Sunday, April 22, 2018

Turn-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

Another busy weekend, so here I am Sunday evening posting for this week's prompt.



Turn.......

It announces or commands a change of direction, feeling or tone.

Turn the lights on or off. Don't turn back. 

He turned towards the sound. God turned mourning into dancing.

Spring came and the landscape was turned into a rainbow of colors once again.

Turn your hearts towards home. A turn for the better or worse?

When others turn towards God there is always some kind of change. Likewise, when we 

turn away. It will transform the landscape of our lives. Life or death. We can choose.

STOP

I would like to give an update on my friend, Ekaterini as I saw her yesterday. Her numbers have been improving and it looks like she may finally be able to go home sometime this week, before returning for more treatments and a bone marrow transplant. She has chosen to press into God during this difficult time and as you can see she is still able to smile.



Psalm 34:5 "They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed." (NASB)

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Other- a late Five Minute Friday

Many ways to look at this week's prompt. it is defined as "used to refer to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or know about."

For me it's the other option I couldn't see or choose because I didn't know.

other.......

Upon arriving home from teaching in the city for a year, I didn't get another teaching job right away. Student loans were needing to be repaid and times were tough. Driving a ten year old car and living at home with mom and dad for $50.00 a month while working in a drug store had become my life. I subbed and applied for different teaching positions, but a full time tenure track position wasn't easy to come by back then.

After a year of working in retail, I moved onto a not for profit organization, serving people with developmental disabilities.  I began thinking maybe I should just go into another field, so I started to research the field of OT (occupational therapy).


STOP

UGH!! I ran out of time, but I didn't want to stop there and leave people hanging, so I kept writing, hoping it will encourage someone, somewhere to keep other options open.

The more I learned, the more realized that OT would not be an easy detour. I wasn't even sure I could do it. Physics and chemistry were pre-requisites of which I squeaked by in high school. It also meant tons more student loans. Until the "other" opportunity appeared, I was stuck wondering what in the world to do and feeling hopeless.

A friend of mine stopped by to tell me about a special grant program at the nearby state university and how I could get a Masters in Teaching completely covered with a stipend to live off. All of this in one year.

I am now in my seventeenth year of teaching ENL/ESL and love it! When I was originally certified as an elementary education teacher, I didn't know much of anything about ESL. I didn't know I would love it.

Sometimes we don't know what we want or need. Sometimes the "other" option must present itself.

May we be open to new possibilities, even if it's quite different than what we imagine.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Release-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

I'm glad I waited until today to post. I've been thinking about this week's prompt since Friday, but today I saw it in action. We all need it sooner or later. It's defined as "to enable escape from confinement or to allow something to move or act freely." May we give each other permission to do that.



release.......

I wasn't sure exactly what to expect or say. I knew which topics to avoid, but didn't know how the day would go. When my good friend, Dee and I arrived to visit our friend, Ekaterini, and settle into her room, she jumped in to tell us the plan.

Ekaterini has recently been diagnosed with leukemia and is awaiting a bone marrow transplant while being treated. She had her lovely, long locks cut and her head shaved.

The plan? A fashion show sporting all of her colorful caps. With each new one, came more and more laughter. What release! What beauty and triumph in the midst of horror.




                                   I love my friend! I love how she laughed!

STOP

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." Victor Hugo

Please keep my friend in your prayers. If you would like to follow her journey or send her an encouraging note check out https://www.caringbridge.org/search?q=Ekaterini+Vlamis



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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Settle-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

We have made it to Easter Sunday and the end of Spring Break. I find myself meditating on what this special day is about and what truly happened over two thousand years ago. It is a reality that brings hope and healing to everyone throughout the world who will receive the message and accept what was accomplished. This week's prompt is defined as:"resolve or reach an agreement about an argument or problem." Our word for the week is.........


Settle

A huge chasm

Deep and dark

Filled with horrendous evil

Rebellion against God

An outstanding account

Blood of bulls and lambs

Would never cover

Needing a resolution

Some way and someone

To help settle

A dark, dark, day

An agreement reached

A final sacrifice

To cover both you and me

Paid in full

Accepted for life

Resolution for joy

Problem of every sin erased

Once and for all

The account is closed

Balance paid in full

Credited to our account

Now and forevermore

STOP

Matthew 27:51-53 "And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many." (NASB)

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Routine-Five Minute Friday on Sunday

Ecclesiastes 17:13-14 "In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider God has made the one as well as the other, So that man will not discover anything that will be after him." (NASB)


Routine.........

Has the weather been crazy or what this past winter? One day we had seventy degrees in February and then in March came one Nor 'Easter after another. 

One day I saw rain only in the forecast. By the afternoon, emergency weather warnings interrupted regularly scheduled radio programming, to announce several inches of snow were coming and quickly with high winds.

Routines go out the window. I can't remember the last full week of school without a closing, early dismissal, or delay. Don't plan too far ahead I'm reminded. Don't count on everything staying the same.

How and what do I prepare then?

STOP

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