Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday's Fave Five #84

Hurrah! It's Friday!  Time to look back on another wonderful week.

1.  This time of year, I so love to see beautiful fresh-cut flowers!  These are all from the garden of Ludine, an amazing 89 year old lady who works in our church library. She arranged them herself and left them on my desk for me to enjoy.  There is honeysuckle included in the bouquet. Mmmhmmm ... delicious!

2.  This week is Administrative Professionals week.  I received this beautiful bouquet from friends, Don and Alma.  They are always so appreciative of the work I do.

3. A load off my mind:  A task that I had been unable to complete finally got done this week.  Ahh!  The feeling of freedom is so sweet .  (I've written about this before - why do I do these things to myself? Procrastination is evil!)

4. A step further in my calling.  For a long time now, I have had the dream of being a speaker and an author for the Lord.  I was asked to speak at midweek services.  Even though I've been teaching for over five years, it feels different to speak in the sanctuary. (For one thing, you don't get participation like you do in a classroom setting.)  I was nervous because I was afraid that I would just end up reading my notes and be done in 5 minutes, but it  worked out very well.  I managed to talk for 20 minutes and only lost my breath a couple times!

5. Quote of the week:  You knew it was coming!  I just have to share quotes, and I love this one because it speaks to my dream of being a speaker and writer:

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence, determination and hard work make the difference." -- Calvin Coolidge

I hope you had a wonderful week.  Please consider going to Susanne's Living to Tell the Story and linking up to share about YOUR favorite five highlights of the week.


Kari said...

Congratulations on your speaking at the midweek service. Good on you! It's always that first step that's scary!
Such beautiful flowers and yes procrastination is evil.
Happy Weekend.
p.s. love the quote!

Melli said...

Oh Jerri! I bet you are a wonderful speaker -- and I KNOW you're a wonderful writer! The Lord uses you so well! (of course He does - He does ALL things well!) :)

Your flowers are gorgeous! I'm GLAD you are appreciated at work! And I wonder why MY honeysuckle is not in bloom yet...

Lisa notes... said...

Those flowers are incredible. What a beautifully designed bouquet. Both sets! It is such a good feeling to finish an unwanted task. Good for you. Glad your speaking went well! May the Lord continue to give you opportunities to glorify him in that way.

Lynette said...

Nice to meet you.
Happy Admin. Day/Week to you! Church secetary are the glue that keeps everything running smoothly. I used to work for my church (Childern's Ministry Director) & always greatly appreciated our church secetary.

Brenda said...

Love all the pretty flowers you got, they are beautiful.

Its true about persistence, if we keep at things, we can really accomplish a lot.

Theresa said...

Beautiful Flowers!!

I bet you are an amazing speaker!! I wish I was there to encourage you on!!

nikkipolani said...

Jerri, Ludine's bouquet is stunning! Looks like there were some vibrant irises in there as well. Glad you got your onerous task accomplished. And that you are getting more practice being a speaker!

Karyn said...

Although both boquets are lovely, I have to say the 'homemade' one is gorgeous!

Getting a job done (especially after procrastinating about it) is one of the best feelings!

Your speech was great! (And I wasn't even there!) LOL

Jientje said...

I can imagine your speech was great!
I LOVE the bouquets of flowers you got, both of them!
Have a wonderful weekend and a great week!

Michelle said...

Happy Administrataive Assistants week. I also am the secretary for my church and my pastor gave me a card and a hanging basket. Thanks for visiting my FFF

Susanne said...

Applauding you for taking that step towards your dream. That took courage! Love the quote you shared. It really spoke to me!

Those fresh cut flowers are gorgeous. The colors are so pretty.

Sara said...

Jerri, I wanted to thank you for being a part of my first year of blogging! What a wonderful year it has been. I'm throwing a little party and as an honored guest, I would love for you to stop by and share a highlight of your year with all of us.

Cactus Happy,

Kelee Katillac said...

Love the Coolidge quote. Really needed to see that! Thank-you for inspiring me!

Also, I enjoyed your comment at my blog!