Monday, May 21, 2012

On this May Long Weekend...

What an awesome Victoria Day long weekend!

We had the most fabulous sunshine... all. weekend. long! On top of that... a BBQ with our friends at UrbanPromise's Camp Freedom, lots of time in my garden, some basketball, some time with family and... a Compassion letter-writing fest --- long overdue letters are finally on their way to all our sponsor children!!!

Me. Grilling burgers at the UrbanPromise Camp Freedom BBQ!

UrbanPromise kids playing. Notice the cop car in the background?!? >:(
My guess is... the cop came to make sure that the crowd isn't trouble.
Sad right? I was not impressed at all.

Dismantling our backyard play/slide set.
My kids are growing up waayyy too fast!!! Slow down, time!

Mr. Squirrel having a snooze on our backyard fence. Cute!

Our whole family writing letters to our sponsor children. :-)

And... earlier this week, we got word {via Facebook} that the two houses {in the Philippines} that we helped to rebuild for some families affected by Typhoon Sendong have been completed! Oh. the. joy!

My heart is full. 
This week started off hairy and stressful to say the least... but ended with the most beautiful weekend. God's grace is truly sufficient! And, how can I forget the wonderful teaching we were blessed with on Sunday morning?!? Here's a summary:
Through Jesus, God redefines "glory". Success means to sacrifice. Victory is to die. To shine is to serve. Fame is to quietly, secretly love. "Hot" is to be modest. Exultation comes through humility. Strength is shown through weakness. Glory is often seen best in suffering.
As I continue to count grace-gifts, these are the things I am thankful for this week... #1402 - #1409:

:: The gift of this beautiful long weekend.
:: The rebuilt homes in the Philippines... though small, yet they are enough.
:: Meeting with yet another ministry group in the Jane/Finch corridor of our city... and trying to discern what it is that God desires for our church family to do there.
:: A total of $6344 raised by our church family for the Pregnancy Care Centre!
:: Watching my girl play in her school's Junior Concert Band!
:: A day at the office for work... and being thankful anew for the work-at-home arrangement that I have with the company that I work for!
:: Great meeting with our Lead Pastor... looking forward to Compassion Initiatives for the Summer months!
:: Lots of time to work in my garden! ♥

Happy Monday, friends!
May you be looking forward, as I am, to a new week of making time for thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving makes time.
Really? Give thanks and get time? Give thanks... slow time down with all my attention... and my basket of not-enough-time multiplies into more than enough time. 
Let's soar into this new week together, friends... let's do justice, love mercy and walk humbly!

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