Over the past few weeks I have gone back and looked at some of the blog entries. Re-familiarized myself with them (again, to be honest, since I have had a challenge with writing the blog lately I've been looking to see if I could tag anything as part 2). I identified a few that I can put in my favorite pile:
Fat Cat. It was my second entry. I spoke about allowing laziness to take over my life and the danger of becoming entrenched in it. I used Danon, my beloved cat of 15 years as an example. Since then, Danon has passed. We discovered he had cancer - and two weeks later he was gone. It was difficult for me and my sisters because we all helped raise/take care of him throughout the 15 years. It became an opportunity for me to introduce death to my loving adorable daughter - which has been an interesting journey in and of itself. All in all Danon's death has caused me to grow in ways I could have never anticipated.
My Heart. I shared how I came to be involved in missions. One of the things I was startled to discover since writing it is that: I may have a heart for missions, I may have ministry ideas in my heart, I may pray for situations, nations etc., but I had not really given thought to supporting a person who is going to do short or long term missions. I was even more shocked to realize I had never done that because I consider myself to be a giver! So, I have made strides to correct that wrong. I am also praying for God to provide opportunities for me to be more involved again. I have not been personally active since loving adorable daughter was born. Since she is older and maturing I know I can start getting more involved again - while teaching and showing her the importance of "going therefore and making disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19).
Loving Adorable Daughter. If you have already read it, then you know why. It's about my baby girl! She is growing ... maturing. It is a marvel to watch her become who God created her to be. The other day, we were at a store and she was in her say "Hi", to EVERYBODY mode. She said "Hi" to a gentleman and he replied, "Do you know me?" I was initially taken aback by his reply until I saw his big smile. Okay, he isn't trying to be "smart" with a 3 year old. She replied, "No...". He looked at me and said, "Do you know me?" I replied, "I'm sorry, I don't." He looked disappointed and said, "We go to the same church!" I laughed and we made small talk.
My point? He recognized loving adorable daughter before he noticed who I was. She just has that kind of affect on people. We attend a large church, and there is no way to know everyone. Yet, he recognized the 3 year old that would rather worship with the adults than with her peers. The one that always claps and raises her hands and sometimes dances in the isle. Yeah, anything I write about her will always be a favorite.
Finally, Today Is Not the Day. The one where my sister had to confront possibly being mugged, and consequently hurt. I often reflect on that incident as a call to stand in the face of adversity. Stand on Jesus. His word. His strength.
Hopefully God will allow me to write a few more favorites. I look forward to sharing my growth and what will impact me over the next coming year. And I hope this past year of reading about my growth has in some way helped you with yours.
Just Around the Corner,