friday high-five

friday high-five

blurry but yummy

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
gas prices.
Bring on all that jazz.
Save money and tastes great.

2. Vanilla (soy) yogurt
mango chunks
sliced almonds
a delicious breakfast

3. Burt’s Bees Mango Butter lip balm

Lip Balm - Mango Butter
Each member of my family likes
a different type…but this one is my favorite.
I guess I have a thing for mangoes.

4. Courageous


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!

I sit





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
running away.

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!


4 thoughts on “friday high-five

  1. My High Fives at the top of my list is the email I received from you Helen. and your practical advice.
    At number two this morning I started what I have always wanted to do writing and as per my mentors advice, it is still private.
    Three I came up with that one phrase that will inspire me to keep writing ” A touch is a move”
    Four as I was writing I received notification of a work of heart in my inbox. Hmm confirmation that indeed now is the time. And when God gives you confirmation all reservations fall away! Yee pee! I am on top of the moon.
    Five would be yesterday when I was taught by a colleague to download on to my blackberry my old time favorite Hits. I fell asleep listening to Music.
    Thanks Helen you are such an inspiration!


  2. I like your high fives…it is great to have
    a phrase to keep you focused in writing. I like
    yours a lot!
    I hope your week has been full of writing…wonderful writing!


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