Friday, May 30, 2014

F.F.F. - 05.30.14

May, we hardly knew you, and you are slipping away making room for June ... However, we Friday's Favorite Five bloggers will have our posts of weekly highlights to help us remember you!

Here is how my week went:

1.  Awesome worship:  Our worship team works hard.  We meet every other Saturday to pray over and practice the line-ups I sometimes agonize over.  Sometimes it is easy to pick what to sing, other times not so much.  I am hindered by the fact that I do not know what I'm doing.  I'm always thinking certain songs flow together when in reality they are in different keys or different tempos. But when it all works right, it is so fulfilling!  When the Holy Spirit moves during the worship times; well, that is just the best and my highlight of the week.  This past week, the sound and monitors worked perfectly and I could hear everyone. Actually. Worshiping!  We had a new lady visit this past week.  She didn't speak a word in class but during worship she stood in the back the whole time with her hands in the air singing and praising God.  It makes my heart swell when I see things like that.

2.  New boss:  At my full-time church, a call was extended to a pastoral candidate this weekend and he accepted.  I'm excited to work with a pastor again and looking forward to new vision and to see what God has in store for this fellowship of believers.

3.  Day off:  You know I love me some down time at home and this Memorial Day was perfect.  I didn't have to go anywhere and we had our first grilled food of the season.

4.  Birthday girl:  On Wednesday, we celebrated the birthday of our oldest daughter, Elissa Joy. Remembering how God blessed us with children after 10 long years of infertility is totally a highlight.  We love and appreciate our gift of Elissa - she loves God, loves her students and her job, and is a big help to us.  She is our IT person and general go-to girl.

Instead of cake, she requested birthday ice cream:

Hey, I aim to please - how cool is it that the wrapper has her name on it?
5. Quote of the week:  So today, I turned the page on my perpetual calendar, and here is today's quote:
"There's always something for which to be thankful." - Charles Dickens

How appropriate is that for Friday's Fave Five?

So, tell me, how did your week go? Leave a comment, or if you'd like to join the FFF crew by linking up and posting, we'd love to have you.  Visit Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story, and link up.


Anonymous said...

We enjoyed Memorial Day, too - just a relaxing day at home.

I've noticed when songs during a service seem to follow the same theme or message and knew the songleader had to have done his homework - I never thought about coordinating keys and tempos, too. Wow!

Happy birthday to your daughter!

Joyful Reader said...

Yes, memorial day was great here too! I love a day off!
The best worship is when Holy Spirit is present. Makes for a very exciting day!
Happy birthday to your long awaited miracle! hope you have a wonderful weekend. (maybe you can enjoy a road trip!)

Faith said...

I LOVED memorial day!! we cooked outside too and ate on our was perfect! Yay for your new pastor and I love worship, too! I didn't know you are a worship leader! it must be difficult sometimes to choose the songs.....when I was playing piano weekly in our former church, i used to be thankful i didn't have to be the one to choose the music! :) Happy Weekend, Jerralea and happy belated birthday to your Elissa JOy (Love the name).

ellen b. said...

Sounds like a good eventful week filled with blessings. Happy belated b-day to your daughter. Love that Ice Cream Cone decked with a candle!
Hope your new pastor leads you all well. Blessings!

Karen said...

We had our first barbeque on Monday, too. The weather was perfect for sitting on the back porch. It feels like summer now.

Love the birthday cone!

betty said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! I like the idea of a ice cream cake myself! It is hard to pick songs for worship indeed. My husband plays on the worship band at our church; he's not the leader but helps the leader pick the songs.

Seems like you did have a great week and I sure do not know what happened to May; it flew!


Melanie Cook said...

Memorial Day for me was relaxing and quiet. That was fine with me. Your post reminds me that it's time to get the grill fired up here too. Have a great weekend.

Susanne said...

The quote and it's timing made me smile. Perfect.

I love me a long weekend too. And Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter!

I very much appreciate our worship teams at church. Thank you for all the hard work and praying you guys do in this ministry!

Willow said...

Memorial Day was a fun slow day at home for us too.
Happy Birthday to your girl! What a joy and blessing to be given the gift of a child. (Gives me hope for my kids.)