An occasional round-up favorite things…spanning
the topics of food, products, books, verses, etc.
In reality, each item that ping pongs through my
brain matter would not warrant a post but when
assembled, I can somehow justify pressing the publish button.
I hope you might share a few of yours as well.
1. Jazz Apples
If you love Honey Crisp apples but can’t bring
yourself to pay the big bucks.
Nearly four dollars per pound this week rivaled
Bring on all that jazz.
Save money and tastes great.
2. Vanilla (soy) yogurt
a delicious breakfast
3. Burt’s Bees Mango Butter lip balm
Each member of my family likes
a different type…but this one is my favorite.
I guess I have a thing for mangoes.
Carl and I finally watched this movie last weekend.
Great message that kept us talking all week.
Oh and that last scene was so. incredibly. powerful.
5. Small bites
Many years ago, I attended a writer’s workshop by
a writer I admired greatly.
At one point, she shared that she had a huge stack of books
on writing next to her bed.
One day she decided to put away the books and just write.
She would pick them up again…later.
She wrote for the joy of writing.
I had a similar pile.
I put them on the shelf.
Recently, I compiled a stack again.
I don’t have a lot of extra time to read now (dislike).
I am loving reading small bites from authors like
Natalie Goldberg, Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Julia
Cameron and Stanley Fish to name a few.
Did you know that Snoopy has a book about the writing life?
A book filled with different well-known authors and their advice
interspersed with classic comic strips of Snoopy
at the typewriter.
When our oldest daughter was a newborn, I was having one
of those days.
I couldn’t do anything right.
I felt like a failure because what it said in the books wasn’t
My friend Amy, a veteran mom, told me over
the phone and through my sobs,
“Helen, put down the book. Just be her mom.”
Such great advice.
There are times when we should just be…
a parent, a teacher, a writer, a painter,
a baker, a photographer, a poet, a card designer,
a gardener or fill in your own blank.
Other times it is important to learn the practical
As I have looked over the archives, I am glad that I wrote without
a critic in my ear.
Those archives also reveal poor grammar and word usage.
Sometimes it makes me cringe but grateful for the kindness of others.
Time to take some small bites and hopefully see big improvements.
6. The World-Wide Web
Despite the debate regarding the internet and technology
making people less connected.
Today I give high praise to the world-wide web.
This week a reader from South Africa introduced herself.
I love that we have connected across the miles thanks to
Hello Sharon and welcome!
7. This verse
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. Hebrews 4: 16 (AMP)
Don’t you love how in our times of most desperate
need we can thrust ourselves upon Jesus,
come close to Him although we may feel like
We will find Him…
His help, His grace and His mercy.
It will be exactly what is needed,it will be at the correct time and it
will cover EVERY need.
He ties off the end of our ropes with His own grace-laden knot just
when our hands are raw from hanging on.
Sweet immense sufficiency!
What do you have need of today?
What are some of your own high fives this week?
Feel free to share in the comments!
**I beat my quota for the week…wonders!