advent is a time of preparation and expectation as well as the beginning of our liturgical year.   The word is the anglicized term of the Latin word, adventus meaning arrival, visit, or coming.  During this season, we remember and reflect on the hope of a Messiah to come foretold throughout the Old Testament, we rejoice in His birth as the Christ-child, and we eagerly look ahead full of the hope of Jesus Christ’s return and all things made right.  I hope that you will join me in the celebration of Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah and our Savior.   Read more ….

Blessings,

Mimi

“…the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”  Isaiah 7:14  NIV Bible

Some secrets are worth sharing

luna mothHey!

Some secrets are worth sharing.  I’ve been keeping one relatively quiet until recently.  No reason.  The only possible one is I’ve been a hermit and therefore, have not seen anyone.  I’ve been writing a bible study.  I’ve written several but I’ve never done a study for publication. This time is different.

I’ve taught bible study at church for almost 20 years.  This fall, I decided not to teach and focus on writing.  Research came first and I did most of it during the spring and summer.  Unknowingly, my Sunday school class was the beneficiary of some of my research and study.  But my words and the actual writing and formatting started in September.

My pastor has been mentoring and encouraging me.  He says of my endless draft tweaking, ” you have to let it go at some point and trust God.”  I keep going in and out of writer’s block, writer’s frustration, writer’s depression, writer’s procrastination, and writer’s envy.  Of the last one, I kept seeing my thoughts on other writers’ pages or my ideas being implemented by another.  Pastor Steve says, “God uses many people with similar messages to get His purpose across.”  I’m believing that to be the case.

I made up a writing schedule complete with target dates.  Pie in the sky.  I didn’t hit my targets but the beauty of it is that I’m the one who set the schedule and I’m totally flexible to continue pushing at the current pace.  I’m hopeful for a January date but I’ve got to complete the draft.  The process and journey with God is far more important than an end date.

Spare writing moments with a busy family are a challenge.  Uninterrupted time a luxury.  That has been my greatest challenge.  I’ve been so thankful for my daughter to keep this blog afloat by writing a post here and there as well as cook meals to give me more time.  I’ll do my best to have a post or 2 each week but I’m not promising.  This season of my life is full and not all the juggled balls can stay up in the air.  I’m going out on a limb and asking you to be patient with the possibility of meaningless blog posts on the horizon in order to keep the site afloat.

I also ask for prayer for this study’s fruition.  I believe that God led me to this particular topic and has a purpose for it.  As the study continues to unfold, I’ll share more details.

Blessings,

Mimi

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV Bible

Simply September

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September was a month of new beginnings.

  • I started a new series of posts called Friday Finds.  Here’s a sample.
  • I started a Fall Bible Study Session at my other website, Sweeter Than Honey Ministry.  We’re currently in Week 4 of Children of the Day: A Study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore.  You can check it out here.
  • And last but not least, I registered for a blogging 101 course online.

I also began working on a special project this month.  I can’t wait to share more details about it, but for now, they’ll have to wait.

One of the lessons I’m being reminded of this month is that I can’t do everything and sometimes that means I must say no to something that I really enjoy because I’ve said yes to others.  With that lesson, comes the reality that I can’t participate in this year’s 31 Day Challenge but I’ll cheer and applaud everyone else along.

The best fiction book that I read this month was a quirky, sweet story called The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

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The main character, Don, reminded me of Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory.  Don decides he wants a wife so he puts together a questionnaire in an attempt to weed out the undesirables.  Rosie comes into his life with none of the qualifications that he is seeking and … ( I can’t spoil it for you. ) oh and beware, f-bombs fall.  Here’s a quote to give you a taste of Don’s personality.

“Throughout my life I have been criticized for a perceived lack of emotion as if this were some absolute fault….Occasionally an emotion can be enjoyed – the gratitude I felt for my sister, who visited me even during the bad times, the primitive feeling of well being after a glass of wine – but we need to be vigilant that emotions do not cripple us.  I diagnosed brain overload and set up a spreadsheet to analyze the situation.”

We’re loving these TV shows.

  • Scorpion — Nerds saving the world
  • Madame Secretary — Woman saving the world
  • Once Upon A Time — Fairy Tale Characters saving the world
  • Girlfriend Intervention — Sisters saving a basic woman from her bad wardrobe and decorating world.

I’m sensing a theme here….

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Delta is 7 1/2 months old now and this past weekend, her world got rocked when a little fluffy kitten decided to take up residence with us.  Delta really wanted to play and lick her face and nibble on her but she was having to learn to be gentle.  Life is so hard for a puppy.

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Blessings,

Mimi

“The world’s a huge stockpile of God-wonders and God-thoughts.  Nothing and no one comes close to you!”  Psalm 40:5a  The Message

An Invitation

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A year ago, I started another website called Sweeter Than Honey Ministry.  The site’s main objective is to provide a place where people can participate in an online bible study community.

The beauty of this format is that participation can be done any hour of the day.  You can participate in your work attire during your lunch break, your robe and slippers at 5am, or your comfy clothes late at night.  For those who are ill or have other physical difficulties that prevent them from attending a class, having the opportunity to participate online is a gift.  A real community of encouragement and accountability can form and thrive in the midst of this crazy, wonderful online world while taking a study together.

I’d like to personally invite you to participate in the upcoming Fall Bible Study Session.  We will begin on Monday, September 8th.  Our study is Children of the Day, a study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, by Beth Moore.  I’d love to have you join in!  Click here for more details on joining the bible study.  If you can’t participate this fall, I archive the studies so you can view the posts at your convenience.

If you’d like to check out Sweeter Than Honey Ministry, click here.  The site also has a Facebook page, here and a Pinterest site, here.   Come by and say hi!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV Bible

March 2014 Viewpoint

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During the month of March, I took a spring blogcation for a couple of weeks.  Spring fever hit hard this year and my daughter and I decided we needed a road trip and shopping to chase away the winter doldrums.  We spent several days in Atlanta and had a great time.

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Blog:

The posts I did write this month were varied.  I shared my writing story and the struggle with not having the right picture when you need it.  I also shared my newest granddog, London.

Books:

I read more duds than treasures this month.  I would recommend these three.

The Lion in the Lei Shop by Kaye Starbird : Historical fiction.  This story is set in Oahu during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and is told through alternating viewpoints of a young woman and her daughter.  At first, I wasn’t sold on this book but I’ve found myself thinking about it.  The issues and events that the characters experienced are thought provoking and made for a wonderful book club discussion.

Bless Your Heart, Tramp by Celia Rivenbark:  I like her sassy writing style and find her stories about the South humorous.  I read this book to my daughter at night on our road trip.  We couldn’t help but laugh at this quote.

“…we understand that y’all is nature’s most perfect- and versatile- contraction.  As in “Do y’all want to keep y’alls forks for y’allses peach cobbler?”

And this one is oh so true…

“Northerners love to poke fun at how Southerners immediately start buying up all the bread at the grocery store at the first weather report mentioning the s-word.  We can’t help ourselves.  It is what our parents did and it is what their parents did, and their parents before them.  To a Southerner the threat of snow is profoundly unsettling and our minds turn only to bread and lots of it.”

Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg: This Bible study was about awakening to the wonders and nearness of God all around you.  For 6 weeks, we focused on the wonder of God in prayer, friendships, rest, His presence, divine expectation, and forgiveness.  Very good.

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Music:

This month, I downloaded old jazz favorites from Al Jarreau, Chuck Mangione, and Bob James and David Sanborn.  I also added Sting’s album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles and a few tunes of Renaissance and to really make things interesting, I got the original Broadway cast recording of Annie.  What can I say — I like variety.

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Movies and TV:

My husband and I have enjoyed our Saturday nights watching Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and always look forward to new episodes of Elementary, Castle, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. .   We saw Catching Fire which was awesome and Divergent was good but I was disappointed with Noah. The acting was decent, the biblical differences didn’t particularly bother me but I wanted so much more and the movie just lacked.

House and Yard:

Flowers and trees are blooming and the pine pollen is dusting everything yellow.  Projects in the house are progressing.  I’ve been busy with spray paint when the weather has permitted and I’ll be sharing some of those projects soon.

How about you?  What did you do in March?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”  Psalm 84:4 NIV Bible