Thursday, March 19, 2020

Good Medicine!

Twenty-twenty will be a year to remember!

We are all filling our days with things we don't usually do. 



Here are some of the things I'm doing:


  • Keeping a somewhat regular routine: up early, time in the Word, exercising, eating right.
  • When the weather allows, going for a walk with a friend. The other day it got up to the upper 40s and a friend and I walked along the Mississippi for an hour. Later the same day spring fever hit my neighbor and we walked to a park near our house.
  • My neighbor called because I had contacted her just make sure she was okay. I got in touch with all the neighbors I have phone numbers for, especially the older widow behind us, just to check up on them and let them know I will help in anyway I can.
  • Staying in touch with family. Our family WhatsApp group
    has become very talkative. I think we all want to make sure we're okay, helping each other, sharing jokes, sermons, and insights, and just having human contact outside our homes.
  • Today I read three books to three of my granddaughters via the Internet. I don't think the nine month old was too interested, but the two and four year olds were! Maybe their mom got a couple minutes to do something or at least had them entertained for 15 minutes.
  • Working on German (I am not getting real far with this, but I have two granddaughters growing up in Germany, so although they speak English, I think I should at least attempt to learn some.)
  • Trying my hand at making an informational video for the ministry my husband and I work with.
  • Reading--my library still allows us to order books online and they will deliver them to us outside the library, so I'm getting some on my TBR list!
  • But my TBR list is growing as I listen to a couple of podcasts I found recently where I hear about at least one or two books  each week that sound like I'd enjoy them! Strong Sense of Place and What Should I Read Next
  • Besides podcasts, I love audio books when I'm doing household chores. I can download them from my library or order them on CD and listen through my bluetooth earphones as I go around the house.
  • And cleaning projects. I haven't advanced a lot on this one, but I'm planning to tackle the outside of the kitchen cupboards which I haven't done in a while. Listening to a good book will help the time go by as I scrub!
  • Trying to stay positive. Of course Covid-19 is the main source of conversation these days, but I'm trying to find other things to learn about and have as topics of conversation. One of my prayer partners and I "met" by Skype the other evening. She told me that she wants to be able to ask people she might have the opportunity to talk to, "What is your hope in these days?" And then she would love it if they turn the question around and ask her because she wants to "Always be ready to give an account for the hope that is in her to everyone who asks." 1 Peter 3:15
Doing these kinds of things will help me trust God and not worry about the what ifs. After all, Jesus said, "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:27 And these will bring me joy.

A joyful heart is good medicine.
Proverbs 17:22a



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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Learn Something New!

For five years I visited Marion in the retirement home where she lived. She was confined to a motorized scooter and as the years passed she got out less and less, but she always had plenty to talk about during our weekly visits. One of the things she always said when she started a story was, "If I've told you this before, try and stop me!" I never tried to stop her, so I heard several times that her mother lived to be over 100 and when she died she was learning Spanish! Marion had the blessing of keeping her mind and memory until she passed into glory at 95, and she often told me, "Mom always said, 'Never stop learning.'"


Marion's daughter, Tracey, is also a friend of mine. She just retired as a Middle School Orchestra teacher and took a new job as the music teacher in a small Christian school. She's super creative and one thing she added to her list of accomplishments is writing articles for a local paper for Seniors. In her articles she talks about "creative aging"--following her grandmother's advice to never stop learning. Tracey recently took her own advice and started tap dance lessons, something she has wanted to do since she watched Shirley Temple movies as a little girl. Way to go, Tracey!

So I started learning too. I found an online non-accredited course about how to use iMovie so I could make videos of our travels and at least one for my husband's ministry. I got the idea on our most recent trip and my son, a computer professor in a local university, told me where I could find the course. I am learning so much! I have fun showing my husband clips from the class and telling him all the capabilities of video-making right on my computer. I'm a little more than half way through the eleven hour course and I have already written a script and been working on choosing clips to use.

While visiting my older daughter I watched her paint and draw and come up with fantastic art that she uses to decorate her house. I got inspired. My younger daughter also likes to paint, so I found a short course here in town and asked her if she would take it with me. We are looking forward to evenings together learning a bit about art and having fun trying to create a couple of paintings. I don't expect to hang them in my house (except maybe in my laundry room where I have all my "interesting" art). I haven't taken an art class since my oldest son was seven (in 1993) and together we took a water-color class. I am not a natural artist and I always said that I gave people three guesses as to what my paintings were!

So follow Grandma's advice and never stop learning. Pick anything that interests you and bring your kids along in the process. You'll have fun,  create memories, and have plenty to talk about around your table!


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