Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday's Fave Five #132

Oh, good!  It's Friday.  I love me some Fridays ...

One reason I love Friday is that I love joining in with some awesome people over at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.  We take the time on Fridays to reflect on our week and find 5 things that lifted our spirits or made us smile.

Today is a dreary cold day in the midwest, yet, my first highlight of the week I wanted to talk about is:

1.  Signs of Spring:  I love looking for spring.  I get excited when I see crocuses, daffodils and tulips poking their heads up from the mushy gray earth.  As I drive to work, I've been noticing that all those trees that look like brown sticks everywhere seem softer somehow.  When I get close to one, I can see they have feathery celery-green buds on them.  Soon there will be leaves!  The fields seem to have purple clover blooming more every day.

Here is a shot of purple I caught as we drove to church last Sunday.  Notice the grass is getting green!

As I type this, it's such a downer to report that I hear the sound of sleet hitting the air conditioner outside my window!  However, spring always likes to tease us, she'll be back!

2. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp - I received this wonderful book in the mail Tuesday.  Unfortunately, I've gotten to read very little in it so far, but I am so looking forward to it!  I love her blog,
Holy Experience. I know I've mentioned her before, but you should go there. Really.

3. A little spring decorating - Monday, I came home from work and put away the snowmen in my kitchen, decluttered my countertops, and brought in some of my sunflower pretties.  My daughter came in while I was doing this and remarked, "Yay, the depression is lifting."  It's true that when I'm feeling good, I'm much more likely to clean and change my decor around.  I didn't get too far, but it did lift my spirits to start bringing spring into the house.

Please bear with me, I find I am listing my highlights out of order ...

4. Inspirational speaker:  Last Saturday, our Women's Ministries had a salad luncheon, The Eating of the Greens" with a special speaker.  Our speaker turned out to be a former church member that had taught our Adult Sunday School class for years.  What a treat to see her and once again be amazed at the wisdom she gleans from the scripture!  (All the salads were yummy, too!)

5. Quote of the Week: "Life was not about fitting in, but instead, standing out. I was uniquely created to stand out for the glory of my God." … Sue Cramer, Woman, It’s Time, Internet Café Devotions

This really struck me hard, because most of my life, my goal was just to be perceived as "normal," whatever that is ... To think that God wants me to stand out is a thought that is almost too big to fit inside my brain!

If you'd like to join in and share your week, link up at Susanne's Living to Tell the Story.


Barbara H. said...

I am loving seeing more and more signs of spring, too.

I enjoyed that book for the most part as well.

I love women's luncheons, bit the food and the speaker.

That quote is convicting -- I tend to not want to stand out.

Carrie said...

Signs of spring are starting to pop up around here. We're still in our rainy season but the trees are starting to bud, regardless.

I have a copy of One Thousand Gifts on the way (since everyone is talking about it) and I'm looking forward to finding out what it's all about!

Hope you have a great weekend!

ellen b. said...

That purple field is a wonderful sight! Glad your spirits were lifted while you enjoyed a little decorating. What a fun name for the luncheon! Have a good weekend.

Willow said...

Spring! Yay! No matter where we live, when spring is evident, we all feel so much happier!

My book list is soooo long, it will be awhile before I get to read another new one. One Thousand Gifts sounds like a winner though.

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

I'm expecting that same book in my mailbox any day! That quote is a good one for my highschoolers, I think. Thanks for sharing it.

Glad to hear spring is springing around there. She is a tease.

Have a great week!

Brenda said...

Love the signs of spring and I'm glad that you were feeling a little more cheerful this week. That quote is powerful.

Susanne said...

Great quote and definitely something to think on. I've slowly been packing away the winter inside and taking out the spring decorations. It does lift the spirits.

Karyn said...

wow! you have full blown spring, as far as I'm concerned, with that gorgeous purple field!!

We are still suffering under 4 feet of snow and drifts across the roads. spring is VERY late here.

Good for you to get out the spring decorations! nothing like some sunflowers or daffodils to make you smile.

Lisa notes... said...

I'm so thankful for signs of spring too. It lifts my spirits. Ann's book is wonderful. I finished it a couple of weeks ago but am ready to start all over. Enjoy!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

Spring always makes me feel good all over. I love, love, love, 1,000 gifts, and her blog, too.

Thanks for the great quote and your thoughts on it.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I agree with you on the "more Fridays" plea :-) And with spring -- what a wonderful gorgeous fun lovely thing that God made for our joy.

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